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ASSESSING THE

1.Location of the damage;; some items that are damaged may not be visible to the untrained eye and won’t even be noticed. If the dam-­  or back) don’t worry about it and enjoy your new piece!

DAMAGE

THE FRAME IS YOUR

BODY AND ART SHOULD BE WORN

2.Holes, rips, tears, etc.. if 

 garment. If you are not, try ask-­ ing a family member or a friend, with a promise to let them borrow said item, it is a kind way to get the help you need! If neither of these are options, many local dry cleaners or tailors often perform alterations for a small fee.

3.Missing Beads or Buttons: Items are not always still in pro-­

duction or may be hard to locate. Replace all buttons with new ones that look antique or update a look with new ones. Beads and buttons can be found at antique stores, sewing centres and art supply locations.

4. Broken zipper;; is similar to 

new one. If you cannot do this on your own go to anyone that has the skill or seek professional help!

5. Discoloration and stains;; a tricky one, most often it it some-­

thing that is already set in the fabric. Steer clear!

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water. On a cold winter day there’s definitely nothing like some spicy food and a piping hot glass of mulled wine to warm you up.

For anyone that loves vintage apparel as much as I do they

will surely understand the gasps, sighs, ear to ear smile and squeals of pure love and joy that a small child would make. My flat mate had told me that there was an amazing vintage warehouse located in an old brewery and it was set up like a flea market with booths lining the walls. I simply had to find out for myself what this little slice of heaven was all about. How can you not clap your hands and jump for joy at the simple and beautiful site of a Pucci print mini dress? When seeing such bright and bold colors I am reminded of my mama and my Aunt Kay. I spent countless weekends with them in vintage shops, Salvation Army’s, and Good Will’s while they pulled 60’s kaftans, 50’s leather jackets, 70’s jumpsuits, fox stoles, clutches by Fendi, and loads and loads of homemade works of arts from the racks and carefully explained why each was so special; what kind of person would own it, how they would wear it and how it can be mixed in to any outfit today. Those women shaped my love for vintage with the same passion that they felt for the fine art of the past. Yes I am American and I am a normally boisterous one at that, so when it comes to fashion I am a no holds bar kind of gal so when I see a Christian Dior pant suit I can’t help the reaction that follows.

Vintage used to be something that you spent years and hours combing through a bunch of unwanted crap to find that one special treasure. An example would be a burgundy red leather jacket for 10 (USD) dollars only to see one almost just like it in Vogue by Galliano for thousands or a clutch made out of the mesh chain links like on a cigarette holder from the 80’s and have it for over 10 years before it started to weather the many dances, cocktail parties and new year’s eve events. To me it’s all about the hunt for the best bargain and finest piece. My grand- mother, Meme, was the queen of bargains and haggling, I know without a doubt that I learned how to haggle from her, she gave me lessons, when I was very young she would send me in with half the cost of an item at an estate sale to see if I would come back with it, 9 times out of 10 I would come skipping back to her all proud of myself. Then again who would suspect Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72
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