Driftwood bracelet at Creatures of Comfort ($125)
A good bit before Ikea wandered its way there, Erie Basin had already found a loyal following in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The one-of-a-kind shop scours the country near and far to find chic, moody, and yes a bit eerie examples of jewelry and objects from the 18th and early 19th centuries. More recently they've been adding modern collections that have the same Gothic feel as their antique finds.
We've been admiring the store from afar for well over a year, ogling their impeccably curated online shop. We finally had a chance to visit the shop for ourselves to add it to the New York shopping guide.
Ogle the online shop yourselves but, if you do get the opportunity, we encourage you to get out to Red Hook and see the real thing.
"Zsa Zsu is a feel good online vintage store for people with a vintage heart and a sense of humor." The Belgium online vintage store is the latest additon to our guide.
Reborn finally launched their Fall 2008 collections online and selection is, if possible, better than their spring effort. Pieces range from stark minimal to complex sculptural and come in any color you like as long as it is black. Here are some of our favorites.
Vintage geometric rings at Anica ($65)
Originally a costume and set designer, Belgian Natalia Brilli started designing fashion accessories in 2003 for Rochas. After 3 year at Rochas she started her eponymous label in 2005. Her pieces often use leather as a sculptural element, sometimes shaping and intertwining it with various metals. Dark and dramatic, Victorian influences and aesthetics in her work are clear.
Her Fall 2008 collection is now available at Gravity Pope Tailored Goods. Thanks to reader Aryen for the tip.
White Capri is a new Berlin based accessories label, whose first collection is inspired by a movie set in London, directed by a Jewish American director. Woody Allen is the director, Match Point is the movie, and White Capri has designed quite a beautiful collection of bags and jewelry that are urban and proper at the same time.
The collection is naturally available online for sale and shipping around the world. Welcome to the global fashion village.
Comme des Garcons' guerilla stores are meant to be temporary experiments in avant-garde retail. But in the case of the very first guerilla store that opened in Berlin in 2004 the experiment didn't stop when CdG left town. The organizers of the store continued the operation, reincarnated as Lil Shop. Lil Shop sells vintage Comme des Garcons and Junya Watanbe in addition to CdG accessories, selections from the current season, and various other accessories. The shop resigned their site late last year, and now offers online shopping.
(These awesome necklaces are exclusive to Lil Shop)
And so we find another cool Scandinavian shop that'll ship to the US. Pepper hails from Bergen, Norway and just opened up their online shop. The selection is mostly a mix of fun, hip Scandinavian and European pieces, with some American names thrown in for good measure.
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