New York City. The city where you can get anything you want, any time you want. When it comes shopping for clothing, especially for vintage, if you can’t find it here, you probably can’t find it anywhere. Being it the beginning of autumn, we went to a few of our favorite shops around Manhattan and Brooklyn in search of some new Fall finds to enhance our wardrobe. Now that the weather has turned it’s the perfect time to update our look. Our number one style tip when incorporating vintage into your look is to make it your own. Try mixing and matching vintage with regular and contemporary pieces.
From Hell’s Kitchen, we hopped on the NQRW line down to Union Square. One of our favorite places for vintage T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and jackets is Metropolis Vintage on 3rd Ave just south of Union Square. While the prices are slightly higher than other shops, they are still less pricey than some of the new, vintage shops that have jumped on the bandwagon in Soho and Nolita. Plus, their selection of T-shirts is unparalleled, especially their Harley-Davidson T’s, of which we’re huge fans of. They carry shirts in a wide array of colors and sizes, and you can never have enough t’s to wear alone and layer with.
While we were in the hood, we couldn’t help but pop into L Train Vintage, formerly No Relation, on 13th and 1st Ave. While the selection isn’t as curated, you can find some great gems at much more affordable prices. This shop is especially great for all sorts of flannels, button downs, and shoes. Occasionally, you might even find a motorcycle jacket for a steal.
Speaking of the L train, after leaving L Train Vintage, we hopped on the L towards Williamsburg and got off at Bedford Ave. One of our all-time favorite boutiques, Feltraiger, is located on Grand between Bedford and Berry. Feltraiger opened less than a decade ago by two brothers. While they have a limited selection of vintage shirts, their own line of modern American-Biker-inspired clothing is robust. They design their own denim, jackets, t’s, shorts, button down shirts, and accessories. Best of all, their line is made in the USA. And if you’re looking for a candle, soap, or solid cologne, they are also the sole seller of Fury Bros. products in Williamsburg!
After leaving Feltraiger, it was back to Hell’s Kitchen. Before heading home, we stopped into my favorite neighborhood men’s gift shop, Fine & Dandy. Fine & Dandy is located on 49th between 9th and 10th Ave. Although the shop is only about the size of a New York City apartment closet, they manage to cram tons of treasures into it. From flasks to journals, cologne to pins, Fine & Dandy has the perfect gift for any type of guy. They have a wide selection of gifts and our favorites are their amazing collection of vintage patches and handkerchiefs. Outside of high-end boutiques, you won’t find a selection this rare. If you’re looking for that personal addition to a new jean jacket, what better than an authentic patch for the 1940’s of 50’s.
Vintage is in. American is in. And if you’re turning over a new leaf this fall with your style these NYC shops are sure to please. Shop them in-person or online, and be sure to tag us in your new look.