On Friday, Kat and I had an amazing shopping trip through Soho with Suzanne of ZTrend ((646) 267-1228), www.ZTrend.com/Shop).  We met at a small cupcake shop for coffee and then headed through the teeming shopping district to our first stop, Allan & Suzi home of retro and modern fashion (237 Center St., New York, NY, www.allanandsuzi.net).  Since it was morning and the store was just opening, we had a chance to chat with Allan who is a most interesting and colorful person.  His store is large and full of vintage and modern clothing on the outrageous level, including a hand-painted wedding dress hanging from the ceiling.  It was such a fun place to photograph, that I took way more photos than will fit here, but you'll get the idea.

After our visit to Allan & Suzi, we stopped by Amarcord Vintage Fashion (252 Lafayette St., between Price & Spring, New York, NY, amarcordvintagefashion.com).  The sales rep behind the counter used to work at Labels in Walnut Creek, so I had a Bay Area connection with this store.  Amarcord is a lot like Labels in that it has high-end vintage and consignment clothes at reasonable prices and in good condition. Their clothes are more conservative, but it is definitely a store worth checking out.

Traveling down Prince Street, we stopped in at Ina (21 Prince St., New York, NY, www.inanyc.com), a small boutique with some beautiful designer clothes and shoes.  It was too expensive for my taste, but I enjoyed photographing individual items.  Next stop was Housing Works (130 Crosby St., New York, NY) a vintage clothes and thrift shop that has a little bit of everything, including furniture and books.  Proceeds from this store go towards fighting HIV/AIDS and homelessness, so I felt good buying something here.  I Bought a beautiful vintage fur muff for only $15.  But now that I'm back home in Berkeley, I'll have to keep it away from my cats, as they will think it was a present for them.  It would also make a fabulous pillow.

Since I took so many photos on this shopping trip, I will also be posting a part 2.  I want to thank Suzanne again for showing us around Soho and taking us to so many interesting stores.  It was the highlight of my trip.

Window display at Allan & Suzi

Fur jacket & zebra pants at Allan & Suzi

Safety pin dress at Allan & Suzi

Man about town at Allan & Suzi

Allan behind the counter

A view of the store

Hand-painted wedding dress at Allan & Suzi

Vintage club shirt at Allan & Suzi

Twiggy pillow on red chair at Allan & Suzi

Platform shoes with 1980's jacket & red hat at Allan & Suzi

1960's silver mini dress at Allan & Suzi

Todd Oldham beaded vest at Allan & Suzi

Wedding dress & 1980's jacket at Allan & Suzi

Decorative jacket at Allan & Suzi

Black velvet rhinestone pants at Allan & Suzi

Fur purse at Allan & Suzi

Pink plastic purse & flower belt at Allan & Suzi

Suzanne chatting with Allan at Allan & Suzi

Window display at Amarcord

Sales rep at Amarcord

Purses at Amarcord

View of the store at Amarcord

Purses, shoes, dresses & umbrella at Amarcord

Window display at Ina

Front counter at Ina

Suzanne shopping at Ina

Shoe department at Ina

Oscar de la Renta cloth pumps at Ina

Cute small-heeled pumps at Ina

Black dress at Ina

More designer pumps at Ina

Gray dress at Ina

Black & white dress at Ina

Entrance to Housing Works

Friendly sales reps at Housing Works

Overview of the store at Housing Works

Clothing display at Housing Works

Vintage fur muff that I bought for only $15 at Housing Works

Housing Works


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