Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ladies Who Lunch; Something Old, Something New........

Admittedly I am a technology baby.  I refuse to acknowledge that there was a time when we did not have personal computers and mobile smartphones.  Okay, I do acknowledge it, but grudgingly with the caveat that I have no clue how we survived!! I will be attending a wedding in just a few short weeks at a horse ranch in Colorado.  The bride almost gleefully informed me that the ranch was a technology free zone due to its location.  As I contemplate 3 1/2 days with out any reception on my iPhone, I quite literally start to have a panic attack!!
Interestingly, as much as I have embraced the computer world, there are still areas that I am just beginning to delve into.  Shopping on-line would be one of these areas.  Sure I primarily shop for books, CDs, DVDs, household things and gadgets on-line and have done so for quite some time. However, when it comes to fashion, I have pretty much always shopped for clothing in person; wanting to try them on, feel them, play.  I also love the hunt for cool new stores and finding them on my travels. But, often you are limited to virtual travel and sometimes what you are looking for is not where you are.  So, for fashion as well, I have begun to turn to the internet to find sites where you can have a wonderful shopping experience and find wonderful fashion. VagaBondNYC is one of those sites.

VagaBondNYC is an on-line shopping experience. Specializing in vintage clothing from the 60s-90s (but sometimes also venturing to earlier decades), this is a must go to site for hard to find and interesting pieces.  Rudi Gernreich, Geoffrey Beene, YSL, Alaia and even Giorgio Saint Angelo are but a very few that can be found at VagaBondNYC.
Unknown - 50's
Rudi Gernreich - 60's
Andrea Perini, a fashion industry stylist and editor, teamed up with Naveed Hussain to bring us not only vintage clothing, but a whole fashion experience.  Andrea and Naveed explain how they select the merchadise for their site:
“We don’t just simply label hunt - we research and pay importance to current and future relevance.  We have a very clear vision of what we like and do not like.  We aren’t here just to cater to the red carpet with pretty party frocks, and we try to steer clear of anything too trendy and too retro.  We hunt for all occasion pieces that have a specific identity and character to them.  We edit for pieces that will stand the test of time, for the designers that we admire and inspire us.”

They also photograph every piece on a live model, giving shoppers a visual  of the garment and also options of how they might wear it.  And, all measurements are given so that it isn’t just a guessing game if it will fit or not (a size Small in the 60’s is way different than a size Small today!!).
Yves Saint Laurent - 80's
Claude Montana - 80's
But what gives Vagabond the extra leading edge on their site is the layout of the site itself.  The site reads like a luxury magazine with beautifully photographed editorials that tell fashion stories and provide the shopper with a total visual experience.  Easy to navigate, each page has a special quality that draws you further and further into the story they are telling.

In the end, isn’t that what draws us all to fashion? The fantasy, the beauty, the story we want to hear and the story we want to tell.  For all of these qualities, VagaBondNYC delivers.
(There is also a link in my Shopping Tab)

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