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Ideal Glass

11 Jan

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I had the great fortune to stumble across the Ideal Glass Pop-Up Shop & Art Gallery on 22 E 2nd Street, (Between Bowery and 2nd Ave).  Calling themselves an interdisciplinary industrial space for the development and presentation of unusual works, the Ideal Glass gallery is definitely worth a look.  When I visited it was to see the Art Wear at the pop-up shop but their portfolio also consists of video, music,  and multimedia projects.  The Ideal Orkestra frequently plays at  the Amelie Wine Bar on 22 West 8th Street, their jazzy original tracks keep guests entertained in the candlelight of the French inspired bar/ dining room.

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The clothing in the store was really inventive and though the space was small it was a great showcase of what was on offer from the imagination of Uta Bekaia.  A costume and fashion designer from Tbilisi , Georgia, Bekaia has been working inNew York city since 1998.  Working mostly in costume design he has created work for theater and film companies, he has also done work for interior and industrial design companies.  He is currently part of SaintHollywood a New York based multimedia art project and took part in 2012s Williamsburg Fashion Weekend.

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Check out the website to stay up to date with what’s going on with the very interesting goings and some great videos on http://www.idealglass.org
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New York Vintage

8 Jan

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Seeking out vintage stores in New York can be a daunting prospect.  I think it’s really a matter of time and budget as well as personal shopping style.  There are, for example, the carefully curated stores that present the garments of yesteryear as precious objects.  These stores are airy and spacious and you can pop in and grab something with relative ease, although your bill will reflect the decadence of this particular type of thrift shopping.  For me it’s almost ruins that thrill of treasure hunting that is the drive behind most of my thrift shopping excursions.  Over burdened rails and baskets of tangled scarves are always a good sign that there is something truly unique and amazing in there, you just have to seek it out.

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As usual I was on a mission to find just such a store and this time I got more than I bargained for.  ‘No Relation‘ in East Village is a store that I’ve been visiting over the past few years.  It’s great.  There are hats, dresses, jackets, shoes, mens clothing and more all tightly packed and tempting.  ‘No Relation‘ is a vintage store with thrift store prices.  Here you will find retro gold from the carefully selected stock that reflects styles from the last few decades.  The ground floor is totally packed and contains most of the stock, there is a basement that contains some overflow, flannel shirts, wooly jumpers, and a few more dresses.

The great news is that ‘No Relation’ has expanded to become ‘L Train Vintage’.

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A little chain of six great vintage stores around New York city that are definitely worth a visit.  The other stores are Village Style, Vice Versa Vintage, Vice Versa Parkslope, Atlantis Attic Thrift Warehouse & Urban Jungle Vintage.  I did of course check them all out.  They are all similar in terms of their stock, the main difference is the size.  My favourite has to be Atlantis Attic Thrift Warehouse.  It is so huge that it’s almost spacious.  The high ceiling is adorned with suspended action figures and odd garments hanging from the rafters. The overflowing rails and baskets are surrounded by a bit more space for you to manouever.  This store has everything in vast amounts, men and women’s clothing and an accessory section the size of some of the other L train stores.  Everything is laid out pretty well according to its type, dresses here, jackets there etc.  As I say there is so much stuff here that you need a little time.  The best thing is that it‘s almost a challenge to find anything that costs over $10.  The exceptions would be the leather jackets and boots and a few other items dispersed among the other sections, but really not that much.

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Addresses  . . . 
 
No Relation
204 First Ave, between East 12 & 13 Streets
L Train to First Ave.
 
Village Style
111 E 7th St (between 1st Ave & Avenue A) 
L Train to First Ave.
 
Atlantis Attic Warehouse
771 Metropolitan Ave. Between Humboldt St & Graham Ave.
L Train to Graham Ave
 
Urban Jungle
118 Knickerbocker Ave. between Flushing Ave & Thames Street
L Train to Morgan Ave
 
Vice Versa Vintage
241 Bedford Ave (between North 3 & 4 Streets) Brooklyn, NY 11211
L Train to Bedford Ave
 
Vice Versa Parkslope
550 5th Ave Brooklyn NY 11215
L train to Lorimer, transfer to the G train, G train to 4 Ave. 
 
 
 
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Subway Runway

10 Dec

Teddy Bears Picnic at Pinkyotto

17 Sep

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Pinkyotto in the East Village currently has my favorite concept window.  Established by Ryo Liu, the store stocks whimsical, edgy, feminine styles.  The team designs sharp & chic garments by carefully pairing pattern and textile with unusual detailing.  Vintage inspired and fashion forward Pinkyotto plays with notions of fashion & style.

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