H&M, and Forever21 leaving you vintage deprived lately?? Well look no further, a sweet shop in the corner of Crown Heights, Brooklyn is booming with vintage for your soul. Installation Brooklyn, owned by Illinois native, Suncadm Bey, opened in December 2013. Bey selects all the pieces in the shop herself and knows more than just a little about each piece.
She was incredibly nice, knowledgeable and helpful. She even offered to pull clothes that were in my size and made some really nice selections. She also explained in detail her consigning beliefs, buying patterns, and fashion tips. With such an abundance of fabulous items to choose from, Bey says that her "favorite" piece changes from day to say but currently the garment that she adores is a pop art geometric blouse roaring from the 80's. The most gorgeous pieces were dresses from the 60s and 70s, they were in great condition and constructed with hand crafted detail.
The shop had so many great real vintage as well as modern pieces. We spent about an hour shopping the racks for the perfect thrifted outfit to share with you guys then this beautiful printed skirt that happened to be handmade in Senegal caught all of my attention! It was perfect to wear casually during the day, and versatile enough to be dressed up and worn at night.
The shirt was Calvin Klein and retailed for about $45, but was sold here for around $20. The second look, 1950s inspired but still modern was a button down silk vintage skirt with pockets. Pairing this adorable skirt with a leather trimmed grey top gave the look a little edge. We accessorized with a waist pinching wide belt also leather accented to modernize the this "A" line ensemble. This look is perfect for work or dinner and just in time for fall.
The silk skirt was $35 and the shirt around $25. Everything in the shop was reasonably priced with little handwritten tags. What’s not to love!
I will definitely be coming back and check out these racks regularly and if you're ever looking to go vintage for real, check out Installation Broooklyn Wednesday - Sunday 12-6 pm, and Friday - Saturday 12-8pm at 433 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn 12216.
By: Aisha Rowell