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Kavanagh's Designer Resale Shop

146 E 49th St., New York, NY 10017 40.75575 -73.97264
between Lexington and Third Aves.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-702-0152 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Consignment/Thrift Shop
  • Products & Services: Designer Discount, Vintage Clothing

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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide


  • Designer Discount
  • Vintage Clothing


This venue is closed.

As Bergdorf Goodman's director of personal shopping, Mary Kavanagh helped fill the closets of royalty, socialites, and celebrities; but upon realizing that her clients hardly wore what they bought, she decided to turn her attention toward emptying their wardrobes instead. New or second-hand, Kavanagh was not willing to compromise her standards, so at her designer resale shop there are no diffusion lines or mass market labels; the proprietress stocks only signature and couture creations. Staples include Chanel tweeds, Missoni knits, and Armani suits, plus Fendi furs in the winter and de la Renta chiffons in the summer. Many garments retain their original retail tags, which typically display numbers that are four times that of Kavanagh's resale price, and almost every item--including Dior bags, Manolo stilettos, and Hermès scarves--is less than two years old and in top-notch condition. Everything in the antique-appointed store is arranged by size, and owner Kavanagh is always on hand to give clients the frank advice on fit and appropriateness that made her the best friend of Bergdorf's big spenders.