GO ON A TREA­SURE HUNT

Why I cr ave clothes with a past life.

Elle (Canada) - - Fashion & Style - By Liz Gu­ber

All of my prized wardrobe pos­ses­sions—a Saint Lau­rent vel­vet skirt, a rodeo cowboy’s per­for­mance jacket and a Chanel tennis dress—have one thing in com­mon: They’re vin­tage. I’ve been ad­dicted since my first trek from sub­ur­bia to a quirky down­town-Toronto vin­tage shop when I was in high school. I still pop into shops in search of my next score, but as my tastes have shifted from prairie dresses to Lager­feldera Chloé blaz­ers, I’m ex­pand­ing my search to the Web. There’s an irony to shop­ping on­line for clothes that pre­date the In­ter­net, but sites like Re­see.com, JunoSaysHello.com, LaDou­bleJ.com and the newly launched Wil­liamVin­tage.com are hard to re­sist. A scroll through this new site reveals pieces by Cristóbal Ba­len­ci­aga, Azze­dine Alaïa and An­dré Cour­règes so rare they de­serve their own Met ex­hibit. Each gar­ment is in­spected by a cou­ture-trained seam­stress and ozone-treated to re­move even the faintest trace of moth­balls. Since these high-end pieces aren’t new, I like to think of my fash­ion-find­ing hobby as re­cy­cling of the most stylish form. And what could be more lux­u­ri­ous than liv­ing your life in clothes that have his­tory hand-stitched into ev­ery seam?

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