143 E. 13th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-505-2505
The vintage fashion world is generally focused on women, making this meticulously curated boutique particularly noteworthy. Buyer Melissa Howard studies old catalogues for reference on various eras’ apparel styles. If you want the provenance of your denim jacket or leather aviator coat provenance, she knows it. Racks are filled with a pristine sampling of retro styles: Ivy League pieces from the thirties, boots from World War II, a never-worn corduroy coat from 1910. There are also accessories like twenties dead-stock ties ($45), English hunting bags from the thirties ($225), and a stash of oversize leather trucker wallets ($125).
Best Men’s Vintage
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).