#FashionSchoolSurvivalTip #1

Find out where your nearest vintage store are:

They are great for inspiration and research! Looking at how fabrics, details, cuts and silhouettes have been user over the decades up close and personal can be truly inspirational

I decided to compile a small list of my favorite vintage stores around miami to give you all an idea of where to find that new idea 💡

1. C. Madeleine's Walking into C. Madeleine's is like walking into a museum dedicated to fashion. Each area of the store is heavily curated and separated into eras. If you can't find what you're looking for, one of their buyers/stylists/personal shoppers will find it for you. They'll reach out to their roster of on-call consignment sellers. It's that simple. Chanel, Hermès, and any other high-end, in-demand designers are commonplace here. Owner Madeleine Kirsh has even written a collection of stories inspired by her worldwide quest for vintage treasures: The Truth of Time. C. Madeleine's sidewalk sales are often a who's who of Miami's finest fashionistas, and it's then that you'll be able to find a lot of tags-removed-pieces marked down 50 to 90 percent off.

13702 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305-945-7770. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. cmadeleines.com

  1. The Rabbit Hole A land of fairytales and furry friends awaits you at The Rabbit Hole. No, it's not a pet store. And you'll only spot the store off of West Dixie Highway because of it's large VINTAGE signage. But once you walk in, you'll see shabby chic shelves filled with antique children's books, stacks of vinyl records, and whimsical decor. (Think: Tree branches hanging from the ceiling and leaf motif chandeliers.) You'll find plenty of fairly priced vintage here: dresses, accessories, collars, jewelry. But if you're in the market for some indie designers, they mix those in sporadically as well. Upon our last visit we spotted some kitschy wallets and jewelry, and one rack with newish one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world.

17032 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. 305-705-2343. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-6 p.m. shoprabbithole.com.

4.. Vintage Revenge and Couture If you're looking for era-specific pieces, Vintage Revenge and Couture is the place. The store is separated into sections from the 1920s to the '80s, and you'll find everything from vintage swimwear and 1950s A-line dresses to vintage couture. Every piece is organically dry cleaned too. Boston-born owner Denise Goldhagen has been in the vintage business for 17 years, and it shows. Each piece she sells has a tag that also mentions the era. If prompted, she'll tell the story of where she found the piece. And that's what vintage is really all about, isn't it? Besides the stories lining the walls, the vintage shop carries a curated selection of menswear. We spotted Christian Dior silk robes and linen shorts during our last visit.

6231 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-953-6046. Hours: Monday-Sunday, noon-7 p.m. thevintagerevenge.com.

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