A punk rock shrine in the 1980s East Village

“This is where the hard-core kids come to outfit themselves,” states a 1987 New York write-up about Trash & Vaudeville, the punk rock clothing mecca launched in 1975 that’s responsible for the Ramones’ leather jackets and introducing Doc Martens to the U.S.


Their early 1980s ads are great. This one comes from the September 1984 issue of the East Village Eye, and based on the guys’ suits, it looks like the store is trying to cater to a less hardcore crowd.


The best-sellers today? Kid-size leather jackets and a top hat a la Slash.

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7 Responses to “A punk rock shrine in the 1980s East Village”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    I like those first two stylish punks, their eyes are already looking elsewhere.

  2. Thomas Jefferson Says:

    That’s were I got my Beatle boots and Leather back in 1980.

  3. The Day | Bobby Flay Coming to Noho - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com Says:

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    Reblogged this on JANINEVEAZUE.

  5. Upstate Ellen Says:

    OMG, now I really feel old. I remember browsing Trash & Vaudeville when I was in high school, wishing I could afford a leather jacket.

  6. Hekky Catz Says:

    I still have the leather jacket I bought there when I was 26. I am old now, but the jacket is still young.

  7. Arielle Abrams Says:

    East Village Eye Website Goes Live For Fashion

    WHAT: East Village Eye Archive goes online
    WHEN: Now
    WHERE: http://www.east-village-eye.com

    The East Village Eye Archive officially goes online this week with its Top Ten East Village Eye Issues for Fashion.
    All 72 issues of the East Village Eye, the legendary magazine published from 1979 to 1987 that covered and was actively engaged in the arts, politics and social currents of the time, are being scanned and preserved in searchable PDFs. While we undergo development of several integrated projects, we begin with ten full issues deemed to contain the most relevant fashion-related content. This launch coincides with the current show at the Metropolitan Museum of New York entitled “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” which we seek to augment with this contribution.
    Not every rock’nroll-filled mag covers fashion, but a key part of the reaction to the purposely dressed-down, self-effacing attitude of the previous era was to consciously use clothing to display individual creativity, vitality and viewpoint. This is why the Eye devoted pages to the work of Animal X, Betsy Johnson, Manic Panic, Natasha, Patricia Field, Trash & Vaudeville and many other such leaders in the field, not forgetting the naturally stylish on the streets of New York, from the Lower East Side to the South Bronx.
    Keep looking for new developments at http://www.east-village-eye.com, where we will continue to add to the discourse with more issues and other materials about the Eye, the East Village and the era. And don’t forget to follow our Twitter page @EastVillageEye for more news and updates.

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