Friday, March 27, 2015

Grab a piece of Paul Brockman's 55,000 Dress Collection

Paul Brockman and his wife Margot - 
Courtesy of Elodia Corona - Creative Director/ PR - 55 thousand Dresses
Every once in a while I am lucky enough to meet an amazing person in the fashion world.
This spring my friend and vintage fashion blogger, Lotta Yanong of Delux Redux 
Vintage, invited me to join her on an amazing trip to to meet Paul Brockman and view his 55,000 Dress Collection. His collection has vintage dresses from the 1950's all the way to the late 90's. This collection has been recently titled the worlds largest collection of designer label dresses in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The warehouse in Gardena, CA
We were lucky enough to view the collection located out in Gardena, California. When we entered the warehouse where they were stored, it was like accidentally stepping into a vintage lover's dream. Trying to keep my cool, I was hoping to purchase some of these gems for my boutique in Chicago.

Everywhere there were racks of multiple dresses from past decades just waiting to be unleashed and debuted on their newest buyer. I was so excited looking through each section, it was almost overwhelming.

You might ask how did this man get so many dresses? Well, the answer is purely
enchanting and what most women would dream of. Paul bought them for his wife. A wonderful, romantic story that is intertwined with the collection. Even making it more appealing, hearing his stories while perusing through it. After all, this out of love? He bought these dresses because he always wanted his wife, Margot, to step out in the newest and next dashing thing when they went out dancing together.

Still in love over 50 years later, Paul and his wife Margot came here when they were first
married from Bremen Germany. Paul, as a child had been affected by the war and how clothes would be a scarcity just as much as food. As a young man he had fetched employment at a local ocean port. He had never seen so many dresses come in at the port in his life. They were from the United States and at the time the American dresses were influenced by the designer Christian Dior. He had never seen such beautiful, feminine pieces with tucked in waists and full skirts. This experience would soon funnel an obsession with collecting dresses for Margot spanning over five decades.

Paul with his Lucille Ball dress
Here in the United States is where they built their life. Paul built his construction business from the ground up as a very hard and smart working man. With this success, he liked to buy Margot something new to go dancing in. Paul not only bought new, he also bought dresses from yard sales and estate sales. He even scored a dress that was formerly owned by Lucille Ball. We were lucky enough to see that one in their personal collection at home.

Le Thrift Consignment is now featuring dresses from this famous collection. Yours to purchase and enjoy here.

Here are just a few of the pieces we have from his collection.

Evelyn Rice's Desert Belle 
red vintage dress

Styled by Saybury 
silk robe dress

Jonny Herbert Original 
seafoam blue vintage dress

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Into Wellness at Le Thrift on March 15th!

You're invited to join us to get a jump start
on your health and wellness this spring.

Enjoy complimentary:
Yoga Class by Yoga For All Beings
Kettlebell Training by Lona Fitness
In House Styling by My Chicago Stylist
Manicures and Massage by Salon La Rouge
Acupuncture and Chiropractic Amy Cortis DC SC
Healthy Mini-Bites
20% Off Designer Clothing and Merchandise
Gift bags will be given to the first 40 attendees
Classes are on a first come first serve basis

Sunday, March 15th
Event starts at 9:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm
Yoga Class at 10 am
Kettlebell Training at 12 pm

Le Thrift Consignment
1821 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
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Item of the Week: Fendi Red Satin Rope Tassel Baguette

fendi baguette le thrift

This is a beautiful glitzy clutch for a night out or an event!
  • Beautiful red color throughout; rope tassel shoulder strap
  • Gold hardware; logo front; zipper middle; date stamp; gold logo tag on interior
  • Gorgeous satin material; dust bag included
  • Very light wear throughout
  • Beautiful condition!

Depth: 5"

Length: 6"
Width: 4.5"
Height: 4"

fendi baguette le thrift

fendi baguette le thrift

fendi baguette le thrift

fendi baguette le thrift
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Fashion Focus: Ann Everett

I had the opportunity to spend time with Chicago fashion designer Ann Everett. One of the newest residents to the West Town neighborhood in Chicago, Ann is opening her first brick-and-mortar boutique at 1841 W. Chicago Avenue on Friday, March 13th.

Ann hails originally from Ireland and resided in several different cities over the years. She settled with her family in Chicago in 2003 and began building a base of regular clients over the past three years at Chicago's popular Randolph Street Market. She plans to maintain her mobile location at the street market while her boutique is open on the weekends and by appointment.

Ann is quite a unique soul, wearing her fashion heart on her sleeve and you see it in her collection. What I love about Ann's designs is that every piece is one of a kind. This is because she uses the highest quality of vintage textiles and materials for each clothing item and bag.

Pieces may be made to order if the textile availability allows. Items may also be made with alternative fabrics as well. Another unique aspect of her designs is that they come in only one size. Each piece is designed in comfortable, free shapes and fabrics draping to accommodate women's different shapes and sizes.

We discussed her inspirations, her design aesthetic, her journey in fashion thus far and what she would love to see develop in the coming years.

The photographs and antique furniture in Ann's boutique are also for available for purchase. Photographs are the work of Janet Mesic Mackie. Antique furniture is available at Bleeker Street Antiques operated by Denise Odell. The antique furnishings are unique pieces from France, England, South America and Asia.

For more information, visit Ann Everett's website and Facebook page.

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