Category - Shop

Frances Vintage- Phoenix, AZ
The Way We Wore- Los Angeles, CA
Buttons and Bows – Los Angeles, CA

Frances Vintage- Phoenix, AZ

10 West Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013
PH: (602) 279-5467

I checked out Frances Vintage during a recent trip to the lovely Phoenix. I had previously met the owner- Georganne Bryant during the Arizona Bloggers Conference that I had attended a couple months before, which you can read about, HERE. So, after meeting her and hearing about all the other Phoenix area bloggers rave about it, I had to check it out as well. It’s located in a small strip mall off Camelback with ample parking in the back. The shop itself is cozy with loads of name brand (like Toms shoes, Free People, Remix Shoes, Frye) and local designer goods (like Keri Moser, Beth Quinn, Huckleberry Faye Plush, Andrea Bapst, Rumble and Spur), novelty items, paper goods, etc. for women, men and children. In 2006, the then stay-at-home Mom and jewelry designer- Georganne, was encouraged by her daughter to open up the shop. She named it Frances Vintage in honor of her Grandmother and started carrying handpicked vintage. It wasn’t until about three years ago, that she discontinued the vintage and expanded into a more modern boutique but with vintage influences. While there, I also saw items like jewelry and other accessories that are for sale from the 10,000 Women Project, which as Bryant explains, “The 10,000 women project is very near and dear to my heart, these women come to Thunderbird School of Global Management for two weeks of intensive business training, they have a marketplace to sell their goods and get to visit local businesses. It is a highly competitive program and the women are so grateful to be chosen and have the opportunity to come and learn. They visit our business and learn our model, they see their goods for sale and it is all very thrilling to participate in their growth.” I love this about Frances… I love that it’s a small business and that they are able to offer local and Indie designers and charities like 10,000 Women Project the opportunity to grow and become successful. On that note, the next time you are in Phoenix, definitely check out Frances Vintage, there’s something from every budget, as prices range from $2 to $350. Maybe pick up a pair of vintage-inspired heels, an ARIZONA state necklace (one of my personal faves!), a piece of jewelry from the 10,000 Women Project, a cute handmade headband by a local designer or a Rumble and Spur necklace (another fave!). After your trip to Frances, why not take a gander next door to the other shop Georganne owns- Smeeks candy shop. It is a really great shop for novelty toys for the young and young-at-heart, candy (new and old school) and a photo booth.

The Way We Wore- Los Angeles, CA

Located at:334 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3526
Ph: (323)937-0878

This treasure-trove of vintage decadence is situated on La Brea between 3rd and 4th sts in Hollywood. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the store’s opening¬† in 2004. Doris Raymond is the brains behind the business, having come from San Francisco and having a fond interest in clothing and accessories, as well as having two designers in the family. When buying the clothing for her store, she explains, “I always buy anything that transcends time and is classic- not in the boring traditional sense- but in the timeless sense. I never buy trends…It’s always a plus if you buy a gorgeous garment with a designer label, but I look at the integrity of the garment first. The label is secondary.” Everything in the store is priceless, well-taken-care-of and is arranged according to era. When you go in, be prepared, it’s quite overwhelming (and having a hefty budget wouldn’t hurt either) because you will find labels such as Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Pucci, Vionnet, Chanel… Her best sellers are evening and cocktail wear. Out of everything in the store, three of Doris’s favorite pieces would be metal dresses by Paco Rabanne, dress by Yves Saint Laurent for Dior and a cloche and scarf set by Sonja Delaunay.

Raymond is often referred to as “the fairy godmother of fashion inspiration,” [thanks to Alexandra Posen- Zac Posen’s sister and co-designer].Along with the boutique, Doris also opened an inspiration library right next door. This library houses old prints, textiles, clothing, purses…anything and everything you could imagine that could be helpful to a designer (especially since 1/2 her business comes from the fashion industry). “I really enjoy feeding the fire of inspiration by providing elements that spark imagination,” states Doris.

The Way We Wore is open Monday through Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 12-6. The inspiration library is industry-only and by appointment only.

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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