The Reformation

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Lower East Side
We love a vintage frock as much as the next girl, but sometimes old-fashioned cuts and odd sizing can leave you looking like you’re stuck in the days of disco. A modern answer to retro dressing comes courtesy of the Reformation, a shop run by Yael Aflalo, who takes used dresses and dead-stock fabrics and reworks them into modern pieces. The original location opened in 2009 and recently outgrew its old digs, moving into a much roomier space just across the street. Like the store’s stock—which always consists of 85 percent reclaimed materials—the airy bi-level space consists largely of restored objects as well, decorated with vintage armoires, reclaimed wood and an antique-rug-covered cash wrap. Inside, you’ll find pieces such as lace maxiskirts ($235) and modernized tank dresses ($175) alongside a rotating cast of collaborations, including this month’s wool capes ($475) and longer cloaks ($605) by Lindsey Thornburg. There are also accessories like Eberjey lace bralettes ($48), Lola by Erin Wasson dangling bone-shaped earrings ($80) and Yves Saint Laurent heels ($115), plus there’s an urban-outdoorsman-themed men’s collection in the works.
Venue name: The Reformation
Address: 156 Ludlow St
New York

Cross street: between Rivington and Stanton Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat noon–8pm, Sun noon-–7pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z, M to Delancey–Essex Sts; F to Delancey St
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