A case for '90s vintage

If you don’t get why there are so many duds from the ’90s dominating vintage racks, you haven’t read this Wall Street Journal article yet. I particularly like the point about ’90s fashion not being too expensive — yet. Because you know that moment is coming, and any kind of shopping in a down economy should... Read more »

It's the all-singing all-dancing biannual vintage event....

Modern Vintage Chicago! Kind of the crowning event for all Randolph Street Market vintage hunters, it’s come around yet again. I find my very best vintage gems here, including  a Dries Van Noten gown I procured last spring and wore to every wedding this summer. Just LOOK how happy it makes me. That’s one joy-inspiring... Read more »

Vintage Heaven this weekend

Vintage Heaven is hitting up Heaven Gallery this weekend. Jenstyle, Dethrose and Penquiny Vintage are just a few of the vendors that will be there. Stop in and treat yourself to something even tastier than a pumpkin Frappuccino. Vintage Heaven, 1550 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Story, 12 – 6 p.m.

Vintage 'picker' Robert Loughlin dies

Artist and vintage buyer to the stars Robert Loughlin died Tuesday. Aside from his gritty, iconic painting involving his creation, “The Brute,” Loughlin was known as the ultimate vintage treasure hunter. His crowning find was a Salvador Dali painting just squatting in a New York thrift shop. Loughlin bought it for $40. Celebrities like Andy... Read more »

Comparing vintage watches

Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about vintage men’s timepieces. Watches are a very specific area of expertise, and I can’t even skim the surface of its depths. All I know is some of them are pretty. The Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris is apparently a cult favorite of watch aficionados. So much so that fakes have... Read more »

Everyone starts somewhere

It’s in New York, but I love this story of how vintage shop owner Ellen Koenigsberg got her start with her popular shop Ellen. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time, which is kind of how vintage shopping comes together, too. I’m also awed by how Koenigsberg manages to stock her... Read more »

Vintage sales coming to a daily deal site

We lead busy lives. Actual, physical shopping trips need to be planned out if we want to fit them in at all. Which is why a lot of us turn to sites like Rue La La and Gilt Groupe, which we can peruse from the comfort of our cubicles when the boss isn’t looking. Now... Read more »

Randolph Street Market THIS weekend

I’m embarrassed, you guys. Last week I said the last Randolph Street Market was over the weekend. It’s not, it’s this coming weekend. I hope none of you actually headed out there, but if you did, I hope you at least got some breakfast cocktails and pancakes at Ina’s.

Vintage double-whammy tomorrow

I know your Sunday is full, what with the Bears game and all, but there is some serious vintage going on this weekend. Over in the West Loop, Randolph Street Market is having their last sale of the year. It’s you last chance to get some vintage and up-cycled styles for your home, along with... Read more »

Vintage fashion vs. Just being smart

Last week Christina Ricci was on the red carpet talking about her wardrobe. Apparently she keeps her clothes for at least seven years, which I assume — from the fact that this was even mentioned in an article at all — is a rarity for Hollywood types. Here’s what Ricci said: I asked my stylist,... Read more »