NYC’s shopping scene is no longer defined by department store behemoths like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. Today style-savvy New Yorkers are skipping the busy avenues and crowded escalators in favor of the eclectic, mysterious world of vintage shopping. Here’s your guide to vintage shopping NYC-style.
Steps from the iconic DUMBO view of the Manhattan Bridge is Front General Store. Blending modern trends like succulents and fig-scented candles, handmade in Brooklyn, with classic leather jackets and polished wingtips, Front is arguably the most exquisitely curated vintage store in the city. If you’re not careful, you could spend a whole day poring over their French, Italian and American clothing and accessories—some of which date back to the 1920’s.
Front General Store. 143 Front St, Brooklyn, NY. (646) 573-0123
Fittingly located in NYC’s posh capital of SoHo, What Goes Around Comes Around specializes in luxury vintage goods. A ten-minute walk from the Duane Street Hotel, the shop stocks discontinued pieces from brands like Chanel, Levi’s and Louis Vuitton that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the world.
What Goes Around Comes Around. 351 W Broadway, New York. (212) 343-1225
Reasonably priced denim jackets, graphic tees and old-school Nikes line the walls at No Relation Vintage in the East Village. The store’s sheer volume of merchandise and gritty thrift shop feel mean it might take some digging, but you’re bound to find a hidden gem if you look hard enough.
No Relation Vintage. 204 1st Avenue, New York, NY. (212) 228-5201
Unfortunately you won’t find any baguettes at the Grand Street Bakery, which was converted into a vintage store about 5 years ago. The Americana items you’ll find on sale is hand-picked by the owners during cross-country road trips. Famous for its selection of 501 Levi’s, Grand Street Bakery also carry an extensive selection of books, rugs, military gear and magazines.
Grand Street Bakery. 602 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 387-2390
Housing Works isn’t just a great vintage shop with rare vinyls, home decor and plenty of clothing. It’s also a brand on a mission to combat AIDS and homelessness in New York City. Although they have many branches throughout NYC, stop by their SoHo shop, where you can grab a coffee and a book at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe next door—and you’ll know your money is going to a good cause.
Housing Works. 130 Crosby Street, New York, NY. (646) 786-1200