(Note: My sweetie Matthew has asked to write a post from time to time, so here is his inaugural post, appropriately enough about the Gentlemen’s Vintage Show. If your fella has any interest in vintage clothing, be sure to have him check this out!)
New York hosts the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show biannually, which features vendors from all along the East coast. Like most vintage shows, much of its offerings are womenswear, and the menswear is relegated to the occasional collection of neckties. It was with distinct happiness that I found out NYC now hosts the Gentlemen’s Vintage Show.
In its second year now, the event offers a smaller collection of vendors, but specializes in menswear from the 1920’s up through the 1970’s. Many of these vendors deal in both mens and womenswear, but some of the vendors at this event are the rare menswear-only dealers. All of the vendors have a great eye and wonderful collections. Workwear from the 1940’s-50’s was very well accounted for with many of the vendors bringing great pieces with them. (Please forgive me for the bad photographs. This was a no-photographs-allowed event, so all of these images are from the “I’m just texting my friend” technique.)
The prices are high; there’s no way to get around that fact. These vendors have choice items and they are priced accordingly. Design teams from Ralph Lauren’s RRL and Brooklyn Circus were at the event purchasing some great pieces for inspiration. The rest of the crowd was made up of familiar faces from NYC’s vintage scene.
There were a handful of pieces that I personally was drawn to, but the high prices made it too difficult to make the purchases. The one piece I had to snag was the “vice scarf” that I found. While I don’t dabble in the traditional vices of drinking, gambling, and smoking, I love the idea of a scarf (how delicate!) with these vices printed on it. Wearing this scarf allows me to promote vices, but without actually having any.
Despite the high prices, I enjoyed attending the show and looking at the inspiring pieces. I look forward to the next show and hope to see you there! You can find out more about the show at their site: http://manhattanvintage.com/gentlemens-vintage/