"Feeling unique is a habit you shouldn't give up."

- Alberto Fermani

"Anyone can get all dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their off days that is the most intriguing."

-Alexander Wang


A Very Cool New Store in Del Ray

vintage maxi skirt (1960?)from Amalgamated styled with a white tee, flatforms, motif 56 belt, and vintage Judith Leiber necklace

shoes circa 1930

Nothing makes me happier than when something out of the ordinary comes to my 'hood. Wait- I should clarify. Nothing makes me happier than when something COOL and out of the ordinary comes to my 'hood. It's not easy to exude effortless cool-ness but that's exactly what Amalgamated Classic Clothing and Dry Goods pulls off. It's a vintage store but not like one we've had around here before. Coincidentally, it's located on Mt. Vernon Ave. in the same spot that Remix, an old vintage favorite of mine from several years ago, was located. But Amalgamated has a really different feel to it. Clothing and accessories from the 1920's through the 1960's are grouped simply by category. Nothing is sized. Why bother when the sizes from then don't correlate in any way to sizes today? It's refreshing. If you like it, pick it up and try it on without getting worried about what the size label says! Not everything is fancy party vintage. There is real, everyday clothing here from shorts to skirts, tops, kids' clothing, jackets, jewelry, hats, the list goes on. Prices are mid-range. Not super cheap, not crazy expensive. But this stuff is curated really well and it is definitely worth paying a little more for the fine eye of the owner, Shelley, and her pickers who travel the country looking for amazing vintage.

Make sure to check this place out asap. It is worth it, I promise.

A couple more things you should know about Amalgamated, 1904 Mt. Vernon Ave., 703.517.7373

1. Big, huge, fantastic selection of MEN's vintage!
2. There are great size ranges here. It is not easy to find vintage in sizes bigger than teeny tiny. This place has them.
3. The shoe selection is cool, too, and there are some normal-for-today sizes. I tried on a pair of spectators from the 1930's that actually fit!
4. Shelley (and her partner) have also worked in tv and movies, providing costumes. I heard through the grapevine that one of the shows is Boardwalk Empire!

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