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Ideal Glass

11 Jan


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.


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.


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

New York Vintage

8 Jan


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.


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’.

atlantis sign

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.


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. 

Subway Runway

10 Dec

Teddy Bears Picnic at Pinkyotto

17 Sep


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.


Fashionable Musings at MOMA NYC

11 Sep



Each visit to MOMA New York is a fabulously different experience.  On my most recent visit what struck me were the interesting fashion elements in some of the current pieces showing across the gallery.  There is definitely a strong focus on art but what is impressive is also the design and craft innovations on show.



The Architecture & Design floor had a piece I am crazy about, ‘The Guardian Angel Handbag’ by Dutch designers Carolien Vlieger and Hein van Dam.  The simplicity of design is matched by the simplicity of materials to create an amazing functional piece of Art/ Design/ Fashion.  The wool and leather handbag which went into production in 2002 is manufactured by Vlieger & Vandam in the Netherlands. 



Another woolly item was the Joseph Beuy’s grey suit.  Made of thick wool it looks so stiff and solid in a single breasted informal style with cut off hems and jacket pockets.  Wearing something like this would be both really really warm and a total textural experience.  



One of the special exhibitions at the moment is ‘The Century of the Child’  there are collections of toys and memorabilia associated with notions of childhood through the ages.  It was in this show that I came across Goth Lolita ensemble with matching Angry Doll.  Purchased by the museum from the Fashion Institute of Technology where it made up part of their Fall 2008 collection.

     A comment on the Japanese subculture fashion trend of the Lolita style.  A style that   takes inspiration from concepts of childishness from various cultural sources, including Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, nineteenth-century French dolls and Victorian mourning dress.  The style makes use of ribbons and bows, ruffles and pinafores.  The style takes its name from the 1955 novel ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov but doesn’t actually base it’s look on the ideas the book expresses about the effects of dressing this way.  The name has been taken out of context and reclaimed as a term to describe a style of childish dressing which draws from various influences and manifests itself in subgroups of Goth and Punk  Lolita. 



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