Scouting. Or, Should We Say ... Shopping?
Either way, I love it. If photo shoots are my favorite part of the job, then scouting comes in at a close second. Who doesn't love to discover treasure, hidden or not?
I'm working on a pitch for a local magazine about the surge in popularity of vintage clothing. Vintage has always been around for the fashion set, the period clothing enthusiast and anyone planning to attend a theme party. But these days, it has become much more acceptable, and accessible, for everyone.
I'm a huge fan of anything unique, beautiful and vintage, so I jumped at the chance to visit Amalgamated Classic Clothing and Dry Goods here in Alexandria last week. I had a fantastic talk with shop owner Shelley White about vintage for everyday and about the "other side" of vintage: costume rental and sales for TV, film and theater. White also supplies inspiration pieces to famous designers like Tory Burch and sells vintage pieces to the stars. (She recently sold a piece to Katie Holmes that was once owned by Molly Ringwald.)
I think I might need to be a vintage retailer and supplier in the second half of my life. But until then, I'll just keep browsing local stores like Amalgamated and enjoying the thrill of the hunt for the perfect piece — all in the name of a good story. Everything is so tactile and colorful, and White styles everything so cleverly, I couldn't resist sharing a few scouting shots. Enjoy!