Here’s Lo-Down contributor Jessica Delfino’s weekly roundup of Lower East Side shops, sales and new collections to keep your eye on.
Yaf Sparkle (158 Orchard Street) carries an extensive collection of jewelry, accessories (belts, wallets, etc) and even a very interesting line by Monika Knutsson, which consists of gilded vintage lace earrings and bracelets ($240 and up) repurposed lace taken from petticoats, bloomers and other old-timey articles of clothing she scores at flea markets (they also create their own designs). Sounds like my kind of lady.
Yaf Sparkle’s 2nd anniversary is coming up on November 29th. Joining their mailing list will assure that you don’t miss future events, like their trunk shows.
Yaf Sparkle is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
dusica (219 Mott Street) is currently residing in a pop up spot while in transition between their old store on Prince Street and their new store which will soon open on Lafayette. (An opening party will happen and we will share the details here!) In their current state, you can bag 60-70% off their handmade shoes, accessories and clothing. Their shoes are made of soft Italian leather ($285 marked down to $95) and their clothing is very strange, beautiful, and of excellent quality. They are “very popular in China.”
Dusica is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ritual Vintage (377 Broome) is a higher end vintage store that also has another store around the corner where the not rich can shop and save a few bucks. The outlet, located at 167 Mott Street, is in the midst of a clearance sale. All shoes were marked at $20 a few days ago, and I spotted items by Karl Lagerfeld (a nautical sweater lined with large dolphin buttons? toys? for $75), a vintage white V neck dress with gold neck trim ($75), and a black snakeskin jacket ($150). The sale will run through at least Sunday.
The store is open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day, but if it is busy, they say they may stay open later.
SAINTCHiC (TriBeca) is a fashion label in TriBeca (yes, south of the L.E.S.) whose big sellers include something called the “bondage pant” which sounds interesting enough, but what really caught my attention was their “Paparazzi visor.” After an unmentionable ‘celebrity’ infamously wore the visor, SAINTCHiC was poised to collect the media’s attention. I mean, what a simply brilliant idea that celebs everywhere (even celebs in their own minds) can take part in. No more pesky “no eye contact” clauses (those are so pre-visor).
I met the designer earlier this week in downtown Manhattan at an event we both happened to be attending. We bonded over her visor and my love of all things eccentric. The line is currently a private collection, but you can find out more about this enchanting face curtain by visiting their website.
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Jessica Delfino is a comedic musician who has lived and performed in the LES for like, forever. She first fell in love with beautiful clothing as a kid when her mom let her dress up in her vintage stash. Jessica was called “One of NY’s 50 Most Fashionable People” by Time Out NY. Check her out at here. She’s also @JessicaDelfino on Twitter.