Hello, my friends! I hope you've all had a good weekend! I had a very busy start, which has slowed down to quite a chilled-out end (plus the "spring ahead" time change).
- Cardigan - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here in November 2019 in a monochrome wine outfit
- Sleeveless top - Ellen Tracy, swap from Caro; last worn here in February with other neutrals
- Trousers - H&M, consignment, Vancouver; last seen here in January with difficult velvet
- Shoes - Half Truth Veda, Fluevog; last worn here (2nd outfit) in February for brunch
- Coat (below) - Paparazzi, thrifted, Vancouver; last seen here (2nd outfit) to see a concert in December 2019
The big floof of flowers is a necklace - I wore the cardigan's top button done up all day, and many of my coworkers thought the flowers were part of it.
Outerwear - knowing I'd be walking around the Vintage Fair in my coat, I had to pick this spectacular beauty. It's black denim covered in embroidery.
|L had the day off - thanks for taking out the recycling!|
I only wore wool gloves in addition to the coat - I was very chilly by the time we headed home on Friday night.
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Necklace - local
- Belt buckle - Shi Studios, thrifted
- Belt - Leatherworld
- Silver/amethyst ring - vintage mall, first wearing - purchased for $25.00
- Earrings - Aldo Accessories
So...I did really well at the Vintage Fair! I always set myself a budget (usually $100 cash), but I spent an additional $60-ish this year due to one amazing piece that I found right at the end.
Here we go - this is the order I found things. I started downstairs in the Women In Need (WIN) room - they save "Special" items for these fairs, so there are many things that haven't seen the light of day in their stores.
I could tell that this purse was quality from the leather strap, but when I got home I had serious doubts about it being authentic...until I took a really good look, and also did some searching around online to learn more about it.
The pattern is actually embossed Ts and Ls in little blocks (which are rotated, not consistently one direction).
here's his Wikipedia link (all links here because I love, of course). He apprenticed to Dior, and was very into suiting, creating the first "safari suit" in the 70s.
The reason I thought this might be fake is that the strap and the supporting side piece are the only bits that are leather on the whole bag.
A nice pocket in the back.
Excellent (and correct, according to authentic bags on designer resell sites) hardware, with another "name".
The brown/black portions are PVC/vinyl, which is a big reason I doubted the authenticity of this purse.
The bag is nice and roomy - I won't be able to fit a pair of shoes in there, but it'll hold a lot. It doesn't look like it's been used at all.
I'm always on the lookout for a good quality belt in a handy colour.
I love the gold accents. The inside of the buckle is stamped "Century Canada" which I know from my black leather bag purchase of last April (here) - they made hardware for belts and bags back in the 80s.
I spotted this wonderful vest and knew right away it was quality. It has breast pocket flaps, and waist flaps (neither are actual pockets).
Side slits - this is really well-made.
I gasped when I saw the label inside! I know Geoffrey Beene!
here) for their info on vintage labels. For Geoffrey Beene (here), this label is squarely from the 1960s (which I'd already guessed, but I love having it confirmed).
Geoffrey Beene died in 2004 - this obituary from the NY Times is awesome, worth reading - here. I have a bottle of his Grey Flannel men's cologne that belonged to my dad, that I bought in the 80s (picture here - it's on the right side, grey bottle).
And then...I further down the racks, and OMG IT'S A SUIT!!
The skirt has pockets! My head explodes.
I am doing a bit of a "deep dive" into this suiting, as it really demonstrates what we no longer see in fashion manufacture today.
Look at the finishing!
I found the "Union made" International Ladies Garment Workers Union label.
The skirt was $22.00, so the full suit was only $40.00.
I did well at one of my favourite booths - I always find a few things. Cat and Ross joined me in ogling all the cool stuff at this table, before they headed off to the pub.
The earrings are stamped "West Germany" which means they are pre-1990.
This painting is of a nude lady in front of a red curtain.
Nothing on the back - I could remove that cardboard to see if there is anything under there.
The sailing ship is signed "G.M." in red. I am guessing that "Germaine" is the first name.
The sailing ship also has a number: 1622, this time.
These yellow earrings caught my eye.
This lovely sweater appealed to me. I love a good black and white print, and the rust and teal are very appealing.
We had a chuckle at the label - fiber by Monsanto (the world's "Most Evil Corporation" reads one headline I found online!). Yes, that Monsanto, manufacturer of DDT, Agent Orange and bioengineerer of food.
I snatched this amazing purse up the second I saw it!
From my research, the hardware on this is some sort of plastic (varying resellers refer to this as Bakelite (not likely) or celluloid).
The hinge areas had some wear - this piece has been much loved by its previous owner.
The rings on the chain handle are spirals that have been cut and glued, again, likely with heat applied.
The open purse has lovely thick black grosgrain fabric lining and a generous pocket - it holds a lot.
It is! It's a Whiting & Davis Co. "Alumesh" bag. Made in the USA. I know this name from my snake bracelet (here) purchased at a previous vintage fair.
This was $16.00 (it felt like a STEAL), but again, you can see the "as is" damage from long use.
I have no issues with that - it's not visible when carrying the bag. I found this excellent article here about Whiting & Davis' bag history, including this:
White enameled bags made of larger bubbled mesh known as Alumesh were also manufactured during the late 1930s. These durable bags featured both metal mesh and handles made of plastic along with high-quality grosgrain fabric lining.
There you go - it's from the late 1930s, although they made these throughout the 40s and 50s too. I think mine is pretty old - it's got some age on it. It takes a long time for enamel to wear off.
This was the item that was my crowning glory from the fair, though. Look at this dress!
This marvelous brocade dress still has its faux leather belt - you don't see those often/ever, as they've been lost along the way.
Those are very Etruscan-looking (compare here), aren't they?
I like how these lions are lined up along the seam.
Because it's a POCKET!
A wonderful old zipper, and a very tight hook-and-eye at the top.
The Arkin Collections seems to have been one of the labels from the Arkin family, headed by Leonard Arkin (link here).
The backside of all this lame (lah-MAY, darling!) brocade is fully lined with a sheer chiffon-like fabric to keep it from being scratchy against the wearer's skin.
Such amazing finishing on the inside.
I'd estimate that this dress is from the 1960s based on the label research, and the style, and as noted, was probably only worn a couple of times for parties (I bet she danced the night away!). Would you believe this was only $40?? What a steal. I can't wait to wear it - when's the next party?
Lastly, I put this silk scarf back, then panicked. I want it!
And a lot of galloping horses. Such an equestrian vibe! You know I love me some equestrian looks.
Happy with all my purchases, I strolled down to Brown's Crafthouse and met up with a big bunch of our friends for dinner and drinks. It was fun showing them all the cool stuff I'd found (their drunken enthusiasm was hilarious).
On Saturday morning, L and I were up early to meet Ali and Chris at the Ruby for breakfast.
|"It's about time you got up, Woman!"|
Vizzini demanded tummy rubs and cuddles. I'm still in my robe and slippers.
|"I've suffered a house full of people, followed by an empty house. The only cure is tummy rubs."|
After some delays due to cat demands, I got dressed. Yvonne had returned the Yeti coat to me on Friday night (she wore it at the VFF Gala here) and I haven't yet worn it this season, so no time like the present.
- Jacket - Kimchi Blue; last worn here in November 2018 with giraffe and cashmere
- Top - Bossini, thrifted; last seen here (layered) in January
- Skirt - Banana Republic Heritage, thrifted; last worn here
- Shoes - Gabor; last seen here
A simple outfit for me - I left the yeti jacket on for most of the time I was out.
This is probably the last wearing for this leopard skirt before it's packed away - I won't make the mistake of culling it again! I tend to keep my shortest minis out for tight season, so that I don't feel so exposed with bare legs.
I had fun wearing this outfit. This coat gets a lot of looks and comments.
My outerwear was the coat done up and a pair of fingerless gloves.
- Gloves - Parkhurst
- Lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
- Earrings - Glee
I may have gone for a little wander after breakfast...I really needed new underwear, plus I wanted to venture into the Bay to see if they had any tights on clearance - I've blown through a lot of my tights in the last few months. I don't like shopping retail, but sometimes it's necessary.
I did go to Flavour Upstairs, where I found a couple of things for L, and this suede dress for me.
It's just gorgeous - thick, soft leather, fully lined, well-placed straps.
It's by Margaret Godfrey Bagatelle - my fellow Canadians will know that name from the high-end boutiques back in the 80s. This is an awesome photo series of clothes by here, here, and a bit of history about her and Bagatelle here.
I still had some of my gift card to the Patch, and they had a 50% off all winter clothing deal, so I popped in there for a good look around.
|"You should have been home with me."|
Compared to my exquisitely-made vintage finds, this dress is so cheaply made (no lining, no zippers, exposed serged edges, but I love the bright blue colour and the simple style. The gold zipper down the back is fun, as are the bell sleeves.
It's by Calvin Klein and was $14.99 (that's half price) off my gift card, so, free! I'll probably wear it a couple of times and then pass it along to a friend. I also stocked up on half-price micro-holed cashmere sweaters to replace the disintegrating ones L and I wear around the house.
And now, it's time to give my cantankerous little guy some attention.
|"You're dead to me."|
I'm sure we can come to a cuddle accord!
Thanks so much for stopping by!