Vintage Pucci, Missoni and Versace at ML Vintage

Who knew that a hidden vintage gem could be found in Melbourne, where racks and racks of designer vintage pieces lives. Far far away from the continent they were created in.

If you’re interested in reading about people’s stories behind their fashion-able lives like I do, you’ll love reading Mary Lipshut’s story about how she came to rediscover her collection her amazing un-word vintage fashion collection and started ML Vintage.

“A lot of vintage clothing is in fact second-hand, even the top designer items. You can see and feel the accumulated years of use” Mary says. “Sometimes you can even smell it, underneath the scent of mothballs. But I’ve got Missoni, Versace, Pucci, Krizia, Armani – more than twenty-five different designers – that have never been worn. They are brand new.”

She now has her own show room in Melbourne showcasing her collection of vintage pieces, ML Vintage. Even if the site isn’t as modern as vintage fashion is, check out the photographed collection at:

Then read more about the friendships Mary forged with legendary fashion names like designers Ottavio (Tai) and Rosita Missoni, Gianni Versace, Emilio Pucci, as well as famous fashion commentators such as Anna Piaggi (Italian Vogue Editor) and Vern Lambert at Notebook: magazine.

Pictured L-R: Valditevere black velvet and green dress, Roslein Apricot dress with gold lurex jaquard design, Mister Fox by Walter Albini white satin trench coat, Missoni pacific blue backless halter dress, Courreges blue sleeveless dress, Colinda light apricot sleeveless sheath dress. Prices on application.

P.S. For full disclosure, as I’m sure you may stumble upon my bio on the website, I work for Notebook: magazine (a girl’s gotta pay for her shoes somehow), and I just had to share this fabulous vintage fashion source. Even if it is a few months over due!

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