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The Thrifting Divas featured a gorgeous clutch handbag from Council Thrift Shops in their recent blog post on how to dress fabulous without spending your last dime. You will never guess how much they paid for the bag!

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BECOME A MEMBER AND SAVE 20%! The primary benefit of joining NCJW/LA is being part of a group of like-minded women who share a rich tradition of social justice activism and community service. In addition to the many other benefits, members receive a 20% discount at our Council Thrift Shops! That’s right, 20% off at any of our 8 Los Angeles area stores any time you shop… your...


Helmut Lang and Modernity

Helmut Lang x Robert Mapplethorpe I throw around terms like “minimalism” and “draping” pretty often on this blog so I am going to try to describe the work of Helmut Lang without falling back on either. Though the brand is now known for their contemporary basics in the 90′s Helmut Lang was on the fore front of luxe work wear for creative types. At it’s peak...


  Happy 76th birthday to Issey Miyake, born April 22, 1938. I am proud to share the spectrum of original Miyake designs that have come through our stores in the past few months:   Floral patterns on the pleats Miyake is best known for An asymmetrical vintage Miyake “FÊTE” party skirt A raver style hand dyed cotton parka 90′s Goth style knit...


The Cult of Emilio Pucci

The internet tells me that it is officially Spring time now. This means that though it may still be too early to start wearing your favorite pair of formal shorts, you can start reintroducing color into your wardrobe.  Nothing says “I am ready to see the sun again” like the designs of Emilio Pucci. In my experience vintage Pucci is light-weight and vibrant, it brings to mind...


VersaceVersaceVersace

Irving Penn x Versace No offense to Donatella but I feel like the Versace brand got a little murky after the untimely death of Gianni Versace. By the time I was getting into fashion, Versace was associated with “bling” and their designs were hard to differentiate from other glamorous Italian brands like Dolce & Gabbana. It has really taken this wave of vintage Versace donations...


Judith Leiber vs. SATC

There is this famous “Sex and the City” episode where Carrie throws a fit (of epic proportions) because Mr. Big buys her a Judith Leiber bag, which she considers an insult to her individuality. Whenever I catch that episode I almost spasm in irritation because she is being totally INSANE. Even though her accessories are  a little too Baroque for my style I still think Judith Leiber,...


Settling on Sneakers

When I saw the above picture of Phoebe Philo (mastermind behind Céline) in Vogue last year I knew sneakers were going to become the next “thing”. Phoebe Philo radiates cool and her personal style is as studied by fashion obsessed girls as her runway shows. Originally I dismissed the whole trend because I believed that I could take no part in it. After college I started to take full...


Retro Modernism

“I wanted to create a futuristic heroine who was believable in the future, but with her feet firmly planted in film noir past.” -Michael Kaplan The assorted pieces of vintage Thierry Mugler that we got in last week strongly remind me of the 80′s Sci-Fi classic “Blade Runner”. I love how both the futuristic film and the designer clothing are from the 80′s but are...


Current Obsession: ‘Mise en Dior’ Tribal earrings

A few years ago I could not stand looking at pearl anything because it all just seemed so dated and now I am obsessively saving up for a set of double pearl earrings. I blame the perfect minimalism of Raf Simons Dior. Images from Refinery, Dior, Decade Diary, and...