Have you noticed the whole vintage style that has taken over Hollywood? If you are addicted to red carpets like my girlfriend and I are, you’ll notice stars like Scarlett Johannson, Angelina Jolie, Bruno Mars and more always show up looking like they were plucked out of the 1950s.
We were watching Joan Rivers Fashion Police and Joan revealed that many stylists are going to thrift shops, pulling pieces from decades ago and having them tailored for their clients. These pieces give them an authentic vintage look, and because pieces from these times are so hard to find these stars definitely stand out as having unique vintage style.
I say this all to say that my girlfriend found a great boutique (a thriftique, they call it – mixing boutique with thrift shop) in the city that carries very rare pieces that can “take your wardrobe to another level.”AuH2o Thriftique is the name of this resourceful shop and it’s located in the East Village at 84 east 7th street. It’s great for residents living in Lower Manhattan, because AuH20 is close to Downtown, West Village, and Chelsea too.
We walked into the boutique as she planned to find something nice for her first day of work and ended up leaving with a handful of items. Incredibly, each piece was something that I truly looked forward to seeing her wear. She found nice, long vintage dresses like in old-school movies and her big “snag” was a wool blazer that they apparently don’t sell in stores anywhere.
What makes AuH20 special is that it is a very small boutique and their philosophy is instead of stuffing their space with as much vintage clothing as possible, they grab very unique, quality pieces to offer their shoppers. The one thing I will say, which my girlfriend has reassured me, is that many of the items will have to be taken to a tailor to have modifications done to them – but you’ll find really great stuff here nonetheless.
AuH20 has a great vintage shoe collection and their vintage jewelry is very charming and distinctive. My girlfriend found a gold hair clip that had to be from about the 1940s, and after a good polish it looked like it was a new piece designed to look retro. Another very interesting thing is that a lot of the vintage clothes they carry are things brought over from other countries by incoming immigrants, which were hand-woven.
I can’t go on and on about vintage clothes shopping because I am no expert – but I will say, as far as my approval is concerned, of all the places I’ve taken my girlfriend to during this whole trend, she easily had the most success at AuH2O Thriftique.
Something fresh has been in store for our Manhattan residents at Plaza East. Kips Bay Fairway Market opened just before the New Year on Second Avenue at E 30th Street – within walking delivery distance, which is their lowest home delivery fee (under $5!).
There are a few different reasons why I highly encourage people get out and shop at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle at least once in their lives. I say once because the area is quite overwhelming, so it may not be an every weekend trip. Nonetheless, it’s good to treat yourself sometimes and this is the place be for some of the best shopping in NYC. (more…)
The pups were out in full force last Thursday for the Posh Pets event at TF Cornerstone’s 505W37 building in Hudson Yards. Friends of the 2- and 4-legged kind gathered for an evening of treats, fashion and philanthropy as numerous local pet businesses showcased their wares at the Hudson River Club resident lounge. Proud parents dressed their pups (and the occasional felines) in their finest attire in preparation for four-legged family portraits. (more…)
The annual Crazy 4 Cult art show is based on such a cool, simple idea, it’s no wonder it’s developed a huge, uh, cult following in Los Angeles, where for five years in a row Gallery 1988 on Melrose asked dozens of artists to create a piece (or two, or whatever) based on their favorite cult movie. Could be any medium or style, could be a character, or an iconic scene, could be a mash-up of two or more cult movies, doesn’t matter: take something cult-movie-y, and create art. As you can imagine, the results have been pretty wild, and all over the aesthetic map. And the reason why we’re telling you all of this is: this year, Gallery 1988′s Crazy 4 Cult is taking place right here in the great city of New York, in a pop-up space on Gansevoort just above the West Village in the Meatpacking district, right near the southern end of the High Line. (more…)
Any company that gets to celebrate its fortieth year in business has much to be proud of; lasting that long in the most competitive city on Earth is really saying something. J&R Music and Computer World, a true veteran of the Financial District, reached that milestone a few months ago, and stands as that rare animal: a big “name” retailer that’s not a faceless corporate monolith. From its humble beginnings as a little record and tape store, to the “world” it is today, J&R flips the script on the current model. Instead of resigning themselves to finding unique items on the internet, consumers in the Wall Street area can actually go into the store, confident that what they’re seeking is there waiting for them. In fact, residents of Lower Manhattan who balk at traveling up or across town to find a cool record shop or place to grab some computer equipment may not even be aware of the gem that sits right in their midst. J&R music has weathered all manner of adversity to remain a major vendor of music, movies and just about any accessory or gadget you might need. (more…)
The Strand Bookstore in NYC is the last of a dying breed. Look around during your commute, and the books and newspapers that most 9-5’ers used to carry are rapidly being replaced by a Kindles, Nooks and iPads… or any of a number of similar devices. Factor in the strong competition from online book retailers like Amazon.com, and it’s no wonder that NYC bookstores large and small continue to disappear from the cityscape. (more…)