A Mary Afternoon

Mary, one of my favorite stylish ladies about town, invited me over to her apartment for pastries and tortellini salad. I was honored to spend the afternoon with her looking over her collections of vintage beaded bags, tributes to the 1939 World’s Fair(an obsession of hers) and various other wonderful bits of the past. Mary is admittedly passionate about fashion. She loves dressing up in different coordinated outfits everyday.

In 1961 Mary moved to New York from Los Angeles. After working various jobs including one at the Whitney where she was fired for insubordination, she opened up a vintage store in Soho. I asked her what her favorite thing about living in the city was and she replied, ” I just love walking around New York. The world changes every 3 blocks.” Mary has a great love for vintage and antique items, especially memorabilia from the 1939 World’s Fair held in New York City.She was born the same year as the fair and is seen in a few of the photos above wearing one of the ticket takers uniforms. She let me know that, ” items from the 70’s are not vintage” and that the most important thing about New York is the street life, walking around and seeing new things.

Mary shared some wonderful stories and after a quick change into something more “modern” we headed out for a little walk and a trip to Venieros. Check out some of Mary’s New York favorites below:

Mary’s Manhattan

1. Venieros is one of the best Italian bakeries. It has been around since 1894 and is a great place to grab a cookie and late night coffee( I can attest to this as she bought me a whole box of delicious carrot cake and rugelach).
2. Sitting in Rockefeller center a major part of the Art Deco period.
3.Taking the M9 bus from Ave B crosstown. Its a cheap mini tour of Lower Manhattan.
4. Visiting the Cloisters on a beautiful afternoon.
5. Visiting The Ukrainian National Home in the east village.

  • That jacket, and the story behind it, is wonderful.

    Sarah Louise

  • OMG. I love Veniero's. I always go there for a tart whenever I'm in New York.

  • simply, heart warmingly amazing

  • d

    just adore the brooches!

  • I love this woman! She has a B-O-D-Y! Beautiful! xxoo Patty

  • Cool jacket! Mary is lovely and I agree – just walking around is one of my favourite NY things.

  • she's like a little spark plug, and i'm lovin the outfit change.

  • Jen

    What a lovely woman with fantastic style.

  • love this!!!xx

  • I'm jealous!!! 🙂

    I wish I lived there and could have some of those carrot cakes with Mary after watching all of the things in the store…

    Congrats, you two are doing a great job! 😉

  • She is Adorable!! I would love to spend an afternoon in her apartment looking at her beautiful things, especially the vintage evening bags and her incredible jewellery (bakelite?). She's right about New York, the best thing about it is the street life. Thanks for sharing her story with us.

  • wonderful lady!

    I never thought 80s or 90s clothing were "vintage" but I'm so glad she thinks the 70s aren't either!

  • Great jacket!

  • Anonymous

    Love this lady's eyes and smile–and style! So alive! Such hope as I age! I wanna be like her! Thanks for your delightful blog! Carla

  • so amazing!!! i love everything about this post.

  • Anonymous

    Estou maravilhada, alegre em ver este site com roupas para pessoas de MAIOR IDADE. Andei procurando e muito na Internet e só encontrei este.
    Porque os estilistas não acreditam na moda dos idosos?
    Sabia que é muito difícil se encontrar roupas prontas para eles?. Maioria das vezes têm-se que mandar fazer.
    É uma desvalorização absurda…
    Voce está de Parabéns…
    Um beijo

  • Anonymous

    I'm overwhelmed, happy to see this site with clothes for people of full age. I've been looking and very on the Internet and only found this.Because designers do not believe in fashion for elderly?Did you know that is very difficult to find clothes ready for them?. Most of the time have them do that.The devaluation absurd …You have done …Kiss

  • Mary is my fave of all the fabulous A.S. ladies (and that is saying a lot!)! Oh how grand it would be to spend an afternoon with her!