Nothing beats scoring a designer vintage piece for peanuts -- except, perhaps, knowing your purchase went toward a good cause. Double awesome! That's why we were pleased to discover Nolita newcomer Use Your Head. The shop features a stellar selection of vintage and contemporary designer pieces, with all proceeds going to the SoHo Partnership, a non-profit organization that provides job training and employment for New York's homeless.
The charity resale store is a new revenue stream for the Partnership (founded in '92), but things got off the ground quickly thanks to an impressive roster of fashionable donors. Lauren Hutton gave over 30 pairs of shoes. Marc Jacobs, Rachel Roy and Nicole Miller donated pieces from current collections. And Equinox sent over some lululemon athletic wear. All selling for at least 70 percent off retail prices...
Among the women's dresses, blouses, suits, bags, scarves and shoes, you'll find donated vintage wear from couture clients who had labels like Karl Lagerfeld, Mary McFadden and Pilar Rossi laying around. There's also a drool-worthy mix of gently-worn designer goods: We loved the Ferragamo plush red jacket ($300), a bad-ass pair of Ann Demeulemeester boots ($120) and those Roger Vivier red suede booties ($300), all pictured above. Add to that Valentino, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, collection pieces by Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang, and so on. Use Your Head carries a range of hip and haute, and it's all priced to move -- so you can help them to help others.
Use Your Head
262 Mott St.
Photos by Rebecca Prusinowski