As everyone knows I’m a huge Dita Von Teese fan. When I found out that one of her favorite vintage shops was hosting a television show then I was all eyes and ears. The show follows the owner Doris Raymond and her loyal staff on their pursuit to collect and sell vintage clothing. The show was extremely informative. For example, if they found a original Christian Dior jacket a snippet of information about Christian Dior would pop up. This really made me fall in love with the show. Unlike other fashion reality shows that are based more on the “drama” that ensues within the establishment this show was the real deal. It was extremely informative and fun to watch. I certainly hope they will renew another season.
On a higher note, I asked a question on TWWW blog and Doris Raymond herself answered my email both kindly and in depth. I was extremely impressed by her taking her time to respond to me and touched because of her kindness. I will share the email response with you below.
Forever my lovelies,
Miss Stacy Blaise
Thank you for you rind words about “LA Frock Stars”. We all enjoyed sharing the wonderful world of vintage and we are also hoping for season 2. I think Smithsonian Channel never had a program like ours and they needed to see what the response would be. Fingers crossed!
To answer your question- the holy grail is really not just a CHANEL jacket or a fabulous pair of Louboutin shoes. For me it is finding an iconic piece that was actually made by the designer in his/her lifetime. A simple answer would be a piece that could be used in a book about the designer to exemplify the body of their work. The 2 examples you gave are good samples of pieces WORTH investing in (in most cases) because they are made to last, classic in design so they will not be out-of-date next season and there’s a high probability they are just plain ole chic. In 30 years, any vintage clothing person would be thrilled to find those pieces in a closet, but they are not the holy grail.
The best way to store items is NOT in plastic garment bags. Any bag needs to breather, so cotton is great. The shoes and purses do well in their dust bags. If any garment has weight to it- from beads or heavy buttons – it’s best to store it flat as there is a lot of stress placed on the shoulders when they hang. If you plan to put items away for a season, you may consider looking into investing in acid-free tissue paper and perhaps archival boxes.
Please let me know if I did not answer your questions in it’s entirety. If you subscribe to our blog- you will know if we will be doing a second season when that information can be public knowledge. Please let us know if you are in the LA area. It would be great for you to stop by to say hello and meet.
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334 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036