Vintage Shopping Address Book

London:

 

Alfies Antique Market: 13-25 Church St, London NW8 8DT, GB

www.alfiesantiques.com

Camden Market: Camden High St, London NW1 8NH, GB

www.camdenmarket.com

 

Paris:

 St Ouen Market: 143 Rue Rosiers

Open only: Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com

Didier Ludot: 24 Galerie Montpensier – Jardin du Palais Royal

75001 Paris

www.didierludot.fr

Madrid:

 Pepita is dead: Calle del Dr. Fourquet, 10. Madrid

 www.pepitaisdead.es

Corachan y Delgado: Calle Vicente Martin Arias 26. Madrid

Milan:

 Mania Vintage: Via Fratelli Bronzetti, 11, Milan

Humana Vintage: Via Capellari, 3, Milan

Berlin, Barcelona and Vienna:

 Humana Vintage (look for locations on internet)

 New York:

 Ina Soho: 101 Thompson Street

What Goes Around: 13-17 Laight St.

Cadillac’s Castle: 333 E 9th street

Los Angeles:

 Decades Inc: 8214 Melrose Place Ave

Shareen Vintage: 1721 N Spring Street

Tokyo:

Rag Tag: 6-14-2 Jingumae, Shibuya

www.ragtag.jp/english

 

Amore Tokyo: 5-39-2 Jingumae, Shibuya

www.amoretokyo.com

Hong Kong:

Once Style: 1/F 80n Wo Lane, Sheung Wan Hong, Kong

www.oncestyle.com

Miami and West Palm Beach:

 Palm Beach Vintage: 3623 So Dixie Hwy West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Back on the Rack: 219 S Olive Ave West Palm Beach, FL 33401

pbbackontherack.com

Consign of the Times: 1935 West Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

consignofthetimes.com

Buenos Aires:

 Juan Perez Vintage: M. T. de Alvear 1441, Recoleta.

Portobello Vintage: Paraguay 1554, Recoleta.

Sao Paulo:

Popchic: Galeria Ouro Fino, Rua Agusta, 2694

ONLINE SHOPPING

www.therealreal.com

www.designer-vault.com

www.yogiscloset.com

www.fashionphile.com

CHANEL:

Before 1986 – No Serial Numbers

1986-1988 –  7 digit serial number sticker starting with a 0

1989-1991  – 7 digit serial number sticker starting with 1

1991-1994 –  7 digit serial number starting with 2

1994-1996 –  7 digit serial number starting with 3

1996-1997 –  7  digit serial number starting with 4

1997-1999 –  7 digit serial number starting with 5

2000-2002 – 7 digit serial number starting with 6

2002-2003 –  7 digit serial number starting with 7

2003-2004 –  7 digit serial number starting with 8

2004-2005 – 7 digit serial number starting with 9

2005-2006 – 8 digit serial number starting with 10

LOUIS VUITTON:

Louis Vuitton made in the early 1980’s had three or four digits only and

Louis Vuitton made in the late 1980’s had three or four digits followed by two letters. Some vintage handbags have one letter followed by 5 digits

Date codes were only widely used after the 1990’s.

Date codes since the 1990’s consist of two letters followed by four numbers. The first two letters tell you the country where it is made and the numbers tell you the month and year it was manufactured.

For definItion of letters*:

France: A1, A2, AA, AO, AC, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, CT, DU, ET, FL, FR, MB, MI, NO, ND, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, VI, VR

USA: FC, FH, FF, LA, OS, SD

Spain: CA, LO, LB, LM, LW

Italy: CE, MA, SA

Germany: LP

Since January 2007, Louis Vuitton has yet adopted another serial number reading system. Instead of first and third digit being the month, it now means the week of the year the bag was made. For example, VI 2007 translates “Made in France 20th week of 2007 meaning around the third week of May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Road Trip with Edward Hopper

Untitled 1925

We had a very important event to go to. The address was 100 Lyme St, Old Lyme, Connecticut. According to our search, the journey by car would be 2hrs14min, from our place in New York.

Since I was a little girl, it happens to me that images of paintings, movies or books hunt me. My mom used to call me “absent minded” or “wanderer” because of that, as a matter of fact she still does.

Our car was equipped with GPS, which limited my copilot responsibilities to look outside the window and snack on the cookies we brought along for the ride. So it was inevitable for Hopper and Baudelaire to seize my mind.

It wasn’t by chance really, we had been the day before at the Whitney Museum and seen many of Edward’s Hopper pictures there. I also had read recently Baudelaire’s biography, and Hopper was a big fan of him. It’s Baudelaire’s poetry who inspired the american painter to take six moths per year for road trips around USA looking for scenes he would later paint.

On the other hand, Baudelaire*, was a frustrated traveler, you can tell it from his poems. He was never comfortable living in France, any other place in the world was more appealing to him since he was a child. He dreamt of leaving his country and moving to another distant place, somewhere far away so it wouldn’t remind him of his daily routines.

“Carriage, take me away with you! Ship, steal me away from here!

Take me far, far away. Here the mud is made of our tears!”

 As an artist, Hopper was always painting about traveling related situations and capturing the state of mind that travelers are usually in. His characters embody hope and sadness at the same time. His paintings perceive and reflect the idea that when people are in transit become both vulnerable and clearer. As if transitions helped us gain perspective. Don’t you feel airports and train stations have a particular energy?

My wandering was interrupted for a little while, when we stopped for gas. Since I wasn’t hungry, I stayed in the car gazing trough the window at the gas station and the people having lunch inside. The gas station was stunning, pure Americana style, totally worthy of an Ed Ruscha or Hopper painting. I took a pic.

I went inside the service plaza, and each corner seemed like a painting. Almost 100 years later, and in another century, the face expressions of the travelers where still there. At one table a lady, with a huge Coca Cola, was bitting the straw while playing distracted with her car keys, I tried to think where was she headed, was she happy to go there or had she just had a goodbye filled with sorrow. The lightly blurred faces that Hopper painted –quite critiziced– where so revealing of the feelings of lonelyness, anxiety and excitement of travelers, and they were there right in front of me, having Mc Donalds for lunch. Four tables behind, was a young man, dressed with what seemed like a DHL uniform. I thought that being on the road was probably his way of life. He probably drove many hours a day and this was his recess. I wasn’t able to make out from his face his state of mind, maybe he was tired. Maybe hopeful. All of them deserved a painting from Hoppe. I felt so sorry to not have any of his talent! I kept the images in my mind, so I could describe them to you to the best of my abilities.

I took a few more pictures, trying to portray with them at least a bit of the inspiration I received from that genious.

We resumed our journey and the gas station was left behind, so where Hopper, Ruscha and Baudelaire. We didn’t know it then, but in Old Lyme was waiting for us Pablo Neruda.

 

*Now that I think about it, Flaubert was also a renegade, he hated living in France and everything    french… Was there a histeria epidemic in France during the XIX century or just coincidence?

On our way to Old LYme

 

 

 

My First Recommendation Is…. Or, Can You Hear the Drums?

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(No spoilers here, so keep reading)

 

Sort of a disclaimer: Nothing I recommend here, is done as a literary expert of any kind, just as a book lover and an avid reader. I do it, not only because it seems is going to be therapeutic for me (yes it will) but because I want to share with you my love for them, and perhaps get you to read them to.

It was hard to choose a first book to recommend. It felt a bit, like playing favorites, but finally went with: “ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” by Mark Haddon, because it’s not only a book but an experience. Currently been shown in New York and London as a play, with enormous success and great reviews. My suggestion is to read the book first and then –if possible– go see the play, which will also leave you speechless.

What I loved particularly about this book –other than the obvious merit of Mark Haddon to get inside the mind and write it as an autistic teenager would– was it’s simplicity and elegance. It was refreshing. I really enjoyed the fact that the writer did not need violence, sex or tragedies, to keep me interested and entertained until the end.

It is a great book for teenagers too.