The Society Archive Debutswith “Petrichor”at New York Fashion week and-Selected Archive of Vintage Collectibles Introduces the First Collection of Elevated Basics to Accompany High-Nostalgia Luxury
The Society Archive(, a stylist-curated retailer of rare vintage finds from fashion and accessories to books and art, is pleased to unveil “Petrichor”–the brand’s debut at New York Fashion Week, which also served as the official grand opening of the retailer’s new by-appointment showroom in the South Street Seaport of lower Manhattan. The presentation, which took place on September 14th, fused a highly-curated capsule of in-house designed ready-to-where with a tightly edited selection of vintage highlights from the archive.
The brainchild of the runway and editorial stylist Marcus Allen, The Society Archive weaves a complex narrative capturing moments of past youth, viewed retrospectively outside of their contemporaneous context–the result being a covetable time capsule of a seasonally curated selection of rare vintage and ephemera paired with a curated edit of closet must-haves from The Society Archive’s capsule collection of designs. The premiere offering is titled “Petrichor”–the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain following a dry spell– and includes a selection of hard-to-find1990s pieces and more recent limited releases, hand-selected and styled together as a cohesive collection. 
Key items include an assortment of rare Abercrombie + Fitch (where Allen spent days working as a teenager) from the mid-to late-90s, Greek sculpture earrings in stamped brass, and core items from Tom Ford’s Gucciera. Military and African-inspired details complete the mall culture look. Meanwhile, Allen’s curatorial eye is emboldened by the debut of the Archive’s first cut-and-sew capsule, which takes inspiration from core items across mall brands to European designers of the1990s and early aughts. 
The cut and sew collection’s key pieces include the Bear Mountain Lake skirt using an archival Anna Sui textile in a moss and indigo colorway, also offered in sand linen. The  The Mercer shirt appears in baby rose and oxford blue, the Peek skill board short bonfire, and the Adirondack Pantin bonfire and sand. The capsule also includes the hollow Creek belt, which is made in the USA and adeptly complements the luxury fabrications found on the Archive’s in-house garments. Rendered in silky cotton and luxe linens, the collection is poised to grow in the coming seasons.
The Society Archive is a repository for compendium-inspired, collectible pieces and assorted nostalgia. The New York-based brand is committed to showcasing nostalgic and irreverent luxury and offers one of the most cohesive archives of designer goods from decades past, infusing the offering with a core collection of curated essentials designed to fuse rugged refinement and an appreciation of the past.
 “My team and I are excited to introduce The Society Archive to a wider audience, especially during New York Fashion Week–and in our city,” Allen says. “There’s an alchemy to the high-low dichotomy we champion that is reminiscent of New York itself.
” The Society Archive founder Marcus Allen has worked with some of the most celebrated names in luxury fashion–including Brunello Cucinelli, Ralph Lauren, and Simon Miller, among others. His portfolio includes features in an array of notable publications, from GQ to Vogue and beyond. Recently, alongside photographer Grant Legan, he released Leo, a stunning coffee table book highlighting his luxe interpretation of collegiate America

About The Society Archive:

The Society Archive is committed to showcasing nostalgic and irreverent luxury. The New York-based brand offers one of the most cohesive archives of designer goods from decades past and infuses the offering with a core collection of curated essentials designed to fuse rugged refinement and an appreciation of the past.



The Society Archive’s collections are available by appointment only in their showroom located at 275 Water Street, No. 1in Manhattan, and through the brand’s-commerce shop.
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About The Society Archive: The Society Archive was founded with the intent of showcasing an appreciation for rugged refinement and the past. The Society Archive275 Water Street No. 1New York, NY 10038


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