Crossing sixth avenue, I walked beside an unassuming man in nylon windbreaker, cuffed khakis and ball cap, thinking nothing of his outfit in particular. As he began to step, the rolled cuff pulled away to show a red stamped heart on a white tennis shoe, the familiar Comme Des Garcons emblem, and while not extraordinary in itself, the flaking-inked heart reminded me of a love for fashion: the inclusion of a single accent to a straightforward outfit is like an enduring personal opinion.
Above from INA Men Nolita, Khalid wears: Victor & Rolf white trousers, Christian Dior red & black printed t-shirt, Neil Barrett orange windbreaker, Comme Des Garcons white leather slip-ons; Made by Marshall Artist maroon jacket with hood, Band of Outsiders blue cotton polo shirt with white collar, Jack Spade grey back pack, Black Fleece lace-up loafers; Ralph Lauren paisley shorts, Goorin Bros hat, Versace black button-down polo, Christian Louboutin velvet, studded loafer with patent toe, Retrosuperfuture tortoiseshell shades; vintage Cartier watch.
Styling by Squirrelly Milhorn and Khalid Farrell.
Sarah wears a Versace t-shirt scrawled with rocker text on top of a white, Chanel sequined skirt.
And, taking a bow in her Stephen Jones brimmed hat, we wonder, "Is there anything better than sequins worn in day light?"
(Maybe only gold shoes to pair: United Nude slip-ons)
Isabelle reclines in a Nina Ricci lace frock, empire-waisted. Kicking up her Balenciaga mesh white loafer, and swinging a Ferragamo python purse by her side, she takes the window seat, her asymmetrical braid worn casually.
(On another occasion, the frock could be paired with a more towering heel: Fendi, below:)
All merchandise found in INA Nolita, with exception of United Nude & Fendi shoes, found in INA Union Square. All looks styled by Squirrelly Milhorn.
We entered a series of rooms, each room a variation of the same: primed white walls, prepared empty rooms. The rooms formed a long hallway. Passing through each doorway, and approaching the next, we passed one another as each approached from the opposite direction, exploring the space. He and I stood between the walls of the well-lit rooms, imagining a number of grand entrances and exits. First, at one end of the room, he would emerge in a custom-made chambray suit, and I in a sequined Chanel coat. Next to follow, and part of the same entrance, a J. Mendel striped dress and Saint Laurent pumps. Just another afternoon of looking at clothes and a flight of fancy inspired by the full racks.
All items featured from Union Square: Balmain lace blouse; Chanel sequined coat; J. Mendel striped, collared dress; Saint Laurent silver mary jane pump; custom chambray suit, Geoffrey Beene hat, Paul Smith dress shoes; J. Lindeberg pinstripe jacket.
Answer: Via INA!
As you clean your closets before spring break, remember to bring your gently worn spring merchandise to INA's newest location in Union Square. Today INA opens its largest store to date at 110 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues. We are now accepting men and women's clothing, including the high-end designer brands we are known for, as well as a wider range, including Zara, Anthropologie, H & M, and many more.
Curious about your merchandise specifically? Call any of our current locations with questions - and continue consigning your high-end and mid-level brands at your current INA location of choice. (We can transfer items to Union Square for you!)
Some of our favorite brands will continue to be stocked at Union Square, such as featured above: Linda Farrow black shades paired with an Alaia unitard.
At Union Square, mix exclusive labels with others, like this Marni embroidered fanny pack with a "& Other Stories" shirtdress.
Or, this mix: vintage Laura Biagiotti stripe pants & a Peter Pilotto crop top with an always coveted Hermes Birkin and eclair in hand.
Relax before your springtime plans in Saint Tropez (or San Jose, for that matter) - leave your consigned goods with us! Your discarded trove is another person's treasure.
Featured in INA Soho: Vintage caftan, Derek Lam white mules, Fendi mesh beach tote, Hermes cuff; Carven velvet bow-back pumps; Linda Farrow shades, Alaia navy unitard; Marni fanny pack, & Other Stories shirtdress; Karen Walker fuschia shades, Hermes Birkin, Laura Biagiotti pants, Peter Pilotto crop top; Margiela white shades, Suno floral silk pant, Dolce and Gabbana corset, Kenneth Jay Lane bangles, Hermes scarf.
A life animated by a few simple words – not hard to find in INA Chelsea. As if a character in a film traveling cross country, sorting through her suitcase, our model wears t-shirt upon t-shirt displaying text, ones custom made or found, and hyperbolic, her texts exaggerate her. Today, another day below freezing, layer words upon words for warmth: our model wears eight phrases over one black fringed tutu.
From top: Zadig & Voltaire heathered grey, wool "Justin" tank; Jean Paul Gaultier "Amour Soleil" striped mesh tank; Angelee Parlange vest with gold penmanship; Jean Paul Gaultier white sweater embroidered with sequins; men's Marc by Marc Jacobs "Sugar Daddy" t-shirt; anonymous "Homophobes Are Gay" t-shirt; men's No/One white cotton t-shirt; men's Tourne de Transmission charcoal sweatshirt.
Scrounging around, digging to the bottom of the closet, in my belongings I find a wrinkled trench coat, a packet of bobby pins lost between the luggage and a floral cushion, an envelope of tickets, straw slippers. On the hunt for pieces of last spring's clothing to newly incorporate this spring, or even poorly disguise for re-use, these bits and pieces of discarded fabric and ornament quickly become headlong obsessions. Spring flings, with a few hopes and demands looking forward – this is my shortlist for the season ahead.
A Rapunzel braid embroidered on cloth like rope
Fringe shrouding a face, or a leg - as found on a pair of shredded jeans, or here, on the cusp of a turban
A reintroduction of the straight jacket, thickly banded ties bowed
A strand of heavy-handed resin over simple cotton
Thimble-shaped accessories, such as studs, cufflinks, buttons - with rhinestone composition
A woman or man's open vest - the vest usually worn with a three piece suit, worn alone, this time with cuffed denim. I want the vest to have a silk back.
And a putrid orange. Imagine the color of uniforms and goal posts, protective equipment, sports teams.
Above: Royal Gypsy teal & off-white embroidered dress, Noho; Dries Van Noten floral, cotton scarf tied into turban, Soho; Prada full length jacket with tie closures, Soho; Nicole Farhi necklace with geometric resin pieces, Soho; Eddie Borgo earrings with yellow gold and rhinestone, Noho; Dolce & Gabbana black men's tuxedo vest, Noho; Hermes silk scarf, Noho.