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Re-mix Sale on Imperfect Shoes

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Just needs a button...and someone who doesn't mind a shoe that a few other people stretched out a bit....

Just needs a button…and someone who doesn’t mind a shoe that a few other people stretched out a bit….

Go directly to the Re-mix Vintage Shoes sale page and marvel at the prices – slightly damaged goods yields great sales on many styles and sizes! The cheapest pair is going for $35, this pair of blue Cassandre pumps – the issues? Floor model used for try-ons and is missing a button – but not even the button you really need to keep it on your feet, you could sew it down or replace it with your own button. There are less-damaged goods at a range of higher prices, but all are less than you’d pay for a new, pristine pair. I mean, we’re just going to get them scratched up on the dance floor anyway, right? ;)

Chay Hawes Lindy Lyrics Prints

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On a tip from Morgan Day, I stumbled upon the prints of Chay Hawes, a freelance illustrator from the UK, who “creates custom, retro, science and minimalism influenced designs, available as both prints and greetings cards. Chay is inspired by old music hall bills, mid-20th century travel posters, retro cartoons, scientific discoveries, music, cinema, picture books, comics, Lindy Hop, and the historic Roman city [Chester] he calls home.” Of particular interest to us are his Lindy Hop lyrics prints, which feature gems sung by the Andrews Sisters, Wynonie Harris, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, and others. Wouldn’t “Keep On Churnin’ ‘Til the Butter Comes” be clever in a kitchen? Subtle/not subtle.

Maybe you have a special lyric you’d like to frame and put on your wall? “Many of the designs can be customised with names, dates and locations to create a truly unique reminder of a special event, or as a personalised gift for a friends and family.” Do it to it!

Prison Blues

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Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in classic workwear from the film  The Shawshank Redemption.

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in classic workwear from the film The Shawshank Redemption.

Dressing the part for dancing doesn’t always have to be fancy dresses and a three pieces suit and, as I dig more into vintage and reproduction workwear and sportswear to supplement my wardrobe, I am finding an array of classic items in unlikely places. One such place is Prison Blues, which features classic workwear pieces such as high waisted jeans (with or without buttons for braces), striped cotton work shirts, braces, and denim jackets, all reminiscent of the clothing you’d see in the film Shawshank Redemption, which takes place between 1947 and 1966.

Here’s the kicker – these garments are made in the USA “by inmates serving time at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute located in Pendleton [Oregon]. EOCI has created a work program that has given the inmates an opportunity to not only help out the tax payers but also, pay restitution, build a work ethic, and gain a work skill.” The workers get to keep 20% of what they earn, with bonuses, with the remainder going to the state to cover the cost of their incarceration. According to the website, this is a highly sought-after program, with a three year waiting list for inmates, where they can learn a marketable skill. The clothing the inmates make are not only sold to the public, but also clothe the inmates themselves, which was the purpose of the factory program when it was established in 1989.

I realize this may be controversial for some, so I would encourage you to read the website and decide how you feel about this particular work program. I’m still not sure how I feel about it – though I would love to see more garment industries based in the USA, the prison system in general is just a loaded topic for social issues. I do find it interesting that the garments being produced are essentially reproductions of vintage/classic garments. Here’s a selection from the website:

Work jean with braces/suspender buttons - photograph courtesy of acecafeshop.com, for my UK readers who may want to avoid international shipping.

Work jean with suspender buttons – photograph courtesy of acecafeshop.com, for my UK readers who may want to avoid international shipping.

Hickory work shirt from Prison Blues

Hickory work shirt from Prison Blues

Classic denim jacket, meant to be worn with a high rise pant.

Classic denim jacket, meant to be worn with a high rise pant.

Steel Magnolias Print at Trashy Diva

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The gorgeous Lena Sarong Dress in Steel Magnolias print.

The gorgeous Lena Sarong Dress in Steel Magnolias print.

It’s been a few months since I gushed about Trashy Diva and as long as they keep making superior rayon dresses I will continue to gush. The latest print, Steel Magnolias, embraces Trashy Diva’s southern roots as a nod to the film via large magnolia blooms on a silvery steel backdrop. The result is elegant, cheerful, and graceful, as the neutral of steel balances the ostentatious blooms. The print incorporates a bit of pink, purple, and what looks to be lime/chartreuse, giving this the pops of color it needs to have depth.

With this print comes a new style of dress, a classic 1940’s pinafore dress, which is a style I love and own several vintage dresses in this style. In addition to an array of classic TD styles, this collection has a lot of separates, including an intriguing pair of lounge pants. I’ll take one of each, please. :)

I love a pinafore dress!

I love a pinafore dress!

TD 40's Blouse, one of the great separates from this collection.

TD 40’s Blouse, one of the great separates from this collection.

Hot Topic Presents Vintage-Inspired Marvel Collection

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Streamlined, vintage design, from Stark Industries.

Streamlined vintage design from Stark Industries.

Hot Topic is taking pre-orders now for a Marvel By Her Universe collection of vintage-inspired dresses inspired by some of your favorite Marvel characters. Some of the garments are more literal, like Black Widow’s belted jacket (pair with pencil skirt, anyone?) and others are more inspired by 1940’s-1960’s design and the characters, like the 1940’s-inspired Stark Industries bomber jacket (for all you Rosies out there) and the 1950’s-inspired halter dresses for Loki and Captain America. I would love to see some of these at dances or performances because

– Dancers already have super powers – muggles agree that people who dance are magical creatures.

– Team performance, either chorus girl or co-ed, with any of these, would get extra points for presentation and the cost of these garments is not so prohibitive.

– Solving the question of what to wear to a Halloween dance that would be fun without having to don a wig or appendages.

I could do without the wimpy tulle “crinolines” poking out from the skirts of the halter dresses, but I think these garments are a good jumping off point for some custom modifications. The Loki dress COULD be MORE Loki with some embellishments and I’m definitely going to replace “Tony” with my name on the bomber jacket. Lindy Shopper can have her own narrative. ;)

Enjoy and keep saving the world through Lindy Hop!

I was always a sucker for a sailor dress - rock the hammer.

I was always a sucker for a sailor dress – rock the hammer applique.

Behind the Beat – Lindy Hop Tees, Tanks, and Hoodies

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At ILHC 2014 I reported of a mysterious banner for Behind the Beat – Clothes that Match Your Rhythm, with a website coming soon. That day soon has come, and Behind the Beat is a fully operational website, with swing dance themed tees, hoodies, and tanks for purchase. The graphic designs play with phrases and images that are familiar to swing dancers – a stylized Ellington in a top hat, “The Rhythm is Jumpin’” (you finish the phrase), a nice visual on A Train, and more. Perhaps the most useful tee for the month of May would be their I *heart* Frankie tee shirt, featuring a classic Frankie aerial silhouette in the heart – I’d say this tee is definitely a conversation-starter, for sharing the love of Lindy Hop. Check out the rest of the collection at the Behind the Beat website!

Loco Lindo – 20% Off for Lindy Shopper Readers!

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California-based vintage-inspired clothing company Loco Lindo has graciously offered Lindy Shopper readers a 20% discount on all regular priced items! Use the code LINDYSHOPPER2015 through December 31, 2015 to get this discount! :D

For my newer readers, I blogged about Loco Lindo when they were a vendor at All Balboa Weekend in 2011 – since then designer Linda Marrone has been busy expanding her line of clothing to even more fun, wearable, washable garments, some which are ready to go swing era style and others that skirt the line between modern and vintage, that could go either way depending on how you accessorized the ensemble. Comfort and prints are key here, as well, with shapes that are flattering and easy to wear and prints that make you smile.

Linda and two of her Loco Lindo designs - adorable!

Linda and two of her Loco Lindo designs – adorable!

Did I mention that most of Loco Lindo’s garments are 100% rayon viscose crepe? Did I mention that I wear the dress I bought from them at ABW 5 years ago year-round? Did I mention that after I wear it I just throw it in the wash and don’t have to have it dry cleaned? Linda isn’t messing around – some of her priorities as a designer are flattering silhouettes, comfort, and making vintage styles wearable for every day to take you to the variety of occasions that you would encounter in your day-to-day lives.

I also like that the website spells out why their dresses are special:
• Covered Buttons •
• Soft Elastic Waistbands •
• Ruching Treatments •
• Special Shell Buttons •
• 100% Pre-Washed Soft Rayon Crepe •

Now that we’ve covered the basics of Loco Lindo, go shop with that coupon code! New summer styles and prints will be coming out soon, so be sure to check back in.

I'm having another GET IN MY CLOSET moment with this dress - I love fruit prints!

I’m having another GET IN MY CLOSET moment with this dress – I love fruit prints!

Shameless Plug for My Band’s Kickstarter

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As some of you may or may not know, I sing with several different bands, but I also have a band of my own – the Mint Julep Jazz Band – and we are currently running a Kickstarter for our second album, titled Battle Axe. Kickstarter is a great way to get new music and take advantage of pre-ordering the album, while helping the band to get enough money to actually complete the recording and manufacturing process.

If you’ve already backed us, awesome! :D

If you’ve never heard of us, check out our website for lots of videos and audio clips, pick up a copy of our first album on CD Baby, and head over to Kickstarter to see what it’s all about.

Thanks, everyone! Back to your regularly scheduled shopping in the next post, I promise. :)

The Flower City Follies – A Lovely Winter Costume

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The Flower City Follies with costume designer Nicole Carson

The Flower City Follies with costume designer Nicole Carson

This past weekend I attended the Slow Dance Soiree in Rochester, New York to sing with Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders for the Friday and Saturday night dances. During the Friday night dance, Rochester’s chorus girl troupe, the Flower City Follies, performed a wonderful routine to “I’m Still Caring” (didn’t catch the artists, but will update if I do), wearing an ensembles worthy of Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas. The costumes consisted of an ice blue dress trimmed in white faux fur and a snowflake fascinator, all made by Nicole Carson (pictured at left above, uncostumed), and Marissa Wilson (pictured above, second row far right) made the faux fur muffs the dancers used as props. That’s right, every stitch of these costumes were made by hand by local dancers.

A close-up of the fascinator.

A close-up of the fascinator.

The whole effect was stunning and absolutely perfect for the event, given the snow on the ground outside and intermittent flurries throughout the weekend. As an added note of versatility, the costumes were made to be flattering on all sizes and body shapes, and each dress was made to fit a range of sizes, as there are more Follies dancers than costumes available, and the costumes would need to be worn by more than one girl, depending on the performance. This is one instance where tailoring and stretch fabric made a beautiful dress, without compromising the effect of the garment – they all looked fantastic!

Swing Threads – Screen Printed Casual Wear for Social Dancers

Blue Lou is my jam - what's yours?

Blue Lou is my jam – what’s yours?

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I picked up a business card for SwingThreads.com at Lindy Focus and was delighted to discover another site offering up clever tees catering to our swing dance obsessions. The business card lists Amy Nelson, Eric Stevens, and Tray Turner as proprietors, and, aside from the clever tees, the site offers graphic design and screen printing services. If you can imagine it…consider hiring SwingThreads.com to bring forth your vision! Digging the turntable tee and also a tee addressing the “Bro Jam” – the locking horns imagery is appropos. I’ve always thought they look like pro wrestlers, grappling and flinging each other about, but maybe that’s an idea for another tee. :)

A winner is you

A winner is you

Lindy Focus 2014 Vendors

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Lindy Focus is always such an incredible experience, almost indescribable, yet eloquently described by trumpet player and dancer Gordon Au as “transcendent.” Almost everyone I spoke with had some sort of experience that sent them to the moon and back – perhaps it was the stellar dancing, the world-class instruction, or the unparalleled live music…for some, I’m sure it was all three!

At an event like this with 1,000+ people in attendance, taking over the entire hotel and then some, one would think that this would be a great opportunity for vendors – yet, the vendor pool remains small and the shoe vendor spot is a noticeable vacancy as people scramble to take advantage of the limited sueding service, snatch up all the consigned shoes, or make quick repairs to their ailing shoes.

The Lindy Focus merchandise generally sells out quickly and by the time I arrived the afternoon of the 27th, several items were out of stock in all sizes. I snagged the last gray baseball henley, but pined for one of the adorable long sleeve shirts with athletic stripes around the bicep, in a nod to early football jerseys.

Pretty sure this dress, and any other dress that graced the mannequin last week was snapped up!

Pretty sure this dress, and any other dress that graced the mannequin last week was snapped up!

The Savoy Shop, a consignment and vintage clothing shop set up within Lindy Focus (attendees can either shop or consign), was expertly run by dancer Michelle Morrison, who collects items dancers may find useful throughout the year. Gads of leather soled shoes, cute dresses, vintage accessories, and even some glamorous items for New Year’s Eve purposes. My favorite was the stack of black bow ties available for purchase (insta-tux?).

My favorite blooms from Forties Forward are always on this mini dress form :)

My favorite blooms are always on this mini dress form :)

Forties Forward was in attendance and I wish I had asked them how many years they have done this – some of my very first hair flower I bought were from Forties Forward at Lindy Focus and I still wear them, they are solidly constructed blooms with nice details and colors. They also add a few other varied hair accoutrements, vintage bags, and vintage ties to the mix, rounding out the selection of accessories.

This little jewel box of felt flowers made me so happy!

This little jewel box of felt flowers from Dapper Designs made me so happy!

The new vendor this year (but not new to this blog) was Margie Sweeney’s Dapper Designs. She had a cheerful selection hand-made bow ties and continental ties, but my favorite items were the floral felt boutonnieres/hair flowers – just large enough to show up in your hair, just small enough not to overtake a lapel. I bought three and I’ll share them with the hubs. :)

Here’s some more views of the vendors’ items:

Dancer, vocalist, and happy face at the registration desk Lindsay Kelly shows off the adorable shoe bag someone made as part of the Lindy Focus merchandise - she didn't know who provided them, so if someone knows, please let us know!

Dancer, vocalist, and happy face at the registration desk Lindsay Kelly shows off the adorable shoe bag someone made as part of the Lindy Focus merchandise – she didn’t know who provided them, so if someone knows, please let us know!

Fuzzy vintage coat at the Savoy Shop

Fuzzy vintage coat at the Savoy Shop

I want to know who picked up this smoking jacket!

I want to know who picked up this smoking jacket! At the Savoy Shop.

Vintage suitcases at great prices - the front suitcase came home with me; the one in the back has a garment bag mechanism inside!

Vintage suitcases at great prices – the front suitcase came home with me; the one in the back has a garment bag mechanism inside!

A gorgeous orchid by Forties Forward

A gorgeous orchid by Forties Forward

A selection of bow ties at Forties Forward.

A selection of bow ties at Forties Forward.

Do the continental with Dapper Designs

Do the continental with Dapper Designs

An array of hand made ties by Dapper Designs.

An array of hand made ties by Dapper Designs.

Vecona Vintage Lookbook

I'll take a sidecar, yes, please.

I’ll take a sidecar, yes, please.

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I wrote about Vecona Vintage about a year ago and it seems that they have been as busy as ever, not only making lovely vintage reproduction and inspired garments for men and women, but also putting their looks together in a gorgeous, not-to-be-missed lookbook, titled “Rasant & Kurvenreich.” It’s eye candy of the best sort, so sit back, get a nice warm cup of tea, and enjoy the beautiful clothing, models, vintage vehicles, and scenery.

Zutiste – Bow Ties and Pocket Squares

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We are in the throes of fall and OcTieBer and I thought it apropos to share the lovely wool bow ties and pocket squares of Zutiste, thanks to a tip from dancer Daragh Regan, who tweeted at me the other day about their wares. Hand-made in Paris from English wool, this collection represents some stellar staples in neutral colors that you can add to just about any ensemble.

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Re-Mix Website Re-Do

All cap-toes are on sale for $134.40!

All cap-toes are on sale for $134.40!

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

For all of us who, through perseverance, REALLY wanted to order a pair of Re-mix Vintage Shoes and sacrificed the convenience of online shopping carts or being able to easily find the shoes we saw at that event or the sale section and had to phone in our order/questions, the wait is over – Re-mix heard your feedback and has upgraded their website to be user-friendly and well-designed. Also, dudes, there are some great shoes on sale right now! Check it out!

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In case you had any doubts about my trip to New Orleans…

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