Friday, February 14, 2014

Item of the Week: Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Waltz Handbag

Louis Vuitton
Monogram Canvas Waltz Handbag
This Louis Vuitton handbag is simply a stunner with the beautiful tiger eye stones in the front and black python details throughout. Classic monogram canvas body, interior is traditional tan, suede-like fabric. Gold hardware and branded Louis Vuitton zipper pull. Black python shoulder strap. Comes with duster bag.
A very rare handbag from Louis Vuitton. In excellent condition. The shoulder strap is slightly bent from being in storage for so long, but can easily be reshaped from normal use. The interior is clean with one very minor flaw on the inside. This is a smaller size bag, but large enough for your everyday belongings. Inside is embossed with Louis Vuitton monogram and authenticity code V10035.


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Designer & Brand Names!
Chanel, Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik, Burberry, Furla, Prada, Christian Lacroix, Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Dolce and Gabbana
and much more!

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Now Accepting Consignment for Spring 2014!

Le Thrift Consignment is moving to 1821 W CHICAGO AVE on March 1stOur bigger, street-level storefront is only a couple of blocks away on Chicago Avenue at Wood Street in Ukrainian Village. 

With our WE LOVE YOU SALE! currently underway, we are now accepting spring 2014 consignment items for women and men, designer and vintage.  We will begin accepting consignment at our new Chicago Avenue location on February 24th.


This is a great time for you to clean out your closets and bring in your gently loved fashion.  See Out with the Old, In with the Bold for more information on Le Thrift Styling Services including Wardrobe Editing, Closet Organization and Image Consultant Services.

Here are some guidelines to consign with Le Thrift Consignment Boutique.

Can I consign with Le Thrift? 
We are looking for designer and name brand fashion apparel from
• Individuals
• Charities
Established designers
Emerging designers
Consignment Stores
Thrift Stores
Vendors of Fashion Apparel
Online Vendors

What type of apparel does Le Thrift accept? 
Le Thrift Consignment Boutique accepts only designer and top name-brand clothing and accessories. Click HERE for a link to see examples of designer and mid-tier brands we carry. At this time, we only carry men and women items that are fashion related.

Clothing and accessories must be authentic, clean and in excellent condition. Style of apparel must be within trend unless categorized as vintage. Vintage items must be at least 15 years old. Cost to repair or dry clean items will be deducted from total sale of item.

Consignment Appointment Preparation
It helps the consignment process to bring your items in pre-cleaned, folded neatly or hung.  Make sure you are bringing in the brands we carry and fashion that is in season.  If it is vintage, we look for items that are well made and are made of natural fibers like silk, cotton, linen, wool and fur.

New and overstock items must also be in excellent shape and clean. All consigned apparel must be free of stains, unraveling, holes or any other defects.

Accepted Items
Le Thrift at any time has the right to reject any submissions of apparel that is in inferior condition or will not be able to be sold online or in our boutique. 
Le Thrift will decide what accepted items will be sold online and what items will be sold in our boutique, or both. Not all items will be sold online. PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 2-3 WEEKS BEFORE PRODUCT IS UPLOADED TO WEB SITE.

We automatically inventory and sell your items at our boutique within 1-2 business days. We can provide an inventory sheet via email or a hardcopy. You can check in to see how sales of your items are doing and we will email you a PDF of the items that have sold and when.

How are my items priced? 
Le Thrift sells your items that are priced competitively with the resale market. A general rule we follow with pricing is that if a garment still has the tags on it and is in immaculate condition we sell it 50% of the original sale price. If the item is in excellent condition and has been worn, we generally price it 40% of the original sale price. Le Thrift will generally have sales throughout the consignment period and has the right to mark down items up to 25% and sell on its affiliate sites.

What is Le Thrift’s consignment fee? 
When an items sells, Le Thrift keeps 60% of the sale and the consignor receives 40%.

What happens after Le Thrift sells my item(s)?
Le Thrift will notify you at the end of each quarter with which items sold and will cut a check. Checks are sent out on a quarterly basis. If you prefer, we can send the money to your PayPal account. 

Any items that are not sold within the consignment period are either returned to you or donated to charity. Clothing is only kept 20 days after we send you an email and phone call to pick up. We have no storage, so we are unable to hold your clothing for more than 20 days after notification. We donate to Bridge to Success Charity and Catholic Charities - Mary's Closet in Chicago. Out of state consignors must pay for shipping for returned items.

Book an Appointment 
We take appointments seven days a week, 12-6 p.m. Call for an appointment at 312-912-9676 or email us at:

Out of state consignors can ship their items to our storefront boutique at 1754 W. Division, Chicago IL 60622 until February 24th.  At that time, we will be accepting consignment at our new location on 1821 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60622.  We will cover shipping after your items are qualified.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Item of the Week: Burberry Pebbled Leather Green Satchel

Pebbled Leather Green Satchel

Enjoy this amazing, pebbled green satchel by Burberry London. Leather is a bright green with silver hardware. On the exterior there is white stitching along with a more decorative white stitching on the side. Interior has classic nova check pattern. Side pocket has a zip and matching zip pull hardware as exterior with branded Burberry name. In excellent condition.

Width: 15" Height: 6.5"
Depth: 3"
Strap Drop: 7"


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Designer & Brand Names!
Chanel, Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik, Burberry, Furla, Prada, Christian Lacroix, Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Dolce and Gabbana
and much more!

Visit us at 1754 West Division in Wicker Park, Chicago or our online store on ebay!
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

American Hustle: Vintage Overdose

I watched American Hustle a little while ago.  When I went to the theater, I didn't really know the premise and didn't know what to expect.  Here's the American Hustle official trailer for those not familiar:

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper share the screen alongside Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle.  The film tells the story of a pair of con artists (Bale and Adams) forced to work for a cocky FBI agent (Cooper) bent on bringing down powerbrokers and politicians. 
The film opens with the late 1970s Columbia Pictures logo (cute bit of vintage trivia).  An opening title card states, "Some of this actually happened" followed by "April 28, 1978 Plaza Hotel, New York".  Then I REALLY got excited.

I am kind of obsessed with the fashion era of the late 70s to 80s.  Think more "Studio 54" and less cheesy bell-bottoms.  I gain inspiration to no end from my personal collection of vintage Vogue magazines from these decades!
I have to say, not only was the film extremely entertaining, American Hustle knocked the costumes out of the park!  Every time there was a costume change, I kept thinking...timeless, sophisticated and just the right amount of sexy...Everything I love about this era!

The film's costume designer, Los Angeles-based Australian Michael Wilkinson had the task of bringing the best of this era to the big screen.  In interpreting the characters, he states that "The characters are wholly unique and wildly imaginative.  In the script, there were a lot of opportunities to explore different social backgrounds, from the vibrant, racially diverse world of blue-collar Jersey to ultra-fashionable Upper East Side Manhattan to the sprawling suburbs of Long Island.  1978 - the year the film takes place -  is a fascinating year, because it marks the beginning of a transition away from a truly flamboyant, exaggerated lines of the 1970s and into a more streamlined, early 80s vibe."

American Hustle Featurette: The Costumes [Sony Pictures]

Wilkinson approached this movie as a research project.  He, along with his costume design team, conducted extensive research in TV, films, high fashion magazines and advertisement of the times to bring the right pop culture inspirations to American Hustle.

For authenticity purposes, Wilkinson had access to the fashion archives of Diane von Furstenberg, Halson and Gucci (to name a few) as well as costume houses across the country.  He dressed the characters in as many authentic 70s pieces as possible but also worked in a few contemporary pieces.



Some specific scenes actually called for Wilkinson to design a few costumes himself which were also inspired by the 70s boldness, like a sequined halter-neck evening dress Adams wears to a casino party.  Lawrence's eveningwear includes a white metallic, rhinestone dress created by Wilkinson in "a size too small and very clingy and revealing."


Costumes were beautifully accessorized with authentic pieces as well.  Adams sports several Gucci pieces including a signature python Bamboo Lady Lock handbag, Gucci gold horse bit necklace, earrings and bracelet, and high-heeled platform loafers.  She also rocked the iconic oversized vintage Christian Dior sunglasses and Charles Jourdan disco shoes.

The 1970s/80s was a time of risk and confidence and Wilkinson relates this era in fashion to American Hustle perfectly, "...I think the attitude of the characters in the film is quite inspirational. They’re living large and taking risks and inventing their lives with their costumes."

American Hustle is truly a special treat for vintage lovers.  Sit back, enjoy the film and channel your inner Studio 54!

Photos By Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Productions LLC/Columbia Pictures

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We Love You Sale!

February 1st - February 22nd

Le Thrift Consignment is moving to 1821 W CHICAGO AVE on March 1stOur bigger, street-level storefront is only a couple of blocks away on Chicago Avenue at Wood Street in Ukrainian Village.
Thank you for your support Wicker Park!
We are having a CLEARANCE SALE to celebrate.
As a way of saying thanks, we are offering these deals.

50% off racks
75% off racks
$5 and $10 items
60% off all denim
25% off new items in store
10% off premium designer handbags - Chanel, Burberry, Gucci
Special thank you to Chicago Magazine for covering our moving sale!  See the article HERE.  Stay tuned for more information about our new store!
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