Never before have golden oldies been so enticing. With the first-of-its-kind Great Vintage Event set to take place this month, benefiting the Shidduch Initiative at Ohr Naava, fashion-conscious women and girls will have the unique opportunity to sift through stunning vintage styles, snag brand-name bargains, and spend quality time with friends. They’ll get to shop the past, while building the future.
Founded in February 2012, the Shidduch Initiative at Ohr Naava has generated a virtual matchmaking revolution. Masterfully headed by Rabbi Chaim Tuvia Hanson and a team of volunteer shadchanim, including Zipporah Ginsburg, Judy Bodner, and Lisa Elefant of Binyan Adei Ad, this groundbreaking program offers dating girls personalized guidance, continuous encouragement, and extensive networking opportunities. With monthly “meet the shadchan” get-togethers, one-on-one appointments, and fun singles events, the Shidduch Initiative provides critical emotional and practical support at this often difficult life juncture.
Now, at the Great Vintage Event scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, Ohr Naava has gathered under one roof the most sought-after vintage vendors, enabling women from across the tri-state area to savor the most fabulous trends of the past few decades while assisting the Shidduch Initiative.
Sponsored by Day Five Sushi, The Madison Wig Company, and My Mother’s Armoire, a popular Brooklyn vintage shop anxiously awaiting their storefront grand-opening later this month, proceeds from the event will allow the shidduch division to grow and offer more services to the singles of our community, as well as recruit more volunteers to help with the cause.
“We are avid fans of Ohr Naava, and particularly their shidduch program,” say Shevy Goldman and Eva Muller, the chic mother–daughter team behind My Mother’s Armoire, whose mantra is to keep the past ever present. “What better way to combine our expertise in vintage and love for the cause?”
Also set to showcase at the event—which will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and then 7:00–10:00 p.m. at 815 Kings Highway in Brooklyn—are exclusive vintage shops like Bella Chic Vintage, The Frock Swap, Nitzarella, The Pink Rack, Red Feather Vintage, Riki Wagh & Design, The Stubborn Bow, The Vintage Basement, Vintage Is In, and Viv and Bea.
As visitors browse through the handpicked sartorial offerings (after enjoying valet parking), they’ll be presented with authentic gourmet sushi and salads for sale from Day Five, plus a rare in-person appearance by Adi Heyman, the wildly popular stylist and founder of Fabologie.com, a unique blog that highlights the season’s latest fashions while emphasizing dignity and class. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and each admission ticket enters visitors into a raffle to win a vintage Chanel bracelet donated by Adi Heyman herself.
But whether you’re a seasoned fashionista or aspiring couturiere, The Great Vintage Event volunteer coordinator Nitza Loketch asserts that the Great Vintage Event is one day-and-night experience you don’t want to miss.
“When has shopping ever been this fun?” she says. “It’s fun, it’s fashion, and it’s a powerful z’chus—all mixed in one.” v