Jennifer Brook Binns of Hollie Point offers "curated vintage for discerning lovers of timeless style". That sounds like you and I, right?
Fashion Fragile: Your specialty appears to be dresses from the '40s and '60s, often with defined waists and voluptuous skirts. Why do you gravitate toward that timespan and silhouette?
Jennifer: My love of vintage clothing developed early in life and was
originally inspired by the old clothes hanging in my grandmother's
closet, and by movies from the '30s through the '60s. I fell in love
with the silhouettes of these periods and when I began to collect
vintage I naturally gravitated towards them.
Fashion Fragile: Does your personal wardrobe resemble your stock? How do you manage to let go of so many lovely pieces? It seems that there must be heartache involved. I have trouble relinquishing clothes that I don't even like, so I can't imagine sending off one of your dreamy beauties!
Jennifer: It can be so hard to part with my vintage! Fortunately with clothes
only a small percentage of them fit so some are easier to let go of
than others. It's not unusual for me to begin listing a
dress in the shop only to take measurements, figure out that it is
just the right size for me and then hang it right back up in my
personal closet. I have learned, however, to be very selective in
what I keep. Most of my clothes are modern and I keep a small
but fantastic collection of vintage that I save for special occasions.
I also try to practice the "one in, one out" rule which helps me
keep my collection pared down.
Fashion Fragile: What do you enjoy the most about running Hollie Point? How do you avoid getting burned out?
Jennifer: The best part of running a vintage shop is shopping! At least once
a week I take a long day trip, sometimes to my favorite shopping
spots and sometimes to brand new places that I have never
visited before. I live between a major metropolitan area and a great rural expanse so it seems like there are always new places to explore and new/old treasures waiting to be found. The thrill of
the hunt helps to keep my job exciting and fulfilling.
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