Labels on a Budget

January 30, 2018

 

The fashion capital, New York City, can sometimes challenge your budget,

especially if you crave beautiful, luxurious items, and designer labels.

 

Pursuing the shops on Fifth Avenue can often be difficult,

especially if you’re trying to watch your spending.

 

If you want to be trendy and tell your own fashion story,

yet still incorporate existing trends, here is a list of stores that will

change your view on fashion, help you shape your style; and, in some cases, save you from bankruptcy.

 

INA

Ina was founded in 1993 by Ina Bernstein, a mogul of New York City’s fashion industry for over 40 years.

Before opening Ina, she sold and promoted small designers from Japan, England, Holland, and America.

She also became well known for her collaborations with fashion magazine stylists and editors.

After her divorce, she dived into a new role, as a collector of vintage clothing.

With the help of friends, and by taking on loans, she opened the first Ina store.

One hundred percent of the items came from her collection.

Word about her first consignment store spread fast, and it didn't take long for it to become

one of the favorite destinations for fashionistas.

Today Ina offers the most beautiful designer clothing, shoes, accessories,

and select vintage pieces that NYC can offer.

It is not a surprise to see a Chanel suit from a 1985 collection, or a vintage velvet Dior clutch from 1970.

Thus proving that only items of the highest quality can find a place in the store.

The staff are attuned to current fashion trends, and are collectors and followers of couture history,

examples of which often find their way into the stores.

Currently Ina has locations in Chelsea, Union Square, and two stores in Nolita, all of which are worth a visit.


TOKIO7
Featured on the list of New York Magazine's ''Best of New York,’'

TOKIO 7 is located in the East Village on 83 East and 7th Street.

It remains one of the largest consignment stores in NYC.

If you are cruising for designer apparel from Japanese labels like Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto,

as well as from industry standard-bearers like Prada, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana

you are in for a great experience. But be warned, if you are used to haggling over prices

at other stores, at Tokio 7, I wouldn’t try. As we all know, customer service is essential for New Yorkers,

but at this destination don’t expect to rely on help from the staff.

My best advice is to bring your partner in fashion crime,

and get your hands on the pieces that will upgrade your closet with the hottest designer names.


L TRAIN VINTAGE
If you hopped on the L train and decided to explore charming Brooklyn,

you can’t miss the opportunity to check out leather vests, denim of all varieties,

tacky bejeweled gowns and wool sweaters that are trending today as much as in the ‘80s.

Maybe you won’t find as names like Valentino, Dior, Chanel or Prada but surely you will have a

chance to get the garments in a great condition for less than $20. L Train Vintage is the place for all of you

who like to combine rare vintage pieces with contemporary fashion.

And believe it or not, this is the store where probably half of your parents closet form 80’s and 90’s ended up.

Hipsters and trendsetters adore this store that has several locations in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan.

Why is it on our list? The reason is simple!

Diversity is essential, and to be stylish, you have to have your voice.

Sometimes for a great style, it is necessary to look for the options outside

of well-known street brands and dig into the past. L Train Vintage gives you that opportunity.


PILGRIM NEW YORK
And after all of these store if you are still craving for some extravagancy,

and your credit cards are not melted away from all of the swiping,

then next, an unfortunately last stop is in this article is going to be 70 70 Orchard street;

 one of the most luxurious vintage stores in New York.
The only way you will enter Pilgrim New York is if you ring the bell and a salesperson lets you inside.

Though not a custom that an ordinary shopper is used to, when those doors open, you will enter a fantasy
land where the fashion game is on another level.

Half fashion gallery, half vintage shop, this destination is a labor of love by

Brian Bennett and Richard Ives, and shows off their taste for vintage looks,

design, and fashion. Pilgrim New York first started in 2006 in Woodstock,

New York, as an art gallery and vintage store, and relocated to New York City in 2007.

Every item in the shop is immaculate, unworn, or new, and the owners buy exquisite pieces from private

dealers and auctions in Tokyo, Paris, and London. Even if your budget can't handle

Chanel, Christian Lacroix, or Dior from the John Galliano era, it is sure to be a

one of a kind experience, and well worth the visit.


In the end, no matter what you decided to wear tomorrow, just make sure that it makes you happy and it brings out the best of you.

Trends, they come and go, but as the great Yves Saint Laurent said, style is eternal. 

 

 

Photo Source: ltrainvintage.com, pilgrimnyc.com, tokio7.net, inanyc.com, yelp.com

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