InFASHIONate your vintage piece

November 7, 2012

We all have things in our closets we hold on to for emotional purposes but that are out of style or don’t fit quite right. A hand-me-down from your family, a piece of clothing you bought eons ago… In my case it was my mom’s fur coat.
After sitting in my sister’s closet for 20 years, she had decided it was time to give up on it, and was about to give it to charity. I jumped at the opportunity and said I would take it, and challenged myself to salvage the coat my mom loved so much.
It stayed in a garment bag in my closet for a year while I was thinking up of a plan of action…This would have to be done well, a timeless piece that my (future) daughter would want to wear, even 25 years from now!

I decided on a straight-cut, collarless, mini length coat.

I know a furrier who specializes in recycled fur and when she saw my coat she was in awe! She said it was “Persian wool”, a very unique, very expensive fur…I didn’t think it was worth much, and very surprise by the news.

Here are a few tips to help you inFashionate your vintage items:
1. Go with a classic, timeless cut that you will want to wear year after year.
2. Give it time; think your idea through and through. Look at magazines, find inspiration online, and make sure your fabric works with your project.
3. Seek the help of a pro! I went to a lady who specializes in fur, because I couldn’t risk any mistakes. Sometimes a little extra money will make the difference.
4. Know a gem when you see it! Back in the day, they used to embroider by hand, use better fabrics, even if the style is outdated, you can always salvage a precious fabric.

After multiple fittings, and meticulous instructions on my part, I finally got the coat of my dreams. As you all know I am a coat designer and have about a million coats I adore, but this one means so much more to me. I think about my mom every time I slip it on, and I’m so proud of the result. I like to think of it as our own little collaboration.

What do you think about my little coat? Would you attempt inFashionating your own vintage items? Are there things in your closets waiting to be repurposed? I can’t wait to read your ideas!


WEARING: ALC Blouse /  MACKAGE Leather skirt (OF COURSE!) /  BALMAIN cuff /  YSL shoes & Handbag /  

MY MOMS Fur coat and blue ring

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy November 8, 2012 at 12:20 am

Hello Elisa,
I absolutely love your blog! From the behind-the-scenes shots of your business, to your personal style, everything is on point! You inspire me to give my best in everything I do. Keep the great posts coming!
To success!:)


Elisa November 8, 2012 at 2:44 am

Thank you! happy to hear you are enjoying it :)


Valerie November 8, 2012 at 12:42 am

Love your coat! It’s funny that you write about this, because I have inherited a beautiful fur coat from my late mother, 9 years ago and have been wanting to update the look of it, but didn’t quite have the guts to take that step. Thank you for all your amazing tips!!! Xoxo


Elisa November 8, 2012 at 2:43 am

Hope this convinced you to do innovate with it…as it would look better on you then in your closet!


Sandra November 11, 2012 at 4:56 am

I love what you did with the coat – it looks so gorgeous on you. I’m going to go see in my mother’s closet what vintage piece i can find! xxx


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