Thursday, May 28, 2015

shop preview: stripes of every stripe, old coins and a tulip bouquet

Stripes of every stripe are coming to the shop this week:  arts and crafts style wallpaper flowers, red pinstripes, lines of deerskin fringe, and sky blue woven stripes on capri pants.  Also landing in the shop will be a bouquet of bright tulips, a medieval coin print blouse, and some sun-shaped embroidery.  All items begin arriving in the shop today.  

1950s jade green and white piqué cotton rectangle print dress, by Junard Jr.

1950s red pinstriped sleeveless blouse.

1960s nautical voile shift dress, by Ain R. Jr.

1950s soft butterscotch leather fringed jacket.

1960s Craftsman Floral print dress.

1950s blue striped cuffed capri pants with belt, by Paddle and Saddle Sportswear.

1950s indigo floral brocade dress and jacket set, by Molly Modes.

1950s Groschen coin print polished cotton blouse, by Personal.

1950s tulip print sundress with smocking, by Betty Barclay.

1960s Sunrise Sunset embroidered white button back blouse, by Ship 'n Shore.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

shop accessories preview: sunglasses, sandals, a silk scarf, and bow ties

A shop preview with all the accessories you need for summer fun:  wedge sandals, sunglasses, a bright silk scarf. . . and bow ties!  All items begin arriving in the shop today.

1970s woven wooden wedge sandals.

1960s mod floral print silk scarf, by Burmel.

1970s browline glasses, by Art-Craft.

Mod 1960s chunky tortoise shell plastic sunglasses, by O Friulana Italy.

1960s woodgrain wraparound sunglasses, by Suntimer Victory.

1950s geometic print bow tie, by Ormond N.Y.C.

1950s color stripe bow tie, by Arrow.

1960s gray and red dot print bow tie.

1950s striped two-tone bow tie, by Ormond N.Y.C.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

shop preview: red gingham, spring florals, and animals in bow ties

Coming to the shop this week:  sunny sky blues, red gingham, a nautical 1960s dress, and animals in bow ties!  All items begin arriving in the shop today.

Deadstock with tags 1960s Shipping News dress, by Junior Accent.

1960s turquoise paisley cotton blouse.

1950s red gingham dress with bows along the bodice.

1960s olive green floral print blouse with embroidered edge pintucks, by Cos Cob.

1960s flower embroidered spring green voile dress, by Henry Lee.

1960s plaid skimmer pants, by Queen Casuals.

1970s Big Sur linen maxi dress, by Raymodes.

1980s funny animal print novelty sweatshirt, by Scarab San Francisco.

1950s embroidered tan linen dress and coat set with rhinestones, by Kramer Original.

1960s raspberry crackle print blouse, by Majestic.

1950s blue floral plaid shirtwaist dress, by Nelly Don.

1960s blue floral print high waist shorts.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

shop preview: red velvet and taffeta, Suzy Perette silk, pink roses, and Picasso roosters

This week's shop update has 1940s red velvet and taffeta, Suzy Perette silk, a lush pink rose print cotton dress, and Pablo Picasso roosters!  The first set is already in the shop; the rest of this preview begins arriving there today.

1940s red velvet and taffeta gown, jacket and fascinator set--now in the shop.

1950s silk Chatterton dress with peplum waist and ascot collar, by Suzy Perette.

1950s flower embroidered shrug.

1960s nautical White Stag skirt with gingham middy blouse.

1960s Italian silk dragon print blouse, by Salterio Milano.

1960s mod daisy print shift dress.

1940s denim culottes with jute cuffs on the pockets, by Academy.

1950s The Rooster by Picasso print dress, fabric by Fuller Fabrics Modern Masters series.

1960s floral print polished cotton blouse, by Fritzi of California.

1950s American Beauty rose print cotton dress.

1960s white blouse with blue wave print trim and polka dot buttons, by Adelaar.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Don Draper: "I keep going places and ending up somewhere I've already been."

Who is Don Draper?  "People tell you who they are, but we ignore it because we want them to be who we want them to be."  What do we want Don to be?  Where do we want Don to end up?

In a cast of cynical characters set in cynical NYC in that most cynical of all businesses, advertising, Don is king: “I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie, there is no system, the universe is indifferent.”  "People want to be told what to do so badly that they’ll listen to anyone."  “What you call love was invented by guys like me … to sell nylons.”  And yet, what are Don's biggest fears?  "That I never did anything, and that I don't have anyone."  

Don may not be a great believer in--or at all good at--romantic love.  But he is capable of love.  Some of his best moments are those with women with whom he is not having a romantic relationship.  Though his and Peggy's relationship has been tumultuous ("It's your job.  I give you money, you give me ideas"), it has also had moments of real friendship and support, admiration, and respect:  "Because there are people out there who buy things, people like you and me. And something happened. Something terrible. And the way that they saw themselves is gone. And nobody understands that. But you do. And that’s very valuable."  Don's relationship with Sally has been similarly stormy.  But he clearly loves her, and seems in the later episodes to be really trying to understand her and create a bond with her.  He gives her the best advice a father could give a daughter:  "You're a very beautiful girl.  It's up to you to be more than that." 

There has been so much speculation about where Don ends up as Mad Men comes to a close.  It's unlikely Matt Weiner will leave us with a definitive answer.  I don't expect or want Don to commit suicide, or to turn out to be some mysterious D.B. Cooper figure.  I like the idea of him driving off into the sunset, with the possibility of finding some actual, real, lasting happiness:   "We know where we’ve been, where we are, let’s assume that it’s good, but it’s going to get better, it’s supposed to get better."

* "I have to make sure I look like The Man." | 1960s fedora from CalloohCallay
* "I was an orphan.  I grew up in Pennsylvania, in a whorehouse." | vintage photograph collection from ThirdShift
* "Somebody very important to me died." | 1940s striped suitcase from 86home
* "This device isn't a spaceship, it's a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards … it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It's not called the wheel, it's called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels--around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.” | 1970s Kodak Carousel from msjeannieology
* "People were buying cigarettes before Freud was born." | Lucky Strike poster print from EntropyTradingCo
* "I've started over a lot, Lane.  This is the worst part." | Korean War era Army shirt from GoodWareCompany
* "I don’t know. It’s your life. You don’t know how long it’s gonna be but you know it’s got a bad ending. You have to move forward. As soon as you can figure out what that is." | 1960s black bakelite bar ashtray from OceansideCastle
* 1960s two piece suit | EndlessAlley
* "But what is happiness?  It's a moment before you need more happiness." | 1960s Hawaii travel ad from MinistryOfArtifacts


Thursday, May 7, 2015

shop accessories preview: shoes, hats, underwear!

A little vintage accessories preview with cute shoes, a couple hats, a great portfolio bag, and a lady's unmentionable with funny yet creepy packaging!  All items coming soon to the shop.

1960s black faux leather t-strap heels.

1960s spring green Capezio heels with bows.

1960s silver glitter cobweb heels, by Dorette Footwear.

1940s brown Flamand velour hat, by Henry Pollak.

1960s green velour hat with satin trim, by Juli-Kay Chicago.

1970s leather and floral tapestry portfolio bag, by Bond Street Italy.

1950s Campus panties, in original, funny packaging (look at that creepster behind the tree!).



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