The Vintage Style Council is a collection of the Bay Area's most impeccably dressed women. Bonded by a love of vintage clothing, we form a panel of eclectic and enterprising ladies who attend (and host!) the best vintage events around! Many of the VSC members are involved in creative or entrepreneurial ventures surrounding the vintage community as well - learn more about each of us below the quick FAQ!
Do you dress like this everyday? Yes! The ladies in this group wear vintage in some fashion every single day. Perhaps she's in head-to-toe 1940s, or it may be a sweet mid-century brooch on her modern cardigan, but the fondness for the clothing of yesteryear is what the Vintage Style Council is all about!
What are the benefits of wearing vintage? A large part of the reason we wear vintage is that it's sustainable. Buying/selling/trading clothing second-hand is a significant form of recycling, and if you're shopping locally, chances are you will find things that were made locally, at least in the US if not in your general area!
I'm inspired to start wearing more vintage clothing! Where are your favorite places to shop? Luckily we have lots of great options here in the Bay Area, including many of our members' shops! Check out the bios below for links to our various Etsy shops and brick & mortar stores!
How do I attend a Vintage Style Council event? Our monthly assemblies are members only, but we do occasionally host public events. Check out the Events page for upcoming parties! Also, subscribe to our newsletter below!
Gal About Midtown
Andrea’s childhood love of art and history has grown into a lifelong celebration of mid-century design, swing dancing, and bakelite. She frequently documents vintage fashion, American roots music, and the splendid architecture and neon found near her beloved Midtown, Sacramento. Follow her on Instagram @galaboutmidtown.
The Century SistersAnnabelle currently sings with The Century Sisters, a close-harmony trio of ladies devoted to the intricate harmonies and rhythmic experimentation of the 1920's - 40's. She is formerly a member of The Tartlettes, a 1920's/30's style chorus line dance troupe.
Bree has a degree in costume design and is working as a fellow at the American Conservatory Theater. She has worked in many theaters around the Bay Area creating garments and assisting designers to make their ideas come to life. She also works at Relic Vintage on the weekends mending clothing all the way back to the 1920’s. You can view her work at www.breedills.com.
Skirt Chaser Vintage
Christina has been spreading the vintage gospel since 1999 online and since 2007 at her Santa Rosa store, Skirt Chaser Vintage. She loves the challenge and adventure that the hunt for vintage brings!
Bunny and Bobbins
Cindy is a Marketing Maven by day and is also a Living History Docent at Hearst Castle, volunteering her time with California State Parks. She performs with the Decobelles as well as Le Cancan Bijou, which she also co-directs. Heavily influenced by watching musicals from the Golden Age with her grandmother, Cindy is always excited to discover vintage iconography from other cultures. Find her on Instagram @bunnyandbobbins.
Colleen is a vintage and antique collector with a flair for the 1940s and 50s. When she's not sipping Manhattans or perusing flea markets, she works at Stanford as a postdoctoral fellow conducting brain research. Follow her on Instagram @vintage_academic.
Pixar Animation StudiosDeanna is a Character Designer at Pixar Animation Studios. When she isn't drawing or pin-curling her hair, Deanna is backpacking the world with a tent and a first aid kit!
Pin Curl Hula Girl
Eileen is a dancer with Halau KaUaTuahine, a Polynesian Dance Company in Berkeley and a Graphic Designer at PsPrint. When she's not hula dancing around the Bay Area, Eileen enjoys glamorous hikes with her miniature poodle and pouring over vintage hairstyling tutorials. Follow her on Instagram @pincurlhulagirl.
Like a Tree in the Desert
Elisa is a native Californian with a great love of music, vintage, and travel. You might spot her tooling around town in her ’65 Thunderbird and can follow her on Instagram @likeatreeinthedesert.
Joules Jewels Vintage
Jillian works full time at Stitch Fix as a product stylist. She also runs her vintage shop Joules Jewels Vintage (est. 2009) online and at STUFF in San Francisco's Mission District. She also co-founded Bonjournal Co., a vegan food and lifestyle blog which also has an online store. In her spare time, you can find her on Instagram or Snapchat playing with her hair to Vivaldi.
Katrina is a member of the Decobelles, a historical dance troupe dedicated to faithfully recreating the entertainment style of the 1920s to the 1940s (the Art Deco era). She also designed this website. :) (Profile photo by Herberto Alves)
Rose La Mer
Kelsey is the owner and sole proprietress of Rose La Mer, specializing in vintage millinery and fascinators. All items are lovingly made by hand using a mixture of true vintage and reclaimed materials creating 100% unique items.
An Oakland native, Melanie has been collecting and wearing vintage clothes for nearly two decades. She is also an avid record collector and has a great passion for music and dancing. Follow her on Instagram @witchy__poo.
Make This Look
A mom of three kids, Mena channels her love of vintage into the garments that she sews for herself and her family. She can be found on Instagram as @makethislook and selling vintage fabric and notions at @shopmakethislook. She also runs a sewing community at @sewweekly. She can't resist a good patio dress set and has far more vintage hats than she can possibly wear.
Natalie has had a lifelong love affair with vintage and historical fashion. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Museum Studies so that she may work more closely with historic textiles and clothing. She is also an avid seamstress and costumer whose wardrobe spans from the 1570s to the 1940s. Follow her on Instagram @frolicking_frocks.
Art Deco Society of California
Nene manages large-scale digital advertising accounts for Facebook. When she's not traveling for work, she enjoys finding new additions to her 20s-40s vintage wardrobe on Etsy, learning how to lindy hop, watching vintage makeup tutorials, and figuring out how best she can be a proper Edwardian lady in the 21st century. She is also a board member at-large for the Art Deco Society of California.
Vivien is a historical costumer that blogs at www.freshfrippery.com, and has sewn for a variety of eras ranging from 14th century to 1950s clothing. During the day she works in a crime lab, so you could say she is a costumed crimefighter! Follow her adventures @freshfrippery on Instagram.