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Vintage Shirts Offered for $1,000 at Fashion's Night Out Event

By Della Hasselle | September 7, 2012 8:33am

SOHO — A vintage 1977 Led Zepplin T-shirt cost a whole lotta dough at Fashion's Night Out.

The $1,000 item was one of many offered during an exclusive Fashion’s Night Out sale in “What Goes Around Comes Around,” a blast-from-the past vintage store at 351 West Broadway that boasts old pieces ranging from the Victorian era to the early 1980s.

“This store is about experimenting, and mixing truly vintage pieces with newer looks to stay up on current fashions,” said the shop's co-founder,  Seth Weisser.

According to Weisser, the event offered serious buyers a chance to have haute couture items by established designers such as Chanel and Gucci, but also to truly stand out from other big spenders during events like Fashion Week.

Between the chunky leather belts, nearly-rotting lace outer garments and Chanel bags, the eclectic boutique seemed to offer something for every style — with price tags up to $5,000.

“People who want true fashion expression can incorporate vintage into their wardrobe,” said Weisser, who helped found the store in 1993. “There’s not too much on the modern luxury level that allows that kind of individuality.”

On Thursday, the store attracted flocks of fashionistas hoping to make their own unique marks on the fashion world.

“I guess I like buying vintage mostly because no one else will be wearing what I’m wearing,” said shopper Leigh Loosbrock, a 24-year-old from the East Village.

Some of the most unique items included a hand-beaded “mourning top” worn by grieving widows in the Edwardian era — one of the oldest items in the store — for $550, and a pair of nearly-spotless Ferragamo shoes for a little more than $150.

Other items included a vintage hat for $178, and a lace blouse for $850.

“It’s a nice way of refurbishing the past to the present, and bringing back previous roots involved in fashion,” added jewelry designer Callie Marks.

Some buyers were surprised by price range, such as an antique house coat that ran for $350, while a concert T-shirt would set buyers back by a grand.

But others argued that there’s no price too high for haute couture fashion.

“I don’t think you can put a price on the past,” Marks said.