Vintage Point

Written & Photographed by A Wild Dove

Who knew that when Richard Ives came to New York to study art, he would create one of the most iconic vintage boutiques in the world? We certainly didn’t, but we’re so grateful he did.

Richard is what you’d call a fashion triple threat - he began his career styling before becoming fashion director at Bloomingdale’s. He’s also known to design clothing. If that weren’t enough, he opened Pilgrim New York as a place to house the most forward vintage from top designers around the world. We’ll let Richard finish the rest, because each detail of his story - much like the most fabulous Junya Watanabe frock - is just too too good...

Richard! We are obsessed with your store and your vintage finds. Can you describe your journey and how Piligrim came to be?

I came to New York to study art and worked at the Met and the MOMA as well as a few galleries in SoHo. A friend at the Met was a stylist and asked me to assist her. I didn't even know what that was, but was interested in both fashion and photography. My first time assisting on an editorial was for French Vogue with Arthur Elgort. The models were Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista. I freelanced as a stylist and began working for Bloomingdale’s as fashion director. I could still do editorial while working there. I worked for many magazines, mostly European, and photographers like Richard Avedon, Deborah Turbeville, Patrick Demarchelier, Glen Luchford and Steven Klein. I worked with designers like Donna Karan, Isabel Toledo, Tracy Feith and Charles Nolan. I also designed and made clothes, which was really helpful when working closely with designers. I worked on the first home collection for Donna Karan, making many of the samples myself. Pilgrim first opened in 2006 in Woodstock, New York. After selling my home on Shelter Island, Woodstock was the tester store for New York City. We sold vintage clothing, art, and collectibles. We also used it as a gallery to showcase both NYC and local artists. I first introduced the Pilgrim women's collection there as well.

Wow, you have quite the fashion legacy. So onto the clothing. Tell us, how and where do you find your pieces?

We source everything through dealers mostly European and occasionally will buy at auction.

Meghan Douglas | Photography Michael Thompson | Styling by Richard Ives

Trish Goff | Photography by Patrick Demarchelier | Styling by Richard Ives

Cindy Crawford | Photography by Patrick Demarchelier | Styling by Richard Ives

How do you decide if a piece makes the cut?

I'm super critical, since we've become a source for designers and their teams, I only want interesting or iconic pieces.

That totally comes through at your store. Only the best. And how do you stay balanced in this crazy industry?

I use to have a house in the Caribbean, which was a great escape. Now I just use gym and mini escape weekends to deal.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and where would it be?

My dream dinner was actually last summer at Isabella Rossellinis house in Bellport. I styled the dancers for an art performance at her farm and was invited to her home for dinner afterwards. Conversations about David Lynch amongst artists and the most delicious Swedish food! I rode back and had the best conversation with a curator from the Pompidou Centre. It was a magical night.

Artist - Lia Chevaz | Photography by Ira Lippke | Styling by Richard Ives


Amazing! Tell us, who’s your fashion icon?

Fashion icons are all the usual suspects, but Debbie Harry is my all time favorite. And many of the people I've worked with over the years. Indre Rockefeller has supported the store and worn my collection. She's always eclectic and modern. We have a lot of Comme des Garcons and Yohji buyers who always look amazing.

Is there a piece that got away?

I can't even begin to think about it, so many. Many Junya Watanabe pieces. I do remember a Dior evening dress that was spectacular, but I buy for modern wardrobes and that doesn't always include couture or evening pieces.

What’s your most favorite piece ever?

Brian Bennett, my business partner has bought some of the most amazing pieces of costume jewelry. So probably a couture necklace from Christian Lacroix.

Ahh, SO GOOD. What’s your favorite fashion moment?

Stephen Sprouse's store in SoHo. He was the first American that did cool high design. Also the first time I went to Comme des Garcons in SoHo in 1986. I was awe struck. Maybe my first show in Paris, Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld. It so ethereal and the girls were all goddesses! The first show I styled for was Tracy Feith. It was at some stripper bar in Times Square. The whole collection was the Nudie Show. My sister Lisa, who was a dancer, was in it too!

We would have loved to see that! Lastly, what makes you fly?

After many years still being excited by fashion and design. Dressing my customers who tell me how great they feel.  The specialness of vintage and how it resonates with young designers. Sharing all the stories behind how things were made and the quality and craftsmanship that no longer exists.


Walking Tall this Spring

Written & Photographed by A Wild Dove

From sandals to booties to platforms, Spring is always the perfect time to invest in a few new must-haves to take you from the beach, to outdoor weddings and beyond.  Fortunately, we’ve enlisted David Rosen, AKA @BarneysShoeMan to help us navigate top trends by our favorite brands.  We let David sound off on what he knows and loves best.  Shoes!

Check out his spring picks below -


"This sandal is like having  pillows on your feet. Ridiculously comfortable.”


“The silver sequin bootie is probably the most fun, comfortable boot this season and surprisingly versatile as well because of the clear plexi heel.”


“The black patent pump is a nice ode to the YSL iconic logo. You’ll be the chicest on the dance floor.”


"The arena leather is very cool and the inverted kitten heel gives it a little edge. It’s a play on naughty meets nice.”


“The hi-top sneaker is super versatile and because of its length, it can be worn with anything from jeans to dresses. Great street look.”


“The Unravel bootie has a hidden heel and a rock-n-roll feel to them. It’s edgy luxe.”


“This sandal really has the comfort of an actual Birkenstock, but way cooler look. It also comes in a mirrored silver for a bit more flare.”


“The silver sandal is soft and with the feather detail it makes it a perfect sandal for vacation. You’ll see these all over Ibiza and Capri.”


“This red flat has the softest leather and the square toe fits much better on the foot. The overall them is a continuation from fall and it's all about comfort and versatility.”


"Even though it's a very high heel, its thick and the platform makes it easier for navigating the city, even without an Uber.”


Black Champion Zip Up In Progress Hoodie by Vetements | Satin Slingbacks by Vetements x Manolo Blahnik | Jeans by ReDone | Medium Frame Shoulder Bag by Celine | Rings by Jennifer Fisher



Salespeople, stylists, skincare specialists and all manner of self care mavens—they can be so much more than simply people who provide a service. If we’re lucky enough to score a particularly first-rate one, they might be closer to our therapists, confidantes…basically our support team. They work magic on our wardrobes. They whip us into shape after a rough week. They set us straight when we’re mired in bad vibes. They nix our doubts and fix our hairdos in one fell swoop. They are truly transformation experts. In this series, we’re giving credit where it’s due: to the pros who keep us on point. Get their take on style, wellness, and how we can all learn to love ourselves a little better—even after we’ve left their stomping grounds.

What to Wear this New Year’s...Anywhere

Written by A Wild Dove 

Ahh New Year’s Eve... 

Never in the English language have three words conjured up so much anxiety. What are the plans? Do we even have plans? To go out or not to go out? Somehow, we tend to overthink that whatever we do or don’t do, on New Year’s Eve is some greater metaphor for the current state of our lives. Well, whatever it is you do - be it a visit to your old standby restaurant or a night out at the latest hotspot, we’ve got your wardrobe covered.


From your best friend’s house party to a chic dinner out, high-waisted denim, either vintage Levi’s (from What Goes Around Comes Around of course) or Khaite are our favorites. Pair it with a Nili Lotan cami or vintage Alaïa sequin plunging top for WOW.



Leopard Print Cami by Nili Lotan

Black Cami by Nili Lotan | Jeans by Khaite | Vintage Levi's Jeans by What goes Around Comes Around | Black Sequin Top by Azzedine Alaïa from What Goes Around Comes Around | Grey Fur Jacket by Marc Jacobs (Stylist's Own) | Black Boots by Balenciaga | Bag by Gucci | Choker by Jennifer Fisher | Pendant Necklace by Aurelie Bidermann


The beauty of velvet, aside from being fall’s IT texture, is that it can somehow transcend almost any evening out. Our favorite velvet slip dress by Nili Lotan can also give serious vibes when styled underneath a Vetements jacket.


Dress by Nili Lotan | Jacket by Vetements Boots by Vetements


Going out, as in all out? When you’re popping bubbly in the back of your Uber, only the chicest look will do. Channel your inner glamourpuss with most luxe of fabrics, velvet. Nili Lotan’s cami dress is perfect, layered under fur-white fur, that is. (Preferably vintage. Our pick? What Goes Around Comes Around.) Add some Aurelie Bidermann pendants and you've got major decadence.


Dress by Nili Lotan | Vintage Fur Jacket by What Goes Around Comes Around | Shoes by Saint Laurent | Necklaces by Aurelie Bidermann | Rings by Jennifer Fisher


What Goes Around Comes Around

Written by A Wild Dove


We’re Fall-ing for Vintage this Season.

Where do you shop for fall if you want something cool, original? Something no one else has?

What Goes Around Comes Around.


Yep. What Goes Around Comes Around is our go-to choice for worn in tee’s, easy dresses and the perfect length denim cut-offs in that just-so vintage wash. We first discovered WGACA in Soho back in the 1990’s, when vintage was a religion, not just a source of clothing. Founded by Gerard Maione and Seth Weisser, the shop elevated the secondhand market with its curated vision and concept that features the most coveted fashion labels on the market like Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton, just to name a few.


But more than that, WGACA offers a ton of chic “of the moment” items even without designer labels. Its assortment of ‘90’s style dainty slip dresses bring us back to the era of Kate Moss and Courtney Love. Its 1970’s rocker t-shirts are the perfect compliment to our high-waist Levi’s. And what is fall fashion without a totally badass bomber jacket? And lest we not forget their selection of vintage Gucci that puts the M in Major. Looks like we’ve got fall shopping in the bag...


PHOTOGRAPHY ERIC WHITE | Styling Lynn Levoy | Model Maja Brodin at The Society | Hair Sonny Molina | Makeup Marcelo Gutierrez