Vintage Coro “duettes,” or two-for-one brooches, are my current eBay searching obsession. Intricate and whimsical yet functional (particularly if you’ve got a fur stole or cardigan needing dazzling closure), these beauties are from the legendary New York costume jeweler Coro. They’re not dirt cheap, but they fit right in with the current trend for quirky, colorful and conversational fashion and accessories.
"Oriental" man and woman for repair, bidding up to $203.50 here.
A lovely pair of swallows that sold for $77.78 here.
1941 bickering birds clip, buy it now for $274.95 here.
1943 sterling silver horses with rhinestones, buy it now for $199 here.
Enamel lotus Trembler pin, buy it now for $149 here.
Ballerina pressed metal sweater pin, buy it now for $149 here.
Relive Through This: Solestruck Adds Vintage Shoes
Fashion-forward shoe e-tailer Solestruck is making February “vintage month” and selling a variety of rustic and boho inflected pre-loved pairs on their e-com shop, which more commonly trades in cutting-edge contemporary brands like Jeffrey Campbell, United Nude and Cheap Monday. The selection veers toward Frye campus boots, colorblock styles and leopard print, and a strange mini-collection of upcycled booties with a plethora of buckles, mixed media and straps.
Though I personally prefer the hunt, I love to see retailers bringing vintage to the masses in a curated setting and doing the digging for their customer. Also can’t go wrong with the Hole-inspired tagline. Like!
Thrift Heaven: The Brass Armadillo
Fashion Week invites are tumbling in, and I’m here in Phoenix — but not for long. Ironically, I’m headed back to NY just as the shows are winding down. The other ironic thing was that I only recently discovered the amazingness that is the Brass Armadillo — right before I’m about to leave.
True to the pic, the Brass Armadillo is an “antique mall,” a massive, indoor conglomeration of antique dealers gathered under one roof to bring you a dizzying variety of junk, treasures, knickknacks & curiosities — everything from vintage clothing, furniture and collectibles to antique hair dryers, Pendleton blankets, stag antlers and saguaro skeletons. The place is enormous, and jam-packed with stuff. It’s so big the aisles are named by avenue: Utah, Nevada, Nebraska, Armadillo. I went with my brother-in-law; the first time we went we wandered for three hours, stopping for coffee in the cafe twice, and barely got through half. We had to come back for another two-hour trip to see it all.
Cliche that I am, I walked out with antlers and a Pendleton striped blanket; my bro-in-law loaded up on vintage canisters, a braided leather flask and an ’80s Star Wars mug. A bit like Austin’s Uncommon Objects, another collection of antique vendors in the guise of a single shop, the Brass Armadillo has surpassed that store as my favorite hunting ground for random, weird, old stuff.
Add in my Savers obsession and it turns out that Phoenix, I’ll really miss you. Ironically, your shopping most of all.
The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall, 12419 N 28th Drive, Phoenix, AZ, 602-942-0030, www.brassarmadillo.com.
1930s Art Deco metal mesh bracelet, $3,950 at 1stdibs.
Beyond perfect vintage black leather shirt. $128 from IKAHN. [Etsy]
This year, my inspiration for holiday style is about running away and joining the circus: in the ringmaster’s tuxedo jacket, gaudy crushed velvet and sequins, boudoir dressing, corsets, creature motifs, graphic black and white, stripes, Pierrot ruffles, T-strap shoes and harlequin prints. Think Givenchy Fall 2011, vintage YSL, Louise Gray and Dali, and you’re starting to get the picture.
Quite unexpectedly, as Vasserot
The armless ambidextrian was lighting
A match between his great and second toe,
And Ralph the lion was engaged in biting
The neck of Madame Sossman while the drum
Pointed, and Teeny was about to cough
In waltz-time swinging Jocko by the thumb
Quite unexpectedly the top blew off:
And there, there overhead, there, there hung over
Those thousands of white faces, those dazed eyes,
There in the starless dark, the poise, the hover,
There with vast wings across the cancelled skies,
There in the sudden blackness the black pall
Of nothing, nothing, nothing — nothing at all.
Poem: "The End of the World" by Archibald MacLeish. She ran away to join the circus in: growling tiger bomber jacket, $40 from savoryvintage; mini cocktail LBD, $225 from persephonevintage; sheer and black tuxedo jacket, $125 from ohmiaou; velvet scalloped shorts, $120 from alexandragrecco; missing piece leather mini, $41 from volenskavintage; Tadashi wrap dress, $35 from mothlite; psychedelic moustache fish Almedahl dress, $150 from prismofthreads; pre-ban ivory elephant pendant, $100 from udesireitnow; ’90s burnout maxi dress, $86 from closetcasevtg; circus seal locket necklace, $40 from theangelatmytable; Gunne Saxe ruffle dress, $95 from aiserigh.
Do the Astral Plane
When I heard the learn’d astronomer
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
Poem by Walt Whitman. Jolie-laide celestial accessories here: Vintage gold button covers, $71.25 from amazingminds; 1980s Karl Lagerfeld brooch, bidding at $65 from consign215; Matthey Tisset face watch, $34 from seashards; Liz Claiborne brooch, $8 from vincentandtheo; Faces in the sun and moon quartz pendant, bidding at $135 from charmlady59; Native American turquoise ring, $55 from anotherseason; Kirks Folly trippy costume jewelry, bidding at $19.99 from babyjacksmama.