Sunday, March 6, 2011

Clothing That Was Made to Last...& Has! (or) Why Vintage?

Dear Friends:  What is it about vintage clothing that makes it so irresistible?  Actually,
I've been thinking about this for years and here goes:

1. It's unique. If you find something fabulous in a vintage shop (like ours, of course)
you can be pretty sure that you won't see a similar garment walking down the avenue towards you...

  Adrianna Papell Dress, Silk, mid-1980s, $64
Gina Teresa Sweater Coat, 100% Wool, 1970s, $78

2  It has lasted for a good long time and if it is in perfect condition (as our clothing is, of course) you can be pretty sure that it'll last and look fabulous for a lot longer.

Zoe in red beaded top
All-over heavily hand-beaded top by Carmen Marc Valvo, $180.

3  It was made with superb fabric (as is our I repeating myself?)  Great designers of the past like Pauline Trigere, Coco Chanel, Gianni Versace, Valentino, Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Mary McFadden, Hubert Givenchy, Halston, Azzedine Alaia...all used amazing fabrics (and yes, ArtsEcho Galleria has all of the above designers in the collection).
Wedding Gown in Mirror
Wedding Dress, ca. 1961, satin with silk & cotton lace, hand beaded $340
Antique Wedding Hat, ca. 1910, $250

4  They knew which end of the needle was sharp!  The clothing is constructed very beautifully.  Tiny tucks, invisible seams, bias cuts, top stitching and many other couture techniques make these clothes look exquisite and fit beautifully.
Silver jumpsuit
Silver Disco Jumpsuit, 1970s, $120

Warm regards,
Sandra and the ArtsEcho Galleria Team and the photographer for this shoot, our friend, Sylvia Karcz.

PS:  TONIGHT!  6-9pm...join us in welcoming fiber artist Lisa Chipetine and her fabulous contemporary art quilts.  In exhibition!
"Spinal Tap" by Lisa Chipetine

PPS:  The official beginning of spring is only (gasp) 18 days I am hereby announcing that this Sunday (March 6!) isthe LAST day of our HUGE WINTER 50% off sale.  So....if you're still pining over that wonderful hot pink wool coat or that glamorous suede skirt or the fabulous raccoon coat, NOW IS THE TIME!

PPPS:  We're here on Tues - Fri from 12 - 8 and on Sunday from 12 - 6.

PPPPS:  Please pass this email on to all the wonderful beautiful-clothing-and-fiber-arts -loving friends that you have.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

55 Million Year Old Fossil Jewelry (or) How to Keep Birthdays in Perspective

Dear Friends:  Fossils and gemstones make great birthday gifts, especially for those significant decade-change birthdays like 20, 30, 40...100.  What's a mere 40 years when you're wearing a wonderful fossil or gemstone (on a handmade matching leather thong or sterling silver rope chain) that's still beautiful after 55 million years? 

Fossil, agate, garnet & amethyst sterling silver pendant on a matching forest green leather thong, $78  
That's what I call putting things into perspective.

Season changes are perspective-y as well.  By late February life is so Russian hopeless...and then, suddenly, you notice those tiny bumps on a desolate looking tree branch and life starts again.

Stop by to see our new ( from the 1920s - 1980s) things.  Lime with flowers, light blue paisleys, navy with white polka dots...(but don't expect polka music..we're still into cool piano jazz and Brazilian songs).

Warm regards,
Sandra and the ArtsEcho Galleria team

PS:  Come join us next Friday night (March 4, 6 - 9) to raise a glass and welcome the wonderful work of art quilter Lisa Chipetine, now on display at ArtsEcho.

PPS:  Our fabulous 50% off Winter Sale continues with items like this one:
Hand-embroidered hooded sweater jacket from Italy, 1980s, now $80!

PPPS:  We're at 455 W 43rd St, between 9th and 10th, across from that charming park, down the street from The Little Pie Company, surely one of the nicest blocks in Manhattan.   

PPPPS:  For those of you who have trouble finding us...we're getting a real sign!  Also, just look for Food Emporium on the south side and we're right across the street.

PPPPPS:  Please pass this email on to your unique-clothing-loving, art-loving, sterling-silver-jewelry-loving friends.

PPPPPPS:  Enough already.