12/23/2011

Who Shot J.R.?

So as am still not a big fan of Dallas, I must say that Dallas is home to one of the most luxurious and unique thrift stores that I have EVER EVER EVER been in.  ARCHIVE is like a museum to all great designers.  These clothes are from the era when the Gucci family actually owned and operated Gucci and the Coco Chanel actually designed for Chanel.   

Archive Dallas, Vintage

The LA Times says "Wading through this site is like perusing a museum exhibition on 20th century fashion... It's a thrill to navigate - each well-designed page looks as if it was ripped from a magazine."

Archive Dallas, Vintage


So I asked the owner, how in the world do you obtain such pieces of history.  She then paints a picture which sounds like a scene straight out of the show Dallas.  Texas was once home to wealthy families who obtained their riches from "Texas Tea." She drew a picture of these wealthy socialites driving their Rolls Royce draped in diamonds, furs, and nothing less than the most luxurious  designers.  (I love to hear a glamorous story.)  These women have gotten older and many of the pieces that they once wore have been sitting in their closets for years maybe even decades.  This is where Archive comes in.  I believe Archive has be the only vintage boutique in the U.S. with these types of pieces.  I swear it's insanity.  


Archive Dallas, Vintage

I am not going to lie, owning a piece of history is gonna cost you a pretty penny...LOL.  But would I love to own a piece...most definitely.  The high end designer pieces can range from $250 to $1500, but Archive does carry some lower end vintage.  I actually purchased a few pieces myself.  The jewelry alone is worth the trip.  

Archive Dallas, Vintage

Archive Dallas, Vintage

The UK's Guardian actually named Dallas one of the best places to shop for 1980s vintage.  







The website does the boutique no justice at all.  There are racks and racks of clothes to pick from...I promise.  If you are a true lover of the art of fashion you have to visit this boutique when you come to town.  It is a definite must see.  
ARCHIVE
2912 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
214-999-8921