Happy New Year from The Pink Pantaloon Co.! I’m Katy, PP’s newest recruit and although I have worked here a couple of months this is my first blog post, so where better to begin than Christmas in New York?!

There are few places as romanticised as New York at Christmas time; the sweeping skyline, snow-covered streets and festive Central Park have been immortalised in a variety of films, TV and literature, and I was lucky enough to experience it all first hand this December when I visited the ‘Big Apple’. This was my first time in NYC, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Even the 22°C sunshine on Christmas Day couldn’t damped my festive mood whilst being surrounded by lavish seasonal window displays, gigantic spruce trees and festive songs in every store.

I’m glad I packed my comfy boots as there was a lot of walking involved. From the hustle and bustle of the big brand shopping along 5th Avenue, to the peaceful tranquility of ice skating in Central Park, there was so much to see on foot that taking the subway seemed like missing out. Every block and avenue provided another sightseeing opportunity including the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Flatiron Building and THAT tree from my favourite NY film, Home Alone 2 (although even an 85ft decorated tree was no match for the Brooklyn suburb of Dyker Heights – now that neighbourhood knows how to decorate for Christmas!).

Winter at PP HQ was full of excitement over the launch of our reclaimed vintage lines and whilst I was in Manhattan I was eager to take the opportunity to visit the highly acclaimed vintage store, What Goes Around Comes Around, in the trendy SOHO area. WGACA features regularly in vintage clothing blogs and articles, and it’s easy to see why, with their cool vibe and retro-laden store there was something for everyone. Buyers travel the world, hand-picking a range of vintage clothes and accessories, which are then showcased in store and online. There was a strong Western theme towards the rear of the store, with a large selection of men’s jeans, jackets and ten-gallon cowboy hats centred around an antler chandelier! The womenswear area was really stylish, with rails of fur coats and Chanel dresses, and a large central vitrine, which was full of jewellery and designer handbags - a real visual feast!

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My festive trip sparked lots of ideas to incorporate in to PP’s vintage offering, but we won’t be giving too much away just yet! Check our website soon for further updates, but in the meantime why not check out our carefully selected vintage items in our eBay store.