We are a shop located in the East Village section of Manhattan, 3rd Avenue and 10th Street. We started selling vintage clothing in flea markets back in 1984 in SOHO - a time when downtown seemed like the center of the world, when street artists were pushing their way to the top and cut off jeans were high fashion. We took a hold of a set of keys and opened our first store on Ave B and 6th Street on Feb 1, 1990. Just like the East Village, we have changed over the last 20 years and today we specialize in VINTAGE SHOES and BOOTS, the largest and best selection in New York. We do a lot of traveling to find a large collection and I hope you enjoy the shoes we have to offer here at Etsy and in our store. If you're in NYC, please stop by to hang out in the shop and become our friend. We love to become friends with our customers and hang out after the store closes.
Nothing makes us feel better than seeing a customer wearing a item purchased from us when we bump into them in a bar or club or show.
My name is Richard Colligan. While freelancing at various advertising agencies throughout the city and graduating from Pratt Institute in1982, I sold clothes at several flea markets in NYC for extra money. Realizing an interest in fashion, but tired with the elements of outdoor retailing, I took my small business indoors to Avenue B & 10th St in 1990. At the time, fashion was all about "grunge" - the 501 Levi Jeans, flannel shirts, motorcycle jackets, overalls, and army surplus were selling like wildfire and Metropolis was the leading provider.
In 1995, I moved Metropolis to its current location of 3rd Ave & 10th St, which is conveniently situated in the heart of East Village, near St. Marks and many college dorms. New college students and seasoned fashionista's have turned to Metropolis for their vintage fashion needs. As Metropolis approaches it's 20 year anniversary, I hope everyone will come and check out our store, a staple to the NYC vintage community!