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10 of Our Favorite Online Vintage Stores
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Archive Vintage – Founded in 2006, Austin-based Archive Vintage specializes in designer pieces from the '60s to the '90s, from the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Chloé, and Yves Saint Laurent. Some pieces have never been worn, and if they are, they are in perfect or near-perfect condition. The minimal site is super easy to navigate, too.
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Not to worry, once the awards frenzy culminates in the Oscars and Fashion Month comes to a close in Paris, the fun keeps right on going with festival season. Aw, yeah. But before all the It girls rock their flower crowns, overly cut-off denim cut-offs, and white lace dresses atCoachella in April, South by Southwest kicks off the music-filled extravaganza in Austin, Texas. The interactive and film portions start on March 11 — with a keynote by President Obama — and the musical performances begins on March 15 with a diverse roster of artists, ranging from country legend Loretta Lynn to indie Brits Bloc Party to Japanese arena rockers [Alexandros].
Clearly, Austin is the place to be this week, not just for all the tech-y and entertainment culture you'll soak up at SXSW (or "South by," as they like to say), but also for all the excellent shopping Austin has to offer. From the hipster-cool South Congress (or "SoCo") strip to tony specialty shops on North Lamar—forget your SXSW panels or waiting in line at Franklin BBQ, play hooky and hit these six stores, instead.
Kind of like that speakeasy that's hidden below a hipster coffee shop or a permanent pop-up, Archive offers immaculate designer vintage pieces in the back of the contemporary (and also very good) Co-Star boutique in SoCo. The owner, Kerry Bonnell, specializes in pieces from the '60s to '90s from brag-worthy labels, includingChanel, Dior, Thierry Mugler, Yves Saint Laurent, andAzzedine Alaïa. Considering Archive also happened to carry the exact circa '92 Versace leopard print jacket(with matching pants!) that Cookie wore for an eventful day at the Lyon Dynasty offices on Empire, who knows what treasures you'll find on the racks.
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There’s something magical about shopping in your favorite vintage store — inspecting the racks hopefully for fresh, fabulous pieces from eras past, tenaciously foraging through the stock to root out the perfect, envy-inducing, one-of-a-kind gem. But, it takes time and commitment to physically leave the house and venture into a store, and besides, not all of us can cab on over to the best vintage hunting grounds in New York, Austin, or Portland in a snap. Thankfully, the top vintage purveyors from around the country have graced the Internet with their astutely edited treasure troves, so we can go on a virtual retail expedition — and in our pajamas, no less. To save yourself a Google search, you can check out our top nine picks to shop vintage online — from beat-up Levi’s and cheap '70s disco dresses to the holy grail of ultra-luxe Chanel handbags.
This Austin-based shop and site specializes in perfect or near-perfect-condition designer womenswear and accessories from the '60s to the '90s. Think: Azzedine Alaïa, Christian Dior, Thierry Mugler, and, yes, Chanel. If you’re #blessed, you might even come across some pristine dead-stock (never-worn pieces). The site also features curated collections, currently Japanese (lots of conceptual Comme des Garçons and Issey Miyake pleats) and dedicated YSL and Jean Paul Gaultier mini-e-boutiques. The site design is sleek and easy to browse, plus, each product description features a pop-up size guide and full-length and detail photos, including one of the label. (P.S.: Returns accepted for store credit or exchange only, less shipping costs.)
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Few things are better than the sheer joy you experience when you find that perfect vintage piece. But, let’s be honest, vintage shopping is a demanding exercise that requires time and patience; it’s like trying to find a diamond in the rough. But, fear not, online vintage shopping is the perfect answer for us lazy girls who prefer to shop from the comfort of our couches (no shame).
Read on for our favorite places to shop for second-hand treasures
Austin-based Archive Vintage allows you to find what you’re looking for with just the click of a few buttons by giving you the option to search by designer, category, or size. Specializing in older designer vintage by the likes of Betsey Johnson, Kenzo, Pucci, and Dolce & Gabbana, this website is an absolute must for vintage aficionados. A click on the sale section is an essential— you can even snatch up Gucci bags for under $300!
starring JAN STRIMPLE
styling by ANDREW BAYER
photographs by MAXINE HELFMAN
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Vintage Issey Miyake skirt & Yves Saint Laurent jacket from ARCHIVE
Vintage Claude Montana gown from ARCHIVE
Vintage Givenchy suit from ARCHIVE
Kelly Wearstler - Interior Designer
For more than a decade, the exuberant, brightly colored and unapologetically luxe work of Wearstler has garnered the designer such high-profile clients as Cameron Diaz and Gwen Stefani, countless editorial features and a storefront on 1stdibs. This week, she launches a limited-edition collection with artist Shantell Martin, in which Martin uses her trademark black-and-white line drawings to transform Wearstler-designed items, ranging from a lambskin leather jacket to a Calcutta marble sculpture. Wearstler’s ever-expanding design empire continues to grow, with new lighting, bedding, fabric, dinnerware and rug collections planned for the coming months along with a never-ending slate of interiors projects, including four hotel commissions on the horizon for 2015. For a closer look at Kelly Wearstler x Shantell Martin, check out an exclusive conversation with both talents in Introspective.
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Here is a Dallas city guide by Amber, who lives there and welcomed me like a princess… We’ll talk more about her soon !
I had a great time in Dallas – the people and the food are amazing, and the lifestyle is so sweet, I am not surprised a lot of really cool people chose to stay there.
Thanks for having me Dallas !
This was my first time in Dallas, how would you describe it to someone who has never been?
Dallas has great shopping, food and drinks. The people are surprisingly fashionable and right now there is a major movement towards supporting the arts. (Within the last few years, we built the Winspear Opera House, the Perot Science Museum, the Dallas Contemporary, the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Wyly Theatre- to name a few.) The weather is incredibly warm year-round, and you will need a car to get around the city. Everyone in Dallas is polite and wants to be your friend.
What is your favorite boutique?
VOD is my absolute favorite boutique. Jackie and her team always have the best new labels before any other store even knows they exist. They see clothing and accessories like pieces of art– just like me.
Where do you find your vintage?
I have found some of my favorite pieces at Archive Vintage. They recently packed up and moved to Austin, TX, but their stock is online so everyone can shop the store.
Your favorite museum?
The new Perot Science Museum designed by Thom Mayne is not yet open, but the building itself is one of my favorite landmarks in Dallas. I dream of hosting an event at the space once it opens.
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" I collect vintage scarves. My mother has given me several as gifts, and I treasure each one. they are so versatile and can add an unexpected twist. I love the graphic design of this nineteen-seventies YSL. It's wearable art! "
Our 10 Favorite Vintage Shopping Sites
When it comes to vintage shopping, it can be difficult to find something worthwhile in your city or state. Those vintage shops can be musty and filled with a lot of, well, crap. The Internet has widened the vintage pool, but even then it's hard to know where to look, and sites like eBay and Etsy are fantastic, but overwhelming. Still, when you score that high-quality, high-style vintage piece on the Internet, it's a thrilling feat. Enter our editors' list, 10 excellent, well-curated vintage shopping sites for easy perusal. Whether you're looking for the best in bohemian chic, '80s-cool cocktail dresses, '20s era silk robes, or the perfectly worn-in concert tee, these online boutiques probably have exactly what you want. See our editors' picks for our 10 favorite online vintage shopping destinations when you keep reading.
Archive makes it on RACKED top 38 vintage sites!
Archive Vintage: Online shopping for vintage can start to feel a little clunky compared to the super-slick websites we're used, but Archive, bless them, has put as much thought and effort into their site as any contemporary brand. It's beautiful and easy to use, and beyond that, the store has a great selection of 1960s to 1990s vintage. Nearly everything in the sale section is under $100 and (woot!) there is free shipping in the US.
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What? Flapper dresses are a good buy – although you have to be thin and flat-chested to really pull them off – as are dresses cut on the bias. This style, which skims the body, started to appear around this time, and a bias-cut dress from the 1930s looks just as contemporary as anything you could buy now. Labels to look for include Louise Boulanger and Elsa Schiaparelli.
Try Schwarze Truhe, 54 Karl Kunger Strasse, +49 30 5321 2305,schwarzetruhe.de
What? New Look style dresses which expose the arms and cinch at the waist before flaring out, and almost cylindrical bolero jackets that emphasise the waist. Keep an eye out for anything from Christian Dior, obviously, but also British designers such as royal couturier, Norman Hartnell, and Hardy Amies. Jean Dessès is another find; he trained Valentino and Armani and his dresses are still spotted at the Oscars on the likes of Renée Zellweger, Kristin Davis and J-Lo.
Try The Hôtel Drouot auction house, 9 rue Drouot, +33 1 5324 1278,drouot.com
What? Mini dresses and almost space-age looks, inspired by the era of space exploration, that use futuristic metal discs and plastics. Look for the classic names you’ll recognise such as Mary Quant and Ossie Clark, André Courrèges and Pierre Cardin, but also for clothes from John Bates, who did the wardrobe for The Avengers, and Jean Patou where Karl Lagerfeld was creative director at the time.
Try WilliamVintage, 2 Marylebone Street, 020-7487 4322,williamvintage.com
What? Original rock band T-shirts from the era, as worn by the surfers and skaters, while for maxi dresses, it’s about labels you might not have heard of, such as Mardi Gras and Carolyn of California. For something a bit different, hunt down Bill Gibb’s knitwear for things like crocheted baby doll dresses slashed to the navel.
Try The Way We Wore, 334 South La Brea Avenue, +1 323 937 0878,thewaywewore.com
What? Big shoulder pads, masculine looks, conspicuous labels or iconography such as Chanel’s Cs, Versace’s Medusa or Gucci’s Gs. Look for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Issey Miyake, as well as items from Nolan Miller, who designed the wardrobe for Dynasty, and Catherine Walker, who frequently designed for Princess Diana.
Try Archive Vintage, 2912 Maple Avenue, +1 214 999 8921,archivevintage.com
1990S, NEW YORK
Why? While you can pick up 1990s fashion almost anywhere, New York is a haven for it. It was where architect IM Pei was championing the minimalism of loft apartments. It was also home to the likes of Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, whose pared-down minimalism in silk, linen, cotton and velvet really epitomised the decade that was a backlash against the over-the-top 1980s. Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was the real 1990s icon – her crisp white shirt and plain, perfectly-cut black slacks sum up that unfussy look where neutrals, black, black and more black were the only colours to be seen in.
What? As well as Calvin Klein and Donna Karan pieces, also look for Herve Leger and Azzedine Alaïa who began the backlash, creating strong and dramatic looks that evolved into the very minimalist look that summed up the decade.
Try Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show (manhattanvintage.com) holds regular sales and shows and lists vintage outlets
TEXAS MONTHLY - Fashion Issue
Spring 2012 issue of Standard, Classic vs Modern, the great debate.
Based in Austin and created by interior (eco) designer, Kelly LaPlante, every issue reflects their high standard of sustainabilty but they are sick of talking about it. Eco- speak is strictly forbidden at Standard Magazine. They were nice enough to mention ARCHIVE in their recent trip to Dallas.
Read about ARCHIVE & their Dallas shopping guide here.