You and Yours Fine Vintage
We sat down with Allegra Muzzillo, the owner of the shop You & Yours Fine Vintage (Y&YFV), located at 77 Franklin Street in the lovely neighborhood of Greenpoint, in Brooklyn, New York. Y&YFV has a great selection of quality vintage furniture, lighting, and home décor from the 1950s through the 1970s eras. Her shop is a great resource for ArtCubers especially since she’s extending a 10% discount to all our members.
“As a new business owner here in Brooklyn, I always find myself saying, ‘One foot in front of the other.’ It has become my mantra.” -Allegra Muzzillo
A little about Allegra
As a youngster, she spent weekends shopping flea markets, clothing shows, and estate sales, hunting for vintage treasures with her mother, a working artist and antiques dealer. (These trips gave her early exposure to the world of collecting and they helped hone her unique eye.) Today, Allegra still loves flea markets and estate sales and is always on the hunt for interesting pieces to add to her growing collection.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired a ton by the natural world, by color, other creatives, and everyday conversations I have with clients—the chats can actually be pretty deep! As far as my store’s styling goes, it’s color all the way. I live for mixing color, texture, and pattern.
How did you get started in the business?
I’m a writer and editor by trade. Back in 2011, while I was freelancing for several design publications I began to feel really disenchanted. By that time in my life, I had amassed a pretty strong collection of pieces that I wanted to showcase in hope that people would respond to them. I applied to the Brooklyn Flea, which was super-hard to get into, and was accepted. Being accepted and becoming a vendor really fueled my confidence and enthusiasm. I did the flea for a while, and it was good to me. After that, a studio/showroom seemed the next logical step. My previous space was over on Nassau, in the Morgan Fine Arts Building. It was nice start, and configuring that by-appointment space helped me realize that I could do more. This past December, I decided to try looking on Craigslist for a shop: I found this storefront in my first search! And I opened on February 20th of this year.
What is your favorite find?
I have a lot! Mostly my great finds have been artwork. One piece I really cherish is a super-huge signed work by Milton Glaser. I scored one of his Big Nude lithos for just $10. At the time, I didn’t know what it was—I only thought it was interesting and pretty great. What person would ever let something like that go?
What do you hope to gain from being a part of ArtCube?
I really like ArtCube’s sense of community and camaraderie. It’s clear that this network of super-talented artists and designers really work hard, and care deeply about what they do. Just judging from the forums, everyone is both passionate and casual, which is right up my street. I’m looking forward to the next meet-up!