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

by Alison Houtte & Melissa Houtte

      The joy of vintage clothing is celebrated in this recent paperback edition by two of the leaders in "everything that's old is new". Written by a mother and daughter team who share their experiences that range from owning a vintage shop to the ins-and-outs of finding the best of vintage clothing in a special Little Black Book section, don't miss this breezy and fun exploration into reinventing your style without going broke. Anecdotes, experiences and fashion finds to die for make this a real-life example of how you can step ahead of the pack and make a statement that will turn heads and stop many in their tracks with the ultimate compliment; "Where did you get it?". Plus, with the recent emphasis on everything green, vintage clothing is a great way to protect the environment.

I especially enjoyed the "Shopping Intimacies and Infidelities" chapter in which Alison Houtte relates in her easy conversational style how the customers, friends and vintage junkies have played out their fashion fantasies over the last ten years in her boutique in Brooklyn, New York called Hooti Couture. Many are men and couples who shop religiously at her shop, and their escapades bring a nice touch of humor to the book. As with most products, people and their personalities are really the vehicle that create the drama, and this book brings a sense of that as well as a chic history to an overlooked passion of many around the world.

The Book

Harper Collins / Avon Trade
September 2006
Non-Fiction, Clothing
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The Reviewer

Mark Nash
Reviewed 2006
NOTE: Reviewer Mark Nash is the author of Fundamentals of Marketing for the Real Estate Professional, Starting & Succeeding in Real Estate, Reaching Out: The Financial Power of Niche Markeing, and 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home.
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