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Two-day vintage pop-up store curated by 20 dealers launches Friday night

September 9, 2010 | 12:08 pm

Laura One of the more promising happenings planned for Fashion's Night Out is A Current Affair,  a two-day vintage pop-up in the penthouse of the Cooper building downtown.

Featuring wares from more than 20 vintage boutiques and private dealers, the temporary shop is the brainchild of Joey Grana, owner of the fashion-forward Scout boutique, and vintage dealer Richard Wainwright.

The product mix will feature designer vintage apparel, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, shoes and ephemera from iconic brands including Alaïa, Comme des Garcons, Givenchy, Gucci, Issey Miyake, Halston, Oleg Cassini and Yves Saint Laurent.

Prices will range from around $65 for vintage deadstock eyewear to around $3,000 for  contemporary Andrea Gutierrez bracelets hand-beaded using vintage beads from  purses.

A sampling of items: '80s Karl Lagerfeld earrings, $125; '90s Alaia bodysuits, $250 to $350; Chanel suits, $500 to $1,200; '60s Pucci sunglasses, $450; '70s Lanvin necklaces, $950 to $1,250; Laura Kranitz contemporary hats made using vintage millinery findings, $250 to $650; and '60s Pierre Cardin jackets, $800 to $1,200.

Vendors include L.A. dealers, along with sellers from Oakland,  Napa, Calif., and Scottsdale, Ariz. Among them are Allyn Scura Eyewear, Fashion by Robert Black, Found By, Golyester, L.A. Vintage Exchange, Laura Kranitz, Martin Atelier, Mercy Vintage, Miss KK, Show Pony, Monika Dickerson, Nakia Vintashee, Nyali, Reclaimed in L.A., Richard Wainwright, Scout, Sequels and Sielian’s Vintage Apparel. Admission to the shopping event is $10 at the door.

"We felt there was a need for a fashion-forward approach to vintage," said Wainwright, "an event where a contemporary customer could shop next to the seasoned vintage buyer because the work had already been done for her."

The event will kick off with a Fashion's Night Out party on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., then reopen on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cynthia Rowley's mobile "Store on Wheels" will be in the parking lot of the Cooper all day Saturday.

Wainwright added that the idea for A Current Affair started as a way to "bring together some of our friends who deal in vintage and have a more chic party in a beautiful loft downtown, add a DJ and a bar and create an opportunity to exhibit some of our best pieces as collectors — amongst friends."

Wainwright and Grana specifically wanted to avoid the dinge factor that often goes hand-in-hand with shopping vintage. "So many times when you hear about vintage sales they are happening in a dusty parking lot with racks so crammed you can't get into them," Wainwright said. "These are people who are really passionate about collecting and take pride in their presentations."

Cooper Design Space, 860 South Los Angeles St., 11th Floor, Los Angeles.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: A hat design by Laura Kranitz. Credit: Laura Kranitz