With its raw brick walls, stressed furniture and discreet signage, Little Brooklyn Vintage certainly exudes the Brooklyn charm that inspired its creation. After shopping at vintage shops in the New York borough, owners Allan and Corey Galeano wanted to bring them home to St. Petersburg, so they opened one of their own.
It may not be a short subway ride to Manhattan, but the downtown location does have its perks, mainly lower prices and more space. Hired shoppers in New York and the Southeast region assure that everything in the store is authentic by scouring through state sales and thrift shops, picking only the vintage items that can easily be recycled into someone's current wardrobe rotation. Nothing in the racks is reminiscent of a costume.
The pieces are everyday-wearable vintage clothes for the person who wants to wear a little piece of the past. High-waisted skirts and pants from the '70s and '80s, '60s swimwear and western-style boots are just a few of the current trends that can be found in their first incarnations inside Little Brooklyn Vintage. Their approximate (and sometimes exact) age is determined through long and meticulous research of labels, books, textiles and styles.
In the lifestyle department, the items are a lot like the ones that can be found on the shelves of major retailers like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie: Hand-embroidered pillows ($15), topically irrelevant books like College Typewriting that make for curious decorations ($12) and stressed candle-holders that look like they've had their fair share of use ($35).
Unlike those found at the mall, though, these are actually vintage, unique and their wear and tear and character is real.
Natalia Galbetti is a freelance writer and director of sales and marketing at k.hendrix in St. Petersburg. Follow her on Twitter at @NatiGalbetti.