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[UPDATE: This story was originally published on November 28.]
If you’re wondering where all the artists, band babes, and real hipsters vanished to, don't worry. They’re all still alive and well, they just fled en masse over the Bay Bridge. Ah yes, Oakland — a magnetic hotbed exploding with effortless eccentricity and relatively affordable rent. And defining the East Bay style scene on Piedmont Avenue is one of our favorite consignment shops, Mercy Vintage Now. Owners and expert curators Karen Anderson and Jenny Velte — along with a team of dreamy shop girls — are definitely the cream of the vintage crop.
So, we thought it only right to have these vixens show us around the up-and-coming 'hood. Get ready for some copy-worthy style as we stroll from a hideaway packed with fashion rags all the way to a breathtaking local cemetery (we promise, it's more pretty than creepy). Take it from us, these girls know what we like!
Photographed by Maria del Rio
Photographed by by Maria del Rio
Last month, The Daily Beast published an article called "Why the Upper East Side Is Now Cooler Than Brooklyn," which argued that the land of lavish doorman buildings has become the latest retreat for hipsters looking to escape Brooklyn's rising property costs. While more affordable rents and a surge in trendy eateries and read
Admit it. At this point, you're watching Downton Abbey more for the property porn than whatever is going on in Lady Mary's bedroom. That staircase, that wainscoting, those gardens... it's almost as exciting as finding a handsome Turkish man in your boudoir.
Of course, you can see all this in the flesh with a visit to read