We’re 15 days into the summer and I’m loving every minute of it! On the 12th day (and perhaps the hottest one of summer thus far- temperatures were in the low 90’s last Wednesday), I joined my girlfriend for an excursion into the city for an afternoon of lunch (thai cuisine, you know I love Thai, at Hi Thai: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/hi-thai/menu, tailoring (at The Orchard Tailor Services: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-orchard-tailor-sevice-new-york – inexpensive, and friendly high quality service), and thrifting (one of my favorite things to do).
The David Owens Vintage Clothing (http://www.yelp.com/biz/david-owens-vintage-clothing-new-york), located in the Lower East Side (LES) section of Manhattan, was the latest thrift spot. We walked into the shop for two reasons – the window display caught our eyes and to seek refuge from the sweltering heat.
The first thing I noticed was a honey-colored dog stretched out on the shiny hardwood floors near the entrance. She looked as though she had just came in from the heat as well and was thoroughly enjoying the cool air conditioning that the shop offered. Behind the display case sat a man with chalk white hair and a matching beard – David. He had the most pleasant and jovial disposition as he greeted us. I greeted him back and asked for the dog’s name. “Honey”, he responded – how fitting! Honey is an 11 year old Shiba Inu (a Japanese breed) mild-mannered beauty.
I walked further into the shop to find myself surrounded by pieces from the 1940’s – 1980’s and immediately fell in love. You name it – David had it – designer (I spied Givenchy, Versace, Chanel, and Hermes to name a few) and non-designer pieces: dresses, skirts, blouses, bathing suits, suits, handbags, bow ties, ascots, ties, suspenders, hats, & jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, broaches) and glasses. As you can imagine I was truly a kid in a candy store.
The first piece that caught my eye a flirty blouse. It was made of 100% silk – very light and dainty. I loved the pastel colors and the detail of the neckline. I stepped into the fitting room (a very nice sized room might I add, towards the back of the shop) and tried it on. To my dismay it was a tad too big on me so I had to pass.
Next up, my thrifting companion picked out the most adorable olive green piece. She thought it would be flattering on me so she showed me, to my surprise this cute piece was not a dress (like we thought), but a romper (I have a weakness for them)! I immediately tried this piece on and fell in love. What do you think?
After deciding on the romper I chose to move my attention to the shop’s beautiful handbags. There was on in particular that caught my eye, this GORGEOUS, vintage, cognac, leather Hermes bag stole my heart. I asked David to remove it from the display case so I could get a closer look (and a few shots).
Of course I had to get a shot of me trying this beauty on – on the crook of my arm.
After about 30 more minutes of shenanigans (cracking jokes with David & taking pictures) and admiring various pieces we prepared to purchase our items. When asked whether or not I wanted a bag I answered in the affirmative – telling David that the Hermes bag would suffice – LOL. Needless to say he chuckled as he wrapped my new romper in tissue paper and placed it in a small brown gift bag with a David Owens Vintage Shop business card.
We bid him adieu and I told him that I’d be back soon because I will. I loved everything about this shop, especially Honey!
Until next time friends!
~ Pennie Penz