It's been suggested enough times over (that to ignore it would be bad) that The Red Velvet Shoe should have a floor of treasures entirely for men. I've found some really great things over the years (those vintage ascots among my favorites) and when I do throw them out there, they usually go like hotcakes. So, why not? To be honest, I don't know very much about vintage menswear. I tend to spend most of my time "researching" everything so I can properly present it, which makes me weary & confused and, worst of all, extremely slow about adding new merchandise to any floor, never mind one for Vintage Menswear.
Digging through my inventory this weekend I decided to bite the bullet and just do it. As I type I am awaiting replies from Pratt Institute Libraries & an assistant curator at RISD, not to mention the now-famous editor of M: The Civilized Man, my go-to guy for anything menswear related. In the meantime, without giving you too many erroneous details, here are a few of the treasures that will debut on the "Vintage Menswear" Floor of The Shoe.
"Deux Coups de Chapeau" / Costume, et Pardessus, de Lus et Befve Illustrator: Mourgue, Pierre Designer: Lus et Befve Date: 1922
My 10 years as Administrating Assistant of a Fine Art & Picture Framing Gallery paid off...it's an original plate and in excellent condition..not to mention the mat colors & frame, although modern, were well chosen and have an air of antiquity to them.
"Original, well chosen, with an air of antiquity"...that has a certain ring to it.
This sexy 1940s number will debut in our booth at The Urban Vintage Bazaar this Saturday afternoon. If for some strange reason it happens to return home with me, look for it later this month in the shop. It reminds me of the infamous Charles James dress Angelina Jolie wore in The Tourist which I wrote about earlier this year...Angelina, if you like it, send me an email.
I've been busy wrapping up a non~vintage related October project and at the same time trying to get things rolling for Urban Vintage Bazaar. So just a quick note to share a link with you to the fabulous Vendor List that Christine of Carmen & Ginger has put together. If you've been waiting for an excuse to visit Providence, RI then don't wait any longer. The show is on from 12~4 leaving you plenty of time to arrive in town and plenty of time to run up a few tabs afterward. (More on where to eat/drink and what to do après bazaar coming soon.)
Date: Saturday 5 November 2011 Time: Noon - 4:00pm Where: Faunce Hall ~ Intersection of Brown & Waterman Streets ~ (Use 75 Waterman Street for GPS) Brown University ~ East Side ~ Providence, RI Admission: Free! Who: Open to students & the public
I found this amazing suit at an Estate sale earlier this year. It's stunning. I know I always say that about the suits I find, but this one is, well, stellar. The only label, aside from the Union tag, is "Betty of Providence". Not much info out there about who Betty was, except that there was a boutique with this name on the East Side of Providence in the rather exclusive Wayland Square neighborhood a long time ago. It's still one of the few places you can actually stroll and shop in fine boutiques, pick up some really good cheese and wine, and have a wonderful lunch or dinner. I've always said if we ever "downsize" I want to live a condo in one of those great old houses in Wayland Square. Maybe someone around there remembers Betty. I'll have to go snoop around.
Back to the suit...it's divine. It has the weight of a fine, almost couture garment, and the design, cut and workmanship are superior. I venture to say, given her penchant for fabulous suits and dresses in all shades of blue, that even the Duchess of Cambridge would approve. Too bad it's not her size. Find it here.
Menu Sample: Bacon Wrapped Dates ~ Artisanal Cheese Plate ~ The Ultimate New York System Crêpe ~ Homemade Gourmet Cupcakes ~
Brewhaha: Guinness on draught ~ Narragansett in the can ~ Maipe Malbec ~
Atmosphere: Absolutely charming!
My blue vintage hat and I had a fabulous time out on the town...and The Duck & Bunny is the perfect venue for catching up with the gals or a romantic dinner for two. If you're wanting to enjoy the latter, you may want to request a quiet table away from large parties of females who managed to sneak out for a night sans husbands & offspring...