Michael Gallagher has a thing for fashion magazines. So much so that he's amassed an exhaustive library of archived publications (we’re talking more than a million titles), ranging from vintage issues of Vogue to rarer publications like LEI.
Though Gallagher’s eponymous East Village shop was hugely popular in the ’90s--drawing big names like Steven Meisel and John Galliano--it shuttered after the 2008 economic crisis. Lucky for those with a penchant for glossies, the store has reopened in Soho in the form of a collaborative, open-ended pop-up with fashion networking site VFiles.
The new Gallagher’s Paper Collectibles has a museum-like feel, with rows of out-of-print magazines displayed like treasures on glass tables. Material is rotated to accommodate Gallagher’s exhaustive collection: Recently, we found 1950s editions of Harper’s Bazaar splashed with Cecil Beaton photographs, plus copies of Canada’s biggest fashion mag, Flare, from the 1980s. Costs depend on a magazine’s rarity and demand, with prices ranging from $20 to $100.
Gallagher plans to launch an ecommerce site for magazine fiends later this month--though we have to admit, thumbing through vintage Jean Shrimpton covers and signed Avedon editions in person is half the fun.
Gallagher’s Paper Collectibles, 12 Mercer St. (between Canal and Grand sts.); 212-804-6400