Tucked away in an industrial section of Long Beach's Zaferia District is Urban Americana, a brand new design resource that has raised the bar when it comes to shopping for vintage goods on the West Coast.
Ah, Paris - the city of lights, love and of course fashion. But where to shop to find the ultimate Parisian look? There are the obvious stores -- Christian Dior, Goyard or Chanel -- but where do Parisian women, the chicest ladies on the planet actually go?
"So many people are like me: when they watch Mad Men, they're inspired. They can fantasize about a world where women were elaborately dressed when they came to work, and men were in a suit and tie...My husband -- I'm like, why don't you wear more of that?"
It's easy to buy Balenciaga. Prada, too. But, to a certain sector of sartorialist, the adventure of hunting and gathering unidentifiable fashion is far more thrilling. Outre glamour is, in fact, a hallmark of the truly stylish.
It depresses me to think that people -- especially women -- in the 21st century believe that these out-of-date gender roles should be reintroduced as the norm. And It depresses me even further that TLC felt like this was an appropriate show to air.
As a true lover of authentic vintage, with a strong dislike for down market designer/retail chain collaborations, Byronesque.com is a welcomed relief to the subpar design hamster wheel the fashion industry has become over the past decade.
Today's selections include pieces by Hermes, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy, and Chanel. Be sure to check out the lovely silk embroidered 1950s Estelle Parker cardigan sweater and the magnificent 1950s red chiffon evening gown.
The best part of spending a day at the Brimfield fair is not the score of a great deal or the excitement of an amazing find. It's seeing items that bring you back to a certain time in your life, a time that you are happy to revisit.