Six years ago this month The Red Velvet Shoe opened the doors to it's virtual vintage boutique. If you read this blog, you know my dream is to, someday, unlock the doors to a brick & mortar store-front in addition to our online boutique. You also know that all along I've been sneaking things into the house & past husband that I could someday use in said shop. Sadly, I had to let some beautiful things that didn't fall into the "sneak-past-husband" category go, but even so, my collection of "Someday Shop Stuff" grew into a collection that was becoming difficult to hide. When I overheard him muttering "clean that basement out...DUMPSTER..." I knew my days were numbered and I had to do something STAT.
After a great day setting up shop at Urban Vintage Bazaar on 21 April , I decided since much of my inventory was already packed up and out of my workspace, it was the perfect time to give The Red Velvet Shoe a major facelift. My workspace & shop are in my basement, and although it's a finished basement, it wasn't exactly my dream office & workspace, to say the least. Not knowing remotely when I would be in a position to use all my treasures in an actual store front, I decided to use them in the space I have and make it my dream office, workspace & boutique...that was a month ago yesterday, and while not 100% complete, I decided it was high time to show you what I've been doing for the past month:
Welcome to The Red Velvet Shoe ~ Boutique
The dressing room...
The sitting area...
The "Gothic Amethyst" fireplace doubling as a bar...(click Here to see the before photo)
My worktable & reference library.
My desk & sewing table.
The crystals to the 1930s Lightolier Chandelier prior to cleaning...
and after....my favorite piece in the entire shop!
Next on the agenda: "Grand Opening "Soirée in The Shoe" ...
Snowflakes fell here yesterday...not much left-over today, but the temperature has taken a big dip and that means time to don a winter coat.
This beautiful 1950s Dan Millstein ~ New York ~ Paris label embroidered black velvet coat is cold weather luxury at it's finest. Lined in rich champagne satin, it feels like butter against your skin. The sleeves taper into a snug fit, which not only looks amazing, it keeps those cold winter drafts out. You can find it in our "Vintage Outerwear Department" in The Shoe.
You've seen this baby blue before...1930s vintage blue velvet hooded dressing gown/robe/evening coat from Filene's Boston (quite possibly the original store). Fresh from the drycleaners and now available in our "Vintage Lingerie/Boudoir Department". Finally, something warm to wear with a hood that is not fleece or sweatshirt fabric.
After a look at The Trad's post from M Magazine-1985, I was motivated to dig out some of my beloved old Victoria magazines for a look-through. Sigh. To quote Karen in Out of Africa: "How good it all was..."