Gem Stories - Style, travel, and all things vintage
May 4, 2021
Sewing & Styling for Happiness
Artist Allison Hamer, 28, found calm and happiness in sewing vintage-inspired ornaments. The vintage clothing hobby inspired her to practice more hand-sewing.
Apr 20, 2021
The Most Epic T-Shirts – See Collectors’ All-Time Favorites
T-shirt is probably the most common piece of clothing in the world. What is your favorite t-shirt and what makes it so special to you? We asked vintage vendors and collectors.
Apr 13, 2021
Online Auctions – How to Shop and Bid Like a Pro
Since the pandemic began, vintage auctions have largely moved online. We interviewed some experts to get the best tips on how to shop and bid like a pro on all kinds of online auctions.
Apr 6, 2021
Five Iconic Vintage Sports Jerseys
What makes a sports jersey iconic? Great moments in sports history, striking design, and a loyal, passionate fan base.
Mar 30, 2021
Playing Dress-Up: Meet Vintage Couple Annika & Carl
Annika White, 24, and Carl Knight, 25, connected over a shared sense of style and love for vintage clothing. Now their favorite hobby is playing dress-up and creating photoshoots.
Mar 23, 2021
Best Vintage Clothing Podcasts
This week we introduce six podcasts that offer different perspectives on the vintage and secondhand world.
Mar 16, 2021
What is trending in the vintage world this spring? We asked three vintage lovers to share their spring shopping lists.
Mar 9, 2021
Four Trailblazing Women of Jewelry History
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we dove into the lives of four groundbreaking ladies of jewelry design.
Mar 2, 2021
Cheap But Chic – Stylist Karis Battle Shares Her Thrifting Tips
Stylist and fashion editor Karis Battle, 35, loves a good deal. Now she shares her best thrifted looks and tips.
Feb 23, 2021
Collecting Jean Paul Gaultier – Meet Steve Karas of House W. NYC
Steve Karas, 33, has been a devoted Jean Paul Gaultier collector since his teen years in Southern France. A year ago, he was able to launch his online store and share his collection with all the JPG fans out there.
Feb 16, 2021
The Power of Online Community – Vintage Styling for Modern Girls
Facebook group Vintage Styling for Modern Girls is a supportive space to discuss all things vintage for its 16k members. Read how the group has helped the members to find their style and identity.
Feb 9, 2021
Black-Owned Brands Only – X-Perience Thrift
Xavier Means, 20, runs a unique online thrift store: he sells items from Black-owned brands only.
Feb 2, 2021
Tulle & Feathers Every Day – Meet Writer & Stay-at-Home Mom Gisela Castillo
Gisela Castillo, 46, proves that tulle dresses, feathers, and sequins can be worn on a grocery store run. Here are her favorite vintage finds.
Jan 19, 2021
Matching & Thrifting – Tender Empresses
A queer couple Genevieve Marruffo, 24, and Em Rodriguez, 40, launched their Instagram account Tender Empresses after accidentally wearing matching outfits, often all thrifted, as crushed-out acquaintances.
Jan 12, 2021
Victorian Mourning Jewelry
Victorian mourning jewelry is making a resurgence among antique and vintage jewelry lovers. Jewelry designer and curator Stephanie Sutch explains why.
Jan 5, 2021
Collecting Gunne Sax
Gunne Sax must be one of the most loved vintage brands, and more actual than ever thanks to the prairie dress craze started by Batsheva. We asked three Gunne lovers why this brand is so special to them.
Dec 29, 2020
Fashion Blogger Denny Balmaceda Shares His Best Vintage Finds
Denny Balmaceda is a fashion blogger and content creator who believes style is storytelling and independent of fashion.
Dec 22, 2020
30s Gowns Then and Now
Miami-based Eveliina Vintage is known for their dreamy 30s dresses. Founder Eeva Musacchia explains how the dresses were worn back in the days and how they are worn now.
Dec 15, 2020
Fashion Historian Raissa Bretaña Shares Her Favorite Vintage Finds
New York-based Raissa Bretaña is a fashion historian and educator at FIT and Pratt Institute. She also hosts a video series for Glamour magazine. Now she shares her best vintage finds with us.
Dec 8, 2020
Winter Accessories – Shop Fun Second Hand Alternatives
You don’t need to head to a mall for warm winter accessories – you can easily shop gloves, beanies, hats, and more secondhand. We picked some fun ones for your inspiration.
Dec 1, 2020
Vintage on Hollywood
Brian Cohen started collecting vintage while in college and learned the tricks of the trade from the legendary Bobby from Boston. Now, Cohen sells unique vintage pieces from his museum-like store in LA.
Nov 24, 2020
NYC Vintage Map – Your Guide to Vintage Shopping & Thrifting in NYC
Our NYC Vintage Map lists all the city’s vintage, thrift, and resale stores. For this story, we asked some well-known vintage aficionados to share their favorite stores.
Nov 17, 2020
NYC Creative Hannah Woldetsadik Shares Her Fav Vintage Items
Hannah Woldetsadik, 23, is inspired by Japanese street style and repurposing old accessories and garments.
Nov 10, 2020
Shopping at A Current Affair
What did people find and shop at the recent A Current Affair vintage show in Brooklyn, New York?
Nov 3, 2020
Five Wardrobe Staples You Can Shop Vintage and Wear Forever
Five classic garments that can be the foundation of your wardrobe year after year.
Oct 27, 2020
Vintage Watches from Edwardian to Art Deco
Founder of Sultry Vintage, Lauren S, loves Edwardian and Art Deco watches for their timelessness.
Oct 20, 2020
Outfit Ideas for Men – What to Wear This Winter
Layering and classic staple items make the vintage look this winter.
Oct 13, 2020
Michael Hoban North Beach Leather – 80s Leather at Its Best
Melissa Peterson Lee has loved Michael Hoban's leather designs for decades. Through her Hooked on Honey vintage store she has sold way over 100 of his pieces.
Oct 6, 2020
How to Buy That Perfect Winter Vintage Coat
9 steps to making the vintage purchase of your life.
Sep 29, 2020
Collecting Monet Jewelry
Rebekka Adams, the founder of the Austin-based Bloomers and Frocks vintage store, is an avid Monet collector. Now she shares her most treasured pieces from this pioneering costume jewelry label.
Sep 22, 2020
Fall Vintage Trends by Fashion Editors
What vintage items to shop this fall? We asked three well-known fashion editors to share their shopping lists.
Sep 15, 2020
Thrifting with Kate Bauer
Kate Bauer, 25, is a doctoral candidate, an avid thrifter, and a vintage clothing reseller living in Toronto. She is a master of layering cute looks so we wanted to ask for her best thrifting and styling tips.
Sep 8, 2020
How to Wear Vintage Hats
Four vintage vendors and hat lovers share their best tips: how to incorporate hats into your everyday looks.
Sep 1, 2020
70s Wedding Dresses Reborn
After having troubles finding a vintage wedding gown of her dreams, Rebecca Morris launched a vintage wedding dress business specializing in the 70s vintage gowns.
Aug 25, 2020
Influencer Malvika Sheth: How to Shop Vintage and Stay on Trend
Malvika Sheth, 21, shares her best vintage finds emulating the hottest trends. Vintage doesn't mean you can't be on-trend.
Aug 18, 2020
Plus-Size Vintage – How to Make Vintage More Inclusive
All body types should be celebrated and feel welcome in the vintage space. We interviewed four vintage sellers about how to make vintage business more inclusive.
Aug 11, 2020
Ossie Clark – Lauren Lepire’s Number One Vintage Love
Lauren Lepire, the owner of the Timeless Vixen vintage fashion company, is drawn to Ossie Clark more than any other designer. Clark was the celebrity designer of the 60s and 70s Swinging London.
Aug 4, 2020
Mending – Saving Clothes From Landfill One at a Time
Lily Fulop is on a mission to inspire us to be more mindful about our clothes. Her book Wear, Repair, Repurpose, is a hands-on guide to mending and upcycling.
Jul 28, 2020
Care for Vintage Shoes
Nicole Bernstein, the founder of Starday Vintage, only wears 50s shoes or older. Now, she explains why and how to take care of your vintage shoes.
Jul 21, 2020
How to Invest in Designer Handbags
Are designer handbags good investments or not? We asked an expert at Open for Vintage, a luxury marketplace for designer vintage.
Jul 14, 2020
Vuokko – Designer Behind The Iconic Marimekko Style
Vuokko Nurmesniemi created the distinctive Marimekko style that is still relevant today. After leaving Marimekko, Nurmesniemi developed her style even further in her own company Vuokko.
Jul 7, 2020
How to Wear Vintage When You Are Over 50
Stylist Karen James-Welton, 55, aka Fabulous Miss K shares her tips on how to add a touch of vintage to any wardrobe, at any age.
Jun 30, 2020
Psych Sisters – Identical Twins Who Live and Breathe Vintage
Identical twin sisters Emma and Grace Allen, 23, love anything vintage, matching outfits, lime green, and Oxford shoes.
Jun 23, 2020
Ten Vintage Looks for This Summer
Ten vintage vendors, ten summer looks. Find your favorite!
Jun 16, 2020
The Many Forms of Mexican Folk Garments
Jesus Herrera sells traditional Mexican garments to a growing international clientele. To operate responsibly, he takes into account the origin and purpose of the garment.
Jun 9, 2020
Stephen Burrows – a Key Figure in the 70s American Fashion
Stephen Burrows is often regarded as the first internationally successful African-American designer. He was one of the US designers taking Paris by storm at the Battle of Versailles.
May 26, 2020
Platform Museum – the Instagram’s Most Fun Shoe Account
Audrey Vann, 23, launched an Instagram account dedicated to platform shoes out of pure love.
May 19, 2020
What Is Trending in the Vintage World?
What is trending in the vintage world right now? What are people seeking at the moment and what will be the future trends? We asked three experienced vendors.
May 12, 2020
Poshmark – Yay or Nay for a Vintage Vendor?
How does Poshmark work for vintage vendors and buyers? We asked five Poshmark sellers about their experiences on selling true vintage on the platform.
May 5, 2020
Marisol Muro is many things: an illustrator, art fabricator, prop and costume maker, stylist, and vintage seller. And most importantly, a vintage lover.
Apr 28, 2020
Jewelry Trends for Summer
This summer, jewelry looks more fun than in ages. It is a playful mixture of materials, colors, and sizes.
Apr 21, 2020
Amanda of Butch Wax Vintage Shares Some of Her Most Eclectic Vintage Finds
Amanda Suter, 39, is known for her head-turning looks and quality vintage collection. Now she shares some of her most eclectic garments with us.
Apr 14, 2020
How To Shop Your Own Wardrobe
Sydney-based wardrobe stylist and slow fashion advocate Joanne Gambale shares her best tips: how to shop what you already have and make the most out of it.
Apr 7, 2020
WWII Era Fashion – Ingenuity During the Time of a Crisis
Fashion during the WWII was a manifestation of patriotism and resourcefulness. Crissy Burgstaler of How Sweet It Was Vintage explains why the topic is actual again.
Mar 31, 2020
Flower Power – Psychedelic 60s and 70s Vintage
Ringo discovered vintage after she moved from Japan to San Francisco at the age of 24. She has been collecting vintage ever since. And now, she sells her collection online.
Mar 24, 2020
70s Denim by Hellhound Vintage
Kerri Barta and Jason Yolkiewicz are the founders of Hellhound Vintage, an online boutique specializing in premium vintage tees and curated vintage from the 60s to the 90s. One of their special fields is 70s denim.
Mar 17, 2020
10 Pickwick Vintage Show Looks
For your inspiration – ten vintage looks spotted at Pickwick Vintage Show in Burbank in February.
Mar 10, 2020
Stylist Sissy Sainte-Marie Shares Her Best Vintage Finds
LA-based stylist Sissy Sainte-Marie, 45, is known for her neutral and monochrome looks. Here she shares her vintage shopping and styling tips.
Mar 3, 2020
Western Gifts – Workwear for Women
Garret Miller is the proprietor of Western Gifts, a vintage business specializing in early to mid 20th century military clothing, and workwear.
Feb 25, 2020
Five Fashion Week Trends with Vintage
Make New York Fashion Week trends your own and sustainable by choosing secondhand.
Feb 18, 2020
Vintage Style Maverick Liz Baca
Liz Baca aka Busy Lady Baca is a vintage vendor, treasure hunter, and style maverick. Here she shares four looks from her wardrobe – 100% vintage!
Feb 11, 2020
The Way We Wore – 40 Years in Vintage Business
Doris Raymond and her store The Way We Wore are LA institutions. We sat down with her and chatted about the past and the future of vintage.
Feb 4, 2020
Guide to LA Flea Markets
Los Angeles is the city of outdoor fleas. Here are my tips for getting the most out of them.
Jan 28, 2020
Miracle Eye – For The Love of The 60s
Larissa Blintz, 24, is the owner and designer of Miracle Eye. A businesswoman since an early kid, she started her first vintage business at the age of 10.
Jan 21, 2020
Wear It Wrong
Stylist and model Eric Ellison likes to challenge norms and invent new ways of wearing clothes that he already owns.
Jan 14, 2020
Fun and Eccentric – Ari Seth Cohen’s Vintage Style
Ari Seth Cohen, the creator of Advanced Style, inherited his love for all things vintage from his grandmother Bluma.
Jan 7, 2020
Upcycling – Giving Trash and Second Hand New Life
Upcycling transforms trash into treasures. It is a new trend and aesthetic challenging the ideas of mass-consumption and fast fashion.
Dec 31, 2019
Feminine Chic with Second Hand
Brittany Rose, loves all things that come with being a woman. 32-year old New Yorker knows how to dress up elegantly with affordable vintage pieces.
Dec 24, 2019
How to stay warm and look cute with vintage? A bunch of vintage vendors from cold climates share their best survival/style tips for the winter.
Dec 17, 2019
How Thrifting Helped Me Find My Sense of Style
By frequenting thrift and vintage stores, Kechi Onimo was able to cultivate his own sense of style.
Dec 10, 2019
The Art of Wearing an Ensemble
Lana Wharry wears ensembles, not individual pieces of clothing. Her outfits are walking pieces of art – and 100% vintage.
Dec 3, 2019
The Best Vintage Stores in Miami
Miami is not only beach and palm trees. Here are our favorite vintage and consignment stores in The Magic City.
Nov 26, 2019
Meet Nong Rak – Thai-American Family Making Magic with Vintage
Nong Rak's fun, magical, colorful visuals and whimsical collections are rapidly melting hearts of vintage lovers in New York and beyond.
Nov 19, 2019
A Queer Artist Who Discovered Vintage Through Buddhism
For NYC-based queer artist Grey... clothing is about armor and self-expression.
Nov 12, 2019
Sustainable Gift Ideas for Vintage Lovers
Shopping mindfully and sustainably is easier than you think. Vendors of the upcoming Gold Dust event share their best gifting tips!
Nov 5, 2019
Collecting Vintage T-Shirts
Vintage store assistant and art student Juan Hernandez, 26, is ready to pay $900 and more for his vintage t-shirts.
Oct 29, 2019
The Best Vintage Stores in London
Here are my 13 favorite stores I discovered while in London in August. Even more vintage destinations on our Google Maps list!
Oct 22, 2019
Buy What You Love
Amy Abrams, 46, is the co-founder of Artists & Fleas marketplace of makers with locations in NYC and LA. She has been wearing vintage since her 20s.
Oct 15, 2019
How to Wear Vintage for Work
Look smart, sharp, and professional with these tips from vintage vendors! Learn which materials, items, and colors to shop, and how to style your outfit for work.
Oct 8, 2019
What Happened to Claude Montana?
A cult figure and one of the most celebrated designers in the 1980s, Claude Montana disappeared suddenly from the spotlight. Now his bold 80s aesthetics feels more current than ever before.
Oct 1, 2019
The Six Best Vintage Stores in San Francisco
For the style seekers exploring this historic city, listed is the top 6 contemporary vintage stores that will take you through the era’s.
Sep 24, 2019
Zandra Rhodes – The Master of the Prints
Zandra Rhodes has been in fashion for 50 years. We met her in London in August and chatted about her career.
Sep 17, 2019
Padded Power – The History of Shoulder Pads
Modern shoulder pads originated in the 30's, then had a major comeback in the 80's (never forget), and are back in fashion again. But why?
Sep 10, 2019
Green Lady of Brooklyn – artist, vintage collector, lover of all things green
Elizabeth Sweetheart, 78, is known as The Green Lady of Brooklyn for her head-to-toe green looks. She is also a fine artist, print designer, and collector of vintage.
Sep 3, 2019
The Vancouver Vintage Guide
Best vintage stores in Vancouver, Canada! The city has an amazing amount of vintage, great cafes, and friendly neighborhoods.
Aug 27, 2019
How to Remove Stains from Vintage Clothes
Do yourself a favor, and treat that spot the next minute you notice it on your garment. Here are selected vintage vendors' tips on how to do it professionally.
Aug 20, 2019
Six Fall Trends with Second Hand
We picked five genderless fall trends and created them with second-hand pieces from Beyond Retro in London.
Aug 13, 2019
How Marimekko Revolutionized Women’s Fashion in the 60s
In 1951, a revolutionary textile company Marimekko was born in Finland. Integral to its success were the bold prints and operating outside of international fashions.
Aug 6, 2019
The Copenhagen Vintage Guide
Copenhagen is known for its many bikes, great Nordic food scene, and Danish design. But did you know that the city has a vibrant and steadily growing vintage scene, too?
Jul 30, 2019
The Most Eco Friendly Way to Wash Your Vintage
It is time to follow vintage vendors’ example and stop over-washing our (vintage) clothes. Less washing, more lifetime!
Jul 23, 2019
Five Bold Outfits (Because You Can Wear Them, Too)
Vintage vendor Nicole Murillo, 37, likes to stand out. Wearing vintage helps her to express herself in ways that feel safe.
Jul 16, 2019
The Seattle Vintage Guide
Our favorite vintage, second hand, and consignment stores in the Emerald City. 18 stores in six neighborhoods – and even more on our Google Maps list.
Jul 9, 2019
What Vintage Clothes Can Teach Us
The Parsons Fashion Study Collection contains over 4,000 historical garments. Sara Idacavage, who oversees the collection, explains why it is important to have archived pieces that students can look and touch.
Jul 2, 2019
Old clothes aren't worn out, they’re opportunities, says Kate Sekules, a fashion historian rescuing old clothes by mending them.
Jun 25, 2019
Meet Mark, a Marlboro Merch Collector
Back in the 1980s and the 1990s Marlboro created streetwear and outdoors gear – to promote their business aka sell cigarettes. Though not a smoker anymore, Mark Humphreys is a fan and a collector of all things Marlboro.
Jun 18, 2019
Patrice, 29, and Shannon, 28, are childhood friends from Texas and work colleagues. Together they also run Softwild Shop on Depop, selling only items they would wear themselves.
Jun 11, 2019
The Portland Vintage Guide
We spent six days exploring the vintage scene in Portland, OR, and found an amazing amount of great vintage: over 30 stores and we know that is not all of it. Wow.
Jun 3, 2019
A Brief History of Handbags in the 20th Century
The styles of women’s handbags have always reflected the values and lifestyles of the times. Edie, the owner of Edith Machinist, a vintage boutique in New York City, explains how.
May 28, 2019
Romeo Gigli – a Fashion Poet and Designers’ Designer
Amarcord Vintage Fashion owner Patti Bordoni started to import Italian vintage fashion to New York in the '90s. One of her imports was Romeo Gigli.
May 20, 2019
From a Teenage Thrifter to a Professional Vintage Seller
Naomi Bergknoff shares the inspiration behind starting her gem-filled online shop Omnia.
May 13, 2019
Vintage for Curvy People
Berriez is a vintage store dedicated to people sizes 8 and up. Vintage should be for everyone, says the founder Emma Zack.
May 6, 2019
Predicting the Future Handbag Classics
What makes a handbag a classic? We all know the Hermès Birkin bag is a classic but what could be the handbag classics of the future?
Apr 29, 2019
Five Outfits for Less Than $50
East Village Vintage Collective specializes in curated, but affordable vintage. We created five summer looks with gems from their collection.
Apr 22, 2019
On a Mission: Reuniting Designer Sets
Ting Ding collects and reunites 1980s and 1990s print sets by Moschino, Versace, and Gaultier.
Apr 15, 2019
The Evolution of the Duster Coat
Suzy Palmer from Olly Oxen Free Vintage store loves dusters in all their forms, from light-weight linen coats to robes and shirtdresses.
Apr 1, 2019
Big and Bold – 80s is Back
We styled five looks with vintage and contemporary pieces from Designer Revival to celebrate the comeback of the 1980s.
Mar 25, 2019
Mitsuhiro Matsuda, the Forgotten Master
Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Matsuda is an obsession of Collin Weber and Brandon Giordano, the owners of James Veloria vintage store. Now they tell us, why.
Mar 18, 2019
How Thrifting Changed My Style
Thrifting helped Christhany Zhu to find her style and clothes that fit her.
Mar 11, 2019
Five Vintage Garments That Suit Every Man
Brian Davis of Wooden Sleepers vintage store in Red Hook, New York City, shows how to incorporate a vintage element into your look with iconic pieces that will suit every style.
Mar 4, 2019
The Austin Vintage Guide
Your ultimate guide to Austin vintage stores. Four neighborhoods, 21 stores. Plus some bonus tips.
Feb 28, 2019
How to Wear Spring Trends with Second Hand
We picked nine spring trends and created them with second hand pieces from Beacon’s Closet in New York.
Feb 25, 2019
Discover The Bold Prints and Colors of the 70s
Fashion historian Sara Idacavage demonstrates the diversity of 70s style.
Feb 18, 2019
Time Traveling with Jamee
Jamee Jones, 30, created a 70s, 80s, and 90s look for us. Old, but fresh!
Feb 11, 2019
Life-long Love Affair with Ralph Lauren
Vintage seller Mark Rosado from Top Shelf Premium has been a Ralph Lauren fan all his life.
Feb 4, 2019
Lessons in Layering
Vintage fashion blogger Leigh Ray knew already 10 years ago that jeans and dresses are a perfect match.
Jan 28, 2019
How to Wear Pajamas in Broad Daylight
Lace Tomer, 35, pairs her pajama sets with chunky sneakers, statement jewelry, and bold jackets. Easy, but fun!
Jan 21, 2019
Why Vintage Denim Beats New
I met Maria Oliveira and Ryan Lerma, the power couple behind Passport Vintage, to learn why vintage denim is so much better than new.
Jan 14, 2019
Go Bold with Your Jacket This Winter
Illustration artist Prates Songtieng, 35, also known as Monsieur Poppi, builds his winter outfits around statement vintage jackets.