Fashion + Shopping
If you’re doing some last-minute costume shopping, a) don’t even think about going as zombie Lou Reed, and b) don’t bother going to Vice Versa, the thrift shop that’s been on Bedford Avenue for some ten years. The wall of plaid and flannel has come down and the place was being completely cleared out earlier this evening.
Luis Perez, a manager, said the store was moving to 71 White Street, near McKibbin,and will reopen in larger digs — “the same store but more quality” — sometime between November 15 and 20. “The rent is almost the same but the space is huge — maybe 8,000 square feet,” he said. Plus, the new shop will be conveniently located near Bogart & Moore Vintage. “It’s good when you have competition, because they go to the first and then the second,” said Perez.
Vice Versa’s parent company also owns No Relation Vintage and Village Style in the East Village, Urban Jungle in Bushwick, and Atlantis Attic in Williamsburg — so yeah, pretty much everywhere you’ve ever bought an ironic Member’s Only jacket.
By Robert James has been outfitting dapper dudes on Bedford Ave since December of 2012, but time’s up for the pop-up shop. “We’ll be moving just around the corner on Grand, between Bedford and Driggs. So we’re still staying in the neighborhood,” said a clerk who added that a lease was being negotiated (according to a sign in the window, the new store will open Nov. 15).
Many a Manhattan business has opened a Williamsburg outpost, but this time it’s a Chelsea barbershop, and not another downtown bar, that’s crossing the river.
Barber Bart will open at 267 Metropolitan Avenue in mid-December.
“I lived in Williamsburg for four years on Leonard Street,” explains Bart Trybala, 37, who opened the original location nine years ago. “I really like the neighborhood, and the residents have money. I’m more then happy to serve them. We do everything from haircuts and massages to manicures and pedicures.”
As if those upcoming record fairs weren’t enough, Academy Annex is having a blowout sale before it moves from Williamsburg to Greenpoint at the end of the week. According to a clerk, about 50 bins of $1 records are now priced at 2 for $1 and, even sweeter, 15 for $5. In addition, about 20 bins worth of records have been marked down to 2 for $5.
We give fashionable locals a place to go and they get All Dressed Up.
When we met up with Benjamin-Emile Le Hay at the Williamsburg branch of Cadet, he was wearing a royal-blue blazer with a pattern of black paisley, a muted striped button-down, and a pair of very significant sneakers. We were lucky enough to catch Benjamin, who works at the New York Observer as a fashion editor and is a contributing columnist at Shindigger (meaning he gets paid to go to parties full of fancy, crazy people), the day before New York Fashion Week began. He’s attending Milan Fashion Week at the moment, tweeting about Ferragamo’s use of python.
Who said there’s no outdoor fun to be had after Labor Day weekend? Now that the city’s beaches are closed it’s time to keep the fun in the sun hyperlocal by passing through these awesome block parties.
Cassettes are great and all but let’s face it, nothing beats plonking some vinyl onto a turntable and hearing some Hawaiian luau music crackle to life. On the off-chance you didn’t already blow all your walking-around money on the NYPL’s , you’ll probably want to know that two of the city’s bigger record fairs are coming up.
On the second night of Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, Geary Marcello prepped his models while wearing a purple plaid schoolgirl skirt over his pants and a three-inch spike through his septum.
“It’s about New York in the ’70s, in the disco era, when everything was whimsical and a novelty, but still had edginess,” said the bubbly designer of his FoXXy Face Couture line. “My shows have been called controversial, but I’m not trying to be controversial about sexuality or politics or anything else. It’s about creating a feeling.”
Russia-born artist Anton Zolotov is drawing outside the lines with Black Square, a tattoo shop/book and zine store opening this Monday in Williamsburg. He considers the shop to be an art project rather than a business and is focused on creating a place where people can just chill. “I wanted to do something that I haven’t seen done yet, a different take on tattooing,” he told B+B. “People can hang out here and it will be more about that, not just getting tattooed.”