When we stopped by the shop today– inside the short-lived home of Alter Vintage, where they’ve been since the start of August– we found Kyla and two other women sorting through mounds of new inventory from a recent trip to the West Coast.
The laid back, lounge-like vibe of the place seems to come naturally to Kyla, who was barefoot in a floor-length maxi dress. A fluffy white dog named Matisse moped around on the ground. And even though she’s from Texas, if Kyla threw on some enormous shades she’d look like a partygoer in Boogie Nights. I could almost picture myself sprawled out on that reupholstered midcentury chair popping quaaludes, sipping on a daiquiri.
And actually, this isn’t pure fantasy. With a “mid-range” price point, the only hard part would be finding the ludes. “I don’t stock anything crazy expensive,” Kyla confirmed.
While Kyla has had plenty of experience selling her furniture and decorative wares on Instagram, this is her first IRL shop. “I pull from my personal taste and my friends,'” she explained. “I didn’t go to school for this or anything.”
And though there’s a clear aesthetic, individual pieces reveal a diverse set of influences. Southwest printed blankets and rugs mingle with macrame wall hangings, and funky lamps sit atop sober-looking coffee tables. You’ll find plenty of practical stuff like barware and pottery, but you’ll just as easily find fun pieces like brass animals and a flamingo poking its head out from a framed photo on the wall.
“We’re not into having what’s trending right now,” Kyla explained. “It’s just what we think is super fun.”
Adaptations is located at 109 Franklin Street in Greenpoint; hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7 pm.