When Rihanna took the stage at the Saturday Night Live season finale to perform her hit "Bitch Better Have My Money," it wasn't the explicit lyrics that got people talking. It was her look — particularly the vintage Napier necklace she rocked that she found at a boutique-meets-gallery tucked away in Soho, NYC.
EraLuxe Gallery is an appointment-only shop run by 32-year-old Julie Heller, who has been propelled into the spotlight and become a go-to not just for @badgalriri, but also women in search of unrivaled, one-of-a-kind treasures. On the racks, you'll find drop-dead numbers from the likes of Alaïa, Chanel, and Versace — pieces (or rather, clothing as art) from yesteryear that are just as coveted (and stylish) as they were when they hit stores decades ago.
Stumbling upon these items is no easy feat. It takes lots of travel, time, and let's be honest, trips to thrift stores. It also takes serious knowledge of cuts, colors, and labels — beware of fakes! — and some major self control. (How can you score 40-year-old Chanel and not keep it for yourself?)
To get the down-low on all things thrifted, Heller opened the doors to her Tribeca
closet fashion paradise, where we got the inside scoop on some of the best vintage items she's ever scored — and how we can find our own. (Hint: It might involve leaving New York City.)