After all the Summers I've spent in Los Angeles, The Way We Wore is by far my favorite Vintage shop. I have been fortunate enough to see the designer archives, being a designer myself, and it is truly breathtaking. The thing I love about this shop is its organization of clothing throughout the decades like the Victorian section all the way through the 80's. Dorris, the store's owner and buyer gave me a personal tour last Summer into her immaculate archives which house fabric swatches from the 17th and 18th Centuries, a beautiful collection of sequins and buttons from the 1920's and even some pieces by Poiret which she has loaned to the Metropolitan Museum in New York in the past. Dorris even has collected a gorgeously well preserved item by Charles Frederick Worth (1826-1895); known as the Parisian Father of Haute Couture. I always have fun trying on these beautifully designed pieces made by the greats, I walked away with this floral blue dress from the 50s and a few other find I will post about later.
Interview With Dorris; Shop Owner and Buyer
Emilee Anne: I know you have an amazing designer archive ranging from the 17th Century to the 20th Centuries, can you tell me some designers who frequent your amazing collection for reference?
Dorris: Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors, Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, oh the list goes on!
Emilee Anne: That is fabulous! What an amazing group, can you tell me about where you collect your pieces from? Do you ever go over seas?
Dorris: I used to go to abroad to find vintage pieces, but now I mainly go all over the United States, theres is so much to pick from now, I just got back from New York where we are setting up a showroom for the store as well.
Some of my other favorite Vintage Shops if your ever in LA:
SLOW 7474 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles
Thrift and Designer Vintage
The Paper Bag Princess 8818 West Olympic Blvd. Beverly Hills
Couture and Designer Vintage
American Rag 150 S La Brea Ave. Los Angeles
Vintage and Contemporary