Alligators, Old Mink and New Money

Alligators, Old Mink and New Money

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"Alligators, Old Mink & New Money" is a celebration of the clothes that capture our memories and imaginations. Narrated by a former fashion model who now runs a Brooklyn vintage clothes and accessories store, this is not only the story of one woman's life in fashion, but a wonderfully entertaining guide for anyone seeking out vintage finds to add to their wardrobe. Marrying two of our most popular pastimes - shopping and reading - Alison Houtte examines everything from pre-War ball gowns to Seventies glitz, from designer labels to fun accessories. Whether talking about her grandmother's navy blue slip or a creamy white forties alligator purse, Houtte knows that every article of vintage clothing has a story behind it.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752874519
  • 9780752874517

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'Part 'my life in clothes' memoir, part vintage hunter's guide, this is a sweet, undemanding read in an irrepressibly enthusiastic, chatty tone' EASY LIVING 'a charming journey through the life and wardrobe of Alison Houtte, a former model and owner of cult Brooklyn clothing store Hooti Couture' IN STYLE 'A must for all vintage die-hards - a true celebration of clothing with a history Alison Houtte was a model in the 80s and loved to trawl through Parisian flea markets. Few books have attempted to explore what it is that makes vintage chic so irresistable, particularly to fashion icons like Kate Moss and Maggie Gyllenhaal. This lovingly compiled tome shows how clothes capture our memories and harness our imaginations, evoking the romanticism of bygone eras' GLAMOUR 'On a fluffier note, ALLIGATORS, OLD MINK & NEW MONEY is a guide to vintage fashion, with stories of what a girl will do for a fashion bargain' ELLE 'Former model and vintage-clothes shop owner, Alison Houtte's scavenging secrets are a must for any frustrated shopper or fashion fan' B 'indulge in this treasure trove of celebrity gossip, advice and anecdotes and you'll be rummaging through your grandmother's wardrobe in no time' GRAZIA 'Fashion fans will love Alligators, Old Mink & New Money' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'This beguiling memoir is full of passion not just for clothes, but also for the poignant memories that a dress can hold, and the way that the swing of a skirt can connect its wearer to long ago' YOU MAGAZINE 'Her story celebrates vintage clothes and accessories, and every item has a history' CHOICE 'A sweet tale of one's woman's adventure in the world of vintage clothing' HEATshow more

About Alison Houtte

The owner of Hooti Couture, Alison Houtte worked as a model for more than 10 years in Paris and Manhattan, and has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. She lives in Brooklyn, surrounded by assorted vintage furnishings and clothing. Melissa Houtte is an award-winning journalist and author. She lives in San Francisco. Melissa Houtte is an award-winning journalist and the co-author of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Healthiness. She lives in San Francisco.show more

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256 ratings
3.51 out of 5 stars
5 16% (40)
4 34% (87)
3 39% (100)
2 9% (22)
1 3% (7)
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