The great thing about living in New York in the summer is that every day can be vacation — right in the confines of your own city. Whether you live here or are just visiting, I encourage you to vacay in the city by hearkening to the past. Here’s a list of the type five vintage moments you should experience this summer — featuring everything from a boutique to a film to a must-see gallery exhibit. You’ll be sartorially stimulated all summer long.
1. American Two Shot
135 Grand Street
Café hub, vintage purveyor and embraceable “City of Friends” (check out the store’s charming and candid Tumblr feed) are the quirky cornerstones of this new Soho concept boutique. Founded by Stephanie Krasnoff and Olivia Wolfe, the ATS resonates with a distinctly curated, yet comfortable bohemian vibe that contributes to an intimate experience with objects and individuals in a special way. ATS is far more than just a boutique; they have events, art, vintage treasures and sometimes even $1 affogatos. It is a unique and welcome addition to both Soho and the NY vintage scene.
2. Artist & Fleas
Williamsburg: 70 North 7th Street
Chelsea Market: 88 Tenth Avenue
This vintage market and independent fashion and jewelry bazaar unites the Brooklyn and Manhattan vintage worlds for a must-visit experience to either outpost. (Or both!) Although the Brooklyn space opened in 2003, the Chelsea Market pop-up only just arrived last December. Clothes, shoes, art and incredible jewelry are all on display in a fabulous mix of high and low, vintage and current, understated and high concept. I plan on making regular visits this summer, and am already excited about the loads of strange jewelry I will be adding to my collection.
3. Richard Avedon: Murals & Portraits
522 West 21st Street
Legendary fashion photographer Richard Avedon has created some of the world’s most iconic photos, building a visual dialogue for the vintage world and style that is unparalleled. In this new exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery, Avedon’s most prolific murals and portraits are on display, depicting a series of images from the 60s and 70s that capture the world’s cultural beat in a truly invigorating way. From Warhol to Ginsberg to Candy Darling and Taylor Mead — this exhibit is an rare opportunity to experience revolutionary moments in vintage style and culture, all captured by one of the most resounding voices in fashion photography.
136 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg
June 10, 2012
Vintage goes beyond the body, my friend. In fact my favorite place to glean vintage inspiration is not a West Village boutique, but rather, the movie theater. Nitehawk Cinema is brilliant Brooklyn theater that serves a full menu of cocktails and food, in addition to hosting all sorts of live and interactive film events. Including “Speedy,” starring comedian Harold Lloyd, which takes place in the 1920’s Jazz Age of New York. Get decked out in your best flapper attire (I am a big fan of wearing costumes where they are not required) and dance along to the live music of Daryl Fleming and his band The Public Domain. A film, music, cocktails and 1920s fashion inspired by the very city we live in — I can’t think of a better way to celebrate vintage.
5. The Brooklyn of Fashion Insiders, by Carole Sabas
52 Prince Street
No proper summer guide is complete without a book, and this new guide to the Brooklyn fashion community allows you to knock a title off your reading list and get out and explore all at the same time. Amongst a curated list of restaurants, florists, and fitness options, Sabas also explores the vintage boutique scene, visiting notable sellers that should be included on any New York City vintage hunt. Vintage is all-encompassing, and this guide will allow you to navigate its many facets with stylish aplomb.
— Amanda Aldinger
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