PinkClouds for Grey Days… Who can resist such a lovely and comforting name? Through the glass storefront, a tasteful medley of colors, and a hint of silver that attracts my eye. I step inside. This isn't a chaotic, dusty vintage clothing shop. It's bright, airy, elegant -- a perfect reflection of its name. There are a few simple racks, each featuring beautiful items. But the sparkle of silver has my undivided attention. A vintage Betsey Johnson dress, designed for the Paraphernalia brand/boutique. I put up a brave front, admire the dress and leave. And then return 24 hours later, admit I have no will power, and snatch it up.
In honor of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit that just opened at the Brooklyn Museum, I try on a Gaultier cropped denim jacket as I wait for my carefully wrapped package. And I cheer when I learn that PinkClouds has a website and sells its amazing finds online… So even when I'm back in Paris, I can return to that beautiful shop in Soho.
(Coming next week: Part III of my New York musings)