6 at Astor Pl.; L at First Ave.
This venue is closed.
After years of selling vintage clothing at Kensington Market in London, boutique veteran Jo Custance-Smith hatched this Stateside store with her husband, Alan, in 1992. Since then, the bubblegum-pink shop has become a go-to source for budget vintage hounds as well as the exclusive carrier of Custance-Smith’s own pretty-punk label of dresses, skirts, and jewelry, called Smith & Smith. The tattooed, vibrantly accessorized designer embodies the aesthetic of her work, which features edgy, strapless dresses and miniskirts in polka-dot, zebra, and bold floral prints for around $120. Built to flatter all body types, the breezy dresses are sewn on-site from rayon, jersey, and silk, with pleats or ruching at the bust. An eighties-inspired vibe carries over into the accessories that cover the shop’s center tables and spill over onto the pink tiled floor, like natty felt hats decked with sequined floral designs, Pierre Dumas pointy-toed pumps in primary colors, neon costume jewelry, and blue zebra duffel bags. Vintage and repurposed-vintage pieces are displayed up front, like retro women’s button-down shirts in pastel plaids, Levi’s denim skirts, and occasional finds from Gucci and Hermès.