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Where the Pros Go

Fashion notables’ favorite retro resources.

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Illustration by Lyndon Hayes  

Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, model
“Karin Bereson and Morgan Yakus of No. 6 (6 Centre Market Pl., nr. Grand St.; 212-226-5759) troll the planet for amazing pieces, like an early-nineties Betsey Johnson sundress.”








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Georgina Chapman, Marchesa designer
Showplace Antique + Design Center (40 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-633-6063) is this little labyrinth of stores that reminds me very much of the old Antiquarius in London.”








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Rachel Roy, designer
“I once bought a great polka-dot tulle dress—very Hitchcock—at Amarcord (223 Bedford Ave., nr. N. 5th St., Williamsburg; 718-963-4001). I wore it to Bette Midler’s Halloween gala a few years ago.”








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Pamela Love, jewelry designer
“It’s harder to find steals in Manhattan, but I love Fluke in Williamsburg (169 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 6th St.; 718-486-3166). I once found a Burberry trench with a wool zip-in liner.”








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Peter Dundas, Emilio Pucci designer
“The showroom at Keni Valenti Retro Couture (155 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., third fl.; 917-686-9553) is a happy chaos with gems like iconic Halston shifts.”









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Bruce Weber, photographer
Melet Mercantile (84 Wooster St., nr. Spring St., Ste. 205; 212-925-8353) is full of mountain-climbing gear, beautiful blankets, and rare books. It’s like stepping into the perfect apartment.”








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Rogan Gregory,designer
“There are a lot of tourists at Church Street Surplus (327 Church St., nr. Canal St.; 212-226-5280), but luckily we have differing tastes. I prefer the standard-issue Vietnam-era fatigues and firefighter overalls.”








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Coco Rocha, model
“I go into Vintage Thrift (286 Third Ave., nr. 22nd St.; 212-871-0777) every few weeks to see what’s new—maybe an Art Deco chandelier, or a thirties flapper dress.”







Gucci Westman, global artistic director of Revlon
“Albright Fashion Library (62 Cooper Sq., nr. 7th St.; 212-977-7350) doesn’t sell anything, but it’s the No. 1 rental house when you don’t want to spend a fortune on a dress and accessories that you will wear once.”

Kate Young, stylist
“Chelsea’s New York Vintage (117 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-647-1107) is no secret, but it’s spectacular. They have my favorite selection of twenties and Victorian stuff.”

Waris Ahluwalia, jewelry designer
“Katy Rodriguez and Mark Haddawy from Resurrection (217 Mott St., nr. Spring St.; 212-625-1374) have an incredible eye, which is why they have been around so long. The beautiful dresses are not for me, obviously, but I love the old band T-shirts and books, like Carlo Mollino’s Polaroid.


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