Anyone who is a fan of vintage shopping knows that the best vintage products are worth checking out. Truth be told, I have made dedicated getaways in search of vintage interior design, furniture and, above all, jewelry, in Paris, a city that is a godsend for vintage lovers, in Barcelona and in other places. ‘other places in the world.
But I am fortunate to live in New York City, which is home to some of the best vintage stores in the world and attracts people from all over the world who come specially to check them out.
Now the range of options has improved even further.
Los Angeles’ iconic store, Chuck’s Vintage, has finally opened an outpost in the city. The store is cult and has influenced catwalks, celebrities and street fashion for the past 15 years.
Chuck’s Vintage was founded by Madeline Cammarata, who died suddenly of a stroke last year. Madeline, who came from the fashion world, was a well-known model famous for dropping denim on runaways. She was discovered by fashion photographer Helmut Newton and propelled into international spotlight, which took her straight to European catwalks.
When she finally relocated to the United States, she created Chuck’s Vintage in 2006, and it garnered a cult following almost immediately after it opened. A diverse line of daring such as Steve Jobs, Dolly Parton and English singer and songwriter Robert Plant have descended on the Melrose Place store for their vintage fix.
Another fun fact: Once a world-famous denim archivist entrusted Madeline with millions of dollars in collectible denim that quickly ended up selling out, like most items in the store, as they were seen as coveted items. .
Madeline may be gone, but her legend lives on with the help of her husband Vinnie. The Los Angeles location has closed, but the brand is getting new life on the Upper East Side.
With its relaxed Californian design in neutral tones, the store offers jeans, dresses, tops, handbags, jewelry and, of course, jeans from brands such as Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Valentino, and the list. is long.
In an interview, Vinnie told me that Madeleine always used to say that Chuck’s Vintage was her fantasy world where she could live in a fairytale and not deal with anyone else.
“I am proud to have been able to introduce New Yorkers and visitors to this fantastic world, who will hopefully appreciate that we are a temple of fashion and a destination in our own right,” says Vinnie. “We always used to attract an international client to Los Angeles, and I’m sure New York will be no different.”
173 East 91st Street, Basement, New York, NY 10128