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Nearby Subway Stops
L at Bedford Ave.
This venue is closed.
Milliner Ryan Wilde, vintage curator Valerie Bowers, and jewelry designer Georgia Varidakis blend their shared affinity for twenties glamour, gothic style, and antique eccentricities at this quirky space, opened in October 2008. Formerly vendors at various Brooklyn flea markets, the trio combines unusual vintage apparel with darkly artistic, one-of-a-kind accessories. Varidakis incorporates old watch parts and animal bones into necklaces, rings, and earrings, often casting details from vintage furniture to make molds for jewelry. Bowers scopes out estate sales across the country to buy high-end vintage garb, with a particular penchant for Ferragamo—a collection of near-perfect pumps and flats by the designer line the shelves. But the main attraction is the stunning array of handmade hats by Wilde, a European-trained milliner whose custom designs have graced runway shows and fashion shoots. While some of her pieces pay homage to classic hat shapes (old-school fedoras, derbies), the bulk of her sculptural headwear is avant-garde, incorporating feathers, shrunken alligator claws, pheasant pelts, and discarded seahorse bodies (Wilde does the taxidermy herself). Despite their macabre nature, the discreetly-placed trimmings look almost dainty—one fedora sports tiny mink scapulae in the shape of a bow.
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