Oak Cliff just got what every hip neighborhood needs: a vintage fashion store. Called Est. 1914, it's a retail destination specializing in vintage and gently worn on-trend fashion, modeled after cutting-edge stores in New York.
Est. 1914 is from vintage veteran Mike Levine, who comes from a family of recyclers.
"My grandfather started in the recycling business in 1914, when he moved to Dallas from New York," Levine says. "He peddled anything that could be resold, including metal, paper, and clothing. My dad took the recycling business to the next level, and now we’re in a position to bring it to the public."
Using sources acquired from their 100-plus years in business, Est. 1914 has a team of buyers across the country, scouring for clothing that is on trend.
"We go through thousands of pieces of clothing every month and select those that are high-quality and fashionable," Levine says. "You won't find racks jam-packed with questionable items. Our job is to edit the selection and provide one-of-a-kind fashion for our clientele."
In addition to vintage clothes, they're selling a few choice collectibles, such as Levi's red line and Levi's "Big E" jeans. The store is not a resale shop, in that it doesn't buy used clothing from the public or from customers; it sells used clothing that's new or like new.
During the holidays, they're also featuring a cache of Christmas sweaters. Levine's family is connected to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Store, the annual pop-up that sells everyone's favorite gaudy sweaters.
Est. 1914 is located on the prospering end of Oak Cliff along Davis Street, at the corner of Edgefield Avenue, in the brick building that used to be the Daniel Padilla Gallery. The store managers are Oak Cliff residents who are plugged in not only to fashion but also what the locals love.
"We love the Bishop Arts District neighborhood and look forward to also carrying jewelry and other accessories from local designers," Levine says. "We want to be a part of the Oak Cliff culture and contribute to building Davis Street into a great retail mecca for young shoppers."
The grand opening party takes place on November 19, with food, drinks, giveaways, discounts, and DJ Sober, spinning from 3-6 pm.