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The Way We Wore- Los Angeles, CA
Buttons and Bows – Los Angeles, CA

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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