We asked Colifichet boutique owner and new Market Publique seller, Christine Sisson, to share some stories about how she started collecting vintage jewelry and what she found out about each piece.
Read below for her guest post and oogle her shiny offerings...
Looking back, I suppose my fascination with jewelry with a past goes back to childhood.
There was a timeworn cardboard box in my mother’s closet that contained jumbled bits and baubles from instinct times: knotted necklaces and lonely, orphaned earrings and the occasional intact piece—a beaded necklace from Sedona, a shiny coin bracelet. (Where is that bracelet now, when I need it?) I don’t think trying them on even occurred to me; I just liked to look at them every once in awhile.
In later years, I embraced my love of accessorizing. When I left my middle school uniform behind for the greener pastures of public high school, I found opportunity to experiment a bit. But vintage didn’t enter the picture until post-college, when my grandmother gave me a few pieces that awakened my passion for jewelry with history and narrative.
Now, I scout actively—and passively. Oddly, sometimes these pieces find me. Living in Prague for a year gave me access to all things old and beautiful. At a muddy flea market way on the outskirts of town, where old appliances shared space with diapers, candy and cast-off Communist-era literature, a beautiful worn-gold bracelet found me. At another market, this turquoise-colored beaded brooch begged for my koruny.
I also harbor an intense crush on all things that sparkle, like this dazzling rhinestone choker. I have a vision of a bride in an extremely minimalist, non-traditional gown wearing this princess-like piece.
But while I’d happily wear rhinestones with just about everything, my go-to style is more layered dark brass and gold chains and oversized medallions like this one. So versatile.
And then there’s this Lucite necklace. Maybe it’s my obsession with candy, rather than my love of jewelry, that drives this obsession?
I’m thrilled to be a part of the Market Publique community and look forward to showing you more of my finds.
Since DLC Brooklyn uses all vintage materials, designer Susan Domelsmith has sifted through thousands of pieces over the six years that she has been collecting the components of her unique jewelry. Some of these pieces were too special to disassemble, and from this collection that have come to us from all over the globe, we offer you hand picked pieces from the DLC vintage vaults.
We are thrilled to have Susan open her vintage vault to us, and present her one-of-a-kind finds to the Market Publique community!
I went into Manhattan today for some work meeting and other projects I have going on in the city, including some design consulting, so I decided to dress appropriate for 'the office' but also with some edge, because after all, this is New York City. I mixed in some of my signature vintage accessories to keep the look true to my style.
And, my Jerome Dreyfuss makes its debut on the blog! I've had it for a couple months, and it has not left my side since I got it. I love how inmense it is– I can carry my entire apartment in it, including a change of shoes, makeup bag, huge wallet, cellphone, keys, extra tote bag (not that I needed it)... you name it! Because when I'm gone for the whole day I really need to have all my stuff with me, just in case. The best part? The tiny little LED flashlight that is the Dreyfuss signature makes find anything in my bag a cinch! LOVE it.
Jon took this pic with my iPhone, and captured the sunset behind me just right! Thanks Jon!
A detail of an amazing Buddha necklace by Pauline Rader I got at Amarcord, plus my new woven leather wedges from Zara
I visited Zara recently and went on a spree, as you can probably tell... I usually don't go to 'fast fashion' stores because I feel clothes should last for many seasons and be produced in a sustainable way, but I have to admit I did find quite a few gems when I was there. The blouse is silk charmeuse and the shoes are genuine leather, plus the seams are all straight, which is more that you can say from many of the fast fashion chains. Oh well, as long as it doesn't become a habit... The shoes already paid for themselves after a certain Creative Director from a major beauty company complimented them in the hallway. Making an impression is always good!
Inspired by fashion blogger Christine, who writes My Style Pill, I have been on the hunt for a vintage watch necklace. Her watch was passed down from her grandmother, and she put it on a chain.
I love the look because ever since cell phones became ubiquitous, you don't really need a watch. So watches have become more ornamentation than utility pieces. And why not? The vintage pocket watches are handcrafted beautifully and relics of a past time (pun intended?).
A closer look at Christine's vintage watch.
For those who are not so lucky to get such jewels from gran and gramps, there's still a way to get an authentic and unique vintage piece.
Enter Corvus Noir. The local New York City designers search high and low for unique vintage pieces– pocket watches, secretary pens, silver penknives, rhinestone-encrusted wild cats– and make them more wearable by putting them on reconstructed vintage chains. The chains are a statement in and of itself, with pieces of vintage rosary beads, chunky liks and other amazing vintage finds.