Paging Elizabeth Wayman will you please come to the front of the line….To be honest with you I had never heard of Elizabeth Wayman when I pillaged this gorgeous black dress from a thrift store, all I knew is that I loved the cut and thought this dress had STYLE. The label is Elizabeth Wayman New York size 4 and so what I did was whip out my iPhone and Googled that name and came up with a website but one that is poorly attended to. On that site there are 3 links: collection, pr & contact. No where on this site does it have what I think is essential “about” link. So what I decided to do is to call the New York number to get more info and when I dialed the number listed on that site it was the wrong number. I want to know more about this Elizabeth Wayman, I want to know if her business is still around and who actually sells her creations. When you look at the construction of this gorgeous long dress you see the attention to detail and use of fabric and just know that this Elizabeth Wayman knows how to design. I prayed to the GODS above that I would find these gorgeous Giuseppe Zanotti platform boots, made in Italy, inside a thrift store but to no avail. So if you Elizabeth Wayman are reading my blog please contact me because I would love to be able to whore you up in the future even more. I hate to see talent flushed down the drain…..If there is any item you see on my blog please email me for price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure to check out The Thrifers Boutique and follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also please laugh at (I mean enjoy) my YouTube videos on thrfting. Toodles for now. Daniel
Pink Betsey Johnson camisole + white Michael Kors top + French Connection brown slacks = Va Va Voom…
I’ve added a new addiction to my life recently, it’s the Showtime smash hit ‘The Big C‘ with one of my favorite actresses of all time Laura Linney. It’s a major addiction in my life so much that every Monday my life pauses a brief moment to really pay attention. Without giving to much away Laura Linney’s charcter Cathy has, you got it, cancer and up to this point in her life she has played by the rules, done everything right. Instead of just giving up and waiting to exhale the last breathe she is going to say and do exactly what she wants. Watching this series it just makes me realize it even more than I always have, that this little song and dance # here is fleeting. I’ve always thought when my number is up I want to go out wearing Karl Lagerfeld and dying in the backseat of a Bentley. I know that sounds crazy but it’s the truth. I am always aware of the fact that at any given moment my life can end and I think to myself everyday before I dress “if this is the last day do I want to be wearing this?” Not to sound like a snob or anything but when I go I won’t be wearing clothes from The Gap that’s for sure and the reason for that is the fact that I shop at thrift stores and have amassed a collection of recycled luxury brands so much that my closet rivals Saks.. You too can have all the luxury you ever wanted if you shopped at thrift stores. All I’m saying here is if you make every damn day the last day and I guarantee you’ll dress up more, you’ll walk taller and you’ll feel stronger inside. OMG I have blabbed long enough here is the ensemble I have put together… I found this gorgeous pink camisole by Betsey Johnson and this white terry cloth top by Michael Kors that both look spectacular with these brown French Connection slacks. Either top works brilliantly with these French Connection slacks and you get 2 very different looks. All 3 items came out from the same thrifts store and cost me under $10, so for under 10 bucks I have 3 items and 2 looks and of course all 3 are luxury. If you haven’t already started shopping in thrift stores I urge you to give it a whirl so that you can start adding a little bit of luxury into your wardrobe. When you wear your finds you’ll walk taller and feel good all at the same time, to me that’s luxury…. All items on my blog are for sale and be sure to check out The Thrifters Boutique. Follow me daily on Twitter & Facebook and click on and enjoy my YouTube videos. Toodles for now. Daniel
Henri Bendel black wrap blouse + Poleci top both look fantastic with these Walking Art stretch denim.
I am salivating over these gorgeous modern Walking Art made in Australia black & white stretch denim slacks. With images like Venus de Milo and the famous ‘Clocks that Melt’ by Salvador Dali on these stretch denim you can see why I’m salivating. I’ve honestly tried to research this brand and nothing really came up and I hate that because when a company manufactures a excellent piece of art like these slacks with no website they are missing the boat. These Walking Art slacks would look fantastic with your basic black or white tee but I put 2 tops with these slacks that I think really look HOT. The first top I put with it is the black wrap blouse by Henri Bendel and that just elevates the hell out of these Walking Art slacks. If my client wore this Henri Bendel black wrap blouse with these slacks, she could easily waltz right into the famous Monte Carlo Casino (in France not Vegas) and try her hand at a game and all eyes would be upon her. The second top I would put with these Walking Art masterpiece slacks is this black / white top by Poleci. Poleci was launched in 1994 by founders and sisters, Janice Levin-Krok and Diane Levin, in Los Angeles. Since their opening Poleci has emerged as a collection that is globally recognized for its luxurious fabrics and design sensibility that is worn by the world’s most fashionable women. Poleci reflects reflects their passion for sculpture, architecture, and modern art and is a masterful blend of textures, colors and architectural lines. It is these elements that have become the hallmark of the Poleci collection. If my client needed an outfit for an art event or special occasion this would be the ensemble I would put her in. I love the design and texture of the Poleci top with the Walking Art slacks, it’s all black & white and it’s all about ART. How ever you sliced this cake, it’s loaded with calories….. In there is anything on my blog that peeks your interest please email me for price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure to check out The Thrifters Boutique and follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also please enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting. They are a hoot. Toodles for now. Daniel
Tahari purple tee with light blue Lacoste skirt and to really jazz things up this black Laundry by Shelli Segal jacket….
I am always pleasantly surprised by the first rate quality of recycled luxury brand clothing tee shirts I find inside a thrift store. Whether its spring, summer, fall or winter having an amply supply of luxurious tees are essential. So you know I was happy when I found this Tahari purple cotton short sleeve tee and not just because of the obvious reason the label but because of that color. Common connotations for purple are: royalty, imperialism, nobility, upper class, friendship, passion, sharing, wisdom, and sophistication. Purple is one of those colors for me that really ties everything up together nice and neatly. It’s like a bridge sore of, it connects things - it bonds so to speak. I wanted to put this purple Tahari tee with this light blue Lacoste cotton skirt because I love to combine purple and blue, remember purple is the general term used in English for the range of color occurring between red and blue. I think the Tahari top and Lacoste skirt together make this ensemble sporty & sexy. Who doesn’t want that look???? If you needed to jazz things up a notch for an evening look then I added this black Laundry by Shelli Segal jacket with nylon & spandex. With the right kind of flats this outfit will look like you’re in the ring with the big boys. Don’t be afraid to mix color remember on the color wheel next to blue is purple so it transitions nicely, and then black goes with anything. It’s a win win situation and everyone now wants to look and feel like a winner. If there is anything on my blog that you are interested in please email me for price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure to check out The Thrifters Boutique and follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also check out and watch my YouTube videos on thrifting. Toodles for now. Daniel
This gorgeous long black linen MaxMara dress is made in Italy and the tweed Bernard Zins jacket was made in France so right off the top you know you are getting high style. These 2 countries are known for luxury fashion houses, exceptional quality, fantastic designs both in fashion and furniture and of course culture like no body’s business. Lets start with the black linen MaxMara long dress made in Italy. This dress is a classic, it’s something that would carry you for many years to come and all you need to do to keep it updated and modern is wearing the proper shoes & clutch. The Bernard Zins tweed jacket was made in France and is hands down elegant and sassy. The French sure know how to design timeless pieces, again another item you could wear year after year never getting dated. I can’t help myself when I’m thrifting and run across an item that says “made in Italy” or “made in France”. I’m weak and I can’t help myself. I just believe that these 2 countries, for the most part, really know how to construct timeless creations, they aren’t about ‘trends’ or ‘what’s hot for the second’. I do not believe in that psychology either, it’s narrow minded and shortsighted. The dress looks fabulous solo but if you needed an extra squeeze of STYLE then I’m really loving it with the jacket for evening. I found the most perfect heels that would go with this outfit and they are made by Adidas and aren’t available until 10/14/10, they are fashion wedges. Check the photo to see how modern they look. Now if I’ve made you want to collect your passport and travel off to one of these countries or both, please travel safe and pack only your best. If there is any item on my blog you are interested in please email me for price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure to check out The Thrifters Boutique and follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also click and watch my YouTube videos on thrifting. Toodles for now. Daniel
Cashmere Magaschoni top with Ungaro silk skirt and Cole Haan Nike Air are comfortable enough for Anne Hathaway….
I am always walking on air when I find a Magaschoni recycled luxury brand item but when this one turns out to be cashmere, honey I am walking on Cloud 9. It just doesn’t get any better than this really. Magaschoni is a brand they only sell at luxurious department stores such as Neiman Marcus or Saks, rarely at Goodwill or Salvation Army like where this gorgeous piece showed up. Jeffrey Thorpe is the charming designer behind this label and thanks to Jefffrey’s ability to combine luxury and functionality across sportswear and knits, this brand is on fire. This little short sleeve burgundy Magaschoni top with the tiniest front pocket and collarless is so versatile it hurts. I found this light blue & gray 100% silk Ungaro that still had the original Neiman Marcus price sticker of $195.00 on it. I grabbed it not only because of the name and the Neiman Marcus tag but because I really loved the Asian influence I see with this skirt, with the simple and clean line drawings of flowers. It’s so simple and chic that it totally goes with what I tell all my girls “keep it sassy and keep it simple.” Giles Deacon is now the sixth ready to wear designer at Ungaro in the past decade. Mr. Deacon is well liked and well known in England, where he started his business in 2003, and his clothes have a quirky elegance. Ungaro seems to have ample fashion legacy. It has a fancy Paris address and above all, it has a name. To tie everything up in a nice little tight bow I found these denim & leather Cole Haan Nike Air slip ons that drags out the color in the Ungaro skirt nicely. Made with Nike Air technology and leather lined these lightweight rubber soles will carry any woman gracefully over any cloud. If there is anything on my blog that you are interested in please email me for price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure to shop at The Thrifters Boutique and follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also please enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting. Toodles for now. Daniel
It’s always a good day in my house when I brag home a Diane von Furstenberg item from the thrift store. All hell could break loose and that still wouldn’t upset me if I had just collected a recycled luxury item such as DVF. Diane von Furstenberg is one of the premier names in American fashion, it was founded in 1972 by the designer. Renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, DVF has grown into the global luxury lifestyle brand it is today. The photo of her in the red dress standing next to her self-portrait by Andy Warhol is just splendid. Can you just imagine having your portrait done by Warhol? I remember as a little boy looking at the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog and that year the ‘big gift’ was you getting the chance to fly to NYC to his studio for a self-portrait. I remember as a child wanting that gift ! I digress here, I’m quite sure DVF absolutely loves and treasures her portrait, I just wish it were my portrait. That’s all I got to say. I also gathered these ultra rich chocolate cotton Patrizia Pepe slacks with the snap button front pockets and the keyhole tab for the back belt loop. Brilliant just brilliant. Patrizia Pepe is an Italian fashion brand that was founded in 1993 by Patrizia Bambi and Claudio Orrea. I think this abstract DVF cotton blouse with these Patrizia Pepe brown slacks are marvelous together and if Andy Warhol saw the woman wearing this ensemble walking down the streets of NYC I’m sure he would have grabbed his Polaroid ! If there is any item anywhere on my blog that peeks your interest please email me for price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure you check out The Thrifters Boutique and follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also please enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting. Toodles for now. Daniel
Theory brown top with Cynthia Steffe red petal skirt and if you need a jacket here’s a Michael Kors….
I have always loved combining brown + red in my wardrobe, I think it’s a stunning union. Red = fire and brown = earth so you have 2 opposite elements battling it out and you see that when you combine the 2 colors. There is that struggle of succession that I’m enamored with. Enough psycho babble talk about what I think these 2 colors mean lets get down to business. I collected this gorgeous Theory chocolate brown stretch top that is in pristine condition. For Theory Spring 2010, 17 stylists pored over the collection to find their must have pieces, and with a fresh perspective and unique style, they mixed, matched and layered, to create the looks that inspired them to inspire you. They illustrate that there is no single way to wear it, no one way to style it, and that one perfect piece has infinite possibilities. The next item I found was this red cotton petal shaped skirt by Cynthia Steffe. Shaun Kearney took over the creative helm at Cynthia Steffe in 2008. Shaun Kearney, the British designer is trained in New York and London and is well known among the fashion set for having previously held major design positions at Donna Karen, MaxMara, Laundry by Shelli Segal and Randolph Duke. The brown Theory top with the red petal skirt by Cynthia Steffe is superb together and if you just needed that extra touch well then have I got a gorgeous Michael Kors tweed button up jacket for you. The cut and design of this Kor’s jacket is fantastically modern plus it has that military edge to it. So it means to kick a little butt and you see that in the construction of this garment. I just think the entire ensemble looks great together, the red compliments the brown and everyone is copacetic. Please email me if there is any item you see on my blog that interest you and I’ll provide you with price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure to check out The Thrifters Boutique and follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also please enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting. Toodles for now. Daniel
I don’t care how many LBD’s (little black dress) you have hanging in your closet, there is always room for one more. I absolutely love how you can wear this Laundry by Shelli Segal LBD solo or in this case throw over a little St John knit cardigan and really turn up the STYLE volume. I’m sure somewhere out there on the internet there is someone talking about how many ways one can wear a LBD. If you’re really creative and I know you all are, you can crank up your volume the next time you wear your LBD. When I first spotted the St John cardigan I praying to the GODS above that it be a Chanel jacket but listen I’m not complaining one bit, you know how expensive these cardigans are by St John knit. Expens$ve when they come out of Neiman Marcus but much cheaper when they come from a thrift store. You too can find a St John cardigan jacket like this if you made it your mission. I’ll tell you a little secret, each time I go inside a thrift store, in my mind I visualize me finding recycled high end luxury clothing. In other words I put the message out there, I send it off into the universe and wait for the GODS to assist. I found these Isaac Mizrahi leather shoes, made in Italy & in mint condition, and think they do this ensemble proud. You know I got all 3 pieces inside a thrift store because I curated this collection myself and you too can also look like a million damn dollars without breaking your bank aka husband, boyfriend, lover, partner or most importantly self ! If there is any item on my blog that you are interested in please email me for price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure to check out The Thrifters Boutique and follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also please enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting. Toodles for now. Daniel
I had no idea just how hard it was going to be to get any kind of information about Shomi by Miller Shor but when I saw this jacket in the thrift store I say ‘I’ll throw the dice’. The single reason I grabbed this jacket is because of the modern abstract design of the jacket. I love the white stripe on front, it’s so contemporary and fresh. I’ve Googled this label and really couldn’t find any information on this brand which is to bad because if this company manufactured this brilliant piece then what else has escaped my eye? This black / white jacket would look fantastic with a pair of your black skinny jeans or your Adidas Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto superlite legging. Just in case I did snatch up this gorgeous and ultra chic City DKNY black wool with nylon skirt with a floral pattern cutout on bottom. I love that peekaboo action you get from the cutout flower pattern, really like that look. It’s sexy, fresh, modern and so jazzed up. With the right kind of heels this woman can rule the roost with this ensemble. My advice to anyone wanting to add a little spice back into your wardrobe I would tell you ‘go to a thrift store’. I’m constantly amazed by all the recycled luxury brands I find daily in my adventures and you can too. Just pack your patience in your clutch. If there is any idea you are interested in on my blog please don’t hesitate to email me for price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure to check out The Thrifters Boutique and please follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also enjoy my YouTube videos… Toodles for now. Daniel
One look at this Tahari Arthur S. Levine black with pink pinstriped jacket and I was sold. It’s very modern and STYLISH with the pink bows on the front pockets but just the color combination is a home run or touch down or is it a field goal? You get my drift, the black and pink combination is extremely sophisticated and elegant. You might ask what is the difference between Tahari and Arthur S. Levine and I’ll tell you. Elie Tahari is the designer behind the $500 million empire and retailers like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue carry his line. Tahari licensed his name to Arthur S. Levine. So Tahari is designer line intended for the “sexy, sophisticated woman” and the Tahari Arthur S Levine suits are designed for high end professionals such as lawyers, professors and corporate personnel. I don’t care how you slice this jacket, it’s stylish and oh so modern. Speaking of modern will you just look at this cotton paisley print skirt by Cynthia Steffe. The shades of pink in this skirt reinforce the pink in the Tahari jacket, making this one civil union. Throw on a pink Michael Stars tee under the jacket and this woman can go to the board room and act like Joan Crawford!! If there is anything on this blog that strikes your fancy please don’t hesitate to email me with questions about price, additional photos or measurements. Be sure to check out The Thrifters Boutique and please follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also please enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting. Toodles for now. Daniel
Every Sunday morning now for the past 20 + years I have always watched the CBS Sunday Morning show and their logo is the smiley sun. When I saw this vintage Dior black and white jacket with the sun’s face it just made me so damn happy. It reminded me of a Piero Fornasetti design which I am always looking for in thrift stores. This Dior jacket looks as fresh as the day it was conceived, just throw on some skinny jeans or legging and you are ready for all the attention you could ever ask for. In 1996 John Galliano was appointed to succeed Gianfranco Ferre as artistic director of Dior’s women’s collection. Galliano has never lost his creative edge as you can see when you watch this Dior Haute Couture fall / winter 2010 – 2011. Watching that video is like going to a museum and looking at artwork, it’s so invigorating. What better color for slacks than white to unite this Dior jacket I ask? These gorgeous Escada white cotton slacks with spandex are just the ticket to pull this ensemble totally together. With the right accessories and clutch this woman could take anyone down! I say stand back and out of the way…. If there is anything on my blog that you are interested in please don’t hesitate to email me for price, additional photos and measurements. Be sure to check out The Thrifters Boutique and follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also please enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting. Toodles for now. Daniel
I don’t think I’ve seen a more lovely linen jacket than this Bernard Zins in quite awhile. I can’t seem to take my eyes off the flower background design, from an artist eye like my own, this is a artistic smash! Just to quote little Edie Beale from “Grey Gardens”. Bernard Zins died in 2004 and was known as the father of the stretch waistband trouser, Zins founded his eponymous company in 1967 and was credited with applying old world tailoring techniques to modern manufacturing. Such couturiers as YSL, Pierre Cardin, Givenchy, Balmain and Yamamoto had their trouser collections manufactured by Zins, who was regarded as the Rolls Royce of pants makers. Every time I see a Bernard Zins item in the thrift store I gobble it up as fast as I can blink. This label is known for it’s attention to quality and detail and from the construction of this linen jacket you can easily see why. I found what appear to be brand new, Akris light brown wool slacks in pristine condition. Akris is a name on everyone’s lips these days because these are clothes that seem especially right for the times. Beautifully made and trend resistant, they’re the very definition of investment dressing. Albert Kriemler wants his collection to be a feel good one literally, to that end he focuses on fabric development. Akris has written over 80 years of history as a Swiss family company, Albert Kriemler’s grandmother, lad the foundations for the current operation in 1922 making only aprons. I would give about anything for an original apron, can you imagine finding one of those in a thrift store? Stranger things have happened before so I’m always searching for aprons now when I hit the thrift stores, you do the same. If there is any recycled luxury item on my blog you are interested in please don’t hesitate to email me about price, additional photos or measurements. Don’t forget to check out The Thrifters Boutique and please follow me on Twitter & Facebook, also please enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting, they are highly charged with information. Toodles for now. Daniel
I’m really glad to know that Juicy Couture LOVES Atlanta but I’m sure they say that to all the big boys….. Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash Taylor, a former Hollywood costume designer and an actress, respectively, have no patience for the stuff of supply chains and fine print balance sheets. Given their company’s surging success, no one’s suggesting the pair should stress to much about spreadsheets. In public, the women known as the “Juicy Girls” resemble retail celebrities. This brand definitely has a cult following and it’s not just for the young at heart these days. The second top I found was this orange halter top by Lacoste. After his Spring 2011 show in September, creative director Christophe Lemaire will leave Lacoste, and succeed Jean Paul Gaultier as creative director at Hermes. Nice new gig for Lemaire wouldn’t you say? Lacoste plans to name a new designer by year’s end. To be able to go from Lacoste to Hermes is huge and no less to take over Gaultier’s reign. Good lucky. Ok so far I’ve gotten a sassy tee by The Juicy Girls and a classic orange halter top by Lacoste now all I need is a lilac color stretchy denim by St John sports. Lucky for me and my clients I already scored the lilac St John sport jeans and I think they look splendid with both tops. If a gun was pointed to my head, and these days with the guns laws as they are – it could happen, and I had to pick between the 2 tops I would say the orange Lacoste top. There is just something about those colors: lilac + orange, that just make me want to smile. Both colors are healing and happy colors what more do we need? Don’t get me wrong Juicy I love YOU too! If there is anything you see that you are interested in please email me and follow me on Twitter & Facebook. Please enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting, they are action packed. Toodles for now. Daniel
I enjoy finding recycled luxury clothing items in thrift stores oh yes I do, but what I really love is finding luxury comfort. I put together this entire khaki green ensemble and said to myself “self you put together a cool comfortable outfit that will make your client happy as a clam.” This is what I do when I go inside a thrift store, I curate my recycled luxury clothing carefully so that I can provide for my clients only the best. I take the time, trouble, headache, indecisiveness, and a whole lot more out of the equation. This ensemble is perfect for Summer, it screams out “lets go on a picnic to The Palace of Versailles.” This cotton top by Michael Kors is not only the perfect Summer top but when the temperature rises outside a necessity. Kors is a great American fashion designer and is always on the cutting edge of trends by having his finger on the pop culture pulse. I found these khaki green light weight wool slacks by Piazza Sempione and knew instantly that these slacks would look outstanding with the Kors cotton top. Making its distinct mark on the fashion industry is Piazza Sempione, a clothing company with the simple intent of creating an exclusive clothing and accessories line for women with a high component of technology combined with the emphasis on the Italian sartorial tradition. This brand embodies everything the Italian fashion industry has become known for, the technologically advanced textiles, handcrafts, high aesthetic standards and always heading toward the future while politely acknowledging the past. To completely wrap everything up in a nice sweet little bow I found these gorgeous Bruno Magli shoes with the slightest of a heel, that tie everything together with its matching khaki green leather. Oh yes I can easily see my client wearing this elegant outfit and taking her picnic basket to the Palace of Versailles for a lovely meal. Heads would turn not roll like they used to at Versailles. If interested in any item you see on my blog please don’t hesitate to drop me a line and please check out The Thrifters Boutique. Enjoy my YouTube videos on thrifting too. Toodles for now. Daniel