Last week I posted an interesting article that begged the question whether you should feel guilty about wearing vintage fur.
Personally, I’m delighted that wearing vintage fur seems to be back in vogue, but that debate will probably rage on for awhile and you have to be the judge of your own conscience. Whatever your position is on the hot topic, I hope that you found the post fun and enlightening to read.
This week, I’m going to take you on a slightly different route into the wonderful world of vintage by taking you shopping with Kourtney Kardashian. Now, as most of us know, Kourtney is an American reality television personality, actress, socialite, businesswoman and model.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she first gained media attention in 2007, when she and her family were picked to star in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Its success led to the creation of multiple spin-offs including Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami and Kourtney and Kim Take New York. Besides reality work, Kardashian and her sisters Kim and Khloé are involved in the retail and fashion industries, having launched several clothing collections and fragrances. Kourtney has additionally ventured into acting and released the book Kardashian Konfidential in 2010.
Now that you have that bit of background on this reality television star, (in the event you’ve been living under a rock) let’s go: Vintage Shopping with Kourtney Kardashian.
According to Domaine’s Editorial Director Mat Sanders, vintage shopping with Kourtney Kardashian is like antiquing with your best friend — that is, if your best friend happens to travel with a 12-person camera crew and asks you to wear a body mic. That also means that your every musing over whether or not that ’90s lacquered figurative jaguar would look good in her sister’s new manse might be documented for her hit reality television show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which is currently in its ninth season on E!. “I’m trying to convince Khloe to let me decorate her house. I am going to convince her,” Kardashian tells Domaine’s Editorial Director Mat Sanders while shopping at Los Angeles vintage treasure trove, Tini. The casual familiarity with which she navigates the filled-to-the-rafters shop — combined with her extensive knowledge and interest in design (did she just ask if that drum table is by Tony Duquette?) — makes keeping up with this Kardashian a dream.
“Growing up, my parents were really into interior design,” Kardashian says, regarding her early interest in décor. “Angelo Donghia decorated our house and filled it with so many incredible pieces by designers like Karl Springerand J. Robert Scott. It was true ’80s amazingness.” Even in this childhood home, early incarnations of the signatureKUWTK aesthetic — think pattern-on-pattern and textural playfulness — could be seen in her mother Kris’ bold design choices. “My parents’ whole bedroom was done in this wild floral print,” Kardashian says. “From the wallpaper to the bedding fabric, everything was the same, and it was crazy.”
Having just listed her current home for sale — the one partner Scott Disick candidly calls “Alice and Wonderlandmeets Beetlejuice” — Kardashian hopes to decorate her new 11,746-square-foot contemporary Spanish-style pad with more serene surroundings. “For my next house, I want the complete opposite,” she says. “No prints, no wallpaper, no color. I want the vibe to be like Something’s Gotta Give with a little Pierre Paulin thrown in.” Nancy Meyers, if your decorator is reading this, it might be time to pick up the phone. “I’ve met with some designers, but I’m still trying to finalize everything,” Kardashian says. “If I don’t pick soon, it’ll never get done.” Read on for Kardashian’s expert advice on shopping vintage home décor, and peruse her picks from her favorite L.A. vintage hot spots below.
1. Shop With a Trusted Consort “Bring someone to bounce things off of for a second opinion. I usually bring by best friend Joyce or second cousin CiCi. It’s important to shop with someone who knows your house and style. I’ve brought Scott vintage shopping before, and he’ll never come again; he really does not like it.” 2. Take Photos For Reference “If you know you love it, just buy it, because it could be gone. If you are on the fence, take tons of pictures. If you find yourself obsessing and thinking about it after, call immediately and put it on hold or have it delivered.” 3. Act On Impulse “I wish I was better at haggling, but I’m really not. If I don’t care about something, I can walk away from it. But if I want something, I’m no good at haggling because I’m so afraid I’ll lose it! Once, Khloe came with me and I said I’d get her the best deal. ‘$200 for these two marble lions? I’ll give you $180.’ They said no.” 4. Always Buy Good Mirrors “Is there such a thing as too many mirrors?” 5. Avoid These Three Vintage Don’ts
“Taxidermy: I’m not into it.” “Lucite: Avoid vintage Lucite if it’s too beat up or scratched. It always looks best new.” “Fixer-uppers: New paint or reupholstery are one thing, but if a piece needs too much work, like a new leg or a glass top, I know I’ll never get around to it.”