My friend Natalie has the best personal style. She always looks amazing… but never like she’s trying to. Always effortless. This is something I’ve never been able to manage. I can make myself look good… but you can always tell that effort has been put forth. I still remember the day we met (documented here, actually). She was wearing this awesome vintage dress, backwards. Anyway, I’ve been bugging her forever to take me vintage shopping and teach me her ways, and a couple weeks ago we went to A Current Affair out in Industry City. Alongside our friend Sarah, we spent the whole day treasure hunting.
It was Natalie who spied this striped coat and made me try it on. It cost more than I wanted to spend, but once I tried it on I knew I needed to have it. The best part? It’s couture from Doris Duke’s estate… truly a collectible. I’m so happy that I bought it and hope that I have a daughter someday that I can pass it down to.
I wasn’t very familiar with Doris Duke, but was inspired to do a bit of research after purchasing her coat. As it turns out, she was a wealthy Newport, Rhode Island socialite… the daughter of a tobacco tycoon. I got to see her home while I was in Newport and it was palatial, to say the least. She had a bit of a colorful love life and was seldom out of the gossip columns. She was also was instrumental in helping preserve Newport’s history (she’s helped to preserve over eighty buildings there!) She passed away in 1983 and now has a charitable foundation dedicated to medical research, prevention of cruelty to children and animals, the performing arts, wildlife and ecology.
And for those of you who are curious about A Current Affair, I can’t say enough good things. It was truly mindblowing. I’ve never seen so much (immaculate condition, on trend) vintage in one place. It’s coming back to New York in the Spring, and it will be in LA December 12th and 13th. If you have the opportunity, GO!!!
photography by Carter Fish for The Stripe.