It is never too early to start planning for Spring 14′ . . . The past two weeks of sales (Pico followed by Veteran) have contained some vibrant pieces ideal for when the weather in Los Angeles is 70 degrees and above again.


vintage Charles Jourdan sandals


Yves Saint Laurent hat


tops by Cacharel and Kenzo


a vintage hand-painted top


vintage sweater by Krizia and dress by Kenzo

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On Point


(image from tales of endearment)

As much as I like to pretend that I am immune to trends they do sneak up on me. For example, the other week at our Pico store I was drawn to canvas heels by the Swedish brand Cheap Monday. I slipped on the shoes and something about them felt unique and modern yet familiar and suddenly it dawned on me that they were an almost perfect copy of the pointed-toe-square-heeled shoes from the Céline A/W 12′ show. While I try to avoid “fakes” and copies I just couldn’t resist the architectural shape of the heels.


Aren’t they elegant?



The “D’Orsay” is another commonly imitated style of pointed shoes. The original design was created by LA based designer, Jenni Kayne. I spotted this satin version at our Veteran store last week. They can now be purchased online on our Ebay store.

Lastly some true originals! YSL pointed toe booties

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All

You might think that after 2 years of doing this blog and countless others as just a faithful shopper that I would grow tired of the sale cycle. However, each Friday I feel a jolt of something like anxiety imagining all the vintage I am about to encounter. It is not to say that some weeks aren’t better than others but that you just never know what you are going to get. Fashions change but the conventional retail calendar is consistent  . . .except when it comes to vintage.

One time I drove all the way to our Canoga Park store just to realize I left my camera memory card at home and I had to go home and retrieve it because it was the day we got in a truck load of vintage Gucci. I love that I have had the opportunity to document the diversity and quality of our ever changing merchandise.

This past week was a bit slower than usual at our Granville store but now I am looking forward to previewing the selection for this weeks sale at our Pico location.


Marni and vintage Escada sweaters at Granville


Moschino crop sweater


vintage Céline and Matsuda


Saint Laurent printed blouse


Pretty shades of Marni and Robert Clergerie


vintage lace-ups

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For the second sale in a row I have a found Raquel Allegra “shredded” top at our Canoga Park store. You would have to be a fan of deconstruction to appreciate Raquel Allegra’s designs because they are meant to fall apart the more they are worn. Her clothes are intentionally destroyed and yet delicate, the ideal is to artfully layer several “shredded” pieces.

Other tops from last weeks sale include:


This vintage layered Armani top


and this draped Philip Lim tee

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I can’t believe the year is ending in less than two months! Our Best of the Best sales will come to a close towards the end of December and as a result I am kind of freaking out. I have grown so accustomed to my privileged treasure hunting that it is difficult for me to imagine getting inspired anywhere else. With the exception of my favorite mass retail standby, Zara, and a handful of boutiques in LA and online I find a lot of what is in stores now boring and over-priced. I expect my desperation and need for “beauty” will cause me to double up on visits to all of our locations. My mind is whirling at the possibility of all the clothes I might miss out on!

Here are some of my favorites from the last sale at our Studio City location:


Vintage three piece Yohji Yamamoto top!


Vintage Issey Miyake for Bergdorf Goodman pleated top


Matching vintage body-con skirts by Romeo Gigli


Tops by Moschino and Alberta Ferretti


Vintage Jill Sander

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