Past Perfect

jewelry designer erica weiner!

There are certain wonderful places (say, backwoods Ohio) where shops can weather decades and really marinate to perfection.

Nolita is not one of those places. (Damn rent.)

So, to sate her desire for a new space with an old soul, jewelry designer Erica Weiner furnished her first shop — opening tomorrow — with antiques (creaky glass-front curio cabinet, repurposed Civil War-era frames) and vestiges of former tenant Lyell (undisturbed tin ceilings, penny tile floor, milk glass lamps).

Weiner’s multitrinket necklaces, earrings, and rings (most under $100) are tucked in with a growing collection of estate pieces she’s picked up from Oregon to Maine — uncommon goods like art deco engagement rings, mourning lockets (yes, with real hair), now-forgotten love tokens, and Depression-era Lucky Strike charms. The most eccentric part: nothing is priced over a grand.

Vintage and reworked clothing is on the horizon, proving things (like this store) just get better with age.

Erica Weiner, 173 Elizabeth Street, between Spring and Kenmare Streets (212-334-6383).

Photo: Courtesy of Erica Weiner

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173 Elizabeth St
bt Spring & Kenmare Sts
New York, NY 10012