Been watching “How to Make it in America”? In this week’s episode, the adorable Ben Epstein (Note—no relation, tee hee) and his friend Cam finally got one of their fashion schemes off the ground, completing an order of screenprinted vintage tees. The design, which Ben came up with in high school, reads “New York Eats Its Young.” Pretty catchy and stylish. Want one? Turns out, you can get one from the HBO online store … just don’t count on it looking even half as cool as it does on Ben Epstein’s back, or remotely vintage. HBO’s version comes across as a cleaned-up, too-new translation of something that’s supposed to have some urban wear to it. We would have thought American Apparel would have already been producing these hipsterfied fashions since episode one. [HBO Store] Keep reading »
After reading the New York Times‘ recent “Critical Shopper” piece on Lilly Pulitzer, it occurred to me that unless you were raised in a privileged household on the Eastern seaboard and use “summering” as a verb, as a 20- or 30-something woman who grew up in the grunge generation, you might not be too familiar with Pulitzer’s maniacally colorful prints. As someone who wears black most of the time, I hadn’t really thought much of the brand myself. A few months back I did go on a market appointment to a Lilly Pulitzer showroom, though, and I left feeling a bit intrigued by the whole “lifestyle.” Keep reading »
She might have plenty of money to buy new clothes, but Reese Witherspoon would rather swap with friends. “There are three of us who wear pretty much the same size,” she said in an interview recently. “We’ll get together on a Friday night and I’ll bring clothes I want to trade and they’ll bring theirs. We swap shoes and handbags a lot. I wore my girlfriend’s dress to a wedding recently. It’s fun.”
After reading her quote, I got to thinking. While I’m a huge fan of vintage shopping (despite my mother’s displeasure with my second-hand finds), I never swap clothes with friends. It’s not that my friends aren’t stylish — quite the opposite really. Plus, we’re all just about the same size so clothes would fit perfectly, but as soon as I get tired of an item, I’ll throw it in the pile for Beacon’s Closet or Goodwill instead of thinking of the girls in my life. Shame on me. So here’s a New Year’s resolution I’ll add to the list: more girls’ nights complete with a swap theme. Gossip, drinks, plus new clothes!
What about you? Do you regularly swap with friends? [InStyle UK via SF Gate] Keep reading »
You know that vintage funk smell—a little musty, a bit pungent cheese-smelling and sort of moldy. Well, stink be gone: Janie Bryant, the “Mad Men” costume designer who turns out Betty, Don and the rest of the Sterling Cooper gang in ridiculously sexy (but not always overtly so) looks week after week (and clearly knows a little something about shopping vintage), shares an amazing tip: “All you have to do is mix one part vodka with two parts water in a spray bottle. It works every time—that’s the power of vodka for you.” [Valet magazine via Glamour] Keep reading »
Just this morning, I hauled three garbage bags to the Goodwill instead of trying to sell the clothes, because they’ve been taking up valuable space in my apartment and the hassle is just not worth it sometimes. You see, I’ve tried the whole cash for clothes deal at stores like Beacon’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange, but most times, the effort put out is much less than the reward. If I knew these tips for reselling clothes, I might have had a different outlook on the situation. Check out a few ways to ensure you’ll get more money back for your beloved castoff clothing:
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Everyone wants to surround themselves with rock star paraphernalia right now. Guitar Hero lets you pretend to rock out, there are two Beatles devoted games in the form of Rock Band and Monopoly, and Walmart even dressed up Mr. Potato Head as characters from the band KISS. Michael Jackson’s tribute, “This Is It,” is now open in theaters, and there’s an entire clothing line sold at Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Target devoted to the pop star. The next best thing–and a more stylish option than cluttering up your house with figurines? Band T-shirts. But not just any band T-shirts. Those of the old sort are the most in demand, providing not only the cool factor, but a softness and worn in look that can only come with the vintage factor. If you’re in New York, head to Metropolis (43 Third Ave), Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn (88 N. 11th St), and What Comes Around Goes Around (351 W. Broadway) or for online shopping, check out Monster Vintage, Cheap Jacks, or your local Craigslist. [WWD] Keep reading »
Back in the days before Marc Jacobs, Botkier, and Foley + Corinna, the handbag label to carry was Etienne Aigner. The company’s namesake apprenticed for Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga before he started making belts out of his apartment in a single shade of burgundy leather because, as a young designer, he decided it would be cheaper to work in one color. The line grew from belts to other accessories, and the deep reddish leather became the brand’s signature. Aigner died in 2002, but his brand has lived on, sometimes following trends we haven’t been fans of. But now, to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary, a handful of handbags designed in the ’60s and ’70s have been re-released, and they’re gorgeous. Since my mom didn’t save any of her bags for me, I’m going to buy one (they’re all under $200) and pretend it’s vintage, but — bonus! — it won’t have that funky thrift store smell. [Etienne Aigner] Keep reading »
Topshop is known for selling clothes that hit all the current trends, but the retailer will take a trip to the past at its flagship store in London this summer by selling vintage clothes and fabrics. Designed by young up-and-comers, the first reworked vintage collection is Sport Nouveau and includes ’70s sports shirts that have been transformed into tennis skirts and old dresses that have been made into jumpsuits. Yum!
The British retailer isn’t the first company to sell old clothes alongside new ones. Urban Outfitters has carried out a similar strategy with its Urban Renewal line since the ’80s, selling both vintage pieces and styles that have been created using vintage fabrics or by reworking items. Where to get the goods, after the jump… Keep reading »