Designer Scarves


I kind of fell in love with the variety of luxury scarves at the Pico sale!

How great would that Chloe look tucked into a trench this Fall?! (Image from here)



Vintage Kenzo




Street style


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Buyers Choice


Other than NCJWLA employees the only people who get a sneak peak into the “Best of the Best” sales are a handful of “V.I.P’s”. This very small group is mostly composed of vintage buyers who purchase items to be sold at expos, boutiques, and to designers. Each of these unique people has a different eye and in watching them weekly I get an idea of the current market for vintage clothing and the variety of niche customers. One buyer likes Lacroix inspired clothes from the 80′s another clutches from the 60′s. Here is an overview of one buyer’s picks from a sale at the Pico store.


DSC_0810Vintage Courrèges handbag

This 1988 American Vogue Cover (Anna Wintour’s first) is what I picture the buyers ideal client/muse to be

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What I’m Wearing: Week 1


Though this is a blog about the “Best of The Best” sales it is also a blog about style. Every now and then I’d like to share clothes I’m wearing and loving both from past sales and from my favorite places outside of the thrift world. As a blogger and not a model I am also terrible at posing candidly so please bear with me!


Dress by Marc by Marc Jacobs, Coat by Uniqlo, Shoes by Rachel Comey, Glasses by Illesteva, Rings by Sama, and Bag by Clare Vivier

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The Market Tote

A few months ago “The Market Tote” by Bamboula Ltd. caught my eye on The Madewell web-site. Bamboula Ltd. features bags hand-woven by women in rural Kenya.While I couldn’t commit to the $60 price tag on this black and white beauty I started to fantasize about carrying around groceries and paperback books in a straw bag hanging just so off my shoulder. Luckily I spotted these varied bags at the Studio City sale! Cheaper than the modern version these bags are perfect year round in Los Angeles.




To wear with:


I love a bright complicated necklace with a simple bag


Jane Birkin and the original “Birkin Bag” :

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Bold Details


Animal prints and feathers are two fashion trends that (until recently) I totally swore off.  As I think it’s as important to be able to mix prints and textures into your wardrobe as it is to show off whatever you are wearing with loads of confidence I started experimenting.  In doing so I began to see the merits of a leopard clutch or shoe and of a feathered hem or hat. . .

As with most clothing hats used to be custom made, hat makers were referred to as “milliners” . Today besides legend Stephen Jones  and the British aristocracy you will be hard pressed to find many examples of custom hats or their makers.  At the recent Studio city sale we received a handful of vintage hats still in their original boxes, several with the makers signature! While it’s hard to imagine such pieces being worn on a day to day basis they are incredibly inspiring! One of our buyers bought the lot of them to use to decorate her store front but I managed to take a few shots first. Here are some images of how feathered hats were reinvented and reintroduced into woman’s wardrobes:


Detailing on a sweater also from the Studio City Sale


Prada Spring/Summer 06′

Stylist, Eva captured by The Sartorialist in a feathered skirt

and again with a feathered collar



Some glittering accessories to consider


Sonia Rykiel Spring/summer 2008

Editor Anna Dello Russo

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