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Designer Fashion Deals

46 E. 91st St., New York, NY 10128 40.784001 -73.95647
at Madison Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-427-1835 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Discount Store
  • Products & Services: Handbags, Jewelry, Vintage Clothing, Womenswear

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Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 86th St.

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Product Guide

Accessories

  • Handbags
  • Jewelry

Clothing

  • Vintage Clothing
  • Womenswear

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As the muse of her couture designer grandfather, professional clotheshorse Gail Lewis grew up with a keen eye for luxury labels. In 2001, former interior designer Lewis transformed her stately apartment into a continuous sample sale for once- or never-worn designer pieces discarded by socialites and celebrities or salvaged from auctions. Today, a steady stream of bargain-hunting, label-loving Wall Street traders, lawyers, and tourists ride the attended elevator up to Lewis’s well-appointed showroom and raid her narrow front hall closet for Yves Saint Laurent, Carolina Herrera, and Armani power suits. (A chart taped to the inside of the door helps shoppers calculate the European equivalent of their size 2 to 10 frames.) Secretaries and celebutantes whisk through racks in the spare office for an Oleg Cassini sequined flapper number or Shoshanna keyhole halter to wear to the Grammy's or ce soir's cocktail party. From scarves and coats to swishy party numbers, some pieces are actually couture—like a long-sleeved lace Emanuel Ungaro dress or Christian Dior trench—while others are good fakes. With their unconventional shapes and mint conditions, Lewis's vast collection of vintage reptile handbags are a find and are constantly replenished with new arrivals. Come with plenty of cash (though prices start low, Lewis doesn't take credit cards) and don't count on haggling. If you ask nicely, you'll get to browse the hidden drawers of Art Deco costume jewelry.

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