Tuesday, June 15, 2010

SHOP PREVIEW PART 1- More Haute Summer Looks at Twirl Vintage Co.

I am currently working on a whole new group of dresses, purses, and shoes. It is a daunting task but I am so excited about the new inventory. Check these out!!!

Vintage 1990s Calvin Klein Pussy Bow Stiletto

1960s/1970s Open Season Gold Lame Sandals

Vintage 1990 Yves St. Laurent Flats with Angular Heel

Mod Inspired Penny Kenny Shoes

My personal fav, 1940s Kalmor Paramount Suede Mules

Vintage 1970s S.R.O d'miguel Turquoise Sandals

Mod Inspired Stuart Weitzman Flower Flats

1960s Herbert Levine Points

1980s Proxy Hot Pink Heels

More 1960s Mod Mayhem by Andrew Geller

Vintage Inspired 1990s Candies Clogs

Vintage Captivators Gold Lame Shoes

Vintage Kitten Slides with Leopard Lining

Vintage 1970s Dr. Scholls Clogs

1980s Salvatore Ferragamo Bow Flats

Elizabethan Inspired Kenneth Cole Shoes

1980s Carriage Court Saddle Tan Leather Upper

Vintage 1970s Vogue Made in Brazil Oxblood Sandals

These shoes will be available on Twirl Vintage Co. this Friday, June 18, 2010. Check out our vast selection of vintage accessories, clothes, and shoes.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


We love press and June 7th was a good day in the press. Here are the wonderful Storque features that Twirl Vintage Co. was selected for. 

Real World Education: A Student-Run Shop by Caitlin of NiftyKidstuff

This wonderful blog talked about students becoming business owners while in the throes of school and its demanding course load. Great article and we were proud to have our, Vintage 1963 Fashion Institute Technology 3rd Edition of Designing Apparel Through the Flat Pattern textbook featured. 

Bringing in summer with a bit of gold; our Vintage 1950s Daniel Green bedroom slippers made it into this beautiful Etsy Finds article.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


I'm addicted to closets and extreme organization!!! Go figure, I am a clothing retailer; so there's always an obsession with the new way to display and organize my wares!!! My husband has given me an entire room to make into a closet and I don't know where to begin. I've been flipping through the design books for some ideas, but the closets that have really awakened my creativity are the celebrity and designer closets. 

I love Christina's use of pink and red. Its so Alice and Wonderland meets the Queen of Hearts. Plus, I often imagine me and my "future"  baby in quite the same pose; mommy on top of things and baby overwhelmed by mommy's ability to do it all in 4 inch heels..lol

Somehow, I don't think the hubby will allow me this indulgence, but pink is just the ultimate closet color!!!!

I love how clean this look is and the arch way entry just adds so much classic beauty to the room.

Modern digs for the modern woman. What can I say except, love, love, love!!!

Not only is Eva petite and fabu, but this closet just screams, "There is a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk tucked away in here!!!" Lovely cheery wood finish, molding galore!!! Classic, classic, classic!!

 Hilton girls do nothing for me, but this closet and those shoes are to die for!!!

Paris Hilton is killing me with the Hollywood Regency mirrored closet. Yes it is a bit over the top, but you've got to give it to her, the girl lives BIG!!! 

Ms. Kimora !!!! Rock that animal print carpet cat lady!!!! Meow!!! This closet is a diva's den!!!

Mariah's closet is OVER!!!! I would just faint every morning. No seriously, someone would have to dress me, because I would be on the floor if this were my closet!!!

Oddly enough, I wasn't as impressed with Rachel's closet; but I have to give the girl credit. She is a dressin mama!!! She is also a firm believer in the power of vintage vines, so I think the contents would be far more impressive than the closet itself. 

And of course, Carrie's new closet in the Sex and the City movie. What can I say? Just perfection. CLOSET HEAVEN!!! Can you hear the Angels singing???!!! A closet worth 6 seasons of heartache from Mr. Big. 

Decisions, decisions, I have my work cut out for me!!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

SHOP PREVIEW - Summer's Lace and Lingerie

My inner Taurus just screams for lace and luxury when shopping for nightgowns. I absolutely adore anything in chiffon, lace, or sheerio nylon.  I recently acquired a trunk load of beautiful 1950s lingerie for the shop. Here is a preview of what's to come:

1950s Van Raalte Sheerio Nylon Nightgown, $65.00 Twirl Vintage Co.

Beautiful inverted "v" bodice with ruffle collar.Twirl Vintage Co

The Van Raalte's SHEERIO line was noted for its silky textured nylon. Most of the labels have the SHEERIO name on them, but occasionally you will see the same fabric called PHILMY Sheerio, or sometimes just PHYLMY. These pieces are are rare and command high prices. If you find a SHEERIO piece, do not pass it up. 

"Sheerio" trademark registered in 1934, but was in use as early as 1931. The trademark was renewed by Van Raalte in 1974. It is now dead. This label is from a dead stock item on sale at Twirl Vintage Co.

COMPANY HISTORY COURTESY OF THE VINTAGE FASHION GUILD: "The Van Raalte Company was founded by Emanuel Van Raalte in 1913.  Van Raalte was a maker of fine gloves, nylon stockings and lingerie.  They were bought by Cluett, Peabody & Co (the Arrow shirt company) in the 1980s and eventually the company was sold to Warnaco."

1950s Van Raalte Floral Applique Nightgown, $60.00, Twirl Vintage Co. 

I just love the floral appliques and the 2 layers of nylon and chiffon. These are so beautiful that it justifies the choice to wear undergarments as dresses. 

1950s Tosca Chiffon and Nylon Peignoir, $150.00, SOLD  

This Tosca peignoir set was my absolute favorite. It was an exquisite piece of art and may not have left my hands if had actually fit me. It was in our on-line store for less than 24 hours before it was snapped up by a buyer. This price was a deal given that these sets tend to sell in the upwards of $250.00!!!

Imagine 3 layers of chiffon and nylon!!!! This was  a great piece for a bride trousseau or a special occasion. 

1960s Val Mode Nylon Robe, $35.00, Twirl Vintage Co. (listing upcoming - feel free to send an inquiry)

1950s Light Pink Sears and Roebuck, Charmode Line Nylon slip, $25.00, Twirl Vintage Co.

1970s Gilead 2 layer Butterfly Wing House Dress, $55.00, SOLD, Twirl Vintage Co. 

A lot of these labels are still in production such as Val Mode, Shadowline, and Vanity Fair, but there are some that are out of production. Below is a list of these brands. Keep in mind, that these brands also command the most money die to rarity. 

1950s Watermelon Pink Charmode Nightgown, $37.00 Twirl Vintage Co.

Some lingerie companies such as Vanity Fair, Gilead, and Val Mode are still in production. But there are several brands that have been discontinued and are considered quite valuable due to their rarity. These brands can also command higher collector's price. 

Intime of California
Cattani of California
Lucie Ann~Claire Sandra
Van Raalte
Jenelle of California
Rovel / Ro-Vel of California
Eye Full-Flaum's
Henson Kickernick (later Kickernick merged with Henson)
Olga NIGHTGOWNS (foundations still made)
Odette Barsa
Artemis (later Gossard merged with Artemis)
Gaymode (Vintage JCPenney exclusive brand)
Charmode (Vintage Sears exclusive brand)
Glydons or Glydons of Hollywood
Christian Dior
Bien Jolie
Formfit Rogers
Movie Star
Lady Lynne
Mary Barron
Lady Leonora
Fischer Heavenly Lingerie
-list courtesy of Sweet Cherry Vintage

Feel free to shop for your vintage lingerie at Twirl Vintage Co.