A Day in the Life of a Vintage Freak

The day was perfect for an outing, to check out some vintage stores in Downtown Toronto. The sun was shining and the clouds were fluffy and white confections of sky candy. My friend James came to pick me up at around Noon today. James laughs at me because I spend so much time in second hand, thrift and vintage stores. We drove into Toronto and hit a vintage hot spot called Kensington market. If you have ever heard or seen the show from the 70s called King of Kensington starring Al Waxman this is that same place.

This is one of the places to shop for Vintage in the Toronto area because there are so many good shops within a block. Stores like Courage my Love, Exile, Flashback and Flashback 2.

                           Courage My Love Kensington Market Toronto, ON

We sat at one of my favourite coffee and tea spots called the Moonbean Café on St. Andrew St. I had a cup of Organic Irish Breakfast tea and a delicious apple pastry. It was perfect to sit outside on the small patio on a beautiful day like today.

There are some stores, which carry a variety of vintage classics such as the Plaid western shirt, varsity jackets and black wool Pea coats and so much more. But some stores also crossover into new items, such as one store, which has screen printed bags and t-shirts. Courage my Love has all manner of vintage items including linens, dishes, Cowboy boots, and lots and lots of fantastic beads. I purchased these lovely Midi length gloves in a gorgeous coral color, with little nubs and stitched leaves. See them below:

Vintage 1960s Coral Midi length Gloves…Prefect for Fall!!! Sorry folks, these are not for Sale!!!!!

Vintage 1960s Coral Midi Length Gloves, has curved ebbossed stitching and three point little leaves or flowers!!!!

There were a few times during the day when we talked about what day it was and thought about the lives lost not just on this day in 2001 but throughout history. We were having a Remembrance Day moment.

Whenever I visit this part of the city I feel like I am in another country because it is so multicultural. There are two restaurants beside each other one was Jamaican and the other was Thai. And just around the corner is our famous China Town. There is graffiti on the walls, colourful characters hanging in the streets, burning incense wafting into the street, and music playing to all rhythms of the nation.

Don’t forget it is a market as well! You can purchase Fruit, Bread, Cheese and Meat one store after another and have freshness on your table for the evening meal.

It was a great day to spend with a great person and appreciate the company!

I hope you enjoyed this post…Till Next Time!!! Lulu

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Vintage Fall Fashion Preview @ Shuushuu by Lulu

I enjoyed putting these photo montages together. I think next time I am going to try actual collages of inspiring patterns, textures, etc. to combine with the vintage fashion images…we’ll see what happens next time. but for now this is for today!

Fall Preview for Women I

Coro Ice Blue Rhinestone Earrings

Coro Circular Wave Brooch

John Hort Lucite handle Patent Leather Handbag

Anne Klein Autumn Stripe Blouse

Harve Bernard Gray Wool Trousers

Fall Preview for Women II

Army Green Military style Blazer from Escada

Anne Klein Black Wool Pleated Skirt

Nina Ricci Banana Cream Gold Stripe Earrings

Kate Spade Animal Print Pony hair Shoes

Champagne 1970s Bow Tie Bodysuit

Monet Filigree Gold Tone Flower Brooch

Fall Preview for Men I

Croydon Khaki Green Trench Coat

Swank Mother of Pearl Gold tone Cuff Links

Burberry Crisp White Cotton French Cuffed Shirt

Valentino Black and Gold Relief Pattern Silk Necktie

Lorry Green and Black Wool Knitted Cardigan

Yah or Nah on my attempt at Photo Montage?

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Dating Vintage by Fabric

The Vintage Fashion Guild recently released a comprehensive guide to fabrics, which includes textures, types of printed patterns, weave, and material. As I was perusing the different fabrics listed there were a few items I think needed to be mentioned to aid in dating vintage clothing as well. Some of these do fall under the category of Polyester and have Trademark names, because the fibres were produced/created by different companies. Companies like ENKA, Imperial Chemical Industries and Dupont. Polyesters are made from chemical substances found mainly in petroleum and are manufactured in fibers. I have included the link to this site:

http://vintagefashionguild.org/fabric-resource-a-z

Crimplene: (polyester) is a thick yarn used to make a fabric of the same name. The resulting cloth is heavy, wrinkle-resistant and retains its shape well. Britain’s defunct ICI Fibres Laboratory developed the fibre in the early 1950s and named it after the Crimple Valley in the UK in which the company was situated. Crimplene was used in garments that required a permanently pressed look, such as skirts and trousers. The fabric enjoyed popularity upon introduction in the 1950s in response to its convenient ‘wash-and-wear’ properties. Crimplene was often used to make the typical A-line dress and 1960s fashion. Likewise, it was popular amongst men in British MOD culture for use in garish button down shirts. In the early 1970s, Crimplene began to fall out of fashion. Other, lighter-weight polyester fabrics like Trevira replaced Crimplene for their ease of movement and ventilation.

Crimplene Label on a 1960s Tennis Dress

Trevira: is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in synthetic fibers. Polyester is naturally resilient, meaning it doesn’t wrinkle easily and wrinkles tend to fall out overnight. There were a selection of Vintage Advertisements for this fabric in the 1970s in Vogue magazine.

Trevira Star Vintage Ad Vogue May 1970

Dacron: 1960/70s trademark for a polyester fiber. Dacron is a condensation polymer obtained from ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. Its properties include high tensile strength, high resistance to stretching, both wet and dry, and good resistance to degradation by chemical bleaches and to abrasion. The continuous filament yarn is used in curtains, dress fabrics, high-pressure fire hoses, men’s shirts, and thread. The staple fiber is ideal for mixing with wool in men’s and women’s suits, as well as in dress fabrics, knitted wear, and washable woven sportswear.

Dacron Advertisement as seen in Vogue 1970s

Celanese Arnel: 1940/50s. AAn Acetate fiber. Just defined as ”synthetic fabric”. Later, you may get your knuckles rapped by the Celanese Corporation, which happens to make Arnel with a capital ”A” and points out that it is a triacetate fiber and not a fabric.

Celanese Arnel Fabric Vintage Advertisement. Cute Skirt!

Orlon: Acrylic. The Dupont Corporation created the first acrylic fibers in 1941 and trademarked them under the name Orlon.

Bianchini Silk: Vintage fabric of silk made by reknowned manufacturer Bianchini- Ferier. Bianchini Férier (originally Atuyer Bianchini Férier) was created in 1888 by three former employees of one of the city’s renowned manufacturers of high fashion silks. They embarked on the manufacture and sale of the highest quality silk fabrics, the haute nouveauté. This was the sector of fabric manufacture most closely linked to Parisian high fashion dress design

Tricopaque: A blend of fibers, including Nylon. I have seen lounge wear in this fabric, most notably from Vanity Fair.

Some of the fabrics or fiber names you may come across in vintage clothing are trademarks and may be mentioned on the labels. These include Vycron, Encron, Corfam, Qiana, Avril, Antron III Nylon and Mylar.

Vycron Advertisment in Life Magazine August 1960

For more information there is a comprehensive handy guide here:

http://reviews.ebay.com/Identifying-Fabrics-amp-Fibers-Details-amp-Burn-Tests?ugid=10000000000951489

I am HAPPY its Summer SALE!!! @ Shuushuu by Lulu

Shuushuu by Lulu has been open two years now!!!! I have listed, wrapped and shipped over 200 packages. I am finally having a great Summer sale. Shop till your fingers drop!!!

INEEDIT16: Get 25% OFF any items in the store from Thursday, July 12, 2012 Noon EST till Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 8pm EST. Not Included are already REDUCED, SALE OR FREE SHIPPING ITEMS (There are no free shipping items for International customers in my shop). Just use the coupon code INEEDIT16 in your check out procedure. I will also give free shipping on purchases over $150USD(before taxes, Ect. And only for Canada and Continental US customers). All other Coupon Codes will be suspended during this SALE!

If you are purchasing more than one item and the combined shipping fee is more than what’s invoiced I will contact you for payment!!!!

If you are having problems using the code on more than one item, let me know I can set up a Reserved Listing for you!!!!

I will be going on Vacation as of Monday August 13, 2012. Any times bought on the last day will be shipped in the morning of August 13, 2012 by 10am.

Have a wonderful summer and Happy Shopping!!! Shipping policies still apply!!!

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1960s Pink Peplum Rockabilly Short Sleeve Blouse (click on picture to go to shop)

1960s White Textured Wide Leg Cuffed Pants by Devonette (click on photo to go to shop)

Thank you for stopping in..Till Next Time!!!!!!!!

MONET Vintage Jewelry Collecting

My first pair of Monet earrings I collected were a petite pair of silver tone clip ons with black round glass stones surrounded by little marquisettes. They had the signature earring clasp on the back that looked like someone stuck their thumb down and attached it to a hinge. They were also signed on the back in a script. I thought they were the cutest pair of earrings. Alas they are now in someone else’s care and safekeeping.

Monet Gold tone Choker Black and Clear Glass Square Cut Rhinestones. Click on Photo to BUY!!!!

I have since these first pair been collecting earrings, brooches and necklaces from the MONET brand. I have been impressed with the quality and how well these costume pieces have aged over time. But that is the trademark of Monet since it’s inception in 1937. The jewelry produced is very durable with lasting quality. Monet was also responsible for several technological advancements in jewelry such as the friction ear clip and the barrel clutch for pierced earrings.

Monet Navy Blue and White Cabochons set in Textured Gold Tone Nautical Design Clip On Earrings. Click on Photo to Buy!!!

Before 1955, Monet Jewelry was characterized by their use of precious metals and their unique designs. However, in 1955, it became easier for people who wanted genuine, vintage jewelry from this manufacturer to differentiate them from imitators of their designs. In that year, genuine jewelry carried the Monet Trademark.

Monet Textured Gold Tone Settings with Black Enamel Pentagon Design Centers in Clip On Earrings. Click on Photo to Buy!!!!

Collector’s who want genuine Monet pieces should know the various companies who have had the rights to create these trademark designs. From 1969 to 1989, General Mills acquired Monocraft Products Company, the company that held rights to Monet the longest. From 1989 to 1994, the jewelry was sold through Crystal Brands Jewelry Group, and from 1994 to 2000, Chase Capital Partners, Lattice Holding. Presently, Liz Claiborne, Inc. produces Monet Jewelry, a right they’ve held since 2000. As of July 26, 2000, Monet Group Inc. was acquired by Liz Claiborne Inc. Monet Group, formerly called Crystal Brands Jewelry group, is a manufacturer costume jewelry. It markets under the Monet, Monet Pearl, Monet Signature, Monet2, Trifari and Marvella brands.

The Monet jewelry made today still maintains its high quality and quantity of production. It is still able to change styles and designs capable of meeting the competitive market of today in costume jewelry.

Since I also collect vintage Vogue magazines, I found some advertisements for Monet jewelry and have posted them from three different decades, here:

Monet Vogue September 1968

Monet Vogue May 1976

Monet Pearls- Vogue November 1984. I believe the model is Paulina Porzikova.

Resources:

http://www.ehow.com/about_5052474_monet-jewelry.html

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=31692

http://www.jacksonjewels.com/Reference/Jewelry_Companies_M-O.htm

http://www.collectiblejewels.com/monet.html

I hope you enjoyed this post, Till Next Time!!!!

GAF View-Master Projector and Reels

I am a collector! You may know this if you have read my About Me page in my shop Shuushuu by Lulu or if you have read some of my other blog postings. I am sharing another wonderful imaginative item from my collection of vintage things!!!!

I own a Gaf View-master projector.

It is not a particularly appealing looking item but what it does is magical. It is a drab khaki color. It was made by Sawyer’s INC in Portland, Oregon in the USA. It contains a 30W bulb and feet that adjust up and down.

It makes a white wall come alive with light and color. There is a photo below:

              GAF View-Master Projector and reels

Well a View-master is nothing special without its reels of fantasy. These reels are made with KODACHROME film. And when the light shines through the film and projects the images on the wall and old familiar way of story telling begins. It is both visual and mental stimulation. The words go with the pictures. The reels I prefer to collect are the ones where artists have painstakingly created dioramas of plastercine sets and figures and animated them in still photography. The reels contain about 6 shots of different scenes.

I have a number of these reels, especially the Fairy tales.

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland: there is no date specified on the package. My dog chewed one corner and I nearly had a conniption fit. I also have Little Red Riding Hood, which came in a three set package and included Hansel and Gretel and jack and the Beanstalk. They were issued in 1950.

Goldilocks and the three bears was issued in 1963 and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (this is the ways it is spelled on the package) was issued in 1955.

I have included some stills from the Alice in Wonderland Reels:

After the Elixir – Alice in Wonderland View Master Reel (date unknown)

Tea Party-Alice in Wonderland View Master Reel (date unknown)

The magic of these vintage collectibles is the ideas you can imagine. One example is have an outdoor tea party, setup a screen made of a white sheet stretched across a clothesline and read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with the whole family and even a few friends. You have twinkling lights and cold ginger peach tea on a hot summer evening…definitely magica

Till Next time!!!

Andre Courreges- Fashion Modernist

1969, Paris, France — Fashion Designer Andre Courreges

Courreges was born March 9, 1923 in Pau, France. He studied and became a civil engineer, he was always interested in architecture and textile design. He worked, designing footwear and men’s clothing for a tailor, while occupying himself with Rugby and Mountain climbing. From 1941-1945 Courreges was a pilot in the Air Force in World War II.
In 1945, He came to Paris and worked briefly for a designer named Jeanne LaFaurie. In 1950 he was apprenticed to the Master, Cristobal Balenciaga, also from the Basque region, although he was from Spain. He had been keen to join him for a long time, but only in 1950 did a position open up. He still considers Balenciaga his mentor. He stayed   for ten years.
Andre Courreges opened his own house, “Maison de Courreges“ at 48 ave Kleber in 1961. He launched his ‘Space Age’ collection in 1964. He built his dresses rather than designed them. The shapes of his clothes were geometric: squares, trapezoids, triangles. The look included boots, goggles, and Dress and Skirt hems three inches above the knee. The main features of his boxy, uncluttered look spread quickly throughout the fashion world, especially the miniskirt, which he introduced to France. The materials included plastic and metal. He used PVC clothing in his collections. Colours were primary: white, red, yellow, pink, ice-blue, pale turquoise, day-glow orange and lime green…The year 1964 was HIS year, the start of his brief reign as King of Paris Fashion. He also created the MOON GIRL look. In 1965 Courreges reorganized his company, and briefly before he changed his salon, banned the press from his collections (as Balenciaga had also done). When he re-opened, he had a carefully planned 3-tier structure:
„Prototypes“, his couture division „Couture future“, his de-luxe ready to wear „hyperbole“, inexpensive ready to wear.
His new store was located at 40 ave Francois premier.

Andre Courreges pink coat- Vogue Sept 1968

Andre Courreges Jumper- Vogue March 1972

In 1967 he married his assistant, Coqueline Barriere, who had also been a Balenciaga pupil. Courrèges’ fashion shows were organised by his wife. These were lively presentations featuring athletic, partially nude models. During this year, Courreges began to experiment with tops with sequins and transparency, and designed a see-through mini in sheer organza, appliquéd with his flat round daisies.


In 1968 Courreges hit the headlines with his SPACE AGE collection. His clothes at this time, were functional, uncluttered, futuristic designs. He was fascinated by metal and put his models into metal brassieres and bustiers. Andy Warhol said “Courreges clothes are so beautiful, everyone should look the same, dressed in silver. Silver merges into everything, costumes should be worn during the day with lots of make-up.” Courreges’ clothes were sharp, angular and subject to a highly disciplined design. Simple, stark, trapeze-shape dresses and coats were boldly piped in contrasting colours.
In the early 70’s however, fashion was moving away from the “Space Age” look and there was a passion for romantic clothes, flowery, ethnic peasant looks, etc. Courreges softened the austerity of his clothes by using curves and showing knitted catsuits, and all-white collections.


1971 He introduced the Hyperbole line of sportswear for younger clients.
1972 Courreges was given the honour of designing the garments for 15,000 employees at the 1972 Summer Olympics, in 10 different styles.
1973 He launched his menswear line Courreges Homme.
1979 He diversified into fine leather goods, beauty products and other related products.

Courreges- Vogue March 1970 Page 2

Courreges- Vogue March 1970 Page 1

1982 In the book 2001, he predicted that clothes would go in the direction of tights, stretching in all directions and body stockings, and it does seem that fashion is going in that direction.

1985 The Japanese group Itokin, took a financial interest in the firm, although Andre Courreges is still designing his beautiful clothes.
In the mid-90’s, when Andre Courreges age crossed 70 he brought in Jean Charles de Castelbajac who began designing for the house of Andre Courreges. Courreges himself still keeps an overall eye on the designs made by his house.

Courreges- Vogue 1977

Courreges Sportswear- Vogue March 1978

Where do his tennis dresses, his sailor dresses come from? Where did he find them? On the steps of Delphi. In the wardrobe of Electra. They are modern and they are antique.’
Violette Leduc ‘Is Courrèges Wearable?’ Vogue, 1965.

Courreges in Shuushuu y Lulu :

Courreges Black Teal Wool Acrylic Knit Dress

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Resources:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Courr%C3%A8ges

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/people-pages/andre-courreges

http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/designers/andre-courreges/

I hope you enjoyed this blog about a classic Designer…equally worth collecting!!! Till Next Time!!