New York is, of course, great in that there are quite a number of vintage and thrift stores that are more like shops than stores in which the inventory is more high-end and trendy than just some old, used clothes.
I sometimes stroll through vintage and thrift shops, as most people do, hoping do find that amazing treasure – a designer dress or top that is at a major discount and looks fabulous on me. I often don’t find anything but it’s no one’s fault but my own. I have to admit, I haven’t made much of an effort to check out the more glamorous stores but after visiting Antoinette in Williamsburg, BK this past Saturday, I am adding it to my list of “do’s” in 2013.
A friend of ours from a decade and a half ago, was recently written up in the Guest of a Guest’s article “5 Quirky Shops You’ve Never Heard Of In NYC” (she’s #3), so you probably know how proud we were to see her being recognized. We had yet to make it to Lexi’s shop in the year and half that it has been open and figured her in-store Halloween party was the perfect reason to stop in.
Lexi has fashion in her bones and it’s evident in her store. Graduating from FIT and spending 10 years working for Gap Inc. in the International Department, Lexi clearly followed in her mother’s footsteps. Antoinette, Lexi’s mother, worked in the fashion industry in the 1950’s and 1960’s for Lilly Daché most notably known for designing the turban hat. Antoinette had a keen sense of knowing that all fashion is cyclical and that eventually everything comes full circle back into style. Lexi’s mother saved all of her family’s clothes, jewelry and accessories and is now being revived in its namesake Antoinette.
This is a really fun store to shop in. There is a story for every piece of inventory. I tried on a cute sweater vest that was her uncle’s (I’m told he was a tiny man), a chunky royal blue necklace that was her grandmother’s from the 50’s and the over-sized clutch that I ended up purchasing was her aunt’s from the 70’s. For every item in her store, Lexi knows the previous owner and what decade each item is from.
Lexi exudes her super cute enthusiasm and pride as she tells each story.
Not only is the inventory special but so is the store itself. Everything from her floors to her logo to the jewelry caddy’s, were all designed and/or made by her crafty friends and family. The store is warm and comforting to shop in and you’ll never want to leave wishing that it was your closet to “shop” in every day!
Check out other NYC publications that love Antoinette:
1) Time Out NY’s “Ten things we love about Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn”
2) Refinery29’s “NYC’s Secret Spots: R29ers Share Their Hush-Hush Hangouts“