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Beyond Just Old and Secondhand: Vintage Fashion Expo

It would be easy to argue that most of what’s called vintage these days is, in reality, just kinda old or secondhand and either ironically fashionable because of its out-datedness or, in most cases, disappointingly ordinary. But vintage connoisseurs know that treasures from fashion’s past can be found in pristine (or close to it) condition – if you know where to look. This weekend’s Vintage Fashion Expo is one such place.

Vintage in the ‘Loin: MobShopUnderground One-Day Sale

Like a good man, affordable vintage minus the musty dusties is hard to find. Luckily for those of us with a penchant for both the style and the price tags of decades past, a MobShopUnderground sale drops into town on Thursday for one day only. On the racks, expect a mixture of dresses, sweaters, sweater vests and other assorted vintage items from the 1950’s to the 1990’s priced from $25-$45, as well as designer apparel from Whitley Kros, Suh-Than and Streets Ahead belts for $10-$65. Rounding out the selection is a collection of vintage sunglasses from names such as Ray-Ban, American Optical and Persol on offer for $10-$150.

Just don’t call it a pop-up shop.

Double Up on Vintage this Week

Two events to please your inner vintage fiend hit San Francisco this week. Both offer chances to revel in vintage apparel and accessories that you won’t find in land-based stores.

Vintage Shopping with Splendora’s Gina Pell

Ask Splendora founder Gina Pell about her must-haves style picks for spring, and you might expect a lengthy list comprised of the latest from Louboutin and brand names plucked off the racks at Barney’s New York. But you’d be wrong.

When we sat down recently with Pell to quiz her about spring style, the conversation surprised us with its quick shift to vintage fashion. Instead of visits to high-end boutiques or a trend treatise on choice items from spring collections, Pell’s style radar has its sights squarely set on one local shopping event, this weekend’s Vintage Fashion Expo.

One Killer Rack: Bianca Starr Debuts Stylist Boutique

Have you ever wanted to get your hands on a hot stylist’s rack (people, not like that). You’ll get your chance this Friday, when Bianca Starr unveils its first “stylist boutique,” a new in-store concept that’s sure to have local vintage fashion fans drooling.

“We have the hottest, most talented women in the city who have graced us with their fashion influence and asked them to pick out 20 to 30 of their favorite pieces that they can part with to be out on consignment,” store owner Bianca Kaplan blogged recently.

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