DecadesTwo Pop-Up Round Two Opens Today
Christos Garkinos: Hello.
Caller from Denver: Hey Christos, I went through my closet and found 30 Chanel bags. Do you think people in New York will want those?
Garkinos: Um, yes.
Caller: Well, I will just FedEx them over to you in the Big Apple. Oh, should I take the original price tags off?
Garkinos: Um, no.
Garkinos: [In his head] I die.
And this is how DecadesTwo owner Christos Garkinos makes it possible for those whacked by economy, both buyers and sellers, to maintain appearances. Starting today, Garkinos and his vast cache of consigned treasures return to New York for a four-day pop-up shop at Kiki de Montparnasse, their second so far. There are some changes from the couture-heavy sale back in May, namely the addition of ready-to-wear and more accessories. I visited yesterday and clocked a giant rack of Chanel dresses and jackets and lots of better-than-sample-sale prices: a Balenciaga L.B.D. for less than $500, a Prada fur coat from Fall 2007 for $300, and this insane pile of Chanel bags pictured above.
Who exactly parts with this luxe merch in the first place? Viewers of The Rachel Zoe Project may remember Garkinos’ cameo from a recent episode, so that’s one. Other consigning culprits include Selma Blair, Julianne Moore, and Courtney Love. If you’re going for one-of-a-kind, there’s the gray tulle Versace gown worn by Christina Ricci at the Oscars. The pop-up pops down on Sunday, but there’s a chance it may be a more permanent fixture. Garkinos says that the last sale grossed more in four days than he did his first year in business on Melrose.
DecadesTwo Pop-Up at Kiki de Montparnasse, 79 Greene St., October 1-4.