I went shopping for you today. I dragged my tired body out of bed at 5:45 am to get in line to get a number to see if, by chance, I could find some vintage frocks and fancies for you. Here's what I found:
Starting at the top left and working clockwise (to a point):
A fabulous 1960s very "Jackie O" pink dress suit. Slim fitted dress has long sleeves and the jacket has a wide point collar lapel and gorgeous gold buttons. The label reads simply "T Jones" and so far I can't seem to find any information about this label, so please inform if you know anything about it.
The ultimate vintage pea coat by "The Villager" in the prettiest shade of blue with faux reptile skin trim & buttons. What's better than vintage preppy?
Hold onto your hat. That's a "Cosa Belle" by Shannon McLean (of bespoke tailoring fame) 1960s inspired coat dress hiding behind Coco. Priceless. Look for a blog post about Ms. McLean soon.
Coco looks stunning in this "Fabian Molina" black rayon evening gown. Ruched through the entire bodice and falling~off~her~shoulder~sleeves...and we won't mention that slit. XXX
A lovely set of vintage leather luggage in my so very favorite "saddle tan" complete with (yet another) travel bar to match!
Sitting on said travel bar is a lovely Morris Moskowitz evening purse...every girl should have one.
1920s/30s bridal veil & shoes~~I did not purchase the dress (as I already have three) and now, post~martini, am suffering deep non~buyer's regret...
Left of the shoes is a 1940s "RONAY" black suede purse~~full mirror inside the top and the original change purse...amazing.
Resting between the two: "After Such Pleasures" by Dorothy Parker (1933 first edition, fifth printing).....sigh.
Shedding such lovely light on this collection is a sweet boudoir lamp with a ruffles & bow shade made for Marie Antoinette.
Last, but surely not least: a set of vintage boudoir organizers in pretty french blue quilted silk, unopened. (I may have to be selfish, ladies.)
A day well spent and I met some wonderful people along the way. Not to mention my darling husband had wine, Shrimp Mozambique over pasta & fresh bread waiting for me...talk about spoil(s)!
Sorry I've been a bit absent on the "Blah Blah" blogging side of things, but I've actually been trying to be more productive on the actual "work" side of life online. I've also figured out that Twitter & Facebook are great shortcuts to updating my readers/clients as to what is new in "The Shoe". That said, when something is new, I'll let you know via a Tweet and a FB update. That way "Tales" won't become a mini~version of "The Shoe", and vice~versa. So, if you have not yet followed us on FB or Twitter, here's your chance. Just follow the links: To get updates via Facebook click HERE. Via Twitter click HERE.
Since I'm here, I'll show you two fabulous new suits I did just list in The Shoe.
"A Golet Original" Black Brocade Suit with a gorgeous blond mink collar.....stunning. Find it here.
1960s vintage Pendleton Black Watch wool suit....talk about your all american classic wardrobe staple! Find it here.
This is a plea for help. I sold a vintage item to a lovely lady at The Top Shelf Flea II and she left it behind at another booth. They kindly returned it to me, and I have blogged, FB'd, Tweeted and sent emails to others who attended in an effort to find it's rightful owner. Nothing. So I'm asking for any/every one's help on this. She loved it so~~it's sitting here all wrapped in it's little brown bag and is very, very lonely and wants to go home. I have a sneaking suspicion she is a Cambridge/Somerville resident, so if you happen to overhear someone at The Joshua Tree complaining about losing her purchase, please!! Make someone's day and tell her how to find me!
You know my penchant for old things borders on obsession, so when my "own private (vintage) Idaho" crosses paths with another living in their "own private (vintage) Idaho" .....it's like being introduced to a rib eye to go with my potato. (If you're not getting my little story, click here.)
Meet Kiel. He makes a living sewing on this antique Singer sewing machine. I know, I know. Yes, he is/was a model, but let's focus, ladies. Take a good look at his studio...amazing, isn't it?
It's wonderful there has been somewhat of a resurgence of proper dress and grooming, if only for aesthetic reasons, in American culture in the past few years. But it has also proved a very valid point I have argued for decades: "Well Dressed" does not mean "Well Mannered".
Which would you rate more important? I know my answer, but what is yours? I find it charming that the population seems to be responding to a call to propriety, or, at the very least, something more than pajamas in public. Granted, to a certain point, one's looks, job, title, or ensemble, can bide one time in the event of "indiscretion" but that time is limited, as is the power of ones looks, job, title or ensemble. The crunch comes when a true gentleman or lady must tow the line.
If one's manners fall short of desirable, does it really matter what one is wearing? To the true lady or gentleman the answer is "No." Bad manners cannot be made up for, substituted, glossed over or reduced with "ensemble" no matter how impressive it may be. So perhaps to go along with all the bloggers who focus on being "Well Dressed" and attempting to convert the masses, there should also be some classes on Etiquette and basic manners, such as "Please" and "Thank You" ~~ two classics which work well in any given situation.
Manners say far more than any fabric or textile. The combination of the two? Priceless.