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The Return

Arizona Muse by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US February 2011

A very VERY belated happy 2014 to everyone!

Because the format of our sales have changed this year from weekly sales at different locations to  “Best of the Best Everyday” I have been spending the majority of my time working on finding/listing items for the Ebay store. Now that things have settled a bit I will do my best to share what is going on at our stores as well as with our web stores.

One of my ongoing goals is to spend more time outside. It sounds simple but with most of my work being online it can be difficult to “unplug”.  Recently I have been feeling very inspired by the beauty and vastness of the California desert . The clothes featured below from our store in Van Nuys are ideal of a windswept desert weekend.

 

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Skirt by Dries Van Noten, blouse by Equipment, vintage sweater

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Bag on left by Bally and on right by Miu Miu


Inspired By: Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele

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Last month the blog “Design Boom” posted an article about an ongoing exhibit in Tokyo displaying works by the famous photographer Irving Penn made in collaboration with the Japanese designer Issey Miyake. The “cross-cultural collaboration”  titled  ‘Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue’ features photographs of the designers collections as...


A Pearl Diver

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On Point

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All

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Tastemakers in Canoga Park

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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...


The Overall Impression

“Jewelry becomes part of the silhouette, part of the clothes, and part of the overall impression” -Marion Vidal In order to mentally prepare for this post I have been re-reading an article on jewelry designer and Céline collaborator, Marion Vidal. It is not that I find accessories uninteresting but there are only so many ways to write about objects without discussing their owners. In...