A kaleidoscopic array of vintage fashions, accessories, shoes and jewelry for men and women from the 1900's to the 1980's, with a focus on classic vintage, high fashion trends and designer finds. Not to mention an intriguing mix of records, books, collectibles and other vintage oddities;)
We'll be bringing you some great vintage holiday gift ideas over the next couple of weeks perfect for your vintage loving friends and family members. Here's the first installment, some neat little stocking fillers we'll be putting in the shop later tonight!
Clockwise from R-L: Vintage Novelty Lighters, Antique Celluloid Straight Razors, Vintage Tape Measures, Vintage Pocket/Pen Knives, Antique Vest Pocket Camera w/Leather Case.
Sometimes we pick stuff up and hold onto it until the right occasion arises, and our new Holiday Window is the perfect example. We bought this amazing vintage pink and gold sequin fabric at a sale a few years back and have been storing it ever since. Last fall we picked up a fabulous 1940's showgirl peacock costume (complete with real peacock feathers!) whilst on a buying trip in the UK. Add some vintage ornaments, a 1950's jewel-toned ribbon cocktail dress, and strapless emerald green sequin gown that just happened to be lying around the shop, and we have the recipe for one of our favorite windows yet! Enjoy...
Check back for our VINTAGE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS over the coming weeks....
There is no shortage of outdoors space in North America, and plenty of great sportswear companies have and continue to supply it's outdoors loving population with everything they could want and need . Wool hunting shirts & jackets from companies like Woolrich & Pendleton have been serving Americans well for around a hundred years, and in recent years this rugged utilitarian clothing has crossed over into street style and contemporary fashion. In 2011 you are just as likely to see someone sporting a buffalo plaid hunting coat on the streets of Brooklyn or Jersey City as you are in a rural town in Pennsylvania or Oregon. Perhaps the classic cut and styling, paired with the hard wearing fabrics and practical functionality of the garments appeals to the cash strapped modern day urbanite. Going vintage shopping for these heritage brands can definitely gets you the biggest bang for your buck. Here are some great outdoor wear pieces we have/had for the season...
You'd find it hard to believe now, but before Abercrombie was a teen-loved mall-monster with greased up hunks, and nauseating cologne pumping from its doors, it used to make really great American outdoor gear, camping and hunting equipment. Started by David Abercrombie all the way back in 1892, it was originally called 'Abercrombie & Co'. He was joined by business partner Elra Fitch around 1900, who provided the money to expand the company, and then bought out David's share in the company a few years later. In 1913 the re-named 'Abercrombie & Fitch' moved from Broadway to Fifth Ave, and by the late 1920's it was widely considered to be the largest sporting goods store in the world. The company fell into trouble in the 60's and was declared bankrupt by the mid 1970's. In the late 1980's the company was bought by the Limited. They re-marketed the brand to teens and college students with a softer approach to All-American sportswear, and transformed Abercrombie into the mall chain we know today.
Striking red & black vintage 'Hudson's Bay Blanket Coat'
Vintage 'Hudson's Bay Company' label
The 'Hudson's Bay company' dates way back to the 1670's as a fur trading post. Furs were traded for manufactured good, and the iconic point blankets were traded by Europeans to Canadians and Native American in exchange for Beaver pelts. By the 1800's there were numerous Hudson's Bay Company trading posts throughout Canada, and many were converted into retail shops as the 20th Century approached. Hooded coats called Capotes were made from the point blankets, perfect for the harsh Canadian winters. The company continues to operate to this day.
Vintage Point Blanket wrap coat with classic red, green and yellow stripe.
From left to right; Vintage L.L.Bean leather & rubber 16'' hunting boots, Vintage hiking boots, Vintage L.L.Bean classic 'Duck' hunting boots.
The L.L.Bean company was founded in 1912 by avid hunter and fisherman Leon Leonwood Bean in Greenwood Maine. He developed a waterproof boot made from a lightweight leather upper and rubber bottoms that he marketed to hunters like himself. After obtaining a list of Maine hunting license holders, he prepared a mail order circular, and set up shop in his brothers basement in Freeport, Maine. From there he started a nation wide mail order business. The mail order company continues to thrive today, and now boasts over a hundred retail and outlet stores worldwide. The original L.L.Bean boot (see above) remains a staple of the company's outdoor image a hundred years later!
Vintage Boy Scouts of America wool jacket with assorted patches
The 1940's is another trend that's really big this Fall/Winter. Anyone flicking through yesterdays New York Post will have seen this great fashion spread, featuring glamorous 1940's style pieces from contemporary designers like 'Miu Miu', 'D&G', & 'Marc Jacobs' amongst others, paired with authentic vintage accessories from ....ANOTHER MAN'S TREASURE vintage store! If you missed it, take a look...
October is a busy month for us at the shop, as the weather gets cooler our customers come in search of standout outerwear pieces, cozy knits, and flannels galore. There's also the small matter of Halloween, but more on that next week...It's also happens to be the month for the busiest Manhattan Vintage Show of the year. So this Friday and Saturday, October 21st & 22nd we'll be set up at our regular spot booth #67 at the Metropolitan Pavilion alongside the finest vintage clothiers in the land with our choicest finds. As usual we'll be bringing an intriguing and eclectic mix of early treasures, and some killer vintage boutique and designer duds spanning the 20th Century. Here's a sneak peek at some of the designer finds perfect for this Fall ....
1970's 'Yves Saint Laurent - rive gauche' heavy knit hooded cardigan w/toggles
1980's 'Chanel' black & white houndstooth tweed jacket
Fur is definitely one of the hottest trends for Fall/Winter 2011-2012, and has been heavily used in designers collections over the past few years. In no way do we condone the use of fur in fashion today, but if you must buy into the trend, we encourage you to go vintage! There are tons of amazing vintage fur garments out there in the world, so recycle and give them a new lease on life.
Fur get about it... designers were putting a lot of fur down the runways this past year
Here are some great vintage fur pieces we'll be taking to this month's Manhattan Vintage Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion - the theme of which just happens to be....you guessed it, fur!