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Perk Up!

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Perk Up!

  A vintage sweater can really put some va-va-voom into your wardrobe! We've got the perfect sweaters here and here. Maybe a bullet bra?   -XOXOXOX, Angela and Marilyn's Room

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Helen Bond Ca-who?

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Helen Bond Ca-who?

This is Helen Bond Carruthers. While not easy to make out the details, she is indeed wearing one of her famous cashmere sweaters appliqued with embroidered pieces of antique textiles. Helen got her start modifying and embellishing plain colored cashmere button front sweaters in the 1950s. After acquiring a warehouse full of antique shawls, she began cutting them up and hand sewing them onto sweaters. She worked from home in Versailles, Kentucky...eventually employing some help to fulfill orders.   There are several signature details present in a true Helen Bond Carruthers sweater. First off- they will always be cashmere, and...

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Hey, Sweater Girl!

Hey, Sweater Girl!

For those of you who haven't heard yet- Dorothea's is currently collaborating with a marvelous designer who has collected some incredible vintage over the last 30+ years- and it will all be offered here, to you!   We've chosen to start with some seasonally appropriate (at least for me, the photographer in the middle of snowy Iowa!) vintage cashmere sweaters. The epitome of versatile pin-up girl glamour! Any of these sweaters make a “Marilyn” statement and can be pared with a simple pair of pencil pants or skirt, and you can go to work in the morning and look like...

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Coming Soon.....Marilyn's Room

Coming Soon.....Marilyn's Room

Coming VERY Soon! I'm going to be collaborating with a vintage collector who has been acquiring vintage for her personal collection for over 30 years. She's a fascinating, creative woman who prefers to remain anonymous to the public (though you will get to learn more about her life and collection over time)...and man does she have some incredible things! She's decided that it's time to cull her collection to what fits into her walk in closet, so that means loads of pieces will be finding their way back out to the public eye again. Her weakness is 1940s-50s glamour girl...

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Winter Whites

A new color collection at Dorothea's....Winter Whites! A range of season fresh shades of white to kick off the new year. See the collection here.   

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