Saturday, July 14, 2012

Alligators Old Mink and New Money

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Alligators, Old Mink & New Money is an interesting look into Alison Houtte's foray into vintage clothing. It starts with how a love of vintage clothing has been instilled in her and her sisters by the older women in her family, her being talent-spotted to be a model in the 1980s, and how she eventually went into vintage clothing as a result. The later half of the book was all her misadventures and adventures as an entrepreneur, like setting up the new shop after the previous landlord kicked her to the curb, selling Bonnie Cashin at a very cheap US$150 instead of its true value US$600 because she was still evolving her knowledge. This book is like an literal advertisement for her business Hooti Couture. The back of the book even teaches how to identify and restore old pieces when doing hunts at auctions and garage sales yourself.

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