Since 1978, her successful business has been the go-to source for numerous clients — costume designers, stylists, photographers, artists, and fashion designers — who come from the world of film. For the past 10 years, Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing, a film, TV and Broadway fixture for nearly 40 years, has been ensconced in a 6,200-square-foot showroom at Queens Plaza in Long Island City.
A new landlord increased the rent 26%, to more than $100,000 annually. Now due to Long Island City’s changing landscape and whopping rents, Uffner has had no choice but to search elsewhere for a new space to house her massive collection, which lived in a 6,300 square foot loft located at 30-10 41st Ave. She has since now found a new location at 42-24 Orchard Street, about 2-3 blocks away but as is in most cases these days in any development area, she says “our lease comes with a caveat, a one year demolition clause.” She has a long road ahead opening wardrobe cartons and making sure clothing is racked correctly. Helen says “It’s been a challenging journey but the new location is coming along! Couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends, in and out of our industry”
That’s me Channeling the different Fashion Genres : Check out the video on Youtube: A Brief History of Black Men’s Fashion.