mercoledì 13 agosto 2008

There's No Place Like Violetville Vintage

Every week I discover a new vintage store on Ebay. Of course there are tons of bad stuff but also loads of great sellers and it's not so easy to keep track of everyone!
One of my favorite stores is undeniably Violetville Vintage, the perfect place if you're looking for magnificent pieces from 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.







I spend so many time looking at her auctions, I decided to keep in touch with the fabulous owner of Violetville, Miss Tina Poppy, for a little conversation...

TINA, TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR STORE. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH Violetville Vintage?

Basically, I love shopping, and I've never felt comfortable passing up something extraordinary just because it wasn't my size. I once bought a pair of gorgeous red tweed and leather Prada pumps at a Saks Fifth Avenue outlet for like $75. They were at least two sizes too large for me - I tried everything to make them fit! I held onto them until I found a friend with the right size feet, and then I just gave them to her. Once I realized I could actually sell some of the pieces I wasn't wearing, it allowed me to shop without the boundary of "is this my size?" - and that changed everything for me! Before starting Violetville, I had thought about just advertising myself as a personal shopper - but that's basically what I am now - I love it!

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PIECE YOU'RE BUYING FOR THE STORE? ARE YOU INFLUENCED BY YOUR PERSONAL TASTE?

Of course! I look for high-quality pieces, natural fabrics, and unique details.. Since I'm shopping for body shapes, sizes, and style preferences other than my own, I appreciate the draping and construction of a piece and pay particular attention to how a garment fits an actual body. Everyone wants to look good, and everyone wants to be stylish! So it's important for me to make connections that relate current trends to vintage looks. I try to offer pieces that are relevant.

IS NOT SAD AND "HEARTBREAKING" TO SELL A PIECE YOU LOVE, LETTING IT PASSES ON? AREN'T YOU TEMPTED TO KEEP ALL FOR YOURSELF?!

It's sometimes tempting, but I don't need a million pieces all to myself. And I love imagining our customers opening their mail and pulling out something beautiful and amazing and better than expected. We have such a variety of customers - celebrities, fashion design houses, college students, whatever, that I know these outfits are going to be appreciated! Of course, it's still hard to part with things I love :)

HOW MUCH OF YOUR PERSONAL WARDROBE IS VINTAGE?

Almost everything! But it's not just because I prefer it. I have reservoirs of vintage clothing, and I'm always shopping for vintage, so it's easier for me to find the right vintage piece. When I buy new pieces, they're almost always from better designers. I appreciate quality. I don't shop at H&M or Forever 21 - I'm sure you have this type of thing in Italy, they're like low-priced designer knock-off stores. It's just not interesting to me. I'd rather have one dress of quality than 10 cheaply-made dresses that are just generic copies of a once-artistic idea.







DO YOU THINK THE INCREASINGLY INTEREST FOR VINTAGE IS ONLY A TREND OR SOMETHING HERE TO STAY?

Vintage means all sorts of things to different people - to some, it's a preference for a subculture, to some it's nostalgia, to some it's just kitchy "decades" parties. But vintage also means Chanel, Dior, Lanvin - all these designs that people still covet today. Those elements of vintage will always be desirable.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR VINTAGE LOVERS AND COLLECTORS?

If you like a piece, buy it! Don't pass it up because it's a few more dollars than you'd like to spend. You can consider it an investment and re-sell it when you're ready. Mass-produced things are easy to find again; fine vintage isn't!

IF YOU HAD A TIME MACHING TO GO BACK IN TIME, WICH ERA AND WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE?

Okay, if we're talking purely in terms of fashion, I'd love to put some of my 30's evening gowns to good use. There's something phenomenal about the fit of 30's pieces, not just the bias-cut skirts, but the structured pieces of the latter half of the decade as well, and into the 40's with the fabulous tailored suits and flattering swing skirts. But, if we were taking into account the social consequences of living in a different era, the 20's might be much more fun. But those boxy 20's styles look terrible on me!

DO YOU THINK VINTAGE IS A GOOD WAY TO EXPRESS THAT SENSE OF NOSTALGIA PEOPLE (LIKE ME...) MAY HAVE FOR PAST DECADES THEY DIDN'T EVEN LIVE TROUGH?

Vintage is very expressive! It's almost like reading - you can imagine so many stories, so much history. Each dress is like a little novella: What were people's attitudes about life at that time? Who wore this dress and when? Why did she keep it for 40 years? How did it end up on my doorstep?







Thank you so much Miss Tina Poppy, it was a pleasure to talk with you. Keep on with your great great work :-)

22 commenti:

Sharon Rose ha detto...

A totally fabulous interview and post!! She is soo inspirational and I understand her philosophy completely!! She is so gorgeous and models her wares exquisitely!!

The Clothes Horse ha detto...

Oh! She has so many divine pieces, how can a girl resist?

Kira Fashion ha detto...

wow, she is fantastic!
thanks a lot for this great post!!!

a kiss my friend :)

1234 ha detto...

all of those dresses are wonderful! i want all of them/

PAM ha detto...

wow this is a great post! :) im drooling at her collection!! :)

and thanks for the comment! :)

Amy Sullivan ha detto...

I so enjoyed reading this post.
These clothes are amazing. Most of my clothes have paint on them, but, I really love seeing these dresses & appreciate the art & beauty of them.
~~~Amy~~~

Jenny H. ha detto...

ahhh what gorgeous dresses!

WendyB ha detto...

That first orange dress is fabulous!

Vain and Vapid ha detto...

Great interview. She has some beautiful pieces and I love sellers who take the time to take such impeccable photos.

DeSmitten ha detto...

I love her stuff! Favorite dresses: 2nd, 4th, 5th, 11th, 15th, 16th and 17th!

Sally Jane ha detto...

Great interview! I'm always admiring her things on Ebay as well.

Some Like it Vintage ha detto...

A wonderful interview and she has great items...thanks!

IRIS and PIETER ha detto...

aaaaah just magnificent.
all those dresses!
whoooo lovely!

Alyssa ha detto...

What a collection of gorgeous dresses! They're all fantastic.

Robin ha detto...

It all looks so sweet

Danz ha detto...

Wonderful feature! She has some gorgeous gems in her store and the photos of them are so stylish and fun!

michelle ha detto...

Fabulous interview!
Her dresses are lovely.

Dotti ha detto...

Fabulous post, dear! Really enjoyed reading. And yes, I'm also addicted, regularily check her store.

madeleinemiranda ha detto...

Wow, she has so much lovely stuff, I can't wait to chech out her shop! Thanks!

Mademoiselle M.

THE HOUSE OF STYLE ha detto...

great interview and the dress are darling!

Pocahondas ha detto...

I adore the first dress!

AdurableHeart (Cassandra Nicholson) ha detto...

With Violetville Vintage, Tina makes vintage way cooler than it already was!!!