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Harlem Real Estate Agent’s Passion For Fashion

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56 Hamilton Terrace - New York, NY - File / Photos: Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate

56 Hamilton Terrace – New York, NY – File / Photos: Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - In Upper Manhattan, a real estate agent is capitalizing on her passion for fashion.


WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving reports

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Real estate broker Lana Turner will tell you she does not own a pair of “dungarees.”

Showing a brownstone in Harlem with an asking price $1.7 million, she wore a ladylike suit that evoked Jackie Kennedy, a stylish hat, and elbow-length black gloves she never removed.

“I wear vintage clothes all the time,” Turner told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving.

In September, to attract more potential buyers, she said, “I thought ‘Well, why not bring my vintage clothes in?’.”

Well, she did and mounted a show!

Stories from Main Street - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

Stories from Main Street - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

The clothes and accessories date from about 1897 (the year the brownstone was built) to contemporary Vera Wang.

Each room has a theme: the little black dress, mid-century travel suits (complete with train cases), and evening gowns that seem ready to dance.

The clothes aren’t for sale, but are an added incentive for people to at least consider the home.

Turner says, “[Some things are] on mannequins. Some things are on the walls, hanging from mantles. Everything was designed to allow you to see the rooms, to see the house. This show is in a house that is on the market. It creates conversation, and that’s not something you can necessarily pay for in an ad.”

Lana Turner’s house show, called “Finding Style in Time” is at 56 Hamilton Terrace in Harlem.

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