We women at ArtsEcho Galleria are all modern women (yes, even me...). We're all whizzes on computers...we all earn money (well...), we all text (most of us...), we download cool apps...and we all LOVE vintage clothing...how modern can you get?
Lately we've been getting a lot of "real" vintage clothing (as our connections continue to widen). We have stunning flow-y 1980's polyester dresses and secretary blouses with ties, amazing 1970's cowgirl and square dance dresses (from Kentucky and other Appalachian hotspots), and here is a truly lovely 1960's Kennedy-era wedding dress in the classic "shift" style with all its buttons and lace...held by a very modern Yara (notice the cool tattoos...).
But (lest they feel left out) we also love our "near-new" items...that perfect white Banana Republic shirt, the Gap linen pants, the gorgeous (and exquisitely crafted) Tahari blazer. They mean a lot to us and we work very hard to find them. We hand pick every piece, check thoroughly, replace or change buttons, repair, clean and do whatever needs to be done. And sometimes you can buy the piece of your dreams for as little as $4 - $6 (if it's on sale or you know the secret word). You get a fabulous, wearable item of clothing, we get your support (for the wonderful artistic things we do), and the planet gets to breathe a little easier.
The concept of recycling textiles is just over 200 years old and began in England (shortly after they lost the Revolutionary War to us...maybe it had to do with all those Red Coats).
Now, you're probably reading this sitting down. If not, please sit for the next bit. More than ONE MILLION TONS of textiles are thrown away every year!!!!!!!!! That's TWO BILLION POUNDS of clothing!!!! That's 909,090,909 kilos!!!!!! And soooo much of it is in near-perfect condition and could be used again (and again). So, aren't you glad to know that we modern women at our charming little shoppe are doing our bit to save the planet? And so are you!
Sandra and the valiant ArtsEcho Galleria team: Yara, Zoe (back from Nova Scotia), Liana (styling a photo-shoot tomorrow with some 2d4 (told you I was modern) vintage clothes & lingerie), Sylvia, Heather, Lina, Laura (who already has a remarkable collection of vintage clothing and a great eye), Shenella, Claude (pronounced Clau-day...our Math intern for the show "Arithmetickles") and Nao.
PS: Speaking of modern young women who love vintage clothing, here is the delightful Sylvia, in a blue & black jumpsuit...vintage, of course.
PPS: And here is Nao (pronounced "now") who is working hard, updating our website with all of the cool things we have.
PPPS: Our summer hours are 12-7, M-F and 12-6 on Saturday. We're at 3809 Park Avenue and you can reach us at 201-617-1110.
PPPPS: We have been SOOOO busy today! Must be the lovely weather! Tomorrow is going to be beautiful, too. Hope to see you here.
PPPPPS: You can also sign up for ArtsEcho on Twitter and we will (pardon the expression) TWEET YOU!