When the trio behind Inven.tory opened their first store this past fall on Kenmare and Elizabeth, they weren't planning on unveiling a second locale quite so soon. But their popularity and recession-friendly prices defied current economic trends. The new Inven.tory space, at 237 Lafayette Street, is several times larger than the first location, complete with impressively high ceilings, lofted offices for the staff, a D.J. station near the register, and an entire section of vintage clothing. But the concept is the same: The store buys overstock merchandise, which the owners (Mike Townsend, Kat Berkery and Whitney Singer) acquire from designers like Cheap Monday, Idol Radec, and Steark. They then sell the items at wholesale prices. Inven.tory carries both men’s and women’s labels, along with shoes and accessories. Click ahead to see some of our favorite finds.
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