Archive - August 27, 2014

Deja Vu Fashions Consignment Shop
Vintage by Misty- Scottsdale, AZ
Buttons and Bows – Los Angeles, CA

Deja Vu Fashions Consignment Shop

907 W. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
PH: (909)625-7277

So, one day I was driving down Foothill in Claremont when I saw the Deja Vu sign (especially the other keywords on the sign- vintage and consignment). I immediately slowed down and screeched into the parking lot. It’s a quaint little shop, with a clothing rack and purse rack sitting outside, beckoning customers to stop by. I quickly browsed the racks before heading inside. My eyes literally grew wide and my jaw dropped as I saw the rows of racks, filled with clothing and the tables and counters full of jewelry, purses, shoes and hats (some newer, some vintage). Did I also mention that there is a nice stock of top-notch designer items, such as Gucci, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Carolina Herrera and Louis Vuitton, just to name a few?! I met the owner- Norma Jean Hughes, who is super sweet and told me a little about the store, which first opened in 1984. Ms. Micky Ross (now in her 80s) first owned the store and back then, everything (the business/consigning) was done on paper. The store was later handed over to another lady, who computerized the store and then nine years ago, Norma bought the shop. She receives merchandise from all over the world, including movie studios! I even had the chance to try on a few pieces that belonged to Warner Brothers Studios years back and it was just so cool to wear something of that significant historical value. Can you imagine the actresses that probably wore the garments?! Marilyn…Jane Russell, Doris Day…Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it! She also mentioned that she had a room dedicated to vintage clothing and accessories. I ventured down the small flight of stairs and nearly had a hyperventilation attack as I saw the amount of fab vintage dresses, tops, etc., that that was about to immerse myself in. Expect lots of tulle, sequins and silk and even get a glimpse of one of comedian Jerry Lewis’s chairs, that is now a Deja Vu staple; as well as a steamer trunk once owned by 1930s actress- May Madison. She has garments that have been worn by actresses: Natalie Cole, Barbi Benton, Linda Gray and Lauralee Bell…the stories those garments could tell… The store is just amazing! The prices are very fair and she also takes an additional 20% off everything. So the next time you’re in the Claremont vicinity, stop by and spend a half-hour or few hours just browsing the racks at your leisure.

If you have load of clothing/accessories just sitting around at home and could use the extra cash, Deja Vu is a consignment shop and you can also bring things in to trade for store credit. BUT, please keep in mind, that the clothing has to be clean, in excellent condition, steamed or pressed and hung on a hanger. Be sure to call for an appointment.

Vintage by Misty- Scottsdale, AZ

7046 E 5th Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

While in town for the MIM Rocks Fashion event, I met the fabulous Misty Guerriero- who owns and curates Vintage by Misty, an uber-hip vintage boutique located near the Roosevelt Row area of downtown Phoenix. Vintage by Misty was first launched in 2010, inside Estilo- a boutique in Scottsdale. After a year of trying out her vintage style, she decided to move to the current location in downtown. She had invited us to stop by the shop the next day (after the show) and we happily obliged. Once I stepped inside, I was immediately drawn to the plethora of crazy bright prints, unique pieces, amazing handbags (like an oversize envelope clutch from the 60s and a large classic Coach shoulder bag). Among the mass of vintage (from all over the world), there are also accessories by some local designers and rings made from vintage buttons (like Chanel). The atmosphere in the store is welcoming and Misty is just the sweetest. She offers a diverse selection of clothing, accessories and designer vintage that spans over a century of fashion. Every designer, ranging from Azzedine Alaia to Zandra Rhodes is offered at Vintage by Misty. She does carry mens vintage, along with some limited edition pieces as well (so have no fear, all you stylish men out there). The next time you are in Phoenix, why not take a gander over to Vintage by Misty. Her price points vary to fit every budget and I’m sure you’ll walk out with something special!

** Please Note: Vintage by Misty is now the Scottsdale. The address is above. **

Buttons and Bows – Los Angeles, CA

548 S. Spring Street
Ste #112
Los Angeles, CA 90013
PH: (213) 622-0648
Hours: Monday to Friday 12pm – 7pm, Saturday 11am – 6pm

Buttons and Bows just recently opened its doors on the corner of 7th and Main Streets, on the ground floor of SB Main Lofts. BBLA is the latest in vintage/consignment/resale stores to hit the area and is owned by Karen Marley (daughter of Bob Marley) and Monique Aquino. The BBLA concept first began as a style blog, but then evolved into the storefront. Having had prior eBay experience, Monique met Karen, who had a amazing collection of designer duds, but was not wearing them and was donating to Goodwill. The two started to collaborate with Monique doing consignment services for Karen. They had such a good time sourcing, creating lookbooks, etc., that they decided to open a store. BBLA offers more designer pieces then vintage pieces, such as: YSL, J Brand, Vena Cava, Thierry Mugler, Christian Dior, Miu Miu, Prada, Gucci. They pride themselves on their moderate price points and being true to a “boutique”store, yet very approachable. When I checked out the store, I loved the open, airy space (and the Lanvin scarves that were framed on the walls. They had amaaaazzzziiinngggg pieces like a light green Thierry Mugler vintage 80s jacket, a vintage floral maxi skirt with button-up back, a rare Schiaparelli straw turban hat (that I now have), a large clear lucite bangle as well as other vintage tops, dresses and jewelry that caught my eye. If you are looking to clean out your closet and need some cash, they offer consignment at 55% to you and 45% to BBLA. They believe in giving back and that the customer should get the most for their valuables. If you haven’t already, make a day to head downtown and check out Buttons and Bows!

NOTE: Buttons and Bows is now located off Spring St. The space is somewhat smaller, but still chic and offers AH-mazing inventory!

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