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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Most stylish New Yorkers: Heidi Rosenau

One of my favorite vintage gals, Heidi Rosenau, was featured in Time Out magazine this week as one of NY's most stylish people! She happens to be wearing some fabulous vintage accessories that were acquired from Incogneeto! See more great pics of Heidi all decked out in vintage from head to toe and read about her style sense on the Time Out site.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentines Vintage Fashion Show and Sale

The Valentines Fashion Show was a quiet weekend in Tarrytown. I suppose the weather kept a lot of folks at home and not many walked through the doors at the Double Tree Hotel. Although the room was filled with gads of great vintage clothing and jewels, there were few folks there to appreciate it. I continue to have faith in the economy and the Cord Shows promotions. I am hoping that the Danbury Vintage Clothing show in April will make up for the lack of business this weekend.

From the Cord Shows website comes this description:
"Tarrytown, NY.... Being Retro and wearing quality made fine vintage clothing with vintage accessories is high style. Dealers have a keen eye for fashion that has endured through time. Have you ever noticed that it is easy to pick out a person wearing something vintage? They just stand out in a crowd. On Friday and Saturday (NOT Sunday), the ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY, will be the venue for the 2nd Valentine's Vintage Fashion Show and Sale.

Offered in the displays of up to 28 dealers will be Victorian through the 1980's clothing for women, men, even boys and girls. How about finding vintage stockings, lingerie, coats and jackets, scarves, hats, handbags, shoes, compacts, hankies, vintage buttons, trims, linens, lace, sewing implements and fabrics, vintage beads, findings and EVEN vintage patterns and drawings from the Victorian era through the 1960's? Fine antique jewelry and watches from the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco time will be offered. Vintage estate jewelry, silver jewelry and vintage costume jewelry from the 1920's to the 80's made by designers such as Hattie Carnegie, Coro, Eisenberg, Miriam Haskell and others will be offered. For that fancy evening what could be better than a vintage evening gown?

Some of those providing all these treasures include Incogneeto Vintage, Somerville, NJ; Twinkling Jewels, Bridgewater, CT; Funky Fashions, Brick, NJ; S. Eden, Hauppauge, NY; Cherished Treasures, Newtown, CT; What Once Was, Highland Park, NJ; Vintage Couture Jewelry, Easton, CT; Connie Schwab, Highland Park, NJ; Vintage with a Twist, Bedford, NY; Croton-on-Hudson, NY; Fine Art, LTD., Greenwich, CT; Michael Weinstein, Binghamton, NY; and Queen Ann's Laces, Prospect, CT"

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Slap Me Fabulous Review of My Vintage Show

Thanks to Howard and Ken over at Slap Me Fabulous,for coming out to the fashion exhibit show at MH Gallery in NYC! It was a fun night filled with lots of folks dressed in their finest vintage threads! Ken has written a wonderful review of the show on his wonderful blog. I think the art world has been forever changed by the introduction of “Vintage Fashion Accessories” and the art it perceives. Heidi and Nick Rosal, the owners of MH Gallery in NYC should be commended for thinking outside the box and allowing me into their world…!

Book Release Party & Vintage Exhibit

We had a book release party at MH Art & Framing Gallery 9 W. 20th St NYC on Jan 23, 2010. Here are pics from the event if you link on the title of show or the blog, you will see the entire album from the show. The show runs through til Feb 27th. It is titled:“Vintage Fashion Accessories: Celebrating the Art of Vintage Fashion”
features vintage fashions from Incogneeto in Somerville, NJ and fashion photography by Jimmy Lin and Marguerite Ruscito for the book, "Vintage Fashion Accessories". A book signing with author, Stacy LoAlbo, was held during the night of the Opening Reception (January 23rd 6-9pm with the book signing from 6-7pm). Special vintage items will be offered for sale at the gallery during the month long event.

The combination of framed fashion objects, fashion photography and the book, “Vintage Fashion Accessories”, demonstrates the broad brush of creative design and artistry with fashion in mind. MH Art and Framing Gallery in NYC will persuade you with that contention in the exhibit, “Vintage Fashion Accessories: Celebrating the Art of Vintage Fashion”

Other than the “fashion statement”, there are the historical and cultural associations with vintage clothing and accessories. Stacy LoAlbo, “The Vintage Maven”, has given us a lesson on that sentiment in her new book, “Vintage Fashion Accessories”. The pages are filled with fashion photography of dresses, hats and accessories with artfully cropped images of product shots by Jimmy Lin and Marguerite Ruscito. A book more for the “fashionista” or vintage collector, it easily crosses the boundary of art as it emphasizes the beauty, uniqueness and sensuality of these vintage items spanning an era that starts in the stylish early 1900’s to the plaids of the 70’s.

Photographer, Jimmy Lin, will display fashion and product shots that are featured in the book as well as additional imagery from his repertoire. Marguerite Ruscito completes the photography exhibit with her fashion photography. All accessories and clothing photographed for the book are from Stacy LoAlbo's vintage clothing boutique “Incogneeto” in Somerville, NJ.

MH Art & Framing Gallery will also be featuring vintage items from the boutique to demonstrate object framing. The vintage items will be encased in a frame, hinged at the face, subsequently creating a wall mounted jewelry box.

Incogneeto will also have vintage fashion accessories for purchase at the gallery until Feb 27th, 2010.

All photography is for sale.

The show runs from JANUARY 16th - FEBRUARY 27th

MH Art & Framing Gallery
9 West 20th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011
Monday thru Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-6

The Gallery site
The photographer's site

Friday, February 5, 2010

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

This weekend is the Manhattan Vintage clothing show, a place where over 90 of the country's best vintage dealers set up their wares for the buying public. Designers and celebrities all shop this show for the best of the best! And yours truly is there selling the Incogneeto goods!
I am staying overnight in NYC anticipating the snow storm.
Tomorrow is the last day of the show. I will report any celebrity sitings then!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

As Featured in The Star Ledger TODAY!

Well kitties..The Star Ledger has printed an article today on The Vintage Maven and her new book "Vintage Fashion Accessories!" I was happy with the pics they took of my store and me modeling a vintage 60's Schiaparelli Italian straw wide brim hat!

Click on the pic to read the article!


Just got a blog link sent to me from 2 clients, the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, who model their vintage toppers in my book. They were featured on a TV segment in Dec on MNN, called Behind the Shadows, and the episode is called Timeless Girls in Hats. The photo shows them in the studio just before taping, with Susan Finelli, our host and producer of Behind the Shadows with a copy of "Vintage Fashion Accessories" in the foreground!

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome! This is my first post ever on a blog...

Allow me to introduce myself, I am Stacy LoAlbo, aka The Vintage Maven of Incogneeto- a vintage clothing and accessory store in Somerville, NJ and the author of the newly published bible on vintage accoutrements entitled,

"Vintage Fashion Accessories."

I have been a lover of vintage since 1980 having been a thrift store shopper as a teen. I enjoyed finding unique items to wear and subsequently learned the value of such items to be superior to anything purchased new. As many of you may know, vintage clothing and accessories were made in a time when construction and design were given much more thought since these items were generally not outsourced for the making. Designers spent more money on creating a garment as this was the norm. Attention was paid to detailing an article of clothing. Of course, this holds true for accessories as well. Quality leathers were used in shoes and bags, hand work was incorporated in the beaded bags, and jewelry was crafted with the finest Austrian crystals!

So this love of vintage has turned into a sincere passion for fashion for me!

I opened my first vintage shop at a large indoor flea market (US 1 in New Brunswick, NJ)in 1986. That opened up the opportunity to buy and sell beautiful things that weren't my size or style! With an excuse to shop, the collection grew! By 1991, I opened my first official storefront in Somerville, NJ. I mainted the flea market locale since it was only on the weekends and business was booming there! Within a few years, I had the flea market and 3 stores including one in Somerville, NJ, one in New Hope, PA and a prestigous location on Nassau St. in Princeton, NJ. In 1994, my mini-me- the younger maven that goes by the moniker Hallie, was just entering the world. I pretended to be Wonder Woman for a while and shuffled back and forth between stores with a baby sack on my back! Burning the candle at both ends began to wear down the wick too fast, so I slowed it all down by opening one huge 6000 sq ft store in Somerville. With all my eggs in one basket (Jeez! I use a lot of cliches!), I was able to concentrate on better serving the customer/costumer all in one place!