January 30, 2013
I'm in that rare group of shopper who thrills to dig through piles and piles of jenky old clothes to discover one vintage gem in the bunch--I scour thrift stores, flea markets, and yes, the odd church rummage sale in search of long-forgotten frocks in need of a little TLC--but if you're more the "no thanks on touching someone else's soup stains" type, allow me to introduce you to PinkClouds.com.
It's a dead-chic site devoted to designer vintage clothes, and all of the work has already been done for you by founder Jennifer Collins. She started the site in 2010 as a place for gals who are usually intimidated by shopping vintage--she does the scouring, the dry cleaning, and the necessary tailoring fix-ups, while you do the OMG-ing, the swooning, and the wearing (ie, the fun parts). Nikki and I recently popped by her NYC showroom, which also happens to be her apartment, and were totally inspired by the space. Check it out:
Here's Jennifer in a silk blouse and vintage trousers, which look like they were basically tailored to her bod. The bright cobalt pumps give her look the perfect modern touch. As for the way she dresses her space, of course, there are the clothes, which have as prominent a place in her living area as any other work of art. Check out these pieces from Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, Bill Blass, and Céline:
Elsewhere in the apartment, every corner is decorated with amazing vintage finds, which Jennifer scores on eBay or weekend trips to Connecticut estate sales. How cool are these old studio lights?
I also loved how she turned the TV area into a little library, filled with art and fashion books, cool framed prints, shells, and little animal figures:
Oh, and check out this little inspiration board above a cool vintage table--how chic!
Are you dolls feeling inspired to gussy up your living space? How chic is Jennifer's showroom-slash-apartment? Discuss!
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