Monday, March 14, 2011

Field of Yellow Dreams...

It's common knowledge that "if you build it, they will come" (Field of Dreams circa '89). This week, particularly this dreary Monday, we are wondering "if we blog it, will they come?" They, meaning sunshine of course, because we are so over winter and so ready for fields of sunshine dripped dreams, starring high-waisted denim shorts, wide brim hats and plunging (because we cut 'em up) necklines.

Here goes something...lovely shots of sunshine inspired hues from some of the internet's best self-proclaimed stylists. Let us know if this brings out the sunshine in your neck of the woods.

Life is exact. That don't make it fair. 
Life is exact. That don't make it fair. 
Life is exact. That don't make it fair.
Life is exact. That don't make it fair.
Life is exact. That don't make it fair. 
Life is exact. That don't make it fair. 
Life is exact. That don't make it fair.

Singers worthy of the throne: Introducing KING

KING is a soulful, organic trio of young women here to bring a fresh creativity to music and change the world through their art.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fille de Joie

This time last year, I was definitely a fille de joie (girl of joy), enduring sleepless nights as I multi-tasked working a job and creating a dream. I interacted with commodious amounts of rodent poop and mold in search of the best vintage finds at somebody's mother's mother's estate sale. I traveled to seven cities, racking up frequent flyer miles and wearing out Iceberg Slick (my car). I  unpacked years of memories from beach cruisers to family photos to recreate a decade. I enlisted 22 friends and family and prepped them to become overnight sensations and lifelong loves. I prayed, as I usually do, because in the midst of all of this, from conception to creation, I knew then, what I know now, that I am but a vessel for my creator's gifts.  Lastly, this fille de joie, sought inspiration, from people, places and decades that shared my love for vintage and my passion to share it with you.

As Strange Fruit Vintage prepares to celebrate one magnificent year of creativity, collaboration and vintage exposition, I can't help but be reflective on all that we've accomplished and hopefully inspired others to accomplish on your journey.   We are working to create a robust online experience so that supporters worldwide can experience what Memphis has enjoyed for a year.  We are streamlining the SFV inventory to feature only the best of the best vintage items that you aspire to own and we sought to find. We are preparing for our Spring/Summer look book which will continue a world changing theme of love. We are planning our one year anniversary festivities and lastly, this boutique de joie, is continuing to seek inspiration.

Last year, this time, Brooklyn's own Fille de Joie held an intimate fashion show plush with persian rugs, props and pretty people. They inspired us to not only sell vintage clothes but recreate atmospheres.

This year, during New York Fashion Week, Fille de Joie, held it's very own peep show.  May you be so inspired by my rant, and by pictures from the peep show, to show us (the world) what you got!


These boots were made for walkin'

Amazing VINTAGE Italian leather caramel colored thigh high boots with embossing. Bossing.

I like to jokingly call myself a "gold digger" because I think "picker" sounds gross and "thrifter" sounds far too simple. I am a Gold Digger and these boots might as well be the California Gold Rush.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Trying to turn a lover into a friend is like potting a tree."

The stuff that my dreams are made of...

refreshment in breathlessness.
"I have known the joy and pain of friendship.
I have served and been served. 
I have made some good enemies
for which I am not a bit sorry. 
I have loved unselfishly, and I have fondled hatred
with the red-hot tongs of Hell. 
That’s living."
- Zora Neale Hurston

We almost fell in love with Puck-Man instead...

Released in 1980 as an arcade game, Pac-Man is still the little pellet muncher that we all love and the game my sister still crushes me on. In a recent Yahoo! article, we learned a few more things about our on-the-go (or on-the-run) guy. Starting with the fact that his original name was Puck Man, but they changed it because you little American heathens would potentially scratch off parts of the P and make him more relatable....

1. Chic Magnet. The reason Pac-Man was created was to attract female gamers. The arcade center was a playground for boys and it was dirty and grimey and the only way to clean it up, in essence, was to attract girls.

2. Goal-oriented Ghosts. Even though it may feel like everyone is after you, Blinky, the red ghost, is the only one who doggedly pursues you throughout the game. Pinky, the pink ghost , simply wants to position itself at a point that's 32 pixels in front of Pac-Man's mouth.  The blue ghost, Inky, is seeking to position itself at a similar fixed spot. And Clyde, the orange ghost, moves completely at random.

3. Food Enthusiast. Pac-Man is completely food oriented all the way down to his design which is symbolic of a piece of pizza with one slice missing. In Japanese, "puck puck" is akin to the U.S. saying "munch munch". So the original name - Puck-Man - translated as "Munch man". (A savvy Midway Games official changed it to Pac-Man when the game hit the U.S. to discourage vandals from shaving off part of the "P," thereby creating an obscene word.)

Just because you are now more informed about Pac-Man, doesn't mean you are any better at the game. Challenge, let's go!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Super Mario & Friends

David, vintage inspiration meets current trends, styled by Super Mario.

We are walking vintage. Every single day that we walk out the door and into the world, our goal is to kill all other outfits. Sometimes we fail, all the time we try. That's the great thing about fashion, you can continually reinvent yourself and your style, every day that you walk out the door and into the world.

Recently, I got up with my friend David and I asked him why vintage is so important to him?

His response “Vintage is important to me because each generation adds something to the fashion world. I can now pull fashion from past decades to create fly outfits today. and the vintage era might have been the most fashionably era that there ever was.” Fresh words from a fresh man.


Love is the only thing that can save us all.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"The most beautiful clothes that can dress a woman are the arms of the man she loves. But for those who haven’t had the fortune of finding this happiness, I am there."
— Yves Saint Laurent
  Iman for YSL, French Vogue, 1980


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Intern "Super Mario" is the game changer for SFV

The reality is when Super Mario Bros. came out in 1985, our fly intern wasn't even born. Getting over that small earth-shattering detail, our Super Mario has an impeccable sense of style, a love for vintage clothing, a pure writing ability, and a thirst for all things fashion. All of this, plus that pretty face, make him the supreme addition to the Strange Fruit Vintage family. Hopefully, you met him at our last Pop-Up Shop, you will see some of his styling ability in our upcoming spring look book and you can always check him out here, on the SFV blog.

"Innerview" with Mario:

"Vintage is classic. It means much more than a big "E" Levi's jean jacket or a pair of deadstock Ray Bans. It's a lifestyle clothed in items and a time period long gone. Vintage has a huge impact on today’s fashion world. The reality is, if it wasn’t for the originality of past fashions, trends, cars, furniture, and hair styles then we would have nothing to build upon, finesse, and make our own today.

Yesterday’s portrait drips paint on today’s canvas.

With my personal style, I am paying homage to creators and hopefully inspiring new creations. I'm glad to be a part of the Strange Fruit Vintage family because SFV is working to keep the past a part of our present. Think of it as a bit of history, in your closet."
follow him on twitter @Supa_Mario_Bros

Sample Clearance: He put the Will in Willow.