Shareen Vintage NY: A Photo Diary

Elizabeth

Vintage lovers from coast to coast know the name Shareen to be synonymous with the best and biggest collection of vintage clothing at prices so reasonable, they make you look twice. Shareen Mitchell began her career in Los Angeles, thrifting and selling her wares in a warehouse location. The demand grew so strong that this past June, Shareen opened her New York outpost in an apartment in Chelsea, where she has been serving fashion lovers, collectors, and designers alike search for inspiration.

This weekend, I stopped by to see what was in stock, maybe grab some party dresses for the upcoming holidays, and catch up with Shareen on the differences between NY and LA, and her favorite trends for fall.

Take a look at my favorites below.

Shareen’s apartment, stocked floor to ceiling with clothes and accessories.

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Shareen has endless dresses in every shape, size, color, and print imaginable.

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While she is still based out of LA, Shareen has become a purveyor of fashion for both coasts, “I would say over all that there isn’t much difference between the girls in LA and NY. My clients on both coasts are a unique group of girls that are oriented toward fashion. They shop with me because they are not only interested in trend, but because they are also interested in creating trend. My clients tend to be the trend setters on both coasts.”

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Printed silk dress, very cute librarian.

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Shareen has a very interesting take on the differences between shopping in two of the most fashion-oriented cities, “One funny thing is that I notice the NY girls shop later in the day. LA girls don’t stay out too late at night. As we have to drive, the night life wraps up earlier, usually, and so they don’t sleep in much. LA girls get up to go hiking or spinning or whatever. They are usually waiting for me to open at 10 am on a Saturday. In NY no one seems to shop before 2 in the afternoon on the weekend and during evening hours, the New Yorkers are in and out and off to the next thing. So I would say, New Yorkers arrive later and shop faster!”

Balenciaga Fall 2009, or what?

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I am addicted to skin-tight black dresses. The low back and jeweled shoulders on this one make it stand out.

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I seriously regret not buying this floor-length velvet dress for an event this Thursday. The gold fan detailing is so unique and perfect for the holidays. I might just have to go back this weekend. Shareen had a couple of other pieces with similar gold pleating, they are all amazing.

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This dress fits in with some of Shareen’s favorite trends for fall, “My favorite trends for fall–those that are on trend are velvets mixed with satins and metallic, the very big sleeve, the tulip hem, the eighties, leather, and the sophisticated exotic.”

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Shareen has a great collection of vintage fur. As I said before, I don’t support new fur pieces, but vintage is another story. This collar has snaps on the underside so that you can attach it to any of your coats or sweaters.

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Some of her collection of belts.

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One last look before heading out of the store.

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Shareen Vintage NY is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm-10pm and Saturday and Sunday 12pm- 6pm.

13 West 17th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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