Flea Market Finds

By suzi click on Monday, March 9th, 2015 in Treasure Hunts. No Comments

Here are the treasures found in our three happy hours at the Melrose Trading Post, rated among world’s best flea markets in AFAR travel website.

Suzi found a hand-made straw and leather African hat, a funky wooden fish, photo frames, a Burmese kalaga vest and a lapis inlay bracelet all for $102

Gretchen pounced on a giant ruffly sun hat, madcap sunglasses, chunky bone-with-brass bracelets, Ethiopian crosses with Coptic icons inside, African beads and a silver Hill Tribe necklace for $297.

Treasure at the Thrift Store

By suzi click on Friday, February 20th, 2015 in Treasure Hunts. No Comments

Thrift store shopping is a treasure hunt! You never know what you will find but today I went to 2 stores and found these wonderful things . A beaded skirt made in Bali with the original $245 price tag on it. An Italian wool paisley scarf, a chenille hand -loomed scarf from a weaving co-op in Maine, a felted cloche style hat, a knitted beret with sequins, snakeskin jeans from Jones New York and a painted box from Peru and folk art pottery bottle – all for under $100.

Vintage Fashion Expo Los Angeles Fall 2014

By suzi click on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 in Treasure Hunts. No Comments


This year’s Vintage Fashion Expo had a glossy feel in its new location downtown at The Reef , 1933 Broadway.  More space to shop in, a nice coffee bar and seating area and a dressing room all gave it an upscale feel.

Something for everyone, of course, from a Gaultier psychedelic print caftan at a bargain $300, to beaded Victorian jackets (the one I chose is a real stunner at $180 has a 3 part back peplum to accommodate a bustle)  Susie Londoner of Vintazia featured her new retro contemporary line of challis bloomers with matching tops and dresses.  This line is aptly called  “What Would Susie Wear?” , the question we less than 6 feet of dancer’s legs and ponytail often ask ourselves.  I bought some cute Betsey Johnson embroidered shoes from Susie, a perfect match to the bloomers.

Jewelry designer as I am, with a strong Asian influence in my work, I had to visit Connie Parente and Katherine Manzini’s collection of exquisite antique Chinese pieces.  I did get some lovely pieces to incorporate into my designs from Katherine, then it was All About ME and some kingfisher earrings at Connie’s where Suzi found a wonderful whiskey amber ring.

The usual plethora of delicate negligees and slips form the 30’s were in evidence , a bit out of season for our fall shopping list, I tried to try on a couple of flapper dresses but could not get them over my shoulders-MUST have been the long sleeve t-shirt I had on underneath….

Some things that got away  – a fabulous kilim rug from the Caucuses for $3800,  intricate patchworked Seminole Indian skirts that Suzi lusted after in the $700 and above range. Suzi also said goodbye to a mauve sheared coat light as a feather but too small-otherwise almost  a no-brainer for $450.  It broke my heart to leave behind a silver prayer box necklace with its broken  coral strings which I could have fixed so easily but at $700 I had to leave it with Connie Parente

So here we are pictured in some of our haul – I in my Victorian beaded jacket and gold painted & sequined skirt and Suzi in her thrift shop and Rose Bowl flea finds accented with a beret with her Mom’s 1940’s Tiffany brooch.

We shopped til they turned off the lights sand threw us out with the vendors but the show continued on Sunday October 19 for more nostalgia and second hand designer theme.


Ikats and Batiks from Bali and Java

By suzi click on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 in Treasure Hunts. No Comments

On my recent trip to Bali and Java I saw hand-drawn & dyed batiks and hand-tied, dyed & woven ikats.

The double ikat is the featured image. It is very special type of ikat – both warp and weft threads are tied & dyed before weaving.
This technique is practiced in only 3 locations in the world.
Genringsing like the one above is made in Tengenan Village in Bali.
Patan Patola saris are made in Gujurat, India (I visited there in 2007)
Katsuri double ikat indigo textiles are made in Japan

Below are images of the presenting and making of these Indonesian batiks and ikats
and the textiles I purchased – look for them in my new designs!

Recent Textile Treasures

By suzi click on Sunday, August 10th, 2014 in Treasure Hunts. No Comments