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3 posts tagged "Screaming Mimi’s"

Screaming Mimi’s Gets Hell-Bent For Leather

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Leather was a major trend on the Spring 2010 runways, so it’s an opportune moment for Screaming Mimi’s to go straight to the source. The downtown store, a favorite of vintage enthusiasts since the late seventies, is releasing an all-leather archive this month, culled from the personal collection of a certain daddy with a thing for fine craftsmanship.

The gent in question was a fairly petite man, so the sale is being aimed at women and should fit sizes 4 through 8. “It’s the most exciting find I’ve come across in over 30 years,” says Screaming Mimi’s owner Laura Wills, noting that the one-of-kind pieces, amassed over three decades, reflect every leather influence from motocross to rodeo. For the uninhibited, there are items like the studded, slogan-bearing motorcycle jacket at left, and while we can’t be sure, we’re willing to bet a thigh-length leather dress will look better on you than it did on the original owner. More accessible, perhaps, are the accessories, which range from gauntlet gloves to biker caps. “We put out just a tiny bit already to see the reaction, and it was so immediate,” says Wills. “Alice Dellal came in and immediately pounced on a black leather bracelet with spikes.”

The collection, which exhibits the intricate workmanship of custom leather specialists in New York and San Francisco, many now defunct, should be a treasure trove of inspiration for stylists and designers. “It’s interesting to see how things like this can cross over into contemporary fashion,” says Wills, but she adds, “The pieces are so iconic they go beyond fashion. They’re just beautifully crafted, amazing-looking garments. Fashion-wise, it’s right; historically, it’s right.”

The pieces debut November 18, with prices ranging from $125 to $2,800.

382 Lafayette St., NYC, (212) 677-6464, www.screamingmimis.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Screaming Mimi’s

Catching The Wave

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Looking to get in on the surf trend that Jen Brill worked earlier this month at a Proenza Schouler party and that made a splash at Resort? You might want to stop by Screaming Mimi’s Montauk location and check out the Combhard neoprene separates, which are exclusive to the store. They’re designed in collaboration with Screaming Mimi’s by Thomas Renaud, a surfer and self-taught designer who’s been working with breathable neoprene fashions for almost 13 years. The best part: At $110, the high-waisted reversible skirts won’t dry up your clothing allowance.

Photo: Courtesy of Screaming Mimi’s

How To Buy Vintage: A Screaming Mimi’s Lesson

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Occasionally the best party anecdotes come post-interview, preferably when your pals of nearly three decades are on hand to toast something big. Luckily, Screaming Mimi’s founder, Laura Wills, celebrating her store’s 30th anniversary with a dinner on Tuesday night at Manhattan’s Broadway East, had friends like co-host Kim Hastreiter handy. “I don’t shop anywhere on the East or the West Coast,” Wills explained of her thrifting strategy. “I would rather get in the car and drive for 11 hours than be with the masses.” Nestled among guests like Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Patricia Field, DJ-ing duo Harley Viera Newton and Cassie Coane, and Lynn Yaeger, Hastreiter more or less backed up that assertion, relating a memorable story of rummaging for would-be treasures upstate. “There were people selling stuff on their lawn, kinda funky,” she recalled. “And there was this goat. They had a live goat tied to a tree.” Said goat happened to be lying on a brocade coat espied by Wills, who, after some effort, pried the animal off and purchased it for $3. Predictably, the garment later found a new home. After all, Screaming Mimi’s is frequented by more than a few big-name fashionistas in search of inspiration. Hastreiter went on: “Two months later, Laura calls me and says, ‘Guess who just bought the coat with the goat?’ ” We won’t name-drop, but the lucky owners happened to be a very famous design duo.

Photo: Courtesy of Screaming Mimi’s