Modern Vintage

Brooklyn, New York · 15 Sales


Modern Vintage

Brooklyn, New York 15 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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laura okita

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Anonymous on Jul 22, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

tooooo cute!! i cannot love this any more!!!!!!fast ship too!!! thanx xoxoxo

Anonymous on Aug 2, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Cute. Shame the hems aren't on the inside or at least overlocked, but still cute.


Editorial Vintage for the Modern Woman

About Me:
I’m a vintage inspired fashion designer, model, photographer and editorial blogger. I grew up on a farm in Eastern Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Moving alone to loud, busy New York at the age of 22 was a huge shock for me at first. I cried on my first day in the city, and almost went straight back home. I am glad that I stuck it out, because the big apple is my home now. I love the fashion, the hustle and bustle, history and of course, the vintage scene here!

My Design Work:
I am mostly self taught using vintage sewing patterns. I drape or draft my patterns and sew my own designs, which I believe is essential to give each piece the feel found in vintage garments. I specialize in luxury fabrics and hand beading and embroidery. Having such nostalgia for the past, I wanted to re-create garments in the most authentic way possible. I use all vintage sewing techniques. That means no serge machine seam finishes, hand stitching all finishes and using seam binding tape.

My Photography:
I photograph mainly with my vintage Leica M4 35mm rangefinder camera and my trusty tripod. One thing has just led to another. I started an Etsy store for my fashion designs, which necessitated taking pictures, which turned into a blog. I found that I love photography as much as I love designing. I want to catch that vintage feeling in new images.


Shop members

  • Laura Okita

    Owner, Designer

    I'm Laura Okita, a vintage inspired fashion designer, photographer and editorial blogger living in Brooklyn, New York.

Production partners

  • Skink Ink

    Brooklyn, NY

    Skink Ink is a fine art giclee printing studio located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Skink Ink specializes in giclee printing which is digital fine art printmaking or inkjet printing on wide format printers using pigmented inks and archival papers.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 4, 2014
Thank you for shopping at Paper Mothball Vintage. I hand draft my patterns, drape and sew all of my garments. My inspiration comes from the feel and texture of crepe fabric from the 30s, vibrant prints and tailored lines from the 40s, cuts from the 20s,.. and dont forget buttons from the 60s, the detailed construction and design of the past. I hope you enjoy these things as much as I do when you welcome them into your home.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
All orders are shipped within three business days via regular USPS. Please message me if you prefer another shipping method and I will calculate any changes for your order accordingly

Not responsible for any shipping losses or damages. All items are packed securely.
Refunds and Exchanges
FINAL SALES: Sales on VINTAGE items are final. Condition on vintage items is understood that vintage means previously worn/owned. Any flaws are listed in the description to the best of my ability, see photos for condition details. Please check measurements listed for proper size, S/M/L is only a general guide.

EXCHANGES & REFUNDS: Refund or exchange will be granted upon request. If you are not satisfied with a Paper Mothball Vintage Label item, supplies or Photographs, please message me for a resolution. I want every customer to be excited and 100% satisfied with their new item! Contact must be made within 3 days of receiving your item. Not responsible for return shipping costs. Re-sizing may not be possible on some items. Please feel free to ask any questions about size or fit.

SHIPPING: Not responsible for any shipping losses or damages. All items are packed securely.