THE WAY SHE WORE

When there is a request for rarity and luxury, vintage is an obvious conclusion for Austin-based personal shopper, Megan Kyle Bennett. Here she leaves no stone, or store, unturned to find that special something for her clients as she shares her favorite, insider Manhattan-area vintage clothing sources

“There’s only one thing in life, and that’s the continual renewal of inspiration,” style icon Diana Vreeland once mused. Surely Vreeland would have approved of the proliferation of vintage style that is sweeping red carpets, premieres, ballrooms and private parties these days. In my eternal quest for vintage finds, I’ve found wonderful resources in Texas, yet recently my search has led me to New York’s resources that might change your life, too, like any good dress should.

When pursuing vintage acquisitions for Manhattan boutique, Ritual storeowner Stacy Iannacone searches for pieces that are not only interesting, but also relevant to what’s trending in fashion right now. Since 2006, the store’s word of mouth reputation has grown into a loyal following of vintage connoisseurs and label lovers alike. The SoHo based store has an impressive roster of fashion’s originators, and their creations from days of yore. However, it is not limited to just designer labels. “Sourcing vintage is a ritual for me. Getting dressed is a personal ritual in curation and individuality. Ultimately the word ritual itself denotes magic, and I do believe coming here is a magical experience.” Considering that Iannacone’s repertoire spans from the 1970s until circa 2000, and includes the likes of Madame Grès, Dior and Vivienne Westwood, it is magical indeed. At Ritualvintage.com 212.966.4142

Katy Kane is an East Coast-operated, online fashion powerhouse. It is truly a find when looking for immaculate, vintage fashion. Owner Kane has an incredible knowledge of vintage couture and ready to wear that surpasses most experts, and it is evident when viewing her vintage collection (which notably includes original Givenchy fashion sketches). Like a true lover of fashion, she is enthusiastic about each garment’s history and story. She takes a genuine interest in each client’s satisfaction, concerning the fit on the body, plus permitting the luxury to try vintage items on at your leisure, while in the privacy of your own home by shopping online. At Katykane.com 215.862.9091

The fashion term vintage typically means 15 to 20 years in age or more. The Albright Fashion Library is exactly that, just in reverse. Albright is a tangible, visual fashion archive of the past 15 years through today. Rare accessories from Tom Ford, corsets worn by Lady Gaga, and iconic star-defining Versace pieces are just a few jaw-dropping examples in this well-heeled fashion mine. By appointment only through fashion stylists and personal shoppers, items can be rented, and are typically worn by celebrities on the red carpet and for photo shoots. At Albrightnyc.com 212.977.7350

Candace Mohr and Selima Salaun just opened the doors of their new Hudson Street location of their NYC store, Sucre. The store brings together their diverse yet complementary fashion backgrounds and showcases their mutual appreciation for jewelry. Salaun hails from the design legacy of Salima Optique Eyewear, while Mohr comes with a globe-trotting fashion buyer background for the likes of Sex & The City stylist Patricia Field. Together they have created a seamless mix of contemporary and vintage that is very special, including accessories and an exclusive selection of vintage jewelry. Now vintage enthusiasts can be adorned with jewels and eyewear that compliment the fashion pieces that are already in their wardrobe. At Sucrenyc.com 212.352.1640