As soon as entering the house you will feel at home for the scent of the rooms, the kindness of the owner herself and the vintage furniture in the salon.Actually I could spend a whole afternoon in the salon and that’s also what I did.
Nowadays there is a renewed interest in traditional ways of dressing. First and foremost, this means an appreciation for those who have been keeping Trachten alive for generations.
Trachten have existed since the fifteenth century. They are proof that clothing has never been just a piece of garment but also a means of communication and expression of style as well as origin.
Located in between the mountains, close by the historical spa city of Merano in Italy’s region of Alto Adige, the country residence’s history is almost as long and rich as the one of Merano itself. A document from 1920 bears witness to the existence of a country property known as Psorengütl located just outside the city wall. By the 16th century the name changed to Ottmangut and the property became one of five such farmhouses in the area.
As soon as entering the villa, I entered a world of wonders, feeling almost like an old romantic movie in black and white including loads of aesthetic scenes. Indeed I have experienced an intense connection with the arts and its former owners, while strolling through the well-decorated living rooms.
At the heart of 5 Avenue Marceau lies the studio (where Yves worked for nearly thirty years). The room is a bright, quiet, neutral space with a mirrored wall. This is where sketches were given to the chefs d’ateliers, who first produced a “toile” (first version of the final proportions, cut and silhouette). Once the toile was approved, the fabrics were selected.
Recently I have been strolling around one of my favourite streets in Vienna: Gumpendorferstraße, located in the 6th district. The street lies between busy Mariahilfer Straße and Naschmarkt. It was once a nondescript side street, but now shops, café and restaurants flourish here, thanks to the neighboring MuseumsQuartier.
Budapest might be the ideal destination for a vintage-lovers weekend getaway. I recommend staying in the Jewish quarter, which is definitely the most bohemian one, offering courtyard cafés, design shops and ruin-like buildings that have a unique atmosphere and aesthetic.
I would define Amsterdam as a real “vintage paradise” – While being much underrated in comparison to London or Paris, the Dutch city is packed with old gems. Basically every street is scoring high marks with their vintage spots.
Gucci Garden pays hommage to Florence as the cultural center of Italy and Europe, especially during the Renaissance. All under one roof you will find high fashion, as well as visual arts and fine gourmet food.
Madame Rubinstein was known throughout the world as a collector, friend and patroness of the arts. Since her Paris days (1930s), Rubinstein had been collecting contemporary art, as well as African sculptures, which were exhibited in 1935 at MoMA. The salons were embellished with works by Brancusi, de Chirico, Laurencin, Marcoussis, Modigliani and Nadelman, among others.
East London is world renowned for vintage shopping and second hand markets. This guide should give you some ideas of shops where you will make great vintage finds. I have personally been to all of these shops and therefore this is my personal recommendation list of the five best spots in East London.