March 26, 2012

Kristen’s “Unique” Customer Story



I just got married on November 4th and wanted to give you a shout out about how awesome my dress was!  I bought my dress from Unique Vintage about a year before my wedding.  I knew from the moment I saw it that was what I wanted my wedding dress to look like.  I am obsessed with the 1940′s style! 
I chose to take off the straps that came on the dress, just to make it a little more formal and I am so happy with how it turned out and my husband thought I looked gorgeous.  Plus I paid less than $150 for my wedding dress!

We met at a pool that we both train at so being by the water for our wedding was important.  We are very untraditonal and really wanted a laid back wedding.  We had a taco truck cater our wedding and even had a ping pong table at our reception.  
We took a lot of photos in Laguna Beach on the only day it has rained in Southern California in the last 6 months.  Haha.  We also got a chance to stop by Ruby’s in Laguna Beach and did get some sweet shots in front of their old cars.  I LOVE my photos.  Our photographer is very vintage inspired and she did an awesome job.  (her name is Tamara and she owns Face On by Tamara-just to get a plug in there for her outstanding photos you can find her work on Facebook!)

March 23, 2012

Hunger Games-Inspired Fashions


It’s opening weekend of The Hunger Games! As if you didn’t already know. To commemorate the games, we looked to the courage and killer instincts of Katniss Everdeen and the comedic propriety of Effie Trinket as we crafted this Hunger Games-Inspired Fashion Board on PINTEREST. Enjoy and let the games begin!

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March 21, 2012

“MAD MEN” Inspired Fashions


Whether you’re a Betty, Joan or Peggy, 

Unique Vintage has your ”Mad Men” Style!

AMC’s Golden-Globe winning show “Mad Men” is debuting its fifth season this Sunday, March 25th, so there’s no better time to get your “Mad Men” style in gear. From ladylike Marilyn Monroe necklines to form-fitting wiggle dresses, we have everything you need to channel your show’s favorite character. Attending a “Mad Men” party this weekend? There’s still time to shop…do it now!

March 14, 2012



If you happen to live in LA, there is a totally mod fashion exhibition happening right now at the Pacific Design Center. “The Total Look” focuses on edgy clothing and images that seem as relevant today as they did in the ’60s.

Running now through May 27, the show depicts the creative collaboration between designer Rudi Gernreich, his model and muse Peggy Moffitt and Moffitt’s late husband, the photographer William Claxton, who created the distinctive images of Moffitt activating Gernreich’s designs. The exhibition will feature selected looks from Moffitt’s definitive collection, with films and photographs by Claxton of Moffitt modeling the clothes. “Fashion will go out of fashion” is one of Gernreich’s many memorable declarations, but his designs continue to resonate, looking contemporary 50 years after they were made.

For more information, click here.

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March 13, 2012



I bought a denim shirt last week, thinking it was perhaps a piece missing from my “twenty- something costume.”  It fits like a glove and is perhaps an homage to Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.  Forty dollars later, all I could think about was how happy I was with my purchase.  I didn’t know how to quit this shirt.   It was like going on an amazing blind date.

But then I got to thinking about consumption in times of economic hardship.  Fashion is a consumers industry, no matter how you look at it.  Consumerism being the backbone of America, I decided to take a look at what people were consuming in their ravenous fits of fashion depravity.

Did you know Kanye West designs clothes?  When he is not busy being a grade-A rapper (grade-D human being) he designs clothes for what he describes the “modern woman.”  Did you know a pair of his shoes cost a simple 6K?  The modern American woman has a foreclosed house somewhere and a pair of Kanye Heels.

Did you know about that Alligator backpack the Olsen Twins created for their luxury line of handbags?  The starting cost is at about 39K, and sold out instantly.  Did you get one? You would think I was on the waiting list, but I plan on just busting out my old Jansport instead.

The point is, in times of a certain economic standing, are people really still willing to shell out a down-payment on a car for a handbag?  Is a pair of shoes worth a whole year rent?  And once you have bought these items, do you feel any different?

I am currently wearing my denim shirt.  And perhaps Kanye West didn’t design it, and it wouldn’t get me into Paris Fashion Week.  But it’s getting me into the Western Bar I frequent on Wednesdays, and its not forcing me into a sudden career of pole dancing.    There is a difference between being cheap and being realistic.  Fashion should be like a first date: you should only go as far as you want to.

  -Stan Salas, Customer Service Connoisseur and Contributing Blogger