A quiet corner of Greenpoint is about to get more glamorous with the opening of Old Hollywood this Saturday. Tiffany Porter, buyer for Williamsburg clothier and jeweler Catbird, is opening her own vintage-inspired shop, with the aim of creating a community-based showcase of local talent working within the 1950s Hollywood aesthetic (think classy, pinup-style bathing costumes and feather headpieces).
Alongside Old Hollywood’s classic bags, hats, shoes, and clothes are vintage-inspired or reworked pieces by independent designers. Local labels include Digby & Iona, Brooklyn Royalty (who will be designing a line of corsets just for Old Hollywood), Brooklyn Based fave Jezebel, and house label Old Hollywood, whose jewelry collection includes feather necklaces and rings made of recycled metal and colored silver. Hair accessories like covetable vintage enamel hair clips, and braided, 1970s headbands (which add nice flair to the hipster headband trend) start at $10, while necklaces and cocktail rings are in the $70 and up range.
Porter also hand selects vintage clothing that won’t break the bank (sweaters start at $40 and dresses at $60). The store is stocked for fall with a great selection of coats, like a classic London Fog khaki trench, a cranberry faux fur, and a mustard wool pea coat. Knowing that many people love vintage but can’t always fit into retro styles, Porter will custom make dresses from vintage fabric and 1950s patterns come spring.
Old Hollywood has a boudoir feel with a comfy brocade loveseat and vintage knicknacks lining the shelves and side tables, including a small collection of pastel radios. Because it’s open till 10pm, later than most shops, Porter hopes people will come and browse before starting their night. “You can come buy a necklace, have a beer, and then go to a bar,” she says.
There are plans for a big opening bash around the middle of October, so keep your eyes peeled here for more details…like special Brooklyn Royalty gift bags.
Old Hollywood, 3-10pm Wednesday through Friday, 1-10pm on weekends, 110 Meserole at Manhattan Ave., 718-389-0837, oldhollywoodmoxie.com
Sent by Chrysanthe. First photo courtesy Old Hollywood, second by BB.