RALPH LAUREN: POLO BEAR and beyond

As the legend has it, one year at his annual yachting birthday party Ralph Lauren received a teddy bear in his likeness, dressed ears to paw in miniature Ralph Lauren garb. He was so charmed by this gift, instantly smitten, and it looked so much like him that he decided to produce a line of miniature teddy bears for sale to discerning customers looking for a stylish cuddle. These furry Ralph Lauren surrogates soon proved to be incredibly popular with adults and children alike. Who among us was a Polo bear baby?
Demand grew and it was soon clear that this was simply not enough. Lauren knew he had to up the ante and 1991 found RL debuting his latest creation – sweaters proudly emblazoned with his beloved bear, soon to be christened the POLO BEAR.  The public was overjoyed and snatched them up in all forms. The bear was a true style icon and was depicted in all manner of guises, dressed as a doctor, lawyer, fireman, you name it. Everyone loved the bear icon, but possibly the greatest supporters of all time was a legendary Brooklyn street gang named The Lo-Lives – as in “PoLO-LIVES” – who ONLY wore the most rare of Ralph Lauren Polo Bear items they could find. METROPOLIS VINTAGE has just acquired a serious amount of prized POLO RALPH LAUREN items of a variety of styles, some with the Polo Bear, some not, but all have that refined style known and prized by Ralph Lauren aficionados from the yachts to the streets and back again.

Take A Trip Through The METROPOLIS T-SHIRT Department!

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Today we visit the world of the METROPOLIS VINTAGE T-Shirt department in honor of our current in-store T-Shirt sale: Purchase one tee and receive HALF OFF another T-Shirt of $65 value or less.  In contrast to the oft untamed wilds of other shops T-Shirt sections, the staff here at METROPOLIS VINTAGE has painstakingly organized our diverse selection of shirts into a host of different categories.   CARTOONS bleeding into the Motor Cycle section?  Classic Rock mixing with PUNK?  We can’t have that!  Here we showcase a few random pulls from some of our popular sections to show you what we’ve got.  Come on in anytime and find some cool tees for yourself or a loved one! There are many more shirts of all styles and designs than can be shown here!

 

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If you don’t live in the area, or even if you do, check out the T-SHIRT section on our ETSY site HERE!  We ship INTERNATIONALLY!

OVERALLS: VERY FAR FROM THE FARM!

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 Overalls have come a long way from the cliche image of the farmer and the oil-stained on-duty mechanic!  Though versions were used as early as 1792, overalls as we popularly know them (the “bib-and-brace” style) came into effect around 1891.  After decades of hard work,  the durable denim overall came into fashion, evolving from cornfed to cool.   What once was protective gear for WWI-era mothers working in factories became a staple for the earth mother of the 1960’s and beyond.  Even the ’90s found overalls being repopularized by Hip Hop artists such as Tupac and Kris Kross.  Suddenly, they’re back.  Once again, we here at METROPOLIS VINTAGE have anticipated the trend and have a wide selection of overalls for you, from the traditional dark denim variety, to the popular “Shortalls” or “Skirtalls” which have been cut into shorts or modified to become a dress.  Perfect for summer wear in the country OR the city!

“THE SUN IS OUT AND I WANT SOME . . . ” New sunglasses in at METROPOLIS VINTAGE!

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It’s that time of year again when beaches and barbecues abound here in New York City. As THE RAMONES sang, “The Sun Is Out And I Want Some . . . ” and we here at METROPOLIS VINTAGE have just received a new shipment of cool vintage sunglasses for you. Our shades have always been big sellers, but now we’ve got a host of interesting new styles that range from 1980’s new wave to flip-up fronts to a more elegant poolside-moviestar look. Drop by and try on a pair or order one HERE via our online ETSY store. Remember, we ship internationally, so you can have that perfect pair of sunglasses anywhere – Rockaway Beach or wherever you may be!


METROPOLIS VINTAGE named one of the “7 BEST VINTAGE STORES IN NYC” by GOTHAMIST!

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A tale of TUXEDO TAILCOATS at Metropolis Vintage!

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What could be more dapper than a tuxedo coat with tails? Also known as a “swallow-tail” or “claw hammer“, flip on Turner Classic Movies at any given time and you’re bound to see a dapper gent wearing one. Everyone from Clark Gable to Fred Astaire owned one, the latter immortalized his tailcoat in song during one of his most famous films of 1935.  While the world may not yet be ready for a top hat or monocle resurgence, the tailcoat looks elegant and adds the edge of class you need for that extra special occasion. Unfortunately, they are becoming harder and harder to find these days, but we at METROPOLIS VINTAGE remain eagle-eyed and stalwartly search for the finest in vintage menswear for you. Come on down and catch the tail of a tuxedo tailcoat before they’re all gone!

 

Don’t forget to stop by our ETSY store for many other cool items!

Get your High Rise, High Waisted JEANS at LOW prices!

Ladies! Tired of seeing all these dangerously plunging waistlines?  Too much midriff around for your liking?  We here at METROPOLIS VINTAGE have just the solution for you! Racks of those classic high-rise,  high -waisted jeans you’ve been missing.  Roll the cuffs up or let them hang down, it doesn’t matter.  Anti short zippers and short shorts?  Grab a pair of our  jeans, button them up tight and take a stand!

Don’t forget to stop by our ETSY store for many other cool items!

METROPOLIS VINTAGE on INLIFE IN THE BIG APPLE with CHRIS BROW

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CHRIS BROW of the international INLIFE show on LYONESS TV takes his viewers on a fun and informative tour of New York City – from Williamsburg, past the Museum Of Modern Art to Queens, and finally, a stop at METROPOLIS to talk vintage with our shop manager Drew Redmond. Check it out here! We appear at approximately 4:33, but the whole episode is great:

Chris Brow takes us along on his rather special New York city walk. He shows us what the “Big Apple” has to offer over and above classic points of interest in terms of culture, fashion and entertainment. So Chris takes us on a stroll through the districts of Brooklyn, Queens and of course Manhattan. Expect a few surprise discoveries!

Thanks to CHRIS and LYONESS TV, you’re welcome back anytime!

1,000,000 decibels worth of HEAVY METAL shirts in at METROPOLIS VINTAGE

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It’s getting pretty loud over here at METROPOLIS VINTAGE, between METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, MOTLEY CRUE, BLACK SABBATH, OVERKILL, KISS and all the others. What’s the problem? We’ve got heaps of vintage metal shirts for sale, from Sabbath to thrash to L.A. Glam metal, any time, any era. Rare tour shirts with baseball sleeves, just the right rips and the black faded to perfection? Waiting right here for you. Don’t let some poseurs snap these up!



Check out some more of our music T-Shirt collection HERE

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Cover yourself with GRUNGE at METROPOLIS VINTAGE

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Calling all Lamestains and Little Seattle Boys! Where were you the year punk broke? Were you a “Grunge Baby” like Francis Bean or riding high above the crowd? Are you an anarchist cheerleader? Flannel or flowers? Homemade Flipper shirt? Nostalgic for the early nineties? Nevermind all that, because the time has come and METROPOLIS has a wide collection of now-vintage Grunge-era T-Shirts for you to enjoy and destroy even further. From the more underground side to the radio-friendly classics that may have caused you to stagedive in your youth, they’re all here right now . . . and yes, we DO have flannel in stock.

Don’t forget to stop by our ETSY store for many other cool T-Shirts!

 
KC