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Crush Vintage shop of the week!

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Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentleman! For my weekly Q&A in the Vintage Shop Of The Week section, which you can read more about  HERE! I present you with Crush Vintage, run by two friends whose mutual passion for vintage fashion led to the creation of a a shop filled with real treasures for savvy vintage shoppers like myself and where you can find garments dating to as early as 1800! With such an exquisite selection of coats from the 1930s-1980s it’s a real struggle to leave their Etsy shop without clicking the “add to cart” button.

Dominique de Merteuil: How did you start your adventure in selling vintage clothes?

Crush Vintage: I started out first on Ebay (during the Sophia Amoruso/Nasty Gal days!) just wanting to sell some of my unworn items, and quickly progressed into building a real customer base. I moved over to Etsy a few years later and haven’t looked back!

Dominique de Merteuil: What can we find in your vintage shop? For example, do you specialise in a particular era or type of garment, accessory, etc?

Crush Vintage: You can find all eras and clothing types from the 1970’s and older in the shop. We specialize in wearable vintage that will blend into any modern wardrobe.

1930s dress

1970s dress Stephen Burrows

Rare Stephen Burrows dress from the 70s in dusky pink rayon. You can buy this beauty from Crush Vintage  via their Etsy shop!

1930s silk gown from Crush Vintage

Breathtaking 1930s silk gown from Crush Vintage! 

Beautiful 1940s Dorothy O’Hara dress can be purchased from Crush Vintage Etsy shop but hurry up because It’s not going to stay there long!

 

Dominique de Merteuil: Is there a process you go through when selecting garments for your shop? Perhaps you have a list or a criteria, that you use when deciding which garments will be perfect for your shop and your clients?

Crush Vintage: When purchasing an item, I run through many questions in my head: Is it in good condition? Can you picture a modern day girl wearing it? Would I wear it? Is it too costume-y or just the right amount of bonkers one of a kind amazing?

Dominique de Merteuil: Where do you find all those beautiful vintage clothes and accessories for your shop? (if it’s not a secret!)

Crush Vintage: It is getting really hard finding good vintage nowadays that I have to search high and low for it! I also have great relationships with several estate sales companies and vendors. And also keeping in touch with those with big vintage collections. I have been cultivating one lead for three years! But she is getting close to selling me her collection…..very soon hopefully.

 

1940s Princess coat from Crush Vintage

One of the most beautiful 1940s coats I’ve ever seen! Available at Crush Vintage Etsy shop!

1940s tilt hat

Beautiful 1940s tilt hat from Crush Vintage!

1930s velvet coat from Crush Vintage

1930s velvet coat by I.Magnin & Co Importers from Crush Vintage.

1950s skirt suit in sapphire blue from Crush Vintage

Dominique de Merteuil: What is your favourite period in time and why?

Crush Vintage: My favorite period in time is right now! I love fashion’s inclusiveness and the fact that you can wear anything and everything and still look chic!

Dominique de Merteuil:  What message/advise do you have for women who have never bought vintage clothes before? For example: what are the key pieces to start building a vintage look? What to keep in mind when making a purchase?

Crush Vintage: The advice I would give someone who is starting their vintage collection is: Buy What You Love and Buy It Right Away. Don’t hesitate. It something speaks to you, get it. Vintage right now is so hot, and the good things get snapped up quickly. You can start with coats, jewelry, handbags, whatever you need to enhance your wardrobe. Oh…and keep your measurements handy!

Dominique de Merteuil: What are your 3 favourite items that you have ever sold and why have you chosen to name those particular ones?

Crush Vintage: Some of my favorite items are priceless things we unearthed. We have had several Adrian items (one gown and some suits!) and an amazing Poiret cape that was sold to a collector. That thrill of finding that hidden tag never gets old!

Poiret cape from Crush Vintage

Skirt suit by Adrian from Crush Vintage

Dress by Adrian from Crush Vintage

Dominique de Merteuil: What are your favourite vintage brands and are they very difficult to find?

Crush Vintage: My favorite vintage brands are so wide and varied! I love Dorothy O’Hara, Lilli Ann, Ceil Chapman…. but there are so many wonderful items with no labels too, we don’t discriminate. I think we have become too label conscious when really, it should be all about construction and quality.

Dominique de Merteuil: What’s in your wardrobe? Do you personally wear vintage clothes on a daily basis?

Crush Vintage: I collect coats! Although, living in California I don’t get a chance to wear them too much! But I love that you can wear jeans and a t-shirt and throw a good jacket/coat on top and look completely chic! I get so many compliments on my vintage leopard coats.

 

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Vintage Caf – 1920s-1930s fashion heaven

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Vintage Caf- Vintage shop of the week AKA 1920s-1930s fashion heaven.

20s-30s fashion

In the picture on the top left; Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in Great Gatsby. Top right and in the picture below; one of my favourite actresses Kristin Scott-Thomass as Sylvia McCordle in Gosford Park.

Vintage Caf – Vintage shop of the week aka 1920s-1930s fashion heaven.

Whenever I re-watch a drama set in the 1920s or 30s, inevitably, I daydream and lust after an evening gown from that glorious period of time. For those of a similar inclination but who are not in the vintage-loop, you’re perhaps unaware, that there truly do exist magical places, which actually sell true vintage clothes from the time of the Great Gatsby! But… I should point out, you really need to know where to look. And I sincerely hope, that my recommendations will get you closer to finding that perfect vintage outfit; one that perhaps will make you feel like Daisy Buchanan or in my case Sylvia McCordle from my beloved Gosford Park.

To help you in your quest, I’d like to share with you one particular shop on Etsy that is my ‘go to’ with a 1920s-30s wish list and it’s called Vintage Caf! Where, besides fashions from the jazz era, you will also find beautiful clothes from Edwardian times all the way through to the 1960s, along with accompanying accessories and a truly unique, dare I say breath-taking collection of handmade headpieces, all created by the shop’s talented owner who uses antique lace for all of her headpieces.

Ladies and Gentleman! Meine Damen und Herren! Madame et Monsieur! Without further ado I present you Vintage Caf- Vintage shop 

 

vintage headpiece

You can purchase this gorgeous handmade tiara from Vintage Caf Etsy shop by clicking on the image!

vintage inspired headpiece.

 

Dominique de Merteuil: How did you start your adventure in selling vintage clothes?

Vintage Caf: I only started selling Vintage clothes recently after my husband and I decided my personal vintage collection was just too big to store in our home.  Instead of finding alternative storage I decided to sell the pieces I no longer wear.  And so it started from there about 2 years ago.

DdM: What can we find in your vintage shop? For example, do you specialise in a particular era or type of garment, accessory, etc?

Vintage Caf: I sell across all vintage eras but mainly 20s and 30s.  Part of my collection included a large selection of antique lace.  This I did not wish to part with, so I set about making millinery from the lace.  The pieces I make I sell in the shop.

vintage clothes

Beautiful selection of vintage clothes and accessories, that you can  currently find at Vintage Caf! Some from 1920s-1930s ohers from 1950s. In the picture on the top left, a 1930s mint coloured silk dress. Top right; 1950s pink satin evening gown. Bottom left; 1940s silk organza wedding gown. Bottom right; large 1930s, heavily embroidered shawl.

 

DdM:  Is there a process you go through when selecting garments for your shop? Perhaps you have a list or a criteria, that you use when deciding which garments will be perfect for your shop and your clients?

Vintage Caf: The most important criteria for me when buying vintage garments is – would I wear this?  If the answer is no, then I don’t buy it.  The result is that everything in the shop is of my personal taste and something I would wear.  Same with the headpieces.  When making a headpiece I try it on and if it looks good on me, it will look good on others.

DdM:  Where do you find all those beautiful vintage clothes and accessories for your shop? (if it’s not a secret!)

Vintage Caf: Much of what is in the shop is from my personal collection gathered over 30 years.  When eBay first started it opened a whole new world of vintage.  I love going to vintage markets and fairs and still occasionally find pieces on eBay, although the golden era of Ebay is over.  I remember seeing Fortuny gowns for a thousand dollars on Ebay years ago.  I couldn’t afford them then.  Now I still can’t afford them. 

DdM: What is your favourite period in time and why?

Vintage Caf: My favourite period would have to be the 20s and 30s.  I’m an old romantic at heart and the clothes from that era, the flowing gowns, beading and chiffons, are so romantic.  I also love a good structured crepe 40’s outfit.  Hard to come by though.

DdM: What message/advise do you have for women who have never bought vintage clothes before? For example: what are the key pieces to start building a vintage look? What to keep in mind when making a purchase?

Vintage Caf: I’m always trying to convince family and friends of the sense of vintage.  Modern fashion designers all borrow from fashion history one way or another so you can always look stylish and ontrend by mixing up vintage with modern.  If you want to start a collection I’d go with a couple of blouses first.  The 40’s had some magnificent pieces, some with wonderful beading.  A vintage blouse under a suit looks very classy.  Then move into dresses that you can team with a jacket for work or scarf on a weekend outing.  A vintage bag can also give a modern outfit that stylish touch.  Before buying always check for flaws.  I try and avoid pieces with holes as they are difficult to repair.  If it’s an undone seam or hemline that easily repaired. 

velvet 1030s dress

In the picture on the left a Prada dress from last season, a dress, that the Vintage Caf owner fell in love with but wanted to find something vintage and more affordable. In the picture on the right a true vintage 1930s velvet dress, which was beaded and embroidered by Vintage Caf. It cost a lot of work but it was definitely worth it and I don’t know about You but I like the vintage one much better!

DdM:  What are your 3 favourite items that you have ever sold and why have you chosen to name those particular ones?

Vintage Caf: My favourite pieces that I have sold. I didn’t realise how difficult selecting just three favourites would be.

This one because the customer wore it as her wedding dress.

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This one because I love vintage crochet pieces and this one is from the 1920s

1920s crochet dress

And this one because I won an journalism award when I wore it.  It was hard to part with.

Silk vintage dress.

I’m a journalist by trade and have been to numerous awards nights and formal events.  My vintage gowns were ideal for walking up on stage. Gives that added glamour.

DdM: What are your favourite vintage brands and are they very difficult to find?

Vintage Caf: Vintage brands are wonderful when you come across them but can be terribly expensive.  My favourite vintage designer is Dior.  I have one Dior jacket in the shop and Madame Gres. None of her pieces. though. 

You can’t go past the homemade vintage dress.  So many more women knew how to sew back in the day and their pieces were beautifully made.  I also sew, so when I come across a piece of vintage fabric, I find a vintage pattern and make it myself.

Below is an example of a dress I made using rare 1920s tulle with cornelli work.  Again I wore it to an awards night and have since sold it to a lucky customer.

20s tulle dress.

DdM: What’s in your wardrobe? Do you personally wear vintage clothes on a daily basis?

Vintage Caf:  I have an eclectic wardrobe.  I have many homemade pieces that I have made and I have a few modern designer outfits.  I like to mix and match.  I almost always wear something vintage everyday, even if its a brooch or handbag or blouse.  I tend to spend more money on designer shoes and bags as they can lift any outfit and last for years.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is undoubtedly my favourite newly discovered costume drama. Set in 1920s Melbourne, portraying  adventures of the glamorous, fearless, sharp as a tack, boundary-breaking and at times outrageous, lady detective, the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, played brilliantly by Essie Davis. The ABC Australian TV show is based on the series of detective stories entitled  Phryne Fisher Mysteries written by Kerry Greenwood, and continues to be as much of a success now as it was in 1989 when “Cocaine Blues” the first novel of the series was published.