I've never blogged about women's fashion on Sweet Peach before but this hidden gem of a shop in Atlanta just makes me want to share. It's too good...
Doubletake Recycled Luxury is located in the Old Fourth Ward section of Atlanta, inside Studioplex. Owner, Daniel Troppy is passionate about vintage clothing, specifically pieces with a name and a cool factor. He carries clothes from incredible designers like Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Jill Sander, DVF and more... and at great prices. So I enlisted a few friends of mine to show off some of the goods.
A fan of vintage, my friend Sarah was all smiles from the moment she walked inside Doubletake. She tried on almost a dozen dresses but she seemed to always pop in red. It's a great color on her and this dress fits flawlessly. It's a 60's wool dress (with silk lining) from designer, James Galanos. James started his line in Los Angeles in 1951 and quickly became known for his elegant suits and dresses for day. Nancy Reagan was a loyal fan, and now, so is Sarah.
I really loved this secretary dress on Sarah. It's by Nina Ricci, circa the 1970's. As Daniel said, "This dress has movement and flows with you. It's very sexy." Nina was born in Italy but moved to France in her early teens where she began her career as an apprentice dressmaker. She is known for her refined, romantic and always feminine dresses. They fit incredibly well, perhaps because Nina worked with fabrics directly on the mannequin.
This is one of my favorites. My friend Lyn is modeling a 1960's Oscar de la Renta Italian peasant dress. Oscar is known for his romantic and extravagent work but also his attention to detail. The more I studied this dress, the more I loved it. Notice the play of pattern, the pirate sleeves and the lovely, unexpected elegance of it all...
This is an early 2000's Jil Sander. As many of you know, Jil is known for her minimalist designs as well as an attention to precision and structure, rather than embellishments. Although this dress has a boxy frame, it's very feminine with the side slit and deep neckline. Daniel paired this dress with a collectible Norman Norell sequined clutch.
I can't help but call my friend Kendall a cutie pie, as that's what she is. She looks lovely in this 80's Guy Laroche dress with a sheer waistband, silk belt and wave patterned fabric.
Guy Laroche opened his own couture house in Paris in 1949 and became known as a masterful cutter and tailor. Daniel decided to pair this dress with colorful Gucci shoes from the 70's as well as a red bracelet to tie it all together.
This next dress is an 80's Emanuel Ungaro. I loved the details of this dress which included draping, a bow, zippered sleeves and a tapered bottom. I particularly loved the latter feature. It's not easy to run in this one, that's for sure, but as Daniel said, ''It's designed to take small steps- it's definitely a dress to take your time in..."
Ungaro was born to Italian parents and as his father was a tailor, he learned from the best. He became known for using soft, fluid fabrics and layered garments. The Gucci shoes worked perfectly for this dress too...
I like these pics as it shows a bit of fun you'll have when you visit Doubletake. After Sarah slipped into this 70's Halston acetate and metal caftan dress, Daniel took it up a notch by adding this chunky red necklace...then a black patent leather belt to show how different a dress can be when you start to play with accessories.
Daniel opened this treasure trove of vintage luxury in 2010. I suggest giving him a visit if you want to play luxurious dress up for a day. It's really fun as he has a knack for figuring out what your style is and what would flatter your figure- whether you know it or not. As Daniel often says, "Just try it on!" Inside you'll also find shoes, bags, hats, belts, scarves and gobs of jewelry. And don't be surprised if old tunes of Barry White or Dionne Warwick are playing on the record player when you step inside. It's vintage, baby...the good stuff.
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