Interview with Kate Aldrich (Patina Décor & Vintage)
How did you decide to open your store?
For 16 years I was a plate designer for a prominent company. My husband Tim Shaffer relocated to Las Vegas to pursue my career in architectures designs. That was 5yrs ago. After just a 1 ½ years we were ready to explore what else to world had to offer. My husband Tim was the one who took up the hunting of collections of vintage. He always had a love for clothing, but it wasn’t his business at the time. Tim is self-educated, and has the ability to see something and he knows what it is. And if he doesn’t know which designer it is, it’s just a matter of time before he figures it out! Tim had the vision to open the store, and he wanted me to run it! We were very successful, and even received national recognition in various magazines.
Where have you found your best pieces?
Most of them come from someone’s personal collection that they decided to give to me. These are people who may not have someone to pass them down to. I also hunt quite a bit in the Northern California Area. I’m not opposed to retail either if I truly love the piece. That makes me feel like a personal shopper.
What are the top 3 things someone looking to purchase vintage should look for?
Unique, Quality, and Fabric Embellishment. Definitely Not Labels! Key is Uniqueness. Seek Pieces that add value to your wardrobe, and collecting those pieces that you love is sooooo important. Better to have 1 thing you love verses 20 things you wish you never spent the money on.
Which period of fashion are we currently being influenced by?
80’s – Padded shoulders. Lots of prints, leather, high wasted pants.
Which period of fashion do you feel like has stood to the test of time?
60’s – It is the most beautiful and timeless period yet.
Who are your two favorite designers?
Alfred Shaheen & Bill Tice
New collectors should preserve their vintage items by?
Storing them properly in a cold storage, and having them cleaned by someone who is versed in caring for vintage fabrics. Hand wash the fabrics like water vs. using chemicals. Fold the heavier beaded items, and place other on hangers in garment bags. Preservation is key!
Huge Thank You To Kate & Tim for supporting Knowstylegia.com!