One great thing about vintage is the story behind it. Another great thing is the story behind the people that buy and sell it. I absolutely fell in love with the owners of Minneapolis-based vintage shop Moth Oddities‘ Yana and Ian–two passionate, professional and zany vintage crusaders brought together by an Italian connection: Yana’s love and involvement in the Vernazza community. I met up with Moth Oddities in my hometown Pacific Grove, California while they were on their road trip around the US buying and selling vintage along the way. Thus, their lookbook featuring Modern Thrifter in the Old World’s pieces was a mirror named CALIItalia reflecting our mash-up of worlds, style and personalities perfectly!
View the CALIItalia lookbook here or take a look at some of my favorite pieces and their stories below. All photos taken and edited by Moth Oddities.
The first location I chose for this collaboration was the all-Industrial Warf #2 in Monterey– far from the salt water taffy and free clam chowder samples of Warf #1 are cheeky Italian-American Fishermen and a lot of galvanized steel. The denim and leather felt very at home here.
This Amazing fringe and beaded leather jacket was a Sunday-stroll discovery through the streets of Milan when I stumbled across Ambroeus Milano (if you are in the city make a point of going)!
This perfectly minimalist leather skirt form Sarzana’s Soffita in Strada sold quick, but the necklace from Milano’s Popcorn Garage Market and Californian terry cloth crop vintage top are still available!
Gotta love the dead stock leather pieces I find in Italy like this immaculate suede pencil skirt from Chiavari’s Friday street market, which paired so perfectly with this California country wild horse vest.
Monterosso’s Thursday market in the square finally got a little bit of vintage! It just happens to be imported form the US, but could not pass up this men’s Polo jean jacket with corduroy collar.
As if the shoot did not have enough local flair we included these pieces from personal collections: the 1972 windbreaker from my dad and perfectly worn-in Levi’s 501 paint pants from Mr. Richard (Mr. Pacific Grove) himself!
For the funner and more flirty pieces we chose the small cove and grill of Lover’s Point–a magical place that hasn’t not changed since I was born…
The red dress has left the building, but the black leather jacket with a super unique sleek cut from my Venice, Italy thrifting is still available!
A sequined cape fit for any vintage wonder woman from my pne of my favorite downtown PG thrift shops, The Church Mouse.
Get this Italian Vintage while it’s hot! This ode-to-the-big-brands sweatshirt only lasted a week on the shelves of Moth Oddities vintage!