Originally Posted by g transistor
Man, what happened to Blackbird? It used to be such a cool store even to just browse...now it's like 50% really, really overpriced thrift store finds and the other stuff is their in-house garbage. It's funny to go back to all those interviews Nicole did talking about innovation in men's fashion and then you realize her house brand is pretty much Wolf vs Goat sprinkled with some goth scarves. It makes me kind of sad.
The "vintage" store besides designer gear was pretty much perfected by American Rag, way back in the day. In 1997, when I discovered it (that was when I moved to LA) to had already passed its heyday, but it was still a pretty cool place. Over they years, I sadly saw its decline. After I left LA in 2003, I went to the San Francisco location year after declining year, until it completely ran out of soul and just closed up shop.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, at least, the vintage stuff at the LA location was extremely well chosen. It was considered "overpriced", but not out of line with other vintage stores in LA like Lo-Fi and Wasteland. Vintage stores can charge more than thrift stores not just because of the retail experience, but because the buying is really spectacular. Maxfield has things like whole collections of vintage LV luggage, Hermes, etc... It takes something really special to stand out that way. imo, Nicole's buying is not so great that it really merits the prices she charges - at least, I've never seen anything that would make me want to pay her prices. And it's not like I am a great thrifter, either.
If she can get the prices she wants, good for her. But it's not for me.