If you've ever visited the Rosebowl Flea Market, perused the many vintage shops in Burbank, or stopped by a tag sale on a sunny weekend, you know that L.A. takes its vintage shopping seriously. But with so much ground to cover, it can be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, we're here to introduce a brand new shopping concept shop, L.A. Vintage Exchange . LAVE-founder Courtney Lowe has created a highly personalized shopping destination for vintage-lovers and a not-to-be-missed resource for celebrity stylists and costume designers looking for the perfect gown or driving glove to complete a high-wattage look. Unlike warehouses filled to the brim with way-too-much inventory, Courtney's selection is hand-picked and priced to move. This dreamy one-stop-shop features an impeccable selection that includes Emanuel Ungaro and Halston dresses, chic Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent staples, plus loads of beautiful costume jewelry that is truly a treasure to behold. And did we mention this adorable by-appointment studio is nestled behind her lovely home in the PicFair neighborhood of Los Angeles? Dreamy, indeed!
Of course, this is more than just a vintage-lovers fantasy. The lovely Courtney Lowe is also busy prepping her debut vintage capsule collections for fall (watch this space for more info on the line!), and her cult-fave hand-dyed vintage blazers, tanks, and dresses have a devoted legion of stylish Angelenos. And though you can find her pieces on her Etsy shop (which is replenished weekly), we think you should come by and check it out in person. In fact, we'll be there this weekend hosting a super-special shopping party, complete with bubbling champers, an amazing editor's picks rack, and some sweet treats to nibble on to fuel your fashion engines. Plus we're sweetening the deal by offering 30% off all purchases over $100 and collecting donations for a $5 credit (after all, what are you planning on doing with all the spring cleaning you excavated?), so come and join us, it'll be a blast, we promise!
L.A. Vintage Exchange, 1424 Carmona Avenue (at Pico Boulevard); no phone. Saturday, June 12th, 12-4p.m.
R29 Giveaway: We're giving away one of Courtney Lowe's rad limited-edition hand-dyed tank tops and fitted leather skirts. Just tell us what your favorite vintage treasure is in the comments of this story, and we'll hook you up!