Meet a Designer: Mildred Orrick

Labels & designers - March 10, 2017

Mildred Orrick was born Mildred Boykin in West Virigina in 1906. Her father Richard was a preacher, and the family…

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New Orleans photo journal

Old houses, Travel - September 29, 2016

I love, love New Orleans. I’ve been there four times and every time I leave I can’t wait to go come…

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Meet a designer: Louella Ballerino

Labels & designers - August 10, 2016

“Quiet Louella Ballerino has created a perfect furor down here. Everybody corners you to ask, ‘Have you seen Ballerino’s things?’…

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Meet a Designer: Dorothy O’Hara

Labels & designers - July 14, 2016

[Author’s note: I initially wrote this post in January 2015, but I lost a lot of images when I switched…

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Ballerinas on the beach

Labels & designers - July 11, 2016

In the late 1930s and early 40s, a popular silhouette for beach fashions was a slim torso flaring to a…

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Meet a designer: Don Loper

Labels & designers - March 8, 2016

For a serious Hollywood designer, there is a surprising dearth of information about Don Loper. A lot of people know he…

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Lilli Ann: early years through 1940s

Labels & designers - March 2, 2016

A great deal has been written about the 20th century suit and coat label Lilli Ann, but I feel like not…

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Claire McCardell mystery dress

Labels & designers - February 29, 2016

I love a good mystery. I love collecting clues, assembling narratives, and ultimately (hopefully) solving mysteries. When I bought this…

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Lilli Ann princess coats

Labels & designers - December 9, 2015

I find markets fascinating. I think it’s interesting how things become valuable and why, the cycles that trends and objects…

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I’m glad it’s plaid

Vintage shopping - November 4, 2015

Here in California, we had the warmest October on record. It was consistently 80 degrees or warmer just about every…

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