242 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 3rd St., Ste. 7, Williamsburg; 718-384-4984
Founders Wei Du and Alex Kasavin collect artisanal drop-crotch pants the way Rachel Zoe collects Birkin bags. Their six-plus racks of men’s, women’s, and unisex deadstock, culled from collector friends and indie boutiques as far away as Japan and Australia, include both renowned and obscure avant-garde designers. A Rick Owens crushed-velvet tuxedo blazer ($850) and Givenchy gladiator wedges ($650) commingle with an inky zip hoodie ($275) by Lost & Found (Du and Kasavin will tell you its washed color comes from cold-dye treatment) and $1,700 Carol Christian Poell leather trainers (a single piece of latex-covered kangaroo leather, to be precise). The icing on the subversive cake: Everything is new with tags and discounted up to 60 percent.
Best Designer Deadstock
From the 2013 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).