When it comes to vintage, Alyssa Coscarelli or @alyssainthecity as she's known to her 62k Instagram followers, certainly knows what she's talking about. We meet up with Alyssa in her Brooklyn apartment on a hot June afternoon to talk shop, and within seconds we can tell she's a pro. Dressed in a knee length, perfectly form fitting red polka dotted dress with tattoos delicately placed across her arms, Alyssa certainly embodies the role she currently serves at Refinery29 as fashion market editor, equal parts cool as well as polished.
Fashion Market Editor at Refinery 29 and Instagrammer on the side, Alyssa is currently in the process of moving out of her Williamsburg apartment. 20 minutes before we arrived, we noticed Alyssa posting furniture items for sale on her Instagram Stories. By the time we wrapped the shoot, most of the items had already been sold. A testament to her Instagram prowess.
"I started as an intern at Refinery29, I've been there for almost four years at this point. I started out in a section of editorial called The Contributor Network which we don't actually have anymore. Before R29 wrote about everything we would pull content from other websites and have syndication relationships so I would help manage that. My boss at the time is actually now my best friend. A few years later, a fashion position opened up. I initially went to R29 because I knew I wanted to work there and be in fashion, even if I didn't necessarily want that specific role, but when the fashion writer position opened up, the editor managing it asked me if I wanted it and I definitely did. That was 2 years ago at this point. "
Just from Instagram alone, you can tell that a busy life is a key part of Alyssa's day. On any given weekday, she's doing cool things at Refinery, eating with friends, working out, going on weekend getaways, hosting pop ups, and much more. IRL, Alyssa is as hardworking and stylish as she seems on the internet.
"I'm on a limited budget, I think anyone who lives in New York is - I got sick of having to shop fast fashion and having the same thing as everyone else. What I love about vintage is not only finding the affordable places to shop which has been a great way to save money, but also the idea that no one else can have it and that it's one of a kind."
Alyssa's 3 biggest shopping tips:
- Don't forget that you can get things tailored, I'm really small and sometimes I find a vintage piece I love that doesn't quite fit. You can always bring it to a tailor and get it taken in on the sides, get it hemmed, get pants shortened.
- Follow Instagram shops you like on Instagram. Say you live in New York, there are still tons of shops you can buy from that our out of state which is awesome.
- You can't sleep on vintage! If you really love something just pull the trigger because you'll probably regret it if you don't and then it'll be gone!
Alyssa's favorite vintage shops in the city:
- The Vintage Show - Manhattan
- 10 Ft Single - Brooklyn
- Horizon Vintage - Brooklyn
- Antoinette Vintage - Brooklyn
- Duo NYC - Manhattan (great for denim)
- The Break - Brooklyn