This Mother-Daughter Duo Has An Enviable Vintage Collection

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Fashion definitely runs in the Latner family’s blood: Grandmother (we like to call her “Glam-ma”) to granddaughter, their luxe collection of family heirlooms has withstood the test of time. Launched in 1999 by Momma Lynda — a “bored housewife with a lot of old clothes” — their site Vintage Couture allowed like-minded collectors to buy and swap stones and clothes online. The mother-daughter duo spends their days scouring the archives for their keen, appointment-only clientele, which includes local collectors and celebs including Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen.
On top of Vintage Couture, Yael is busy blogging it up on her site, Rantings Of A Shopaholic, which curates her not-so-secret love for all things Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler, and her obsession with Miu Miu bags (click on for further proof!). Her most recent startup, BeTrendMe, was founded with her hubby Dan Kanter, who just so happens to be Justin Bieber’s musical director and guitarist. Momma Lynda's love for vintage treasures trickled down to Yael, who's rocked major labels from the womb. (Yeah, we carried Hermès bags to our best friend’s bat mitzvahs, too.)
In fact, it was Lynda who, back in 2007, tapped Tommy Ton, a little-known street-style star at the time, sent him off to Europe to cover the shows, and gave him the big break he needed. Today, we peek into their private showroom and “permanent collection,” which holds the rarest Chanel goods we’ve ever laid eyes on, and racks upon racks of vintage Pucci, Lanvin, and Courrèges.
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"Bored housewife with lots of old clothes? Not really, but the growth in browsing online in the late '90s encouraged me to look for similar-minded people with vintage clothes for sale. This led to the creation of Vintage Couture. Though not pre-eBay, the concept was to allow collectors to sell and buy through the website — a relatively unique idea at the time. It helped that my 16-year-old nephew was able to put together a commercial website in 48 hours."

All: Vintage Chanel.
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"While hosting our annual vintage trunk show at Distractions, the fashion-forward boutique in Aspen, Colorado, I fell in love with this dress from their first collection. It was the beginning of my love affair with Jack and Lazaro. The chartreuse PS1 I got in LA on my birthday, and I carried it for a year straight until I got the purple one so I could give it a rest. The clutch was on sale at Harvey Nichols in London, and while orange isn't really my color, this clutch is a lifesaver in a fashion emergency. The color really pops!"

All: Proenza Schouler.
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Lynda Latner: "I know fur is not PC, but sadly this one has been a jacket since the '60s. Even in this state it deserves respect and a good home. The chairs are covered in vintage mohair velvet that I found in the '70s in NYC and kept until I found the right chairs — three years ago."

Yael Kanter: "I believe that vintage fur is the way to go. There is less guilt associated with it, and really you are allowing the fur to live out its destiny. I would never condone a leopard fur today but this jacket is hard to resist."

Jacket: Vintage Christian Dior.
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Lynda Latner: "Gold + black = drama."

Yael Kanter: "Gold and black is the perfect color combination. So chic."

L to R. Dresses: Vintage Chanel, Vintage Versace, Vintage Gianfranco Ferré. Studded Sneakers: Christian Louboutin. Gold Sneakers: Pierre Hardy. White Sneakers: Converse x Vena Cava.
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"This is an incredible Dior haute couture belt from the Ferré era. It is like the WWE belt for the fashion olympics. It's great paired with a fabulous, red silk dress."

Belt: Vintage Christian Dior Haute Couture.
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"Leopard taffeta, white pique, and a tuxedo jacket all together in one outfit? Perry Ellis knew how to make a woman feel empowered and feminine. We miss him."

All Clothing: Perry Ellis. Shoes: Christian Louboutin.
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"Evidently, I had a Belgian Loafer problem in the mid-'80s! Or, maybe I was longing for the preppy look? Whatever the case, I love, love, love them, and never miss a chance to wear them summer or winter."

Shoes: Belgian Loafers.
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Lynda Latner: "Iconic collectible. Every collectors staple item. I love having them in our inventory."

Yael Kanter: "I have a soft spot for Courrèges. I wore head to toe vintage Courrèges for my high school prom. It was obviously my mother’s idea and she sourced the outfit. I felt like I stepped out of the mod 60’s. It was so fabulous."

Jacket: Vintage Courrèges.
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"I have an obsession with Miu Miu handbags. They are so well made and comfortable to carry. This one was a must-have, and I finally picked one up on a trip to L.A."

Bag: Miu Miu.
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"Obsessed! As you can see, I am a huge fan of Miuccia and I can’t get enough of the handbags. I always look forward to the next season. Handbags are the most versatile accessory, and when I find a bag I love, I wear it to death."

Bags: Miu Miu.
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Lynda Latner: "There are times when I am out on a buying trip and I find a piece that takes my breath away. A Gucci vicuna coat is one of those dream buys. I broke down and stashed it in my closet, or as I like to say, it’s in the 'permanent archives.'"

Yael Kanter: "This works for me because I know that I can borrow this coat and other pieces in the 'permanent archives!'"

All: Vintage Gucci.

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"Like Yael said, we are quirky collectors. This is a good look, no?"

Necklace: Vintage CHANEL.
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"Both passed along from my stylish mother. She knows a good bag when she sees one."

L to R. Bags: Vintage Pucci, Vintage Roberta Di Camerino.
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Lynda Latner: "At 70% off in 1989, these dream shoes became mine. They are my go-to summer flats and have stood the test of time."

Yael Kanter: "My mother’s feet are slightly bigger than mine so I have never been able to borrow these shoes. When I saw this gorgeous bag in the same jewel print at a vintage show years ago, it was finally my chance to have a piece of that collection!"

All: Vintage Chanel.
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"These are from our extensive '90s Chanel inventory. They are waiting patiently for just the right chic client to need them in their wardrobe."

All: Vintage Chanel.
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Lynda Latner: "Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! This 1960s cocktail dress from the Vintage Couture inventory is like body jewelry — just add earrings."

"Here at Vintage Couture, we love really insane, vintage sunglasses. Even if you are shy about wearing vintage, a killer pair of sunglasses, like these Pucci or Montana ones, show you have an eye for fashion."

Dress: Vintage Norman Norell. Bag: Hermès. Printed Sunglasses: Vintage Pucci. Pin: Chanel.
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All: Vintage Chanel.
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"The photo of Debbie and Carrie Fisher was captured by Ron Gallela. It was given to me as a thank you for an installation of Hollywood Fashion that I curated for Holt Renfrew back in 2003. I love this photo because Debbie and Carrie are the epitome of a fashionable mother-daughter duo. Both are fashion icons and know a thing or two about vintage clothes. Here at VC, we really love 1960s Kelly bags. They are classic and timeless, and who can resist chocolate croc?"

Bags: Hermès, Pucci, Pucci, Pucci, Hermès.
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All: Vintage Chanel.
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"2006 and 2007 were my favorite Chloé collections. Not only did I wear these two pieces to the pre-wedding occasions for my eldest daughter, but the white one was so captivating that it got me a front row seat at the Christian Lacroix Couture show in Paris one summer."

Dresses: Chloé.

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"I have an obsession with Christopher Kane and his amazing, ethereal prints. I have worn this chiffon moto jacket almost every day since I got it! I am also a sucker for spikes, especially when they are Louboutin. I turned my mom onto them and she got these fab loafers."

Jacket: Christopher Kane. Spike Loafers: Christian Louboutin. Oxfords: Chanel. Clutch: Vintage Pucci.
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Lynda Latner: "The killer gold brocade couture suit is my mother’s from the '60s, and the spectator heels are Vintage Couture inventory and date from the late '80s, early '90s. The shoes remind me of the ones that the Pearly Queen wore in My Fair Lady."

Yael Kanter: "I love Chanel handbags, and vintage bags have a pre-loved feel that you can't get in a store. The mini drawstring one is the perfect night out bag and the sunglasses case on a chain fits a Blackberry or iPhone perfectly! Now, I always know where my phone is."

All: Vintage Chanel.
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"My style is very laid-back — I like to wear jeans and sneakers — but not just any sneakers! I bought the gold ones at the flagship store in Paris, in the Palais Royal. The white ones are amazing Converse x Vena Cava, that look like the feathers and stripes were drawn on."

L to R. Shoes: Pierre Hardy, Converse x Vena Cava, Chirstian Louboutin.
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Lynda Latner: "The family's obsessions: vintage Chanel, rare books, Pucci prints, modern graphic novels, and the eyeball!"

Yael Kanter: "I love that I come from a family of quirky collectors, it leaves the door wide open for me to embrace my eclectic collecting side."

Jacket and Necklace, Chanel. Box Bag: Vintage Pucci. Colored Bags: Vintage Chanel.
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"Leopard print is a wardrobe staple for me — it goes with everything and is perfect for every occasion. The shoes were a must-have after I fell in love with them on The Man Repeller. Lynda and I 'man repel' on a daily basis at the office; brogues, harem pants, and Marni dresses! The bag is so unique because of the horizontal quilting. It’s always nice to have something a little different."

Dress: Alaïa. Shoes: Miu Miu. Bag and Necklace: Chanel.
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"This 1960s dress came right out of a client's closet in Miami beach, unused and fabulous. The color is so shocking that even pink haters can't help but love it. The Lawrence Weiner word installation is cryptic and clever, just like him."

Dress: Vintage Malcolm Starr.
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Lynda Latner: "This is the couture gown my mother wore to my older sister's wedding in 1969. Nothing that important gets given away… we just keep passing it through our family — it has heirloom status."

Yael Kanter: "If I’ve learnt anything from my mother and grandmother, it is to never throw away your fabulous clothing."

Dress: Vintage Nina Ricci from Grandmother Cooper.
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"I have loved my mother’s taxi clutch for as long as I can remember. I used to take it from her closet and carry it to Bat Mitzvahs when I was 12! I guess I've always had a soft spot for Hermès."

Clutch: Vintage Hermès.
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"This is a HAC from the 1960s. Pre-dated the Birkin. I see this more as piece of furniture than a viable travel bag; this doesn’t fit in anyone’s overhead rack!"

Bag: Vintage Hermès.

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