I’m delighted to bring you the second edition of the Chic Shop series! Today’s featured shop has such an amazing 1970s vibe. I haven’t wanted to wear wide-legged jeans in years, but when I look at these amazing sea foam Levi’s, I want! But, of course, the scope of this shop goes well beyond 1970s fashions with a huge variety to choose from. Meet Anelia of Funky, Fondled and Fresh.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Bulgaria. I came to the U.S. with my parents when I was five. I grew up in the greater Los Angeles area and still call it home.
When and why did you start selling vintage?
I started selling vintage at the beginning of this year. I started on Ebay initially but have since switched to Etsy and Market Publique since I feel these two outlets lend themselves to the vintage community a little better. Before I opened my own store I worked for a large online vintage retailer and gained quite a bit of knowledge and experience about selling vintage online. I started buying vintage as a teenager and have become more and more obsessed with it over the years. I’ve been passionate about fashion in general since I was a kid and I think the way a person dresses can definitely be a form of creative expression. I’m an artist. My educational background is in sculpture but I also draw (both by hand and on the computer), paint, design jewelry, and have a strong interest in illustration. Basically, I consider myself an all around creative person. My store is really a creative outlet for my love of fashion!
What do you love about vintage clothing and fashions?
I love vintage for many reasons. I have a natural tendency towards the desire for preservation. I like incorporating elements from the past with elements of the present. This concept spills over to my artwork, my taste in music, how I decorate my home, and many other aspects of my life and aesthetic point of view. Vintage goods are often of superior quality to many of the products found on the market today because they were not made with only profit in mind. When you buy vintage your getting something unique or a least rare and of course that has a certain appeal. Like many others, I’m starting to realize more and more how important it is to recycle and reduce waste and buying vintage is certainly one way to go about this.
Do you have a favorite decade?
I have a few favorite decades. I love the 20s because I strongly identify with the flapper look and lifestyle. I love the mod look of the 60s, some of my favorite designers are from this decade including: Rudi Gernreich, Pierre Cardin, Emilio Pucci, and Andres Courreges. I love disco, so of course I love the 70s! I grew up in the 90s and have had a growing nostalgia for that decade lately.
Describe the type of person who would love to shop at Funky Fondled and Fresh.
Anyone who loves bold colors, silhouettes, and patterns and enjoys standing out would probably like my shop. I only buy items that I truly believe in and would like to wear myself. That being said, I like to think that my picks are eclectic enough that I have a little something for just about everyone.
What makes Funky Fondled and Fresh unique?
My shop is a reflection of my personnel style which I think is pretty unique. While I have a great appreciation for various retro styles, my personnel point of view is not retro. I like to put a modern spin on my vintage items. My items are very carefully chosen, I try to stick with pieces that are unique, high quality, have timeless appeal and/or could easily be styled in a way that’s modern. All of my items are dry cleaned or laundered, repaired if necessary, and in some cases altered to look more current. The idea is to make the clothing look and feel as close to new as possible.
What’s your favorite part about selling vintage clothing?
I really enjoy styling the clothes and the “playing dress up” aspect of it. I also love creating graphic images and ads for my store.
Have any tips for vintage shoppers, especially those shopping online?
It’s difficult to get a feel for the size and condition of a vintage piece that you can’t see in person. That’s why it’s very important to read the description provided very thoroughly. If you still don’t have a good feel for the item after reading the description be sure to contact the seller with any and all questions you might have. The vintage community is generally a friendly one and most sellers would be happy to give you their time and address any concerns you might have, at least that’s been my experience both as a shopper and a seller. Lastly, be sure you have a tape measure, know how to measure yourself. Even though some sellers, such as myself, assign an approximate size to an item it is always best to check the measurements and make sure they work with your measurements.
Why do you think it’s important to bring vintage to the Chictopia community?
Recycling apparel and reducing waste is definitely important. Shopping for vintage also helps you become familiar with various eras in fashion. Since fashion goes in cycles you become more aware of how current trends came to be. Basically, it broadens your perspective on fashion. Buying vintage is also a great way to buy high quality pieces that will last a long time on a tight budget and I know many of us are on a tight budget right now!
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