Allan Pollack and Suzi Kandel have run a pair of consignment vintage boutiques (one on the Upper West Side and another in Asbury Park, New Jersey), and they’ve garnered a celebrity clientele and jazzed up wardrobes for blockbuster hits like Sex and the City. Beyond the antiquated double doors lies a treasure trove of new and vintage finds from both emerging and established designers. Dive into racks stuffed with evening wear, coats, dresses and tops to unearth showstoppers like a beaded Jean Paul Gaultier gown ($800), a vintage lamb-fur coat ($1,000) befitting of a movie starlet, a JoAnn Berman recycled-fabric dress ($250) and a Prada men’s star-print button-up shirt ($80). Loads of hats, bags, jewelry and shoes are perched atop shelves or tucked under racks. Snatch up structured handbags from the 1950s ($200–$2,000), Lopeti Etu feathered-and-beaded hats ($300) or funky Biba platform boots ($1,200). Museumworthy pieces, such as a Tony Alamo of Nashville studded, hand-painted denim jacket ($375) and a Giorgio di Sant’Angelo beaded bodysuit ($3,000) worn by Goldie Hawn for a Vanity Fair cover shoot, hang on the walls next to Warholesque paintings of pop-culture icons like Edie Sedgwick and early Madonna ($400 each).
Allan & Suzi
|Venue name:||Allan & Suzi||Contact:|
237 Centre St
|Cross street:||between Broome and Grand Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat noon–8pm, Sun noon–6pm|
|Transport:||Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St; 6 to Spring St|