On Sixth Street, Another Two-in-One Vintage Shop

Photos: Nicole Guzzardi

It’s another case of retail roommates!

A couple of collectors of vintage clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories have moved into an itsy-bitsy storefront on East Sixth Street (right next to the new Mosaic Lamps store).

Katie McDonnell is used to sharing space with others: she has sold vintage apparel at places like the old Chelsea Flea Market and the Antiques Garage, also in Chelsea. Now her business, Nomad Vintage, is sharing a considerably more intimate space with David Brockman, a longtime friend and East Village resident who previously owned Honeymoon Vintage, with locations in the East Village and the Lower East Side.

The collectors have similar styles, so the clothes blend well, said Ms. McDonnell: “We both like a lot of print, a lot of interesting shapes. We do like a lot of ’20s and ’30s, ’60s and ’70s style.”

Since opening in mid-December and taking a few weeks off during the holidays, most of the store’s business has come from established clients making shopping appointments, Ms. McDonnell said. But little by little, the neighborhood is catching on that the shop is open. “It’s taking a while to attract new clientele in the neighborhood,” she said, “but the people that have wandered in from the neighborhood have been like really excited.”

According to Ms. McDonnell, a Japanese clothing maker named Fumi has owned the storefront since 1983; it hasn’t been open for two years, since she has been taking care of her sick husband. Now Ms. McDonnell is renting the space out to Mr. Brockman, who is welcome to share it with her as long as he’d like, she said.

She may collaborate with other vintage dealers as well. “I’m sort of making it up as I go along,” she said.

Nomad Vintage is open Wednesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.