Set inside of what used to be a Mott Street funeral parlor, Resurrection Vintage has the look of velvety coffin lining with the price tags of a burial to boot.
Founders Katy Rodriguez and Mark Haddawy opened their first Resurrection boutique in 1996 at the site of a 1920’s East Village funeral home keeping some of its distinct features, including an ominous coffin-lifter right outside the front door. The altar was transformed into two dressing rooms decorated with black and white photographs of various burial ceremonies and wakes (whether any of these photos are from that particular parlor, the shop manager is unsure).
Quickly the shop became famous as one of the premiere vintage stores in New York City and a location in SoHo was established.
The location on Mott Street carries designers like Chanel, Versace, Vivianne Westwood, and most famously British designer Ozzie Clark.
Adding just another eerie touch, Brian Hollingsworth, manager at Resurrection SoHo, explained some of the clothing on sale come from Estate sales, a liquidation of assets of deceased persons.
Clothing also makes its way to Resurrection via private auctions and drop-offs from people looking to unload some of their own designer merchandise.
Hollingsworth characterizes the clothing and accessories on sale at Resurrection as “classic” and “representative of the designers,” and said nearly all of the merchandise on sale is extremely high-end couture.
Designers and stylists are some of the top clientele at Resurrection because of the hefty price tags. Hollingsworth said Patricia Field stops in every now and then, more recently when dressing the stars of HBO’s “Sex and the City”. Chloe Sevigny, Liv Tyler, Gweneth Paltrow and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen also drop in on Resurrection to pick up their vintage duds.
Celebrating the shops 13th Anniversary, the store has marked down prices on 13 of their designers. But don’t expect to get Emilio Pucci on the cheap–regularly priced merchandise ranges from $250 to upwards of $5,000 (and $250 will only get you a belt).
Hollingsworth recognizes the prices are pretty steep, but said the pieces are worth every cent.
“You don’t find a perfectly beaded Versace gown everyday,” he said. “People have worn these clothes and they’re still around and they’re still in good condition.”
“It’s all very deep,” he adds with a laugh.
Resurrection vintage is located at 217 Mott Street and can be reached at 212-625-1374. Make sure to bring deep pockets and lots of plastic!
30 230 Mott St. location is one of two Only Hearts locations in New York City as it also has an Upper West Side store. Only Hearts is known for women’s innerwear and outwear with pieces that range from handbags and costume jewelry to lingerie and tank tops. It also carries an assortment of dresses, pants, and even some shoes. Only Hearts has a variety of mainstream/”pick up and go” clothing that is perfect for the everyday woman (like a working mom) or for special occasions like an after five event. Also, most of the clothing at Only Hearts can be dressed up or dressed down with the appropriate accessories (handbag, jewelry, and shoes). The price range is from $50 to $500.
Only Hearts began in 1978 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Columbus Ave. and the original boutique was a virtual temple of hearts. The reason that the store is named Only Hearts is the focus on all things heart-shaped including pendants and plunging necklines that are sensual enough to exude romance and sexuality but tasteful enough not to be tacky or tawdry.
Started by designer Helena Stuart who graduated in from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1969, Only Hearts embodies an inner outerwear concept in its clothing with underwear intimacy yet outerwear formality. The collection “Helena Stuart for Only Hearts” is designed and manufactured in New York City. Stuart is often seen as turning fashion inside out.
Michelle Cummings, 20, is from Seaford, Long Island and has been working at the Mott Street Only Hearts location for 8 months after being an intern with the store previously. Her co-worker Megan says that Only Hearts merchandise is different from that of a department store because it features an eclectic mix of designers like Carmen Ho and Alice McCall. Celebrities like Meg Ryan, Vanessa Carlton, and Hilary Swank shop at Only Hearts and Julienne Moore just bought several cream-colored crepe-de-chine slips as well.
Finding a bargain at Only Hearts is made easier from the sales tent that is located behind the store. Additionally, Only Hearts has two samples sales per year. The “delicious tops” are a hit for at Only Hearts It can be worn as a tank top or as lingerie and they range from $44 to $60.
Here 2nd year employee Megan talk about some of the most popular items, the sales tent, and what’s it like working at Only Hearts among other things.
In the spirit of making sure you know where you might be able to find some of the most cutting edge clothing and accessories for whatever your budget may be, Nicole and I have created a spreadsheet of sartorial splendor–all of the clothing shops in and around SoHo.
Please click here to browse the listing. We will update this list as needed and, of course, put a pushpin in the map for every place we feature.
Until next time, enjoy!
You might be thinking, “Sure Nicole, you tell us how fantastic SoHo shopping can be, but you don’t show us!”
Well your wish is hear by granted, my fashionable friends.
Alex and I convened and decided to share our shopping adventures via Google map.
Each time we profile a boutique or designer on FaShiOn soHO, we’ll add a short description and push pin on our Map of Fabulousness (I’m sure your mouths are agape in awe!).
True, our map is a little barren, but no need to fear! We’ll be bringing you profiles a plenty in the next few weeks.
You can thank us later. Ciao!
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