Well, this is the first interview on Berry&Hope. Meet Jules, she is going to talk “vintage” today. You’ll find the list of her favorite shops in New York, a little about herself and her collection. Actually, I have stolen a whole day of her life capturing, questioning and writing everything down. To tell you the truth, this has been the most memorable interview I have ever worked on. Here are stories, history, pictures, addresses and even prices.
When and how you got interested in vintage things?
Both my mom and grandma had an amazing sense of style and always wore the best clothing. I fell in love with it and understood how to tell a good quality product. I became inspired by my grandma.
What is it to you? Kind of a hobby?
I would not call it a hobby. I would say it has become a way of life. For me vintage is a passion and similar to collecting art. It’s an investment.
So what are you favorite pieces?
That’s such a hard question because there are so many favorites, for so many reasons. At this moment, I would say the Edwardian era set, which is flawless, and surprisingly fits me so well. Grandma’s suede jacket and the pearl collar from Lori.
Actually, that pearl collar – is my favorite piece in your collection. Maybe you can tell a little more about it?
Lori is a very close friend of our family and to be honest, you can not imagine how touched I was by this gift. It is not just a thing you can buy, it’s her family heirloom. The gift came with a hand written letter on classic paper. It was reminiscent of those times. Lori Mandel’s grandmother, Pearl Mandel, was a model in the 20s and this collar was hers. What an absolutely adorable piece.
Are you looking for vintage while you travel?
I am always looking for vintage things, but they really seem to be looking for me. When I travel, I always seems to find not only vintage clothing, but antiques and art as well. The first thing I do is check when and where the local flea market is. I found some great pieces throughout the years in Europe and also in the states. Even if I do not buy something, I always learn something new and broaden my horizons. I love the experience and the people that I meet along the way.
Then you probably have a few interesting stories on this subject?
On one of my trips to Milan, obviously, I dragged my husband to a flea market. I went with my friends to get a drink and next thing I know he came back with a collection of drawings. Later we found out that they were from the 1930s by Kolomon Moore and were worth way more than we paid.
It looks like the vintage market is gravitating towards you. Is there an inspiration, maybe a person or media source that you think of?
There are a lot of people who inspire me. Regarding vintage, I get my inspiration from the actual items. When I find something I like, it triggers me to learn the story behind it and give it a revived life. Also, it allows me to make and tell my own story.
1. Housing works ⋅ furniture, clothing, accessories ⋅ Multiple locations and auctions online
2. Vintage thrift shop ⋅ furniture clothing accessories ⋅ 286 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010
3. Maggy Frances ⋅ not vintage store, but with small selection of vintage bags and shoes ⋅ 280 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
4. Maison Jadis ⋅ clothing, accessories ⋅ 107 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
5. Brooklyn flea market ⋅ furniture, clothing, accessories ⋅ 1 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11243
6. Pippin ⋅ vintage jewelry ⋅ 112 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011
Besides the endless talks, we made a little tour to a couple shops. First we went to the Vintage Thrift Shop, where we were allowed to shoot some pics. Kyle, the shop assistant, even agreed to be featured in the blog. Anyway, we didn’t leave with empty hands, Jules bought a stunning Armani skirt and a couple of charming bags.
We barely made it to Maison Jadis. In fact, we really didn’t. When we got there the shop was already almost closed. We were smiling a lot and the extraordinary woman in the photo below allowed us to take a few pictures there.