Alligators, Old Mink and New Money

Alligators, Old Mink and New Money : One Woman's Adventures in Vintage Clothing

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 226g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 20 Line Drawing(s)
  • 0752879510
  • 9780752879512
  • 2,122,370

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 co-author of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Healthiness. 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 more

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'Deliciously readable ... a must-read for anyone who loves retro fashion and a good yarn' SCOTSMAN 'Indulge in this treasure trove of gossip, advice and anecdotes and you'll be rummaging through your grandmother's wardrobe in no time' GRAZIA 'This will warm the heart of anyone who frequents their local charity shop in the hope of stumbling across a second hand gem. 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 'This beguiling memoir, written with her sister Melissa, 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' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Fashion fans will love Alligators, Old Mink and New Money' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Captivating rummage through the wardrobe of former model Alison Houtte, recalling in divine detail the inspiration of her extraordinary mother and grandmother' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'An interesting account of one woman's career in vintage fashion' HEATshow more

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