Tue-Wed, by appointment only; Thu-Sun, noon-7pm; Mon, closed
F, G at Carroll St.
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Whenever Brooklyn native Laura Buscaglia and her two gal pals got dolled up for a night out on the Rockabilly music scene, they dressed exclusively in vintage clothes from the fifties. The trio was asked what band they belonged to so many times that they finally decided to give themselves a fictional name: Bopkat. In 1998, Buscaglia opened Bopkat Vintage, a well-organized collection of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the forties through the seventies. High-waisted shorts, close-cut colored-denim jeans, A-line skirts, sleeveless floral dresses, sequined wool tanks, and slinky blouses, along with bright plastic beach bags, low-cut bathing suits, and pillbox feather hats will take you back to the future—and for a reasonable price, no less. Buscaglia sells no reproductions, instead hunting estate sales and abandoned–department store inventories for well-made, bygone staples such as hankies, bow ties, fedoras, suspenders, long gloves, and clutches, often still wrapped in their original packaging. Recent finds include an assortment of never-worn, rhinestone-dappled cat-eye glasses frames made in France. Fashion and costume designers often come looking for inspiration among the painted enamel jewelry, antique lingerie, wool twinsets, and other authentic period pieces.