Thanks to my design team, I scored a ticket to the MANHATTAN VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOW and I must say, I was impressed with the vendors (not to mention, being surrounded by one-of-a-kind designer pieces from previous collections) and the vibrant atmosphere, including seeing a lot of vintage/fashion fans being dressed up for some serious #ootd pictures.
Before you enter to explore the show, a mini exhibit was displayed representing the looks created by American designer/FIT alumni (hello to my college peeps!) Stephen Burrows, including the dress that model Pat Cleveland wore for his collection back in the 70s. It was interesting to see colorful knitwear pieces and trends that stood out during that decade such as fit and flare silhouettes.
I must say, I’m not completely in love with thrifting especially when I haven’t had the best of luck with searching for vintage goodies and admire those who make it their hobby/always find the best pieces for the best deals (you guys are the real MVPs). Though I will say, I enjoy taking a moment to look at designer pieces, whether it is jewelry, handbags or clothing.
When walking around the event, there were a couple of vendors that stood out to me. Beginning with the accessories category, YULIA’S BAGS served its purpose- from this exhibitor, I saw a lot of well kept handbags and variations from crossbodies to clutches designed by Gucci, Fendi, Dior and many others. Most bags represented by YULIA’S BAGS were made out of leather with the exception of a couple of Dior clutches in which the outer-shell was constructed with twill fabric. Because of each bag’s condition and well-known designer name, prices varied from $200 and above, seeing the highest number for a bag around $400.
CLASSICALLY CURATED was another exhibitor I was excited to stop by since its vintage pieces were very feminine, delicate and detailed bohemian style in neutral colors of pinks and soft creams with a touch of beige. Many of it’s pieces contained a “lingerie-esque” appeal to it, composed mainly out of silk or lace fabrics/trims to resemble an intimate night gown. The placed owned vintage pieces from designer and independent brands.
My favorite moment throughout the entire event was looking into the jewelry pieces each vendor had to offer. My favorite accessories from my personal jewelry set are rings I have purchased at a vintage show in France and ever since, I have made it my mission to take my time to find any rings or necklaces as additional pieces for my own collection. There were a lot of variety especially with a wide range of price points from $20 pieces to $1,000 and above. It was great to see that some customers were looking into engagement rings which I thought was a pretty amazing concept- to purchase a timeless piece yet being part of a greater sustainable impact.
After my fair hour or two at the show, the event proved to be much fun especially when taking a look at garments, retro handbags and delicate jewelry pieces that live up to a one-of-a-kind authenticity. Thanks again to my co-workers for allowing me to explore vintage pieces on a Saturday- it’s a work perk done right.
Be sure to visit the MANHATTAN VINTAGE SHOW website for future dates/information on their next two-day event.
Thanks & Best,