Friday, November 7, 2014

Vintage Inspiration : Photographer Mark Shaw

Where have these images been all my life? 
While mindlessly searching the internet for an image to use for an upcoming event flyer I stumbled upon the work of photographer Mark Shaw.  Shaw was a popular fashion photographer in the 50's and 60's and worked a lot with Christian Dior in Paris. Shaw is primarily famous for his portraits of the Kennedy's and Audrey Hepburn. I am most fond of these images from the late early 1960's.  The lush, almost claustrophobic interiors and the impossibly well dressed women are intoxicating to me. This is my favorite era of fashion. So refined and luxurious.  These images have proven so inspiring to me that I think I might just have to pull together a holiday fashion show this year. I'll keep you posted. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Arrivals…

Vintage 1960's Bianchi wedding gown with rose garden motif. Available exclusively in the bridal salon. 

Early 1960's falling leaves golden brocade party dress. Available to purchase here in our Etsy shop. 

Gorgeous 1930's liquid satin bias cut evening gown, available here in our Etsy shop.

1950's Ceil Chapman lilac silk cocktail dress, available here in our Etsy shop.

Amazing 1970's Bob Mackie evening gown, available to purchase here in our Etsy shop. 

Gorgeous early 60's beaded knit cocktail dress, available to purchase here in our Etsy shop.

Stunning 1930's point d'sprit wedding gown, available in the bridal salon

In addition to these stunning dresses, we also have a ton of fabulous coats coming in this week! We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Xtabay Halloween Sale This Friday!

Xtabay Liz and Gabe by Ruven Afanador.

Xtabay is having a spook-tacular sale this Friday, October 31st! 

All of our vintage clothing, shoes and accessories will be 25% off. 

Those who come in costume will receive an additional 5% off their purchase! So bring us a slightly more spooky, glamorous, fabulous version of yourself ( i.e. me above) and save big! 

We will be celebrating the spookiest day of the year with witches brew (aka mimosas) and some pretty scary cookies. 

Spend $200 and receive a free Voluspa candle!

The shop is filled to the brim with fabulous new arrivals so this is the perfect opportunity to find your holiday party dress! 

Best of all, Toby will be in costume! Can you guess what he's going to be?
First person to guess correctly will win a $25 gift certificate! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Coats Are Coming...

I have been anxiously waiting for the temperature to fall below 60 degrees here in Portland. Lo and behold yesterday the mercury rose to 80 and I said forget it, I'm putting the coats out! It's bound to get cool here one of these days,  and these coats are too fantastic to sit around another day in our (temperature controlled:)) storage closet. 
So I spent the better half of today taking pictures in our new photo "studio"(back room) of some of my favorite coats in our fall collection. Keep in mind, this is just the tip of the iceberg, we have many, many more in the shop. 
I am always amazed to see how "on trend" the coats we amass over the summer months become. The pastel pink 1970's mohair coat by Chloe looks to of jumped off the front page of the Nordstrom catalog I just received.
All of these coats are available to purchase in the shop and will be available in our Etsy shop tomorrow afternoon.
Come by and try them on!

Monday, October 13, 2014

New Arrivals...

1960's silk chiffon and gold beaded lame' cocktail dress by Frank Starr, waist 31".

A new batch of Tocca perfumes, hand lotions and soaps just arrived! 

1950's silk taffeta couture cocktail dress, waist 28'.

New Voluspa candles! 

Sizzling early 1960's sequined soutache cocktail dress, waist 28".

Upstairs in the bridal salon…

An exquisite Edwardian Era beaded net over-dress. 

1950's Cahill of Beverly Hills off the shoulder wedding gown.

Wonderful early 1950's flocked wedding gown with illusion bodice.

Gorgeous Edwardian embroidered net wedding dress, perfect for a small backyard ceremony.

An Xtabay Exclusive reproduction of a 1950's wedding reception dress. 

Downstairs in the boutique….

Late 1920's black lace evening dress, approx size 6. 

1930's Yves Klein blue silk chiffon evening gown with studded rhinestones.

We have unleashed the fall and winter coat collection! 

 We hope to see you at the shop this week! If you'd like to make an appointment to visit the bridal salon call us at 503-234-7568. 
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