Just a few days old, The Glasgow Vintage Company is the latest addition to the vintage row located on East Ninth Street between First and Second Avenues. Owner Gavin O’Brien, manning the floor when we stopped by today, told us he and his wife plus three kids had just moved eight weeks prior to the West Village from Glasgow, Scotland, where they own an almost identical shop.
Was the move perhaps a means of escaping Scotland just before the country decided to maintain its often fraught marriage with the rest of the United Kingdom? Maybe O’Brien and his family thought that in the absence of total and complete Scottish independence, bringing a plethora of wooly Scottish vintage garments out of the country was the only way to preserve Scottish identity?
Well, not exactly. O’Brien said he and his family simply wanted to “try things out here.”
The new sister store is definitely worth a visit. It’s packed with colorful wool sweaters; silk skirts and tops for women; blazers, Levi’s, and plaid and patterned shirts for men; as well as shoes, fur coats, leather belts, an assortment of hats, and even a selection of kids vintage. And better yet, everything’s straight from Scotland. However, there wasn’t a kilt in sight when we stopped by.
O’Brien said even more items are on the way, and they’ll be stocked as soon as they make it through customs.
Tops and bottoms hover around the $40 range, while sweaters are priced anywhere from $40 to $90. Some of the more expensive items, such as fur coats, run upwards of $400.
The Glasgow Vintage Company, 331 E. Ninth St., between First and Second Aves.; open daily from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.