I was recently invited to gawk at luxury accessories and vintage fashion at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers - I couldn't pass that up! I stopped by last Sunday and loved the everything they had there there from the handbags, to the jewelry and the fur coats!
My favorite part - the history behind the clothes! The earliest accessory featured is an extremely rare Louis Vuitton monogram shoe trunk dating to the early 20th century ($7,000-9,000). There is a sticker on the top of the case that reads "Cunard White Star to Europe" - the Cunard White Star line of ships ran between 1934 to 1950. Apparently, the sticker was placed on the top of the trunk to identify to the bell boys that the previous owner was a big tipper.
Other highlights include a variety of couture and runway vintage garments such as an Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior couture black coat dress dated to 1959, ($1,000- $2,000). This is a piece came from the two year span that Yves Saint Laurent worked for Dior until he left in 1960. At that time Yves St. Laurent was called for military service, and on his return he found that someone else had been given charge of the House of Dior. Apparently, St. Laurent was very angry about this - he sued legally against Dior since he had a contract for the position. He was granted compensation of 48,000 pounds and used this to set up his own salon.
The jewelry had some fascinating history behind it as well, but I mostly was in shock and awe about the intricacy of the jewelry pieces (and the cost). While we were there, we saw a piece sell for $380,000!
My favorite jewelry piece was this diamond encrusted butterfly. It reminded me of my grandmother, she had an obsession with butterflies. Unfortunately, at $4,000 I could not take it home with me!
If you are in the market for some luxury vintage fashion or some unique jewelry check out the auctioneers website for details on upcoming auctions!