Monday, December 13, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The great vintage gift ideas keep coming... here's some cool vintage barware and other neat items we've found this week...check 'em out here and in the store, and stay tuned for more!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Like most of the European luxury brands, the gucci story starts with the most humble of beginnings. Born in Florence in 1881, Guccio Gucci was forced out of his home by his bankrupt and embittered father. He travelled to London and found work as a dishwasher at the Savoy Hotel. Working his way up at the Savoy, a hotel that was quickly becoming a notable gathering place for the upper classes, he absorbed the refined aesthetic of English nobility, and learned that the key to attracting wealthy customers was the perception of quality and exclusiveness. It was here that he
developed a fascination for the quality personalized leather luggage used by the guests, made by craftsmen from all over Europe.
After saving enough money, Gucci returned to his native Florence, and began to work for a firm specializing in handcrafted leather products. Able and amitious, he started his own leather company in the early 1920's primarily making saddlery and leather goods crafted by local artisans which he sold to the wealthy tourists that flocked to Florence.
Gucci's business and reputation grew over the coming years, and he opened his first retail location in Rome in 1938, attracting a sophisticated clientelle drawn to his equestrian inspired collection of exclusive leather bags, luggage, shoes & belts. The horsebit and stirrup motifs were created in this time, and endure as symbols of the Gucci fashion house to this day.
Under the fascist dictatorship of Mussolini, with tough sanctions imposed on Italy, it became increasingly difficult for Gucci to purchase all the leather needed for his products. Ever the innovator, he turned this apparent misfortune to his advantage, and began creating handbags and luggage of both canvas and leather that would become instantly popular, and forever Gucci. It was also during this time that the 'Bamboo Bag', a handbag with a bamboo handle was introduced, another iconic Gucci product still in production today.
Friday, October 22, 2010
We just LOVE vintage costumes, surprise surprise! We've been picking up a lot of them on our travels recently, including a great set of 1920's/30's children's ones, which unfortunately sold before we had a chance to blog them, too bad. Sometimes though, we just can't part with things right away.... Here are a few creepy costumes we've hung on to that make for a timely Halloween themed post...
1950's scarecrow costume with equally spooky mask!
...along with all these cool vintage juggling pins, batons, hoops & balls, yo-yo's (with replacement string), grease face paints & brushes.