The Reformation

Shopping, Boutiques Lower East Side
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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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Tazi Phillips

This store is my guilty pleasure. Beautiful prints and simple silhouettes make me want to buy one of everything—but the high price tag usually puts me back in my place. If you need it, buy it, since popular items can sell out. But the best thing to do is wait for their seasonal sales which are AMAZING.