Clothing, Cocktails, and Quick Exchanges: No, this isn't Sex and the City.

The Dressing Room Boutique and Bar, Lower East Side

The Dressing Room Boutique and Bar, Lower East Side

We already featured a menswear store that combines liquor with fashion. But not wanting to be gender-biased, I decided to write about a womenswear shop too. Need a place where you can buy clothing from the latest designers, have a cocktail, and make some cash on the side selling your clothing? Head to “The Dressing Room” on the Lower East Side, right next door to our featured space for lease, 75 Orchard Street.

Voted Best Lower East Side Shop in 2007 and winners of the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award, The Dressing Room Boutique and Bar showcases up and coming designers while serving cocktails and exchanging clothing. Their goal is to be “a community center” where neighborhood residents, artists, and customers can come together. The multi-tasker’s dream offers a full bar, live DJ events, free internet, and a large screen projector for showing movies.

The Dressing Room first opened in 2007, the concept dreamed up by fashion designer Nikki Fontanella. The ground floor is divided into a boutique area, a movie screening section, and the cocktail bar. The clothing exchange is on the lower level with vintage and second-hand pieces. Clothing can be sold to the exchange for 50% of the item’s value in credit for exchange purchases, 60% in bar credit, and 30% in cash. Clothing that the exchange passes on can be dontated to charity if the seller wishes.

Check out the boutique/bar on September 10th during New York’s Fashion Night Out, where you can sip on $2 sangria and $4 champagne while shopping. Designers will also be available for personal consultations, fittings, custom orders, or just to talk! While you are down there, take a look at Besen Retail’s space for lease right next door at 75 Orchard Street.   

-Caitlin

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