In fact, it was a vintage green silk boucle coat with a blonde mink collar that turned me from a collector into a seller. So many of my friends asked me where I got the coat and if I could find them "something vintage" Before I knew it CJsRedCloset was born.
I bought my coat for about $35 including shipping. It was in beautiful condition was exceedingly warm and of the highest craftsmanship. I have never ever bought a modern day coat since. And until I score a serious deal on couture or high end designer - I will be wearing vintage all the way. There are two reasons for this:
1. The material and craftsmanship can't be beat. In fact, I once read that many of the quality textiles of decades ago, no longer exist because they are simply too expensive to produce. Whether that is a literal truth or not doesn't matter to me because I am a label reader. There are shops and main line department stores selling acrylic and wool blend coats for $200 and $300 dollars a pop that before the winter is over have pilled and gotten nappy and nasty.
2. Originality - whether a classic coat like a trench or a style unique to a certain era or designer - you would be hard-pressed to find 100 people wearing your same coat. If you happen to find yourself faced to face with someone sporting something similar - no one styles vintage exactly the same.
This is a great time to buy vintage coats. Hit Etsy or EBay and you will find some great deals.
Here are two fabulous and somewhat rare coats that I am offering in my Etsy shop. The first is my absolute favorite - I was mortified that it did not fit me. It is a "I can't believe my eyes!" vintage find. he photos really do not do it justice - but I will be fixing that shortly.
I have had many - many coats pass through my closet and ,although this style is very popular and one I have sold over and over again, I have never seen one crafted quite like this and in such beautiful condition.
|Handcrafted Black Wool Textured Coat with Mink Cuff and Collar|
|The coat cuffs are accented with Rich Mink and French Cuff Detailing|
This is a double -breasted trench coat in a yummy deep chocolate. What makes it an unusual find is the moire fabric. It gives the coat a wavy waterlike quality with a beautiful sheen. Although there may be others, out of the modern designers that I consistently follow, St. John is the only one that offers a moire coat.
|Chocolate Moire Trench Coat|