A little while back my good friend Karen, one half of Finessence Photography and I managed to find a common day off to visit the Grand Madam of Vintage. We have been informed that Mary Lipshut, owns the largest collection of vintage Missoni in the world and has the most comprehensive archive of designer vintage pieces in Melbourne, if not Australia. Everyone, welcome to ML Vintage!
We were dumb-founded by the vast array of collections from the best Italian designers of the past few decades. These are vintage pieces (from the 40s through to the 80s) but have never been worn! They were meticulously cared for, in chronological order and all in their garment sheaths. Mary has original Gianni Versace pieces from the early part of his designing career. We are talking about pieces from his very first collections! This is vintage heaven.
Mary’s older sister, Edith, carefully wraps garments in their allocated bags. These pieces are so well loved. It puts me to shame the way I treat my clothes, I need to look after my wardrobe better!
Mary and Edith had their import business in the 70s called MEREDITH (a clever combination of their names) and they were the very first Australian ladies who brought these high-end Italian designers into Australia. Think Krizia, Courreges, Roberta di Camerino, Valentino, Versace…and more! Wow, I got to meet the pioneers of import fashion!
Mary and Edith have a gorgeous assistant Olivia, who was so patient to show me the clothes and accessories. She had perfect product knowledge!
I was so overwhelmed at ML Vintage, never have I been to a boutique like this, it was part museum, part gallery and part candy-land. I admired everything, Mary, Edith , Olivia, the clothes, the collections! Karen’s photos capture a glimpse of this magical place, you really need to visit this vintage mecca to see for yourself what I’m raving on about. But don’t worry, more posts and more photos to come!
ML Vintage is situated at Suite 3/ 7 Almeida Crs South Yarra VIC 3141. Call (03) 9826 6789 to make an appointment.
Hope you’re all relaxing into a lovely weekend. I have so many things planned, hope we get through them all! See you all on Monday!