L Train Vintage’s Story!

Originally posted on L Train Vintage:

Every vintage item has a story behind it and L Train Vintage has its own. Click on our new Our Story tab to read all about it!

Accompanied is a short documentary made by Chloe Yintzu Huang, which focuses on our location on Knickerbocker Ave in Brooklyn, Urban Jungle. Our one and only Jose Alejandro Perez speaks about L Train Vintage’s history and what we represent. Check it out!

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The L Train Vintage fashion vanguard: One Fugue Hundreds of Fashion Variations!

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We converted (upcycled) an old industrial warehouse into one of the most popular L Train Vintage stores in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Thrift stores are usually second hand dealers and while the license for conducting business in New York City within our field is given as 2nd Hand Dealer, anybody can understand that when it comes to understanding Small business NYC can be a boon and a wonderful headache. It’s important to keep in mind that at L Train Vintage all of our clothing are hand selected Vintage, Retro, and Contemporary upcycled goods. What is Upcycling?  Well firstly lets define recycling. Recycling is the process of breaking something down into its little itsy bitsy parts and then making something new out of it: hence Plastic!

Recycled materials are broken down into pieces. Upcycled materials are repurposed and reimagined into something new. Upcycling is a new term to describe a new market that is coming into being in the 21st Century. Upcycling is about taking an object that has outlived its original commercial use and reinventing it to meet the needs of now.

There’s Plenty of examples!

Saving trees from the death that is paper napkins! Turning them into lux cloth napkins!!

Obvs: the old becomes the new, you can take vintage fabric and transform it to house hold ware!

Obvs: the old becomes the new, you can take vintage fabric and transform it to house hold ware!




Using toys to make boring furniture beautiful!





Taking bottles of wine and using your creativity to produce a center piece for a home or a celebration.


Creativity comes at a price!

Creativity comes at a price!


Our favorite definition  is “to process [a material] so as to produce something that is often better than the original: I upcycled stained tablecloth into curtains.” or napkins!

Upcycled is about finding materials in the market place that the people reinvent, like pop-song remixes, or awesome covers of oldies, somethings are always popular, powerful, and beautiful. We at Ltrainvintage try to find those items and in a large part depend on the imagination and excellence of our customers to find new ways to use items that we think are worthy, so we say thank you. 

Our great selection is heavily dependent on our great customers. The more items are sold the more incentive we have to find what is next new and awesome from the past.

We can find the roots of upcycling all through out art history and pop-music history.

From Dada which used broken and old material and turned it into art, to neoclassicism which upcycled greek and roman culture from ancient times into the enlightenment of the 17th Century and for the architecture of the White House. This is a process that is as old and unique as humanity itself.

Most of our clothes are ‘used’, but in reality what in nature hasn’t been used? Not to wax philosophical , because i can and will, but the natural world is a process of upcycled atoms from stars to slugs to the hand of the greatest novelist who typed the prose that we love to read. Even our genetic code is old, useful, reused and eventually made new. Many of our customers take older clothes and refashion them into new outfits and social purposes.  Its like mutations of the genetic code! One genetic Fugue hundreds of fashion variations!

A Short Clip on upcycled genes by the wonderful Cosmos hosted by Carl Sagan.




No Sleep Till Brooklkyn’ The Mermaid Parade A Creative Brooklyn tradition since 1983!






Photo by @kostumekult of @lianafantastic

Sigh. Whats more brooklyn than Coney Island? Probably the Beastie Boys (RIP Adam Yauch), just a shout out. Its one of my favorite summer time festivals and probably one of the most beautiful in the world! It seeks to celebrate the pop culture glamour that was Coney Island in its heyday.

The event was founded in 1983 back when the C.I. had a bad reputation, it was created  by Dick. D Zigun (a yale graduate ya’ll #fancy) in order to celebrate the gorgeous post-war and pre-war cultural pop culture life of the area, and it did more than that! It became a Brooklyn institution in its own glorious right! It’s a summer tradition for many N.N.Yers (native new yorkers duh) and is a staple of the teeming cultural bohemia of NYC! We love this festival because it gives everybody a chance to get creative and wild, so were posting some pics from all over the web showing how Brooklyn, for lack of a better word, gets down! here’s some inspirational photos of awesomeness! TO get YOU geared up with awesome costume ideas! Amazingly chill! It really is something inexplicably beautiful!

(Ps i always go dressed like a mime, I don’t know why)

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Mermaiparade! 2012

Follow @girlnyc a New York City based photographer for more awesome photos, and ask him if you can buy one of his beautiful prints!


Miss Jessica Layman dropping some serious fabric and creative knowledge at the mermaid parade circa last year! @sapphiresirens

Miss Jessica Layman dropping some serious fabric and creative knowledge at the mermaid parade circa last year!

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Flapper Mermaid!

Follow @218press for their awesome and i mean awesome collection of photos about post 9-11 subcultures and their transformative aspects.


Parades, Parties, and Protests Newly released book on art based protests and transformative subcultures post-911. Here the photo journey continues

Parades, Parties, and Protests Newly released book on art based protests and transformative subcultures post-911.

Here’s @DMJHernandez creating heavily on her mermaid Parade Costume 2014

Buy the 218 press book Parades, Parties, and Protests.

Bye bye bye for now y’all! (more of that 20th century pop culture vaudeville)

For some more historic minded photos check out timeoutnewyork.com

Check out more mermaid muses by #mermaidparade on instagram!

1st picture from @solar_fever



“pratique, résistant et comfortable” cut-off denim shorts @Ltrainvintage.

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Practical, comfortable, and durable.

Sophie Enjoy is a 24 year old Parisian with an education in  design textiles and the environment. She grew up “not far from paris”. While in New York City she stopped by one of our L Train Vintage shops and grabbed a pair of “petit short vintage” that are “pratique, résistant et comfortable”. Less we miss the point she also looks stunning in them as she lounges on vacation near a sea that’s so blue the sky seems to be getting jealous.

In her short article she details her shopping experience at one of our L Train Vintage stores, how she tried on multiple pairs of our selection of active wear shorts until she settled on the American classic that is denim. With a little effort she found the perfect pair and came up to the counter with her “proud purchase.” She uses her L train vintage cut off shorts to easily switch from walking and lounging to diving into the sea by wearing her swimwear underneath her denim.

At the moment she work’s for a young brand named Datura located in New York City and is in charge of communication design. :) We thank you for the lovely photos.

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Sophie rocking a bun like its nobodies business.



No Relation Vintage Brooklyn 5,652 Square feet of Vintage, Retro, and UpCycled Clothing in the heart of Brooklyn.

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No relation Vintage shop, 654 Sackett St. Map Brooklyn Ny her Barclay Center

The second No Relation Vintage Shop in New York City was opened in September of 2013. This shop consist of two two story buildings converted into a vintage shop in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. It is located in the nexus of neighborhoods that is the border of Park Slope and Gowanus. Each item is a hand selected piece of clothing ranging from true vintage and retro to upcycled contemporary clothing and footwear. The store is 95 feet long by 69 feet wide, which is pretty big. It is the second store to be opened in the Downtown Brooklyn area and one of the largest stores in the area by square footage. It can service all the neighborhoods that are accessible through the Atlantic Barclay Center train station and provides Manhattan quality goods without the travel time to the city center. Inside the store there is a horizontal depiction of the Empire State Building as well as a city scape that tries to bring the center of Manhattan into Brooklyn, a homage to the big sister of Brooklyn.

No Relation Vintage Shop Sackett St. Brooklyn Ny. 11217 Gowanus, Park Slope Brooklyn

No Relation Vintage Shop Sackett St. Brooklyn Ny. 11217 Gowanus, Park Slope Brooklyn

Neighborhoods near that shop that will have easier access to the our Ltrainvintage collection are Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, South Slope, Prospect Heights, Weeksvile, Crown Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill, East Flatbush, Windsor Terrace, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and DUMBO Brooklyn. It is serviceable more locally through different train stations. Though Atlantic Av- Barclay Center is the easiest choice,  the R station at Union St. is a block away from the shop. If your coming from Carroll Gardens the F and G train stop at Carroll St is the stop to come from. Yes, the shop does provide Manhattan quality goods, there is always the aim to make sure the items are not only of great quality but are also extremely affordable. For an understanding of the L train vintage ethos check out this short documentary here by one of L train vintage’s biggest fans.

654 Sackett St Brooklyn Ny 11217 No realtion Vintage Shop, L Train Vintage

654 Sackett St Brooklyn Ny 11217 No realtion Vintage Shop, L Train Vintage


Must-dos for New York City? Village Style Vintage Shop in the East Village. Thanks Modcloth!


Here’s a little review from the powerhouse in vintage taste that is Modcloth.com about Bonnie’s favorite Vintage shop in the East Village in NYC.


Village Style. “A new favorite spot in the East Village is Village Style, an adorable vintage shop containing beauties from decades past. [It has] the best selection of vintage that I have come by so far in the city. On my first visit, I couldn’t help but snag a beautiful mod style coat that has quickly become one of my staple pieces during this cold winter. I can’t wait to go back and scour the racks again, and I’m pretty sure in a few weeks, the shop owners will know me by name!”

Thanks for the tour, Bonnie!


We know it aint winter time ya’ll so we’re now just gonna provide you with the items to keep you cool: shorts, t-shirts, beach sweaters… summer!

Emphasis added by us!