Some things you find in old houses just can't be found anywhere else, for instance, a vintage magical wardrobe that'll take you to a fantastical land overseen by a Jesus-lion and an androgynous witch who'll tempt you with fancy candies. For a shop raiding old wardrobes for things not filled with felines who died for your sins, venture into Briar Vintage.
The just-opened bro-shop to Old City's chick-centric Sazz, Briar’s offering a full antique apparel experience thanks to a choice collection of pre-JFK menswear and accessories, situated amongst vintage church pews and stained glass windows, and displayed in antique cases and old racks (hopefully Helen Mirren’s). Clothing includes plenty of dresswear like a vine-patterned black-on-black tuxedo coat from the '60s and a gleaming brass-buttoned navy wool dress coat from a 1920s pensioners hospital, plus workwear like '50s khaki field jackets that barely show their age, and a gusseted Depression-era work shirt that was Sanforized, which unlike Sanfordized means it was pre-shrunk…you big dummy. Awesomely eccentric accessories include a bountiful collection of bow ties, double-sided Art Deco-styled cufflinks that snap together, head-toppers like beaver-felted top hats; and an absolute slew of footwear that includes a well-kept pair of leather-soled combat boots from the Korean War, and dress shoes like flashy '50s brogues and cap toes, a favorite activity of Old West bullies who enjoy telling silly cowpokes to “dance!”
In addition to the clothes and accoutrements, they're also stocking some vintage man-sentials like honey brown, leather-trimmed, hardsided luggage and a travel-sized snake bite kit complete with anti-venom jars from the 1930s, great for dealing with the damage from a devil disguised as a snake…or whatever those stories were going on about.