Thursday, September 18, 2014

shop preview: masterpiece prints, wool, and Harris tweed

This week's shop preview has a number of lovely prints, which naturally brought to mind a few artists:  Matisse, Pollock, and Haring.  And for those of you looking to warm up your wardrobes for autumn and winter, the cozy wool knits and Harris tweeds are starting to make their way to the shop, too--including some classic men's jackets.

All items begin arriving in the shop starting today.

1960s silk Matisse Rose print dress.

Blue honeycomb knit sweater with lace collar.

1930s print rayon dress with belt.

1970s sheer chiffon floral print blouse.

1960s Pollock brushstroke print dress with linen collar by Carol Brent.

1980s Haring print wide neck t-shirt.

1940s coral wool chenille knit belted sweater and skirt set by Lofties.

1950s lipstick red Orlon sweater with bow.

1950s The Botanist fruit and leaf print dress with chartreuse leaf pocket and piping by Princess Peggy.

1970s plum plaid wool women's blazer.

1940s apple print dress and jacket set.

Hand knit wool whale sweater vest.

Men's herringbone wool Harris tweed jacket.

Men's light brown Harris tweed jacket.

1960s red and black checked wool Hudson's Bay jacket.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

i spy: dark forests, fairy tales, and a young beauty queen

Lots of drama and darkness catching my eye this last month (as always, really).  I can totally picture someone running through the forest in that Dior dress, pursued by something frightening!  I guess I'm getting in the mood for autumn.

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clockwise from top left:
*Actor Rudolf Rittner in costume for Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen, Part II, 1924.  The set and costume design were inspired by Carl Otto Czeschka's Die Nibelungen book illustrations. | Truus, Bob & Jan too! on Flickr
*Beautiful stormy photograph of San Francisco's Cliff House, ca. 1900. | Wikipedia (and more incredible Cliff House photographs here)
*A lovely found photo of Geneva, who went to the World's Fair as a beauty competition contestant, ca 1933. | The Wayfaring Dreamer on Flickr
*Dress by Mme. Eta Hentz, spring/summer 1944. | Metropolitan Museam of Art
*Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers and Plums by Rachel Ruysch, 1704. | Wikipedia

*Cocktail dress by Yves St. Laurent for House of Dior, spring/summer 1958. | Metropolitan Museum of Art
*Caspar David Friedrich, Tagenszeitenzyklus: Der Abend (Times of Day: The Evening), 1821-22. | Wikimedia Commons
*Cover of Uilen Geluk (The Happy Owls), illustrated by Theodorus van Hoytema, 1895. | My Owl Barn on Flickr
*Eugen Krüger, Stag. | via
*Heinrich Lefler illustration of Schneewittchen (Snow White) for a 1905 fairy tale calendar. | via


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

shop preview: 1930s dresses, scarecrows, 1940s tulips and a cartography print

This week's shop preview is small but mighty:  1930s dresses, an adorable scarecrow print, and an interesting and chic crepe evening shrug.

All items arriving in the shop starting today.

1960s Mr. & Mrs. Scarecrow print dress by Alice of California.

1950s cartography print full skirt.

1930s red dotted swiss dress with rick rack trim.

1950s Tudor Garden print cotton blouse, By Petti.

1940s pink tulip print on black cotton dress.

Deadstock 1960s men's print Thai Siam silk shirt.

1930s posy print day dress with belt.

1940s black crepe evening shrug.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

shop accessories preview: bags, jewels, and a dog driving a fire engine

Coming to the shop:  a great collection of accessories including some bags, a couple necklaces, a pair of cool blue shoes, and a fantastic early 1950s Vera Neumann dalmatian print scarf!  All items arriving in the shop beginning this week.

Large tooled leather bag with birds and flowers.

Floral needlepoint bag.

Wooden mushroom bag (with a tiny three dimensional ladybug on the lid!).

1980s sapphire leather pumps, made in Spain.

Faceted glass bead necklace.

Double strand of citrus colored beads.

Southwestern silvertone metal link belt.

1950s extra large silk ballerina print scarf.

Early 1950s dalmatian driving a fire engine scarf by Vera Neumann.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

shop preview: autumn leaves, polka dots, pulleys, and rule breaking

Coming to the shop this week:  dresses with great details from lace to embroidery to a snappy scarf collar, hardworking separates (including the coolest ballerina wrap sweater), a very interesting print for the mechanically inclined, and an autumn leaf dress!  Oh yes, and also two white dresses.  Post Labor Day.  Fashion rule makers are spinning in their graves.

All items arriving in the shop starting today.

1960s Wintergarten embroidered dress by R&K Originals.

1940s brown skirt with buttons, Styled by Jackie.

1960s white linen dress with cocoa polka dot scarf collar by R&K Originals.

1950s celery green ruffled shirtwaist dress by Toni Todd.

1950s rosy pink floral print blouse by Shapely Classic.

1950s autumn leaves print dress.

1960s rosette print sleeveless blouse.

1960s yellow shift dress with butterfly appliques.

1970s pulley novelty print blouse.

1960s Anne Fogarty white linen dress with cream lace.

1960s forest green dress with Peter Pan collar and pintucked bodice by Old Greenwich.

1950s brown striped huckaback folk skirt.

1960s sky blue paisley crepe dress.

1950s Romanticism dress with two-tone sash belt.

1950s black wool ballerina wrap sweater with fringed sash by Dorothy Korby.

1950s blue polka dot blouse and skirt set by Majestic.



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