Gee, Thanks for the Tip!

The 20 something editor of a new fashion weblog, considers it her “own personal inside secret” and nothing short of a “public service” when she revealed today that her “own shopping obsession with Ebay” has brought her to a seller named retrofit! As she wrote on her daily update, “Retrofit! is one of my favorite sellers on; I have no idea who this person is, but it’s a very well-curated vintage selection, perfect for that type of girl who paints her nails coral while listening to either Cat Power or lots of electroclash and doctors up old prom dresses a la Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs after cutting up all her old issues of NYLON. I was going to keep this one all to myself, but I’m buying less vintage these days in my attempts to collect more of that Belgian and Japanese deconstructionist fashion I love.”

Since I am a vintage hound, and have been known to check out ebay from time to time, I thought I would click on to retrofit! In order to see what all the fuss was about. The seller who currently has about 120 items up for sale, with promises of more than 100 added tomorrow, claims to specialize in “cool New Wave looks and ultra vintage pieces”. While I didn’t find too many pieces that made my pulse beat faster, there were a large selection of New Wave sweaters, 70’s and 80’s blouses and bomber jackets, lots of dresses (including the ‘Blondie’ 80’s graphic print strapless sundress), a ton of clutch bags and totes AND shoes including a pair of mod looking black patent low heels with a silver buckle, several pairs of kitten heeled pumps, and one pair of copper metallic snakeskin heels ‘a la’ Maude Frizon. I also liked a tan mutton sleeved trench and a red version from the 60’s with a Marc Jacobs flair.

While I have to admit that I myself am not ready to reveal any of my “personal inside secrets” or favorite sources right now, well- who knows? Stay tuned!

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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