BasyaBerkman

Basya Berkman Vintage Fashions

Illinois, United States · 1612 Sales

BasyaBerkman

Basya Berkman Vintage Fashions

Illinois, United States 1612 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Julia

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Announcement   Discerning collection of women's vintage clothing and accessories, from designer to street style.

Follow my visual playground on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/basyaberkman/

Looking for sneak peeks of coming merchandise and behind-the-scenes shots? Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/basyaberkmanvintage

I also love to trade with my fellow Etsy shopkeepers! Sellers, contact me if you see something you want to barter!

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Last updated on Aug 16, 2016

Discerning collection of women's vintage clothing and accessories, from designer to street style.

Follow my visual playground on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/basyaberkman/

Looking for sneak peeks of coming merchandise and behind-the-scenes shots? Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/basyaberkmanvintage

I also love to trade with my fellow Etsy shopkeepers! Sellers, contact me if you see something you want to barter!

Julia

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Julia

About

Limitation Breeds Creativity.

I was a high-school girl on a tight budget (with a penchant for 1960s granny shoes). The conformity of mall shopping was stifling, but designer boutiques were out of my league. And so...I made do with thrift stores, flea markets, cast-offs from relatives; these became my "finds." My wallet's limits opened up a world of unique self-expression! Often I would be asked on the train, "Where did you get that amazing coat?!?" Or dress...handbag, etc. Ta-da! I had expressed my sense of personal style — and still had money left over to buy books on Oscar Wilde! I owned fewer clothes than the average 18-year-old fashionista, but I possessed quality garments with serious impact. Basically, I did more with less.

Fast-forward twenty years and the same philosophy fuels my shop, as I joyfully rescue cast-off delicacies for your sartorial pleasure (in between raising my two children). I believe in working with real-life ladies as models to make the clothing come alive and further explore styling ideas. All of my models are friends or young ladies from my local community.

And a word about the name of my store. Basya was a tireless matriarch from the Old Country who inspired me to always look back into the past with an eye to reinvention. A Holocaust survivor, legendary dollar-stretcher, and lifelong seamstress, she nurtured all my childhood dreams. Every time I list an item in her name, I feel like I'm honoring her warmth, wisdom and originality.

Keep up with sneak peeks (and see my inspiration) by following me here:
www.facebook.com/basyaberkmanvintage

My visual playground is on Pinterest, here: http://pinterest.com/basyaberkman/

Want more? The context for all I do is on my shop's Insta
account: http://instagram.com/basyaberkmanvintage

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  • Julia

    Wardrobe Mistress, Owner, Creator

    Follow me on my personal page on Facebook, under "Rare Jule"

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