Lately, I keep finding myself on Court Street near Carroll Gardens . Very chi chi and chock full of cool fashion finds. Especially this shop. One of my new fave places now is Jen McCulloch’s little gem of a shop, Olive’s Very Vintage, which has led me to be Very In Love with this lady and her Very Vintage aesthetic! What took me so long?! For weeks, my friend *m had been raving to me about this great little vintage place she’d found, so I took a deep breath, stocked the car with some of my old designer clothes and unique thrift that I no longer needed or could wear, and headed out to Brooklyn for some upcycling purposes. Look! Even the tree outside is stylishly decorated in vintage lace.
I may have parted ways with some of my old favorite pieces (let’s say a prayer in memory of that cognac leather Members Only jacket from Charleston that I bid farewell to), but I left Jen’s with a new friendship, a renewed interest in the more “real” vintage-y side of thrift (let’s say from the Victorian era to the 1920’s or so) and a new shopping venue over which to go crazy. And so I demand, “Get Thee to Olive’s!” And to Olaf’s, if you’re a guy.
This shop, whether or not you partake of the Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party, has something to make you stand out from the well-decorated crowd. And we haven’t even talked about shopping for Christmas presents yet! Peruse lovely alligator handbags, beaded evening bags, embroidered vintage bags. Choose from bakelite bracelets, Victorian collars, turquoise stunners. Vintage reptilian Chanel pumps inside are juxtaposed against a rack of $35 goodies outside, with sublime ’50s coats to leopard everything (of course! every self respecting vintage store has its share of spots) placed throughout the boutique. Olive’s – and Jen – delivers the goods.
Jen attributes her stylish eye to her main muse, her mother. And why not? Apparently, her mother, Olive, is the vintage clothing collector of all collectors. As a stylist and later a window display artist at Saks Fifth Avenue, Jen’s talent blossomed and when she was ready, she opened Olive’s Very Vintage in 2001. Her specialty is “exquisite vintage clothing and accessories from the late 1800s through the wild 1980s” and she truly has an eye for design, a hankering for quality creation and knack for accommodating the trends of the season. Her outpost of another time has proved a popular must-visit fashion destination for vintage-hunters and fashionistas, as many utilize Olive’s for inspiration and the occasional aspirational item. Thank you, Jen! So lovely to meet you! There will be more vintage moments, I promise.