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The Look Book Goes to a Bed-Stuy Stoop Sale

Where passersby picked up a snakeskin hat, white leather bell-bottoms, and a pink kimono.

Hilton Dresden. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Hilton Dresden. Photo: Rochelle Brock

Hilton Dresden (pictured above), Writer, Greenpoint.

Did you buy anything?
Sadly, I did not. I’m a writer, but I’m unemployed, so money has been a little tight. I saw some great leather pants, Helmut Lang, but then I realized I was already wearing leather pants.

Where are those from?
Prada, from a thrift store. The fanny pack is from a thrift store in Houston.
It was $5. The sweater is Isaac Mizrahi, from another thrift store. It came with a pair of matching leggings. The leather shirt is Banana Republic, from a thrift store in Bushwick, and the sunglasses are Gucci, new, a gift from my partner, Tom. Wow, I sound so bougie saying all of that out loud. But these are literally all of the fancy things I own.

Mi-Anne Chan, Video director, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Andy Madeleine, Director and photographer, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Sarah Isenberg, Art historian, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock

I like the gingham.
It’s one of my favorite things that I own. I used to wear it so rarely (it was my 21st-birthday outfit),but now I feel like leaving the house is a great excuse to get as dressed up as possible. Every time I go for a walk, I try to dress up, even if the only person who sees me is the man at the bodega.

Courtney Morston, Student, Bushwick. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Stefa Marin Alarcón, Performance artist, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Jourdan Ash, Storyteller, Harlem. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Michael Cuby, Writer, Fort Greene. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Lauren Fern, Actress, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock

What’s your quarantine style?
I don’t even know. I’ve just been sitting in my house in a bikini. It’s like my uniform. Everything I do is in a bikini.

Christian Cisneros, Art director, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Martell Ruffin, Choreographer and dancer, Ridgewood. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Martta Mäkinen, Actor, Crown Heights. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Gerald Ortiz, Writer, Bushwick. Photo: Rochelle Brock

What brought you here?
My friend told me about it. There are a lot of cool people in New York, and it’s interesting to see what they’re getting rid of. I only stayed for about half an hour, to be honest. It’s sort of intimidating seeing all the cool people. It’s a little like, I don’t want to bother you.

Omotayo Balogun, Strategic planner, Harlem. Photo: Rochelle Brock

Find anything good?
Yes! These amazing white leather bell-bottom pants, a snakeskin bucket hat, a cool denim romper, and, randomly, this amazing Yves Saint Laurent notebook. It’s a weird thing to have, I guess, but I do a lot of writing.

Melinda Griffith, Sterile technician, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Kiara Ventura, Curator and art adviser, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Peyton Dix, Special-projects editor, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Izzy Leung, Photographer, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo: Rochelle Brock
Zara Saraon, Photographer, Chinatown. Photo: Rochelle Brock

*A version of this article appears in the October 12, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

The Look Book Goes to a Bed-Stuy Stoop Sale