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Industry + Insights / June 15, 2016 / Jess McGettigan
Decades of Vintage Fashion at Your Fingertips
Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles is home to some of the highest fashion in the world. Driving down Melrose, it's impossible not to notice L.A.'s amazing sense style and penchant for all things designer. While these beautiful designer pieces are fun to drool over, it's even more fun to own them, right?! That idea of everyone having access to designer items was the inspiration behind Decades, L.A.'s most famous and respected vintage store. [caption id="attachment_20702" align="alignleft" width="214"]christos pic Christos Garkinos[/caption] Co-founded by Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver aka Bravo TV's The Dukes of Melrose, Decades has been supplying the best vintage items to walk-in customers and celebrities for, well over a decade (pun intended). Christos himself has been referred to as the "Robin Hood of Fashion," for finding amazing vintage pieces and selling them to the not-one-percent at a much more reasonable cost. Sir, we salute you. In honor of our virtual pop-up shop collaboration with Decades, SnobSwap sat down with Christos to pick his brain about their incredible store, which has been referred to as "the world's best closet," fashion, and dressing celebs for the red carpet. SnobSwap: What was the inspiration behind Decades? Christos Garkinos: We [Cameron and I] both had a passion to bring vintage to the forefront of red carpet dressing. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="285"]Cameron Silver Cameron Silver[/caption] SS: When you dressed your first celebrity, what was running through your mind? Do you still get that same feeling today? CG: My first celebrity was Mary-Kate Olsen for her first red carpet. She wore an amazing 50s vintage dress. And yes! It's exciting to dress celebrities to this day. SS: What are the top designers that you're loving most right now? [caption id="attachment_20701" align="alignright" width="465"]DecadesINT08 Inside Decades Melrose Ave. store[/caption] CG: I love Dries Van Noten and Gucci. SS: What tips would you give consignment shoppers looking to find the best pieces? CG: Get to know the manager and the owner! They will tell you when your favorite pieces arrive at the store. Go on weekends because the pieces consigned during the week hit the floor. SS: What are your favorite Decades items on SnobSwap? CG: I personally love the Louis Vuitton luggage and the Dior by Galliano dress. To shop the SnobSwap x Decades virtual pop-up shop, click here or scroll below for some of our personal favorites!   IMG_6207

Christian Dior by John Galliano


Louis Vuitton


Gucci Reptile Boots


Chanel Pumps


Jean Paul Gautier


Stella McCartney

Decades - Balmain Jacket



For more gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces, shop Decades on SnobSwap here.

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