Links: The Week in Vintage
NYT Critical Shopper, Cintra Wilson, reviews Lily et Cie in Beverly Hills
Lily et Cie, a Los Angeles institution for more than 30 years, is famous for being a veritable museum collection of, it says, more than a half-million pieces of vintage fashion. It is almost equally famous for having some of the most unpleasant service this side of France.
Vintage Shopping Like a Starr - vintage shopping tips from new San Francisco vintage boutique owner Bianca Kaplan of Bianca Star
Which is better for the environment, fake fur or real fur? Neither. Vintage!
Fixing Vintage Glasses (Wall Street Journal)
I spoke to Framefixers.com, a Syracuse, N.Y., optical-repair company that is popular with eyeglass collectors. Owner August Cornell, whose personal specialty is restoring Civil War-era spectacles, says that eyeglass restoration can be as detailed as fixing up an antique automobile.
A New Look For A New Life (Wall Street Journal)
This sudden sale of Hermès scarves and Donna Karan dresses, at prices
starting at $19.95, marks a new phase of Ms. Kan’s life. Last fall, she
left her job as a high-ranking communications executive, and, like many
people in transition, she wants an image to match the new life she’s
pursuing. Out with St. John dresses and Armani suits. In with Y-3
hoodies and Hugo Boss motorcycle boots. “I want to dress like Blondie
in the 80s,” she says.
Beware of Fraudulent Label Switching (CoutureAllure.com)
I am going to make some people angry with this post, but as an honest and knowledgeable dealer of vintage clothing, I need to make my readers aware of an issue that has been bothering me for quite awhile. The fraudulent practice of sewing vintage or designer labels into clothing that has no label or replacing a less desirable label with a better known one is, unfortunately, becoming more prevalent.