You are reading

New Wyckoff Avenue Thrift Store Offers Curated Clothing With a Focus on Social Inclusivity

via The Raga Closet/Kwame Simpson

Dec. 11, 2018 By Laura Hanrahan

A new thrift store in Ridgewood is combining fashion and social inclusivity.

The Raga Closet, located at 1080 Wyckoff Ave., opened just a few months ago with the mission of being a welcoming and environmentally-friendly shop for all people.

The store stocks unconventional thrifted clothing selected with sustainability and affordability in mind. It has a designated $5 clothing rack, for instance, as well as sliding-scale sale days.

Its styles, meanwhile, are atypical and androgynous.

The Raga Closet’s signature look—the “crotch top”—epitomizes the shops values, as the top is made by repurposing pants into an unconventional design.

“‘Raga itself means to defy social constructs through living unapologetically and limitless,” said Kwame Simpson, the 24-year-old owner of the shop. “The Raga Closet aims to infuse this raga lifestyle greatly when approaching fashion.”

Simpson, a native of Guyana, moved to East New York in 2009 and later attended The New School, where he first came up with the concept for the Raga brand.

Simpson said inspiration struck after he noticed a lack of affordable and varied clothing options in the city.

Starting a business at a young age, however, was not without its difficulties, with Simpson noting that it took much effort to secure a space that would allow his concept to grow.

The Raga Closet, with its September opening, joins several thrift shops in the Bushwick and Ridgewood areas.

For more information on the brand and shop hours, visit

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Op-ed: An urgent call for revising NY’s criminal justice reforms to protect public safety

Apr. 11, 2024 By Council Member Robert Holden

In 2019, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo embarked on a controversial overhaul of New York’s criminal justice system by enacting several laws, including cashless bail and sweeping changes to discovery laws. Simultaneously, the New York City Council passed laws that compounded these challenges, notably the elimination of punitive segregation in city jails and qualified immunity for police officers. These actions have collectively undermined public safety and constrained law enforcement effectiveness.

Young man sought for scrawling swastika on an SUV in Middle Village: NYPD

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is now looking for a suspect who allegedly drew a swastika on an SUV in Middle Village late last month.

Police from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood reported that on the afternoon of Saturday, Mar. 30, an unidentified man approached a Honda Pilot parked in front of a home at 66-65 70th St., just north of All Saints Cemetery and drew the swastika on the rear bumper of the vehicle at around 5:45 p.m..

City employee charged in fatal collision that killed a Middle Village woman in Elmhurst last month: NYPD

A truck driver for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection was arrested and charged in a fatal collision in Elmhurst last month.

Roderick Mitchell, 38, of Valley Stream, Long Island, turned himself in at the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst, where he was charged with failure to yield and failure to exercise due care for striking 43-year-old Natalia Garcia-Valencia of Middle Village on the morning of Tuesday, Mar. 12.