Gentlemen have it tough when it comes to vintage shopping — sure, Beacon’s Closet and all the L Train Vintage spots offer an abundance of western shirts and ironic D.A.R.E. tees, but what if you’re in the market for some dapper duds and can’t for the life of you fit into the Euro/Japanese sizes at places like Rue St. Denis and Tokyo Joe? Pretty much your only option (aside from losing a little weight, which is clearly not going to happen in a world of dannolis and mac-and-cheese pizza) is to buy an exorbitantly priced used button-down from Tokio7 or INA, and what fun is there in that?
With the situation so dire, we’re more than willing to travel a little bit west for the Gentlemen’s Vintage Show, coming to the Metropolitan Pavilion this Friday.
The event, organized by the folks at Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show, will bring together out-of-town visitors (Louisville’s Recursive Chic), locals (Dated Vintage), and NYC favorites whose brick-and-mortar locations have shuttered over the years (Jae Jerrell Gents Vintage, Cherry Vintage, Strongarm Clothing & Supply Co.).
There’s a $15 entry fee ($10 online), so you may want to finally learn your shirt size.
The Gentlemen’s Vintage Show, Sept. 26 from noon to 7 p.m. at 123 West 18th Street (2nd Floor).