Unlike new clothes, vintage clothing is already broken in, has had time to establish its pedigree, and is almost always housetrained. Save on ensemble obedience training with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of vintage jewelry and accessories at Fox, Vixen & Co.
Melding vintage glamour with modern razzle-dazzle, the owner-designer trio at Fox, Vixen & Co. transforms antique jewelry into new wearable art. Instead of letting customers dip their hands in a mixture of tar and gold tooth fillings, the crew uses heirloom jewels to create sparkling finger baubles ($19–$39). Though handy for luring admiring looks, a textured hammered-steel cuff ($24) can also be used to detain midnight refrigerator raiders. After browsing Chanda earrings ($20), customizable glass-bead necklaces ($65 for a 60” strand) and dental grills, tooth fairies, and other gift seekers may collect faux-croc wallets ($16–$19) in a taupe-satin Clover handbag ($54).
In addition to handcrafting one-of-a-kind ornaments, Fox, Vixen & Co. carries vintage frocks, '50s-inspired aprons, and Derby-worthy head couture. Adorned with shiny mirrors and necklace-bearing tree branches, the shop invites visitors to reenact fairy tales for an audience of bejeweled mannequin busts.