"There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain"
-The Beatles, In My Life
There are places that capture our hearts and imaginations, that mark a place in our memories so strong that they remain forever. Whether they are just a vibrant flicker of thought or a surreal experiance triggered by sound and scent, they become a part of our lives and through these waking dreams, a part of our souls. There is one such place in Manhattan that calls to my subconscious desires to be surrounded by fantastic vintage, The Family Jewels Vintage Clothing.
To speak of it as a memory is to really define what these experiences in treasure hunting delights shall become. Sometime in April this year, the Family Jewels will close its Chelsea location with future plans to relocate to the East Village. There will still remain a online Etsy shop with the same great quality and variety as the store.
The store is currently offering 20% - 40% off of its clothing, jewelry, accessories and select mannequins and furnishing. You should definitely get to 23rd street for the sale and to see the vintage wonder that will make for some of the best vintage shopping memories you will ever obtain.
I wanted to photograph the shop in part to share it with you all and also to document this location before its doors will be forever changed, to something better, to something new, to something with the same heart, but in a new home. It is truly a special place.
The building was originally a pool hall with sky lighting above. The owners of the building decided one day to cover up the sky lights. The pool hall tenants were not pleased with the loss of light and pursued the landlord in court. The tenants won and gained ownership of the property. When the Family Jewels Vintage Clothing moved into the location, the area was full of flea markets, sewing shops and the garment industry, nestled within a bohemian fashion community. The area is much changed now with large electronic stores surrounding the area. When I asked what possibilities the shop may have for other locations and venues, I found that the owner Lillyan Peditto has a passion for pure vintage and the past century's spirit of New York City. She could only ever feel at home in vintage roots, in the East Village, and I have to agree. While I will be sad that this location will be gone, I look forward to its rebirth in a location fit to its nature, body and soul.
Good bye, until we meet again.