Re-mix Introduces The Lindy

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Re-mix Lindy!

Re-mix Lindy!

When one door closes, another one opens…I have long been mourning the loss of Dancestore.com’s Mary Jane wedge, which I own in black and red and are staples of my weekly dance wardrobe and what I would choose to put on my feet at the end of a long dance weekend for some comfort. They are down to the last two sizes in brown and appear to be phasing out wedges altogether (I love you Rugcutters!), which left me in a bit of a panic, as my wedges are definitely 5+ years into their lives with signs of abuse/love – what would I get to eventually replace them?

As if Re-mix Vintage Shoes read my mind, they brought back their very own Mary Jane wedge, now with an enclosed heel, and named it Lindy. It took me a little while to warm up to dancing in Re-mix wedges, as I found them stiff at first, but then I wore a pair of their Spectator wedges to a Lindy bomb at a bar and they were everything – street shoes and dance shoes, flexibility, security, and with that wedge sole I could plow through every inconsistency in that concrete floor. For me, the more closed-heeled Re-mix wedges have been more secure for my feet for dancing, which is why I am excited about the Lindy – perhaps they got feedback from dancers about which wedges they prefer and made this closed heel modification to the style just for us? I’d like to think so. :)

Saint Savoy Riviera – My New Favorite Dance Shoe

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The regal profile of a perfect pair of dance heels.

The regal profile of a perfect pair of dance heels.

I swear I’m not saying this because they are the juiciest shade of green this side of a Granny Smith apple, I’m saying this because they are all of the things I am looking for in a dance shoe. The new Saint Savoy Riviera, a gorgeous t-strap dance shoe, is all of these things and more: something low enough that I can Lindy Hop all night, but high enough that I can benefit from a heel for Balboa; something that I can dance in all night without hurting the balls of my feet or causing blisters (on the first night of dancing, no less! No blisters!); soft, flexible leather, yet with enough support to withstand the stress of the dance; did I mention the perfect heel height (3.5 cm, which is about 1.4 inches)? And the soft sueded sole? And the pristine finishing on the shoe? And the divine two tone color? And the cutouts allowing for even more movement? And the sweet vintage styling? I haven’t been this excited about a pair of dance shoes since my first pair of Remixes 8 years ago, I’m in love…

The Riviera is so new that it’s not even on the Saint Savoy website yet, but will be in late November, just in time for the gifting season. They are taking orders, though, so contact them about placing your order. The green Rivieras are almost sold out already (I’m looking at you, Castle Camp)! Also available in light blue, brown, and a sassy tan/red color combo.

Here’s a collection of photos of my love affair with this dance shoe:

Top view

Top view – I can neither confirm nor deny that they are the same color as my ’64 Vespa 90. ;)

Side view

Side view – can my entire life be this technicolor? It’s always good to have goals.

Rear view

Rear view

Inside view

Inside view

Casual view, aka recovering asthmatic view.

Casual view, aka recovering asthmatic view.

OcTieBer Starts Tomorrow!

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One of my favorite outfits from last year's OcTieBer.

One of my favorite outfits from last year’s OcTieBer.

Now in its fifth year, OcTieBer is “a month long sartorial celebration of quality neckwear worn in a traditional style” – in reality, it is much more than the sum of this description: it is the encouragement of people of all walks, creeds, and genders to embrace classic style (or modern twists on classic style); it highlights accessories that we don’t often consider in our modern lives, unless you happen to be a lawyer or just really like wearing neck scarves or ascots; it encourages you to dig deep into your closet and pull out those neglected ties or challenges regular tie wearers to create new ensembles and be inspired by others; it may cause people to notice you in positive ways; it creates a sense of camaraderie within the OcTieBer Facebook group where novice and even professional dressers can share their creativity and efforts for the day or every day of October.

OcTieBer IS inspiring. The challenge is to wear neckwear every day for the month of October, but even if you only join us for a couple of days, I invite you to join us for the fun of dressing, learning from and being inspired by others, and being supported in your endeavors by a wonderful group of people.

Here are the official rules, from the Facebook group:

“How to participate? It’s simple:

1. Wear a collared shirt and tie each day (be it a long tie, bow tie, ascot, cravat, bolo, western double string tie or any other traditional neckwear that expresses your personal style). Preferably your outfit will be paired with a jacket, sweater, vest or other accessories that suggest why you’ve chosen that day’s tie.

2. Upload an image of your fine outfit with an optional description of the designer, type of knot, fabric, etc.

3. Share the love by encouraging your friends to admire your statement of personal style.”

Summer Blue Jewelry on Etsy – Designs Inspired by Vintage Bakelite and Lucite

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The earrings that started it all for me...

The earrings that started it all for me…

It all started when I came across these “fakelite” bat wing earrings on Etsy – I adored them, but because of my haircut, no one can really see my earrings on a normal day, but WHAT IF THEY COULD BE DRESS CLIPS. I messaged Summer Blue and the answer was affirmative, that I must be reading her mind because she was thinking about doing sweater clips with a removable chain. Two weeks later, said bat sweater clips were in my hands and a fan was born!

My obsession continues – in a nutshell, Summer Blue creates “high-quality, handmade jewelry with a vintage flair. Inspired by fine and costume jewelry from the 20’s to the 60’s with an emphasis on the Bakelite and confetti Lucite styles.” The quality is stellar, you can tell she puts a lot of thought into her designs and the execution. The selection of crazy adorable jewelry is HUGE, but her designs fly off the shelf – I went back to get a Christmas holly pin on my wish list from last week, thinking I’m ahead of the game, and it was already gone! Finally, the prices just can’t be beat – real bakelite can be 10 times the cost of these items, and other fakelite reproductions tend to run a bit higher in price, but Summer Blue manages to deliver the most adorable goods at a very reasonable cost.

I’m in LOVE LOVE LOVE! Take a gander at my faves, but go look for yourself because there’s something for everyone here!

Because sometimes you need to be purple glitter Batman/Batwoman.

Because sometimes you need to be purple glitter Batman/Batwoman.

A tiki necklace and earrings set.

A tiki necklace and earrings set.

A peach!

A peach!

Sparkly star earrings that will go with everything!

Sparkly star earrings that will go with everything!

The Halloween stuff is just TOO CUTE

The Halloween stuff is just TOO CUTE

Just in time for fall!

Just in time for fall!

Obsessing over this turnip...

Obsessing over this turnip…

For your mermaid ensemble...I could keep going, there's so much good stuff here!

For your mermaid ensemble…I could keep going, there’s so much good stuff here!

Art Deco Tights at ModCloth

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These Art Deco tights from ModCloth – the Cheered to the Deco Tights – deserve their own post, there is so much wonderful detail here! The detailed knitwork, the Deco plumes, the diamond at the top, and the faux-thigh-high effect of the tights that finish out in a fishnet at the thighs and bum (I imagine this is very forgiving) – I’d love to see these in a Charleston contest!

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ILHC 2015 Vendor Report

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2015 was a great year for vendors at the International Lindy Hop Championships, highlighting a range of merchandise from tee shirts to custom suiting to vintage and everything in-between. The new hotel, the Marriott Crystal Gateway, was more ideally suited for hosting vendors, with a more obvious space near the ballroom for display tables and a more trafficked area near the elevators. Here’s the who’s who of the vendors:

Dynamic vending duo Carol and Laurie

Dynamic vending duo Carol and Laurie

Laurie Gilkenson, affectionately known as (and actually) Nina’s mom, was set up with a selection of shoes from Dancestore and an assortment of clothing and shoes formerly belonging to Nina herself, an avid and long-time vintage clothing collector. Helping Laurie at the booth was Carol Dant, Nina’s cousin, who was attending ILHC as her very first dance event! I am glad that Dancestore remains a presence at ILHC, as it is always nice to try dance shoes on in person and you never know what mishaps may happen with the dance shoes you have, so being able to find a replacement immediately is invaluable. There were some truly choice vintage pieces for sale, such as rayon print dresses, silver 1930’s t-strap heels, and a crazy 1920’s coat with fox collar and clasp.

Victor's fabric samples and ties

Victor’s fabric samples and ties

A first-time vendor, Victor Celania (who I blogged about just before ILHC), was present with his custom line of menswear and some ready-to-wear items such as ties and socks. Victor was a welcome sight, with his tape measure around his neck like a stole for much of the event, ready to measure dancers for their custom suits. The display was so cheerful with colorful silk ties and patterned socks.

Forties Forward may earn the award, along with Dancestore, for the longest-running attendance at ILHC, selling their staple colorful blooms along with some new feathered beauties, vintage neck ties and bow ties. Their booth is always a welcome sight!

Lovely buttons on trousers by Chloe Hong

Lovely buttons on trousers by Chloe Hong

Chloe Hong‘s custom menswear and womenswear was another bright spot, with fabric swatches for days, colorful socks, starched collars, braided belts and sparkly bloomers. Thoughtful details in Chloe’s designs include shiny buttons on trousers and skirts and all the pleats and belt back details one could ever ask for in a jacket. Having experienced tailors and designers like Chloe and Victor present at ILHC make taking the plunge on a custom suit so much easier and more accessible. They are friends, fellow dancers, here to help you look your best!

Behind the Beat's sassy tribute to Dawn Hampton

Behind the Beat’s sassy tribute to Dawn Hampton

Last, but certainly not least, the largest display at ILHC was from Behind the Beat Apparel, with a full range of tees, hoodies, hats, and bags with clever Lindy Hop and jazz-themed screen prints. I have two items of particular note:

1) Behind the Beat is conducting a fund-raiser for Dawn Hampton to raise money to publish her book – Dawn needs cash in hand to hire a publisher and here’s how you can help: Behind the Beat is offering “2 different T-Shirt Options, a Tote Bag, and a 24” x 36” signed, numbered, and framed Limited Edition Commemorative Poster. We will be giving a percentage of each sale directly to Dawn.” For more information on the fundraiser, please visit the Behind the Beat website and watch the video below.

2) I am in love with their Duke Ellington shoe bag, not only because it bears Ellington’s handsome mug, but because it has two slots sewn in the back of the bag for your shoes, with a main compartment for everything else. It’s so simple, it’s brilliant. And now I can’t find the bag on the website to link it! Arrrrgh! Will hopefully edit soon and add link.

And that’s a wrap! Until next year, ILHC!

Nina's gorgeous 1930's t-straps could have been yours!

Nina’s gorgeous 1930’s t-straps could have been yours!

Carol models a 1920's coat with fox fur collar.

Carol models a 1920’s coat with fox fur collar.

A favorite from Dancestore's selection.

A favorite from Dancestore’s selection.

Pick up a quintessential bow tie from Celania Custom Clothing.

Pick up a quintessential bow tie from Celania Custom Clothing.

The main part of Victor's display at ILHC.

The main part of Victor’s display at ILHC.

I adore these socks from Victor's booth!

I adore these socks from Victor’s booth!

Classic blooms from Forties Forward.

Classic blooms from Forties Forward.

The Forties Forward neck tie and bow tie selection.

The Forties Forward neck tie and bow tie selection.

Feathered beauties from Forties Forward.

Feathered beauties from Forties Forward.

A cross-section of suit jackets from Chloe Hong.

A cross-section of suit jackets from Chloe Hong.

I am also in love with these socks from Chloe's table - feathers! Stripes!

I am also in love with these socks from Chloe’s table – feathers! Stripes!

Sparkly bloomers by Chloe Hong.

Sparkly bloomers by Chloe Hong.

Lovely row of trousers from Chloe Hong.

Lovely row of trousers from Chloe Hong.

And Chloe's collars!

And Chloe’s collars!

An array of printed goodies from Behind the Beat, including that wonderful Ellington shoe bag!

An array of printed goodies from Behind the Beat, including that wonderful Ellington shoe bag!

A Savoy Ballroom pillow, perfect for every Lindy Hopper's couch!

A Savoy Ballroom pillow, perfect for every Lindy Hopper’s couch!

Life as a Lindy Hopper is truly sweet! :D

Life as a Lindy Hopper is truly sweet! :D

Simon James Cathcart 1930’s Jeans Sale – September 1-4!

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I’ve seen several sartorial friends excited about this sale, so check out Simon James Cathcart’s high rise, wide leg 1930’s jeans with a cinch back, called the Brakeman Waist Overalls (but not overalls in the traditional/American sense). The other jeans on this site retail for 175 pounds (about $268.00), but from Sept. 1-4 you can get this particular pair for 99 pounds (about $151.00). These look super rad!

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Saint Savoy Riviera T-strap

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I must confess, for the past two days, since Saint Savoy posted a sneak preview of their new Riviera shoe, I have found myself going back to their Facebook page multiple times a day to go look at these shoes. THAT GREEN. That blue…and I’d definitely get some use out of that neutral pair, too. They had me at color, but I’m sold at the 3.5 cm (about 1.4 inches) heel.

Seriously, how soon will these be on the website? If you’re lucky enough to be going to Swing Castle Camp and/or Balboa Castle Camp, you can pick up a pair there!

Blushing Violet Wants To Know What You’re Wearing

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Would ya like to take a survey?

Would ya like to take a survey?

Oklahoma dancers Michelle Stokes and Laurel Ryan have ideas and designs on starting a made-to-measure clothing line called Blushing Violet for swing dancers, vintage styles and cuts in modern fabrics, made for the wearer with our special dancer needs in mind. What’s great is that you will know about this before it even exists and you can influence and share what YOU like to wear dancing that may influence what they offer in their clothing line. Take a minute and fill out this brief survey about the who, what, where, when and why of dance clothing: http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/fEiCLxdq

It will be so interesting to follow Blushing Violet’s progress, I hope to stay in the loop and share updates on this blog!

Celania Custom Clothing at ILHC 2015

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I miss Victor terribly now that he's no longer on the east coast, he's the best to go vintage shopping with because he's a digger and he's persistent!

I miss Victor terribly now that he’s no longer on the east coast, he’s the best to go vintage shopping with because he’s a digger and he’s persistent!

As we approach the end of August, no doubt you have the International Lindy Hop Championships on the brain, whether you are attending in person or watching via Yehoodi broadcast. While ILHC has not been known for its quantity of vendors, it is known for rare opportunities to interact with special custom clothiers, such as Chloe Hong. This year, one of my earliest Lindy shopping companions, Victor Celania will add his expertise to the vendor lineup through his Celania Custom Clothing.

Based in Austin, Texas, Victor has created his own line of made-to-measure custom clothing that essentially takes everything that is great about Victor and whittles it down to something that is perfect for you. What this means is that Victor uses his knowledge of Lindy Hop, vintage fashion, menswear, modern fashion, the custom garment industry, fabrics, and his listening skills, willingness to try new things skills, and his ability to be that encouraging person in your life that assures you that yes, you should try this on and, no, that color is not bad for you, and yes, this will work with your coloring, and JUST TRUST VICTOR. The gents on his Instagram feed would rival (nay, exceed) anything GQ is putting out. He can simultaneously get you out of your comfort zone, yet find something that becomes so very YOU that you didn’t quite know how stylish you really are.

Victor will be scheduling appointments through Saturday evening at ILHC. Set up an appointment now by emailing him at vcelania@yahoo.com and visit his Instagram page to see more of his work.

Victor dresses an entire band, Austin's Soul Track Mind.

Victor dresses an entire band, Austin’s Soul Track Mind.

Keds Champion Brogue

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They certainly aren’t the first shoe to foray into hybrid sneaker/dress oxford territory, but our flagship Lindy Hop shoe has introduced a two tone wingtip Champion oxford in their fall collection (which is worth a gander in its entirety, some really good colors, patterns, and fabrics). Available in two tone wool and suede in brown and black and an all-leather brown with houndstooth inset.

To Seersucker, With Love

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This summer I’ve grown to appreciate seersucker fabric more and more, not just as a Southerner, but as a sartorial gift that bestows charm, ventilation, and wrinkle-resistance upon its wearer. It really is an ideal fabric for swing dancers, a respite from the heat of the air and our own bodies, that is lightweight, breathable, practical, movable, and easy to pack. I’ve decided to compile some vintage and reproduction seersucker lovelies from Etsy to celebrate this wonderful fabric today:

Floral 1930's/40's seersucker blouse

Floral 1930’s/40’s seersucker blouse

Seersucker vest by MacheteNSons

Seersucker vest by MacheteNSons

1940's summer suit with peplum

1940’s summer suit with peplum

1940's/50's gabardine blend brown and white striped trousers

1940’s/50’s gabardine blend brown and white striped trousers

Floral 1940's seersucker romper

Floral 1940’s seersucker romper

1950's seersucker shirt

1950’s seersucker shirt

Seersucker 1940's day dress

Seersucker 1940’s day dress

Lazy Bones

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While I was perusing the racks at Bygones Vintage Clothing while attending The Process in Richmond, VA, I happened upon a new-to-me brand of reproduction dresses called Lazy Bones. It appears to be a sort of Australian-based Anthropologie-type shop, with vintage-inspired clothing and home goods. From the website:

“Lazybones takes a fresh and whimsical approach to designing clothing and homewares for modern, relaxed living. Inspired by vintage, Lazybones clothing has become well known for its quirky signature prints, delicate embroidery and jacquard knitwear. Our homewares including bedding, ceramics and wallpaper inspires a fresh and playful approach to creating unique spaces within our homes. Our aim is to continually evolve each season designing products that surprise and delight our customers who have grown to love our brand across the world.”

With a name like Lazy Bones, there’s a great sense of humor here, along with an ease in the clothing that suggests you could still be lazy and look fabulously lazy. A lot of the pieces do remind me of comfy vintage finds, things that I buy to lounge or dance in, because of the fabric choices, prints, and easy shapes. Here are some of my favorites from Lazy Bones:

(Edited to add that there’s a USA website with better shipping options for those of us in the states at http://lazybonesusa.com/ – thanks for the tip, Jenny!)

Alice Dress in the Port Fairy print

Alice Dress in the Port Fairy print

Allegra Dress in Sorrento print

Allegra Dress in Sorrento print

Alanna Dress in white with blue embroidery; also available in white with red embroidery

Alanna Dress in white with blue embroidery; also available in white with red embroidery

That elusive 20's day dress reproduction!  The Matilda Dress in indigo; also available in silver.

That elusive 20’s day dress reproduction! The Matilda Dress in indigo; also available in silver.

I love that they offer slips!  The Undressed Slip, also available in black, to go under everything!

I love that they offer slips! The Undressed Slip, also available in black, to go under everything!

Verity cardigan, also available in blue and green - I love a patterned cardi!

Verity cardigan, also available in blue and green – I love a patterned cardi!

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!