If the East Village is the birthplace of the style of NYC icons like Patti Smith and Debbie Harry, it also happens to be the best place to dress like a 1970s rock star in 2018. As one of the vintage shopping capitals of the world, the neighborhood around the East Village apartments at EVGB will help you dress with as much reimagined nostalgia and independent style as the East Village itself. As a resident of EVGB, you’ll soon understand what Refinery29 means when they say, “In this city, vintage shopping isn’t just a means to an end. It’s a lifestyle, a mindset, a sport, and, yes, a great way to spend a Saturday.” Here are a few neighborhood favorites.
No vintage shopping spree would be complete without a trip to L Train Vintage, about which Nylon raves, “From Tommy Hilfiger tees to sequined Miu Miu flats, denim Hello Kitty dresses, and everything in between, L Train Vintage has proven to be the vintage style mecca for the girl who wants her look to be original and fresh.” Retro finds run from 50s team bomber jackets to 90s skater kid chic to everything in between, like a pink fur coat perfect for turning a coffee run from your East Village luxury apartment into a fashion statement.
At AuH20 Thriftique, Kate Goldwater has created a space where everything is hand-picked—and under $30. Add to this a regular rotation of new items on the $5 and $10 racks, and you have a go-to neighborhood spot for wallet-friendly picks like a metallic sculpted geometric crop top and other dazzling finds made from the striking patterns Goldwater has an expert eye for tracking down.
On Refinery29’s list of the best NYC vintage shops, Nomad is a standout/classic. Another inspired curation by a vintage visionary, Nomad is owned by fashion and travel lover Katie McDonnell, who stocks the store with finds from her travels, with a special nod to the clothes of nomadic cultures.
Cobblestones, Buffalo Exchange, and Mr. Throwback help round out an ever-expanding roster of vintage store gems as fun to visit as they are brilliant at adding that original edge to your wardrobe—making the act of shopping an East Village rite and the perfect complement to the ethos that “life at EVGB is always a creative experience.”