252 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St.; 212-431-4161
New York Vintage has the biggest selection and Resurrection the celebrity-fan buzz, but Amarcord’s Italian-born owners get their stock abroad, meaning a good selection of Valentino, Missoni, Gucci, and Dior. This location is particularly good for party dresses. Recently seen: an eighties couture-finished plaid Yves Saint Laurent dress for $225 and a fuchsia Ungaro silk-and-velvet coat for $195. For men, eighties-era Thierry Mugler pants with a tuxedo stripe for $125, and a Pierre Cardin blazer from the seventies for $145.
112 W. 17th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-505-5159
Wooden cabinets brim with sparkling rhinestone necklaces, cameo earrings, long glass-bead necklaces, and Bakelite bracelets. The emphasis is on value, with hundreds of pieces priced under $50, and drawers filled with $5 pins, earrings, and cuff links.
- Edith Machinist
104 Rivington St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-979-9992
Formerly Edith & Daha (Sarah Daha now runs a shop nearby specializing in secondhand boots), this store has the city’s most extensive collection of well-maintained leather designer heels and flats from the sixties through the nineties. Recent finds: Yves Saint Laurent red pumps from the sixties for $125, chunky brown Valentino heels for $125, silver Fendi flats for $74, and Givenchy navy-and-white square-toed pumps for $75.
Old and Good
Vintage stores with reliably first-rate inventory.
From the 2010 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).