Owners Sara Chess and Erika Perenic met in 2010 at a dance party. Erika, born and raised in Metro-Detroit, graduated from NYU with an art history degree. Sara is from the greater New York area and educated in painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Both are longtime vintage collectors who decided to parlay their passion into a shop in Bushwick, where both currently reside.

Drawing inspiration from iconic imagery of women—from 19th-century prints to 1970s horror films—Chess and the Sphinx’s carefully curated selection of vintage clothing and accessories represents a cross-generational notion of style for the modern-day woman. Our inventory reflects this diversity and can be seen in pieces ranging from 1950s Persian lamb coats to '90s bodycon dresses. Our goal is to add detail, history, and depth to our clients' wardrobes.