Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Givenchy Pearl Drop Earrings

Givenchy Pearl Bead Drop Earrings

Monday, June 29, 2009

Christian Dior Caged Pearl Earrings

Christian Dior Caged Pearl Earrings

Kenneth Jay Lane Scarab Necklace

Kenneth Jay Lane Scarab on Cord

Gerard Yosca Lariat Necklace

Gerard Yosca Lariat Necklace

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Karl Lagerfeld Bee Earrings

Karl Lagerfeld matte gold bee disc earrings, clip on.

Karl Lagerfeld Logo Button Earrings

A pair of button style Karl Lagerfeld earrings with KL signature surrounded by an ivy garland.

Karl Lagerfeld 2 Be Smart Earrings

Karl Lagerfeld "2 Be Smart" clip on earrings

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Francisca Flores Resin Heart Earrings

We can't get enough of bold chunky jewelry. This trend has lasted several seasons, and we suspect, will hold longer that the broader 80's trend that has been popular the past few seasons. While we've never heard of Francisca Flores before, these earrings (and the matching bracelet to be posted later) made us an instant fan. Cast resin hearts in rust are bound in gold wire and suspended from a smaller heart which hangs upside down. The signature tells us that Flores was/is based in Paris, and there are several contemporary French designers doing a similar look now. These also resemble 80's jewelry by YSL and Lacroix.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Mesh and Rhinestone Pendant Necklace

The necklace itself is mesh tubing while the pendant is flattened mesh adorned with rhinestones.

Rhinestone Heart Earrings

These heart shaped earrings also resemble strawberries to me.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Carlos Falchi Python Heels

How exciting it was to find a pair of mint condition Carlos Falchi python heels! They are in a great color (black), a desirable size (8.5), and have a modern heel. Someone is going to be quite happy that they didn't have to spend over $1,000 at Barneys for these beautiful shoes.

Rhinestone Ring

I love everything about this vintage ring- the colors of the rhinestones, the organization of the design, and the fact that the spring expands to fit anyone or any finger.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Jean Charles de Castelbajac

Jean Charles Castelbajac got his start by making himself a coat out of an old blanket when he was just a boy. This became a signature look for him and this coat is a prime example of the look Castelbajac was after. I found this over the summer but didn't feel it was appropriate to post until fall. I sold this piece at the vintage show I attended this past weekend, and am already missing it. The dealer who bought it sells exclusively to high end collectors in New York, so I know it will find a good home.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Vintage Show This Weekend in LA

I'll be participating in the Vintage Clothing and Textile Show this Sunday in Burbank. The show starts at 9am and costs $6, with early admission starting at 8am for $20. The address is:

Pickwick Gardens
1001 Riverside Drive in Burbank

It is just a one day sale and dealers will have vintage from all eras, designer resale, yardage, jewelry and accessories. Usually there are better prices at this show than the Santa Monica show but many of the same dealers attend. Come and check it out!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Quotable Rachel Zoe

While on a conference call to reporters this morning to promote her upcoming reality series, Rachel Zoe discussed what was for her the ultimate source of inspiration: vintage. She said,
"I think anything I do will always have vintage inspiration. I mean, that's what drives me. It's the music I love. It's the clothes I love. It's the accessories I love. It's the icons from that time period I love."
We hope the show shows off some of her guarded resources for vintage fashion- even if we can't afford to shop there.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Vintage Shopping: TOKYO

Today's International Herald Tribune includes a story on Tokyo's vintage shops and a brief history of vintage fashion in the city. The article argues that Tokyo is perhaps the most exciting city in the world for vintage fashion and covers the emergence of trends like reconstructed vintage. Read the full article here and see the accompanying slide show here.

Friday, August 15, 2008

New LA Store: Craig Evan Small

RackedLA reports on a new antique jewelry store opening soon on La Cienega. Craig Evan Small will bring Victorian, Deco, Modern, and other fine estate jewels and watches to the neighborhood overrun with high-end boutiques. Read the story at RackedLA or visit the Craig Evan Small website.

Karen Elson's Vintage Store In Nashville

Did you know that model Karen Elson is opening a vintage store in Nashville? Their website does not provide a date, but one post suggests that they are currently buying vintage stock for an immanent grand opening. You can keep track of their progress at their website, Venus and Mars Vintage.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Kate Moss Goes Vintage Shopping

This video will never get old for me.

In The News: Vintage Enamel Jewelry

For those of you who look at this blog from time to time, you'll notice that I'm a big fan of vintage costume jewelry, and especially chunky gold pieces with colored enamel details. Refinery29 has marked this as an emerging trend, although it seems to have been around for at least a year as far as I'm concerned. Along with the story they have pulled links from current eBay auctions to get their readers shopping on the cheap. Read the story and follow the links at Refinery29

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Mixed Media Button Necklace

The multi-colored buttons on this necklace are joined by pieces of equally colorful leather, and crocheted together on three layered strands. It is a fun piece for late summer. One button is signed but I haven't found anything on this designer/artist. It probably is a one-off piece made for herself in 1987.

New York Magazine on Vintage Costume Jewelry

This month's issue of New York magazine includes a spread of contemporary costume jewelry by Alexis Bittar, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Banana Republic among others. Alongside this story they list sources for digging up vintage costume finds in New York and ways to determine the age and value of older pieces. View the article here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New Jewelry Line: Tuleste Market

JC report profiles the new jewelry line Tuleste Market, which fuses vintage aesthetics with modern wearability. The line has a distinctly art deco look. Read more about Tuleste Market at JC Report, shop the line at Shopbop, or visit their website here.

Trifari Hand Clasp Clamper

I know, I know.... you want this. I've shown this to about 5 women in the past few days and all of them immediately put it on their wrist and didn't want to take it off. Notice that the sleeves have different patterns and even different cuffs. I've been imagining it enameled, with colorful sleeves and even painted nails.

New LA Store: Platt Jewelry at Antiquarius 2

Platt is not so much a new store as a newly reopened and reimagined store. Their collection of estate and antique jewels is breathtaking, and their new store is conveniently located next door to Second Time Around Watch Company. Racked LA has a profile of the store with some pictures, which you can see here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

New LA Store: TenOverSix

A new accessories boutique is opening on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles and is expected to carry vintage along with current designer offerings. Racked LA reports that the store will stock "Rachel Comey, Alexander Wang, Comme des Garcons, and Martine Sitbon." It will be interesting to see how the store is merchandised, and whether the vintage and current styles will co-mingle or face off from opposing corners of the shop. Read the full article at Racked LA.

Bold Pink Accessories, Part 2

A few months back I had another clutch made with the same exotic skin, and it was a hit. This patchwork frog skin bag can be worn as a clutch or on your shoulder.

Bold Pink Accessories, Part 1

This is a fabulous pair of Charles Jourdan fuschia satin heels. They have an oil slick pattern and are size 7.5