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Gold In Our Bins.

Gold In Our Bins.

Our bins are restocked every week. There's gold in there. You can smell it.

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Fabric Consideration.

Quality (Old) Fabrics Vs New Fabrics Last week, a customer commented that older fabrics have a different feel than what most folks are used to feeling when shopping for contemporary clothing. Sounds like a simple observation, but oh no, there’s more to that thought than you think. The ‘hand’ of any fabric - the way it feels to the touch - is important. Cotton can be crisp, silky, soft, heavy, scratchy, and any combination of the above. Think of your sheets and how they feel when freshly laundered. Or how that tee felt when you first touched the sleeve on some junk store Z-rack. Textiles used to be one of the most prized items in any household. Exotic silks, meticulous embroideries, and durable cottons were literally handed down between generations and held in high regard as heirlooms. Things of importance and wealth. These generations paid attention to craftsmanship and materials and labor and time. It wasn’t so long ago that this was a common belief. A great example is the quilts made by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, who are famously known for reassembling the family’s worn out denim workwear into fantastic geometric fabrics that are sought by both collectors and curators from the textile industry. Those garments were given respect. They were treated with care. Unfortunately most modern folks don’t know the difference between a quality garment, one made with superior fabrics, because good goods aren’t as readily available as they once were. This has nothing to do with quality control or availability of materials - the issue lies solely within our economy. Raw denim (cotton) made from pure fibers, unadulterated by chemical treatments or stiffeners or additives costs a lot more than the cheap synthesized stuff. Been to a store lately looking for a pair of jeans? You’ll find every pair has at 2% spandex in the weave. I will say that most people can appreciate quality garments but when you confront them with the decision between backing a well made (expensive) piece of clothing and offering them something cheap, they’re going to pick the cheap option. And this is our problem with nearly everything - keep making more cheap stuff, keep buying more cheap stuff, keep spending money, keep making trash, and on and on and on. Do people actually want quality clothing? Do they even miss that component of daily life? Certainly a difficult question to solve with a simple answer. Continue reading

Vintage Vocabulary.

“Vintage is my vocabulary, like the notes of a musician.” -Alessandro Michelle Alessandro Michelle, the director of Gucci (since 2015), knows something. Billie Holliday once told a reporter that she never sang the same song twice. Some nights she sang it sad, some nights she sang it happy, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. If you’re a sensitive type and you’re able to pick up on nuances of emotion then you’re likely to understand this quote in its entirety. Funny how ten simple words can embody what we’re all after here. Vintage is our language, music and soul. For us, any old tee off the rack or some jeans from the mall simply won’t do. Some fashion devotees have been heard telling tales of vintage conquests - how it took them years to find this dress or that jacket. Also you’ve heard stories of just how damn much that one tee shirt meant to me and now it’s gone forever… sound kinda familiar? Take heart my vintage fashion friends. In our century of disposable and useless over-consumption there is melody playing oh so softly that only we can hear. And to me, that makes what we do all the sweeter. Continue reading

Kids Vintage Fashion.

Kids Vintage Fashion.
Kids Vintage Fashion. It’s a thing. Oh, here we go into the world of kids fashion. And when we say kids, we are talking to you, social media parents, (moms), who are totally into dressing your little human mannequins with the absolutley-cutest-you-can-find pieces. Modern kids clothing kinda sucks. Unless you’re willing to spend an adult budget on a tykes outfit - you’re sorta left with whatever you can find at the mall. However, there’s an alternative. Skip back a few generations and you’ll find an absolute treasure chest of vintage pieces tailored just for your mini-you. Fabrics used to be made of, you know, fabric. Not the poly/rayon/lycra/who-knows-what blends you find today that can give kids all sorts of skin problems. Not only were the materials better, the styles, cuts and colors were amazing. Because people took pride in dressing up. They were aware and respected senses of occasion. Remember going to church as a kid? You got dressed up. Birthday party? Dressed up. Holiday? Super dressed up. We live in a t-shirt and jeans society anymore - everything is casual. (Why are yoga pants acceptable for Easter dinner?) Why blend in with the casual masses? Also, kids vintage, by comparison to new clothing, is super cheap. And we’re not talking scary used thrift store stuff - we’re talking real deal true vintage. We sell kids vintage pieces to stylists around the globe. Trust us, this is a real thing that hardly anyone is tapping into. So, whether you’re into dressing your little person like a mini Mad Men character, Little Red Riding Hood, Roy Rogers, or Dr. Spock - or something similar to everything you buy from Anthropologie but can’t get in kids sizes, there are plenty of options for you. Continue reading
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