I’m nostalgic for the 90’s and any piece or brand that remotely speaks to that nostalgia is on my radar right now.
Lately almost everything appears either mass-produced or over-exposed. There’s nothing special about an over-exposed, mass-produced label. Whether something is new or old, originality and authenticity has a lot of appeal because most of us have, frankly, seen it all.
Show me something different or bring me something original! If it’s unique, I’m interested. If it’s unique and quality–I’m sold! If it’s unique, quality, and affordable . . . well, I’m simply at your mercy. And this is probably why I find myself currently at the mercy of Leah’s Closet’s, a shop that recently opened in Royal Oak on Eleven Mile Road.
Leah’s store has such a great vibe! There’s a story behind everything picked by her with her exquisite taste. Just some of the unique pieces she has in her shop include: a Vera Wang wedding gown, a one-of-a-kind Gandalf The Wizard Inc. leather jacket by Marc Bucanan (from Detroit!), a very, very hard to find red Salvador Dali lipstick, the coolest cigarette holder/pendant (which is now mine!), never worn Jimmy Choo shoes, dresses from Cynthia LaMaide a local but well-known fiber artist and fashion designer (whose dress Jennifer Aniston wore in Wonderlust), and the list goes on.
Leah has always been a woman of fashion and a collector of cool stuff. After being told, so many times, that she should open a store, she finally decided to do it. This is great news for those of us who love to find unique pieces that no one else has.
Leah is very selective in what she stocks in her store. She looks for the unique and unusual, but still wearable, whether it’s new or vintage, which is why she calls it a “New, Like New, and Vintage” shop.
Leah offers her selectively chosen items in her store, priced from $10-$800. About the price range, she says, “It just depends on what it is.” (Clearly the higher the price, the better the story!) If a woman were to bring her daughter and her granddaughter with her to Leah’s, all three could leave carrying bags.
“I mean we all love vintage, but too much polyester is always a bad thing!” Leah says. She adds, “I love mixing and layering high and low-end fabulous things and like pretty, girly things.” Her fashion philosophy makes me love her to pieces. (Pun intended!)
Oh, and for those who are nostalgic for the 90’s as I am, here’s a little flashback for you: Leah’s counter top is from the store “It Was, It Is,” which you may remember was a popular place to shop during the 90s located in Birmingham, Michigan.
And last but not least, I will leave you with some of Leah’s style guidelines:
- A good alterations person is a must. ALWAYS key for vintage or new.
- Remember that SIZE DOES NOT MATTER. You never know until you try it on. Vintage usually runs small, so even if the tag says Size10, it could fit like a 4 or 6. Leah says, “I just don’t like to judge by size, you have to try stuff on.”
- DON’T DISCRIMINATE by brands when it comes to style–you can mix Target with Valentino.
- THERE ARE NO RULES IN FASHION. You can wear summer dresses over jeans and boots with a sweater or a leather jacket in the winter. You can also wear white after Labor Day!
Music to The Snob Mob’s ears! So, my friends-and-fashion-gypsies-on-the-hunt-for-great-things, check out Leah’s Closet; I guarantee that you’ll find a gem awaiting you.
Want to see and know more? Click here for their website : www.leahsclosetroyaloak.com
Leah’s Closet is located on 722 West 11 Mile Rd. Royal Oak, MI 48067