Shopping in large vintage stores and second-hand shops - always a quest. Unlike the mass market and mono-brands of expensive brands, it is often not necessary to count on neat rails with items matched to each other (or full-fledged images). Therefore, it is especially pleasant to deftly pull out "your" thing from the whole variety. We asked girls who are seriously into vintage about their purchases with history.
Text: Anya Krotikova
owner of NBonapart vintage shop
The most dear purchase to my heart is an antique fur clutch-handbag. I found it by accident at a flea market in southern Russia. I wear it often: in winter you can hide your hands in it so as not to wear gloves that are uncomfortable in modern life. In the summer I combine it with light dresses and suits. I saw a similar one only in the film "Anna Karenina" by Joe Wright.
Founder of Vintage Marketplace, owner of Strogo Vintage
Since my wardrobe is made up almost entirely of vintage items, I can say that it is as much made up of small fragments of stories. Almost every thing is memorable and special.
For example, a sultan's dress from the end of the century before last from Istanbul, or my favorite fluffy angora mittens from a cherity shop, or an ideal million-dollar raincoat from St. Petersburg's Udelka, which I bought for three kopecks. Recently, a very touching story happened to me. A couple of weeks before the New Year, I went to buy gifts at my favorite Moscow "flea" in Novopodrezkovo. When I arrived, it turned out that the market was under the threat of a complete closure (fortunately now it is working again) - more precisely, at that moment the market itself was already closed, and the grannies were jostling near the railway tracks. The things were laid out right in the snow.
There were very few people, there were no cool gifts at all. And suddenly I see a completely wonderful dress, everything in it as I like it: natural fabric, old, everything in frills, with an emphasis on the waist - I had no idea that you could find such a thing on a Moscow “flea”. I tried to ask the aunts for the price, but they somehow reacted indifferently - I could not understand why no one wanted to sell it to me. I was already ready to pay any money for it when one kind grandmother came up and explained that, it turns out, I can pick up the dress for free: in the morning some grandfather came, laid out his things, left and never returned. I tried to leave money to this woman, but she flatly refused - she says the owner of the collapse is unlikely to show up. So I got my favorite summer dress, which, of course, was covered with terrible stains at first, but after careful cleaning and a couple of months in the closet, it became the main outfit on a trip to Bangkok.
Founder of Vintage Marketplace, owner of Vintage Cream Store
The long-liver of my wardrobe is a silk shirt that I bought eight years ago in a London charity shop. This was my first trip abroad. I had a very small set of clothes with me so that there was enough space for shopping - in the end, I bought myself only a blouse and a coat. The coat was ruined by a mole, but I still love the shirt dearly and often wear it. This is the perfect basic thing - I dream that I would like one hundred percent of the clothes in the closet just as much.
PR coordinator Monki, musician Magnetic Poetry
All my vintage purchases are memorable. Firstly, almost everyone came from somewhere, and secondly, I have been wearing these things for years, so they become overgrown with stories. Before traveling abroad, I always look to see if there is a local Humana in the city of destination, and I run there almost from the airport.
It was very difficult to choose one thing! I decided to stop at the varsity jacket, a jacket that a friend gave me seven or eight years ago. In fact, she gave it to my husband (then still boyfriend), but I took it for myself.It really belonged to a student named Jake Perkins (the name is printed on the Gap label), has the perfect composition and fit, and is super warm. I wear it all year round, even in cool weather in summer. Sometimes I think about how many goals the previous owner scored.
owner of the vintage shop Santa Rita
I love vintage for a long time, but only now I decided to launch my own project. I doubted for a long time, but very soon there will be one more vintage store in Moscow.
My favorite purchase is a light green fur coat from the Bolshevichka factory made of faux fur sheared by waves. I accidentally found her in a Moscow second-hand shop for seven hundred rubles - she looks like a million. This fur coat seemed to be waiting for me: so beautiful, of the right size and color of my eyes. I wear it more often than any other outerwear: it is very warm and I look like a fish in it. And with the advent of this fur coat, my rejection of black in my wardrobe coincided. I think this is the most profitable acquisition of recent months.
Avos'ka vintage shop owner
Now half of my wardrobe is vintage, so it's hard for me to choose one single piece. For me, vintage is not a way to stand out or find something kitschy; my finds are quite ordinary, wearable items of excellent quality and beautiful details, which I got at an affordable price. Nevertheless, I still have my favorites.
The last thing dear to my heart is vintage leather banana trousers that I found in Berlin while shopping for a store. I spent several hours at flea markets in search of a new assortment and in the end I could not part with burgundy calfskin trousers - they fit perfectly on my figure. I always try to prioritize the store and not my preferences, but I could not refuse this thing.
This is not the most original piece of my wardrobe, but at the same time, thanks to its versatile cut and color, it is irreplaceable. Yes, there are enough similar models in the mass market now, but they repel them with a high price and the same style. I love these pants because they are one of a kind and fit for any occasion: with sneakers and a coat for every day, with a shirt and heel for a party.
journalist, author of the telegram channel "You're in rags again"
More than my other vintage items, I love the impressive silver ring with turquoise, which I bought at the flea market in Olimpiyskiy. Then I was just starting to get involved in vintage and one winter I went to this market not so much even to buy something, but just to stare.
I remember it was very cold outside, I was looking for the right entrance for a long time, and when I finally got inside, I was disappointed: the flea market turned out to be very small, everything was somehow dubious and for immodest money. I walked back and forth in confusion until I finally saw this ring. In general, I really love semiprecious stones, and especially turquoise - as a child I had beads made of pure turquoise, with which I often played. And in this ring, the stone seemed to be sick or a little out of place: it was faded blue with green and white spots, and also with a large black blot on the side - as if someone inadvertently dropped ink into the water. A thing with character - I bought it right away, without hesitation.
The ring is huge - as wide and as long as a phalanx, heavy and completely impractical, it is inconvenient to type with it. But I am very attached to it and sometimes I even wear it at home - when I read a book, for example. I don't know how to explain it, I just like the way it looks on the hand. If I decide to put it on "in people", then from the jewelry on me only he is - this is a jealous accessory and does not tolerate others next to him. I often put it on when I'm worried - weight immediately appears in my hand, and for some reason it calms down a little.
chief editor of the magazine "L'Etoile"
The black Dorothy O'Hara dress that we once removed for the Wardrobe column.Dorothy O'Hara is a dressmaker who dressed half of Hollywood in the 1940s, her dresses were a kind of symbol of belonging to the party. She did almost all the things in black - all the time I saw only one dress with a blue and yellow print. O'Hara's clothes were loved for the fact that they sat very well on the figure, despite the complex cut. Now they are seldom sold, on average five or eight hundred dollars. I bought mine much cheaper - I was lucky. Vintage shop FabGabs, which I regularly checked, unexpectedly laid out a collection of one lady - that in her youth, in the 40s and 50s, she wore only Dorothy O'Hara. The dresses were in cool, albeit not perfect condition, but I did not mind: a small faded speck at the hem does not bother me.
I got the dress for about three hundred dollars. I hesitated whether to take it - and, to be honest, I took it right in the middle of a house party with friends, drinking for courage. I was worried that I would not fit - it is crepe, the waist is only sixty centimeters, nothing stretches, but my friends convinced me. It's actually versatile - it's the best black dress I've ever had. I wore it for an interview, for pitching my script (nothing was filmed according to the script, but I looked cool), for pitching the concept and the first cover of the magazine, which I now head, for a small party at the publishing house, and in general, wherever.
Nobody believes that he is almost eighty years old. This dress is self-sufficient, it has an incredibly beautiful drapery on the chest. It looks best with black stilettos - but there was a case, I wore it with black shoes with more human, small and wide heels. I keep thinking about wearing it with crazy silver Miu Miu, which have been gathering dust in my wardrobe since 2015, but it's not easy to stand in them for more than three hours.