So much of my inspiration has come from inherited garments and accessories form the lovelier, more quality, generations before me. In my family, I have always been voted the one to clean out cluttered homes, organize and allocate precious, and sometimes just retro, heirlooms. In doing this my love and knowledge for vintage garments grew.
If you are interested in donating, selling, exchanging out your heirlooms or just need help cleaning out your closet and hauling contact me!
Donations originating from Europe can be shipped to:
Gina Pagnella. Piazza Sant’Antonino, Piacenza, 29121 Italy
or picked up wherever you are if I can get there!
Donations originating from the United States can be shipped to:
Gina Pagnella. 615 19th Street. Pacific Grove, CA 93950. USA
Here are some stories of the private collections that helped build my business and more …
Some of the first items I started collecting just out of the sheer coolness of their perfect denim patina was Mr. Richard’s old paint pants. Mr. Richard is the man who build the home I lived in for the first 18 years of my life, he is an active member of my hometown, appropriately nicknamed Mr. PG (Pacific Grove) and is probably the only man allowed to cat call me in front of my father. He is an old man, but has a young soul and has the best Levi’s in town that are authentically distressed to perfection.
Likewise, I started Stories In Italy’s vintage jewelry line using pieces inherited from my grandmother that I did not have room for in my life. By telling this story people have since donated their beloved pieces to be passed on to others who will love them through me.
Sometimes I get detailed stories of the pieces that come my way. I understand it is hard to live among things that you will never use and hard to get rid of them. Family owned vintage garments usually just need to be cleaned, mended and most of all loved. Lisa, and inspiring woman I met over a gorgeous dinner in Pietrasanta,Itlay with Italian Fix, said she would love to send me her mother’s handmade goods. She shipped them to my US address, I footed the shipping, and cannot wait to place them in modern shops to be gawked over and styled up by new generations to come.
Italy it is not like the United States when it comes to donating things. It is difficult for find out when and where to donate your extra goods and for that reason so many reusable and sometimes gorgeous garments are thrown away. Now that word is out people bring things to “Vintage Gina” to be reassessed and brought back to life much like this skirt that was handmade by a woman form Monterosso, Italy.
I can’t wait to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org