Anyone who is a fan of vintage shopping knows that the best of vintage goods are well worth the trip. To be honest, I took trips to Paris to find vintage home decorations, furniture, and most importantly, jewelry.
A pair of raw denim jeans at Chuck’s Vintage
a city that is a boon for vintage lovers, Barcelona and other places around the world.
But I’m lucky enough to live in New York, which is home to some of the best vintage stores in the world and attracts people around the world who come specifically to try them.
Now the range of options just got a whole lot better.
Iconic Los Angeles boutique Chuck’s Vintage has finally opened an outpost in the city. The store has cult status and has influenced catwalks, celebrities and high street fashion for 15 years.
Chuck’s vintage co-founder Madeline Cammarata
Chuck’s Vintage was founded by Madeline Cammarata, who unexpectedly died of a stroke last year. Madeline, who had a fashion background, was a well-known model who was known for rocking denim runaways. She was discovered by the fashion photographer Helmut Newton and moved into the international spotlight, which led her straight to the catwalks of Europe.
When she finally settled in the States, she founded Chucks Vintage in 2006, and it became iconic almost immediately after it opened. A diverse selection of encouragements like Steve Jobs, Dolly Parton and English singer and songwriter Robert Plant came to the Melrose Place store to purchase their vintage fix.
Another fun fact: a world-renowned denim archivist once entrusted Madeline with millions of dollars in denim collectibles that sold quickly – like most items in the store because they were considered desirable.
Madeline may be gone, but her legend lives on with the help of her husband Vinnie. The Los Angeles office has closed, but the brand has a new life on the Upper East Side.
With its relaxed, neutral Californian design, the boutique stocks denim, dresses, tops, handbags, jewelry and of course denim from brands like Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Valentino – and the list goes on.
In an interview, Vinnie told me that Madeleine always said that Chuck’s Vintage was her imaginary world where she lived in a fairy tale and couldn’t deal with anyone else.
“I am proud that I was able to introduce their fantasy world to New Yorkers and visitors who will hopefully appreciate that we are a fashion temple and a travel destination in our own right,” says Vinnie. “We always have an international client in LA, and I’m sure New York will be no different.”
173 East 91st Street, Basement, New York, NY 10128
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