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Reserved - embroidered summer skirt - size 12 - designer Charlotte Neuville - Nantucket prep Palm Beach chic

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Navy blue cotton embroidered summer skirt with South of France chic. It's a vintage 1980s or early 90s Charlotte Neuville, a designer from back in the day, and done in midnight blue (almost black) cotton twill (with white raffia embroidery). It's a perfect perfect preppy skimmer skirt, and in like-new vintage condition.

Not sure if Neuville is still around but in the 80s she was part of the French young glamor names in the biz known for a youthful classic and Euro-prep tailored collection. It's of a very high quality for sure. I think Neuville may have had her own shop at Henri Bendel at one point, or Galleries Lafayette when they launched in the old Bonwit Teller shop on 57th Street. In any event, she was a big deal. I remember seeing her booth at the very first Seventh on Sale in 1989 at the 26th Street armory and thinking she was gonna be big, though many designers of that period caught in the post-1987 stock market crash and retail slump in the early 90s went on to obscurity. The good thing about their clothes, though--Christian Francis Roth and Neuville, for instance--is that they were incredibly well constructed and produced with that late 80s high luxury vision that was trying to deflect the stock market woes at retail. Then of course Marc Jacobs marched in with grunge moments later to solve the issue with luxury rags.

Note: to show where the skirt hits on the hips I have pinned the skirt on my mannequin (whose waist is 27") to show the way it fits. The waist is actually 30."

Label: Charlotte Neuville
Size: labeled US 12; 14 UK
Content: cotton/raffia embroidery
Zips up the back and is fully lined

Measurements: laid flat (check your measurements for a perfect fit)
30" waist line
42" hips (max)
19-1/4" overall length

Condition: good to excellent vintage condition with light general wear. No stains, rips or marks. Looks to have been worn very little. I would call this wear (right) now.

If you have any questions about measurements or details that I may have overlooked in listing the item, send me a Convo me with any questions---and many thanks for checking out my shop.

To see more of the items in my shop click here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/coolvintagefinds

Shipping: I can ship worldwide (though not everywhere) so convo me for inquiries about countries not listed. As a rule I try to ship Priority Mail when possible to insure that shipments arrive safely and have some sort of trafficking number. I can ship any way you like, though. When I am in town I generally ship same day as purchase or within 2 or 3 days. If I am out of town for extended periods of time I put my shop on hold, so if it’s up online I’m probably in town. Shipping rates for the USPS have dramatically risen in 2013 (21%) and international shipping is sky-high, even by International First Class, so expect higher rates. I do not mark up shipping, and often lose money on shipping, so if you want an actual quote please send me your zip code and the items you desire and I will give you an exact price.

Customs fees for international buyers: In your country they most likely collect import duties on merchandise--I have absolutely no control over those charges. Buyers are required to pay those charges, so just know they will arrive with a collection notice.

About me: I am a NY based photo prop stylist for magazines like Real Simple, Instyle, Seventeen, and others, and my work has made me a well-versed shopping powerhouse for props for photo shoots. I also love fancy estate sales and scour them regularly, and the result is an Etsy shop that I consider a finely curated collection of vintage clothing, home accessories, and mid century odds and ends---with fair and affordable pricing. On the whole I’m an easy to approach seller, and I love hearing from customers looking for specific items who appreciate my ability to find things for them. I also love hearing from fashion students who might be looking for inspiration garments. If you love something but can’t afford it I am often open to discounting, but only within reason). I majorly frown :( on low-ball offers for items in my shops that are clearly well-priced. So please spare me the low balls and do us both a favor and don’t go there. I am interested in making money, yes, but I tell you I get more of a charge by finding appreciative homes and closets for my amazing things.

But will it fit me? What’s a size 7? How do I know my bust size? To gauge whether a vintage garment will fit properly it’s a good idea to use a tailor’s tape to measure a dress, jacket, or pants that you love and fits you well, then compare them to the measurements I have listed which give the exact measurements of the garment. Most vintage sizing tags don’r correlate with modern sizing, which is nuts (you may be a 4 but a 1960s size 13 might be a perfect fit) so don’t pay attention to vintage size numbers (as a rule). Also, the fitted bodices and busts of vintage dresses do not figure into modern sizing, which can be very loose and blousy. To look great in a 50s fitted dress you may want to consider finding vintage bras that will lift your bust and fit like the dresses were intended--to get the point (as in pointy). I’m always befuddled when my female friends don’t know their measurements, just some size tag number they refuse to budge from, so they never know it stuff fits when they see measurements on Etsy (for instance). Your bra size is probably your bust size, so you can go from there. It’s a good idea to keep your measurements on an index card in your purse and know what your bust, high rib cage, high waist, low waist, etc is. With a tape measure in tow you will reap the benefit of a proper fit. Just saying.

On quality: When I shop I do so carefully, and only select items of a certain quality and design dignity. I really like crafting a nicely balanced shop with things for most body shapes and sizes, and I take great care in how each item compliments other items in my shop. I only list things I feel are of a high quality, but if I find an amazing dress that is damaged or needs some love, I have it listed because I know there is someone out there who wants it---even with blemishes or repair needs. I've found Etsy to be the perfect place for me to sell that sort of thing. So the message is: there’s no junk here, just well a well culled group of neat vintage stuff from home goods to fashion.

I dutifully detail all measurements, blemishes, and details I feel are necessary in the listing, and welcome additional info about a designer or item from shoppers. In my travels I come across amazing vintage clothing in the spirit of Betty Draper and Joan Holloway from Mad Men--great silhouettes and styles that are hand made, dressmaker patterned, or tailor made by home makers in the 50s and 60s. When I come across major designer labels like Chanel or Dior I scoop them up, and again with damaged clothing of a certain quality I know there is someone out there with a mending kit and some moxie that wants them. That said, most of what I like to sell is in clean and ready to go condition.

See the rest of my Etsy shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/coolvintagefinds

See my other Etsy shop where I sell cool and unusual gift items and accessories for men, including vintage bar ware and glass ware, vintage sunglasses and cool and unique eye wear, vintage designer clothing and preppy mens ties, art and fashion books and hot rod and vintage sports magazines, and quality mid century home accessories--all things I feel might make great gifts for the guys in your life:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/greatguygifts

cheers,
Chip

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Chip Cordelli

Reserved - embroidered summer skirt - size 12 - designer Charlotte Neuville - Nantucket prep Palm Beach chic


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