Ephemeral New York

“This is where the hard-core kids come to outfit themselves,” states a 1987 New York write-up about Trash & Vaudeville, the punk rock clothing mecca launched in 1975 that’s responsible for the Ramones’ leather jackets and introducing Doc Martens to the U.S.

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Their early 1980s ads are great. This one comes from the September 1984 issue of the East Village Eye, and based on the guys’ suits, it looks like the store is trying to cater to a less hardcore crowd.

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The best-sellers today? Kid-size leather jackets and a top hat a la Slash.

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2 comments

  1. When I moved here they were my go-to for footwear! Regret still echoes my memory with that one pair I passed up and never saw again.

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