Best New Vintage Store New York 2010 - Mafalda
Some vintage shops carry clothes that make you look like you're going to a '70s costume party. But Mafalda, a newcomer to the strip of boutiques on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, is all about timeless pieces that look just as chic and classic now as they did 50 years ago. The owner with the impeccable taste is Brooklyn native Christina Kolbe, a former model and fashion buyer at Steven Alan who scours estate sales to find the shop's one-of-a-kind vintage gems by designers such as Oleg Cassini, Stephen Sprouse, and Thierry Mugler. Kolbe tries to keep her prices reasonable: Plenty of pieces go for under $100, such as a khaki jumpsuit for $68, a white silk blouse for $42, and belts and silk scarves starting in the $30-to-$40 range. Fancier items aren't too badly priced, either: An impeccable '50s silk chiffon black floor-length dress that would probably cost $2,000 in a department store is only $395 here. Yes, we suppose, if you really wanted to, you could wear such a dress to a costume party, but only if you were aiming for the eternal style of Grace Kelly.