Sunday in Brooklyn

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It’s funny, last week we were talking about copies, counterfeits, and pieces inspired by, you remember?

And then Sunday, I went to the magnificent Brooklyn Flea Market (awesome / beautiful / for sure go check it out) with my friend Delphine to find some stuff for my house. They sure did have tons of stuff for the house, but tons of clothes as well.

In the middle of all this awesome stuff was this little jacket, not really my style, but super pretty none the less, and the tag said G.FOX&CO.

Curious as I am, I asked the saleswoman where the brand is from and she explained…

It turns out that G.FOX&CO was a big department store in Connecticut. At the time, in the 50s and 60s, American department stores like Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Marshall Fields in Chicago and tons others would do what they are still doing today. They would send their buyers to see the collections in Paris, the capitaâââaaaaal of fashhhhhion.

The difference is that back then, they would buy the exclusive rights to certain collections they wanted, and then make everything in their factories back in the states and sell them with their brand name. And all that was perfectly legal.

This little overcoat is actually Dior, Dior New York.

What is funny is where they placed the Dior tag, you know, like a little hidden ?

I thought it was timely and interesting. I had already heard of the concept in The Beautiful Fall and in l’Irrégulière (fantastic books / if you like fashion, read ’em.) but I think it definitely resonates with what we were talking about last week.

Anyway, this flea market is up on the third floor of a former bank in Brooklyn, in the Skylight One Hanson space. It’s downright awesome and, despite how absolutely sublime the decor is, it isn’t expensive at all.

No seriously, check out these ceilings!

Allright now, want to know what I bought ?

Translation : Tim Sullivan

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