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From retro shift dresses to beaded clutch bags and even a tea set, Patina is a go-to source for carefully selected, one-of-a-kind items. Many vintage stores crowd their racks with dusty pieces, but this Soho store knows how important it is to preserve, and edit, the past. Well-maintained, near-flawless dresses collected at trade shows, estate sales and on consignment are hung around the space, each meticulously labeled by designer, material, and price. Add a white beaded clutch to a black-and-white linen Pauline Trigere dress and you’re ready for lunch at the Waldorf. Love eclectic, retro tableware? Find delicate silver ice tongs displayed nearby. Between the high-end kitsch and vintage fashion lurk those pieces that really are one-of-a-kind. The clutches, carpet bags, gloves and hats are all unique; you can be sure the girls in the office or in the next booth at 21 won’t be carrying the same Lucite box purse with gold trim.
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