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7 Reasons to Buy Vintage

30 Jun

1. It’s Truly One of a Kind: When you buy clothes from your favorite modern shop around the corner, you may not be the only girl or guy at a party wearing that outfit. There is more room to be unique and stand out when shopping vintage!  ( See our previous article on stores that try to be unique.)

2. Tree-Hugger Approved: We learned our three “R”s in class… Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Well, this can be applied to your closets as well. Being wasteful with your clothing is just as bad as being wasteful with food or garbage. Just think about where your clothing goes when you throw it out- it’s not biodegradable! Reusing clothes will reduce the waste left behind. According to thisarticle by Earth911, synthetic materials we still make today can be extremely harmful to the environment.

3. Surpassing the “Trends”: Vintage clothing comes from every style and era, so there is much more of a variety to choose from. I can’t even count how many times I went shopping and found myself disappointed that all the stores had the same styles, same colors, same everything! Most stores will find what is cheap and trendy for the year – they just want to make big bucks on mass marketing. This is your chance to break the mold…

4. Investments? Ka-Ching! Like aging a bottle of wine, or fixing up an old muscle car, vintage clothing can go up in value with time. Think about the difference in price of a 90’s party dress versus a 1920’s flapper dress. Big difference? Yes! Just remember to keep you clothes in good condition.

5. Quality Check: Many fashions of the past were made to last, using materials such as knits, silk, velvet, wool, linen, etc. Many companies today work with cheap and thin materials that tend to rip and wear easily.

6. Make Designers Drool: Fashion designers look to the past for inspiration, so take your creative eye to the vintage shops and beat them to it!

7. Know Your History: Keep up on your facts and learn about the era your clothes came from, who was wearing it, and why. This can make for very interesting conversations. For instance, one trend this year is the maxi dress or maxis skirt… but where did it originate? Worn Through gives a great Mini History of the Maxi Dress!

*Above dress can be found at our store Fyrafix.com.

Behind the Swap

22 Jun

Thanks for coming everyone! Prepare for our next event… Coming Soon!

Super Summer Swap & Sale: Hosted by Fyra

9 Jun

If you are in Chicago on June 18th, we are having huge event! Details below:

Join us all day Saturday June 18, 10am – 7:00pm, for:

*NEW Summer arrivals
*All winter products on SALE
*Raffle Prizes!!

*FREE Clothing SWAP:
1. Bring clothing you don’t want anymore, and wouldn’t mind donating (Girls bring: dresses, skirts, shirts, accessories, etc.. Guys bring: t-shirts, nice shirts, ties, accessories, etc.)

2. If you bring something to swap, you get to take something home! Be fair with what you take.

3. Everything left behind will be donated to local Goodwill, Salvation Army stores.

**We except CASH ONLY

http://fyrafix.com/
http://www.facebook.com/fyrafix

 

What Vintage Are You this Summer?

2 Jun

Making plans this summer includes not only those amazing outdoor activities we missed all winter, but planning out some new “what-to-wear” situations. What kind of vintage are you this summer?

The 80’s Boating Bombshell: You are classy, fabulous, and don’t give a damn as long as there is nothing stopping you on the way to the beach! This outfit puts you in command of the best boats at sea.

Combing the Above: Monochromantic Dress | 1970’s Seafaring Necklace | Hook, Line, and Sinker Earrings | Ankylosaurus Bracelet

The 70’s Book & Bike Extraordinaire: You prefer to bike it on your way to work, school, or the local park where you can read all the your favorite authors. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat on your way out the door!

Combing the Above: Philosophy Class Skirt | Penny For Your Thoughts Glasses | Francoise Wallet in Marseille | Sprinkles on Top Earrings

The Energetic Explorer: You are always excited to get outside and see what the world has to offer. After a long day of enjoying the sun, you are definitely up for a moon-lit party.

Combing the Above: Summer in the city Top| Sun Sensitive Earrings | Painted Desert Necklace

The Double Scoop Please: Life is for living, and when it comes to summer… you are planning to take full advantage! Throw a party, have some picnics, go on walks for no reason, and ALWAYS get an extra scoop of gelato!

Combing the Above: Gelato Skirt | The Hunter and the Antelope Vintage Glass Set

It’s hard to choose… Which style is your favorite?

Vintage Home

24 May

Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players

5 May

…was the title of Leon Levinstein’s exhibition of street fashion photography from the 1960’s-1980’s. It’s a black and white collection, but still captures a great look into the daily fashions – not just the glamorous rich models you see on the screen… but those everyday people who go out of their way to look out-of-the-ordinary.

View more of Levinstein’s photography and the exhibition {HERE}.

So Bright: Reconstructed Lamps

17 Feb

Turning rusty, old things into bright new friends…

Above is a beautiful chandelier made from spectacles.. yes, that’s right glasses! And look at the way the light reflects through all the lenses onto the walls. Created by Stuart Haygarth.

Also above: mason jar lights and wire whisk lamp

Lamps above from: Poetic Home

Lamps above: Vintage Tumbler Lamp | Vintage Decanter Lamps | Vintage Birdcage Lamp

Now I’m inspired…

Luxury Lingerie: Kiki De Montparnasse

8 Feb

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’d like to add a little pleasure to your life. Kiki De Montparnasse is a self-proclaimed “…luxury fashion and lifestyle brand that celebrates intimacy and inspires the romantic imagination.” It may be best known for its lingerie, but carries everything from ‘instruments of pleasure’ to classic films and jewelry.

While there is an undeniably vintage feel- the use of garter belts, stays, rich silks and laces for example- there is also a modern edge that is as innovative as it is sexy.

Some of my favorite items include this lace garter tank…


…this stunning bow thong…

…and this beautiful silk romper, last seen on Blair Waldorf during an episode of Gossip Girl

The brand is certainly true to its statement, but more importantly it seems to hold true to the character of the woman it is named after: Kiki De Montparnasse, also known as Alice Prin. Born into poverty, she became a model, actress, socialite, painter and seductress, among other things. She was truly one of the first outspoken, liberated women who defined Paris in the early 1920s, and her influence is obviously still present.

More about Kiki’s life- http://www.amazon.com/Kikis-Paris-Artist-Lovers-1900-1930/dp/0810925915

Visit the luxurious site here- http://www.kikidm.com/shop/home.php

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