| by Kenneth Chase | 41 comments

Inside New York’s Most Exclusive Vintage Shop


I’m Kim Bhasin, luxury
reporter at Bloomberg, here to invite you into
the most exclusive realms of luxury retail. This is Invitation Only. Today, I’m in Chelsea,
the Manhattan neighborhood with everything a fancy
person could ask for. Tons of super expensive art. A bustling, pricey market. And a formally posh hotel
turned historic landmark. Once home to notable fancy
guests like Lillie Langtry, Milos Forman, Jane
Fonda, and Bette Midler. So with its knack at preserving
old beautiful things, it shouldn’t be a surprise
that Chelsea is also home to the world’s fanciest
used clothing shop, New York Vintage. (doorbell rings) Hi. Hello. Hi, welcome. How are you? I’m good, how are you? Great! So we’re in our retail store
right now, the bottom floor, which is open to the public and
anybody can come in and shop and purchase these wonderful,
rare pieces of vintage, and then the second floor
is a private showroom that houses over a 150
years of important fashion. Balenciaga, Halston,
Schiaparelli, Fortuny, Worth, really special, rare pieces
that are museum caliber, basically impossible to come by. Downstairs, all these pieces are for sale. Upstairs they’re for rent. Who shops up there? Who’s allowed up in the treasure trove? We work with editors and
stylists for industry use, but we have a lot of our
private clientele, celebrities that will come up for fittings
for various events as well. What kind of celebrities? Um, every kind. (laughs) The A-list kind. Do your dresses show up on the red carpet? Oh all the time, absolutely, yeah. And to see the clothing kind
of take on a different life is incredible. To get an appointment upstairs,
can anyone just walk in or call you and get an
appointment to go check it out? It’s not that easy. (laughs) You have to have credentials. Do you vet people? We vet people. Everyone is vetted before they have access to the archive, absolutely. Am I allowed up there? Um, I’ll let you have a peek. (laughs) I’ll give you a little guided tour. (upbeat, rhythmic music) Oh, look at this. Ready to be inspired? Uh-huh. So over here we have an
Adrian, this is 1930s. He designed costumes for over 250 films during Hollywood’s Golden Era. Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, and Garbo, all of these ladies wore his gowns. He’s known for this silhouette,
the bias 1930s dress. These are corsets from the 1880s. 1880s? Uh-huh, 1880s. We have some examples of
some McQueen headpieces. Over here we have Gianni Versace. Back here we have a bra
that was worn by Lady Gaga. I believe this was just for an editorial. Just to wear, ’cause she’s
Lady Gaga, of course. And by the way, this
belonged to Josephine Baker, so this bra is from the 1920s, a lot of famous breasts were… (laughs) At this rack. Well at this rack (laughing)… So this is the famous
Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City” bird. (dramatic orchestra music) Has anyone tried to buy this off of you? I would say the most
interesting solicitation was from a Saudi princess who
was buying up everything from “Sex and the City” the film, and offered a very large sum of money. Of course we turned it down– How large is large? Six figures. Oh, for this bird. Yes for this little bird. (slow, deep bass) I’ve had some moments where
I’ve realized the impact we’ve had on the fashion industry. I can share an experience
a few years ago where I was up in my showroom just working away. I had my three children running around me and I get a call on my cell
phone from the White House, “We’d like to put Michelle
Obama in vintage.” Just never knowing what or
who you’re working with, knowing that somehow you
inspired someone to take an idea and to run with it. So you’re hearing all this talk about the retail
apocalypse, retail is dying, how is that affecting this business? It’s so scary, I’ve been
here for almost 20 years and I don’t think that anybody on my block is really standing since we first opened, and I think that the reason
why we haven’t really been impacted is because
it is an experience when you come here. We’ve been asked by schools
to have private tours, we’ve opened our archive
to students for research, you just feel good coming in and you feel like you’ve walked into a time
capsule of fashion history. (laughs) All in one place.

41 Comments

Cassowary

Jan 1, 2019, 11:54 am Reply

Very cool

MissMandy789

Jan 1, 2019, 6:42 pm Reply

I would LOVE to see the hat collection 😍

Sherry Brown

Jan 1, 2019, 6:43 pm Reply

Thanks!

Hye Ri Kim

Jan 1, 2019, 6:59 am Reply

It's so beautiful

ffic4life

Feb 2, 2019, 6:42 pm Reply

They show all these pretty pictures of fancy people and then THE UGLIEST FUCKING PICTURE OF BETTE MIDLER THEY CPULD FIND hahahaha HAHAHAHAHA

Nakul Narotham

Feb 2, 2019, 10:34 am Reply

U're a luxury reporter. Get ur teeths done atleast.. Damn!!!

candiceRenae Vintage and Thrifted Fashion Stylist

Feb 2, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

Whew, can I breathe now??? Luv, luv, luv!!!

Sirron Carrector

Feb 2, 2019, 4:16 am Reply

offended

Natasha Harper

Feb 2, 2019, 2:21 am Reply

This is amazing and I hope they are always open.❤️

Courteney Campbell

Feb 2, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

Them shoes 😍😍

Courteney Campbell

Feb 2, 2019, 1:27 pm Reply

I would love to work there

Varshita Kolipaka

Feb 2, 2019, 6:42 am Reply

you know that a shop is high end when you see more couches and décor than the actual stuff. XD

Raju Kumaran

Feb 2, 2019, 10:40 am Reply

Any used bra and panties?…I have a niche clientele of Japanese purveyors …..value goes up if used by woke Manhattan based ball crunching feminazis….

Bianca Chua

Feb 2, 2019, 11:49 am Reply

Wow I wish I could go in there someday 😮😮

مريم بنت ام مريم __meme

Feb 2, 2019, 10:38 am Reply

Quick, run! There's a cop coming!

Thomas Hull

Mar 3, 2019, 10:53 pm Reply

This guy irks me, he isn’t smooth or suave enough to report on a cool place like this

Oscar Kavanagh

Mar 3, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

This guy is not a "Luxury Reporter". Try boujee vlogger

basejump

Mar 3, 2019, 6:10 pm Reply

she is amazing!

I, Adaora

Mar 3, 2019, 8:49 pm Reply

I am drooling. Amazing!

button willows

Mar 3, 2019, 10:03 pm Reply

bitch needa brush her hair

Mister Professor

Mar 3, 2019, 5:31 pm Reply

Anyone else terrified by the zoom out at 4:25?

Natalie Clausen

Mar 3, 2019, 6:10 am Reply

When she said Josephine Baker wore that bra I was jaw dropped

Ky

Mar 3, 2019, 11:26 pm Reply

1 8 8 0 ' s

Jeremy Boulat

Mar 3, 2019, 12:21 am Reply

Another stupid Pomeranian

mc mc

Mar 3, 2019, 6:44 pm Reply

Her hair needs some intensive conditioner.

Red Balloon

Mar 3, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

So special that I haven't even heard of the majority of the brands. It's sad how the majority of celebrities have forgotten where they came from. Not only from a financial perspective (grotesque display of wealth) but also social. I for one couldn't care less about the size of my bank balance. I'm not financially motivated (aside from basic survival – Maslow) and have not sought gratification from material items

sharpaycutie2

Mar 3, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

very integress of her to say no to the saudi princes. alot of america dont preserve their own history ESPECIALLY NY, i mean it hard to find an authentoc 18th century building nowadays.

SwankyCity

Mar 3, 2019, 3:28 pm Reply

Fantastic!

isabel kaliope

Mar 3, 2019, 9:22 pm Reply

My high school fashion club stopped here spontaneously on our way to visit FIT. The guy behind the counter was totally great and told us all about the pieces. They have beautiful pieces and everyone there was genuinely dedicated to the collection.

Tin Truong

Mar 3, 2019, 1:56 am Reply

yes please!

Star Fighter

Apr 4, 2019, 12:17 pm Reply

That bun has to go. No matter if your a hipster, gay or just another guy who has no self identity. It has to go.

Maria Garcia

Apr 4, 2019, 5:48 am Reply

I think i was a millionare in a past life bc my broke ass just likes expensive ass things RIP

Diane B

May 5, 2019, 9:33 pm Reply

What a beautiful store, with beautiful items. Only in my dreams could I afford to shop there. The downstairs is probably too expensive for me

Diane B

May 5, 2019, 9:33 pm Reply

She seems like a really nice person, down to earth.

fux u dave

May 5, 2019, 2:29 am Reply

You know something is lame when it's introduced as 'most exclusive' 🙄

David Thom

May 5, 2019, 9:42 pm Reply

Yuk. $O dreadfully ta$tele$$le$ and vulgar.

S.E. LANDEROS

May 5, 2019, 12:46 pm Reply

OMG! 4get lady gaga, it was a "Josephine Baker's" costume piece. 🤩

aquablushgirl

May 5, 2019, 3:12 pm Reply

I hated the way she took such pride in saying she vets her clientele – and yet she will let in a Saudi Princess who has no taste and splashes money around like it is water with no idea of the history or value of an item. All seems very vulgar.

Maryam Zahid

May 5, 2019, 8:06 am Reply

Omggg😱❤️❤️❤️

Caylen Steadman

Jul 7, 2019, 12:44 pm Reply

0:13 Talking about wealth and luxury with his bottom teeth raggedy af 🙄🙄🙄

Stephany Pineda

Aug 8, 2019, 2:12 am Reply

Staff here are rude af though, one can't even walk around without getting grills as if one can't come in bc of their looks

Simon Assouline

Aug 8, 2019, 9:57 pm Reply

Lots of Junk Clothing, Diesel is 1000 times Better, Aesthetically and fashion related!

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