There are those stereotypical things one must do when visiting New York—check out the Empire State Building, grab a slice of pizza—but one activity that may not be on your radar just yet is shopping the coolest vintage trends in Brooklyn. Specifically at every fashion insider's go-to vintage spot, The Break. Since it opened last December, the Greenpoint shop has amassed a loyal legion of stylish followers.
"I had noticed a hole in the market for vintage clothing that's reasonably priced and relevant," said founder Hannah Richtman. "After launching the website from my bedroom, I started throwing trunk shows in my apartment, where I would blast Rihanna, light a bunch of candles, and serve indulgent cocktails for my friends and a few Instagram followers." As popularity grew, the vision expanded to a pop-up and finally to a brick-and-mortar store.
Part of what sets The Break apart is that the clothing is forward but manages to keep styles at accessible prices. Richtman, along with her COO Sarah Frey still handpick every piece themselves. "A lot of it is instinct ingrained from 15 years of thrifting paired with fervent inspection of the runways and street style."
So what are the trends currently flying off the shelves? Richtman's current top sellers include trench coats, structured suits, and bold florals. "I've always been personally attracted to pieces that are 'so bad that they're good,' and I think our customer has come to expect a combination of classics that they can wear every day paired with a few wild, more editorial pieces."
Add The Break to your to-do list the next time you're in NYC, but in the meantime, shop a few of our favorite styles from its online shop.