Holy Treasure Trove, Batman!
Vintage is all over the fashion scene these days. From red carpets to popular television shows and movies, everyone is rocking vintage. That's why Miamians are lucky to have one of the most important vintage stores in the world in their back yards – C.Madeleine’s.
Owner Madeleine Kirsh started the business in 1998 with the goal of creating a designer vintage mega store. Combining her background in interior design and antiques, and her love of all things unique, Kirsh has created what is arguably one of the most important vintage stores in the world. Boasting 10,000 square feet of vintage clothing, shoes, accessories and furniture, they don’t call themselves “one of the fashion wonders of the world” for nothing.
© Katherine McPherson / MFbThe fashion elite flock to the North Miami Beach store to score red carpet gowns, pieces to add to their closets, or to get inspiration for their next collection. Celebs like Kate Moss, Chloe Sevigny, Pharrell Williams and Lenny Kravitz all frequent C.Madeleine’s, along with an impressive list of designers including Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Georgina Chapman of Marchesa and Tamara Mellon of Jimmy Choo. Even the legendary stylist for Sex and the City, Patricia Field, is a fan. In fact, some of the wardrobe for both the show and the movies came from C.Madeleine’s. (How cool is that?)
Although C.Madeleine’s is used to playing host to impressive clientele, they are welcoming to any fashion lover who wants to come in and play dress up. The staff is warm and friendly, and will help you navigate around the tremendous amount of merchandise. With pieces dating back to the 1800s, C.Madeleine’s has every era covered, in a big way. We’re talking Missoni, YSL, Lanvin, Gucci, Hermes, Chloe, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Pucci and much, much more. There is even an entire section dedicated to Chanel, which boasts everything from the classic Chanel suit to sweaters, skirts and of course, the beloved chain link quilted purses. “Chanel is one of our most popular brands,” says Rachel Holden, ECommerce and Internet Marketing Specialist. “Women will come in and spend hours in that section.”
© Katherine McPherson / MFbIt would be easy to spend hours in C.Madeleine’s. there are vignettes set up around the store, each dedicated to a different era or theme. From 1920s flapper dresses to leather hot pants from the 60s, you can be sure that you’ll score some seriously cool clothes. “We’ve really seen an increase in our mainstream clientele since vintage became so trendy in the last two years.” Says Holden. “It’s not just stylists and industry people coming in. We’ll get everyone from women in their 60s to young women in their teens looking for vintage.” Since the popularity of the hit show Mad Men, the clothing from the 50s and 60s has been flying off the racks, along with current trends like lace, cutouts and leather.
Although vintage doesn’t always come cheap (there’s an incredible Hermes bag going for a mere $26,000), you don’t necessarily have to break the bank at C.Madeleine’s. There is a whole section affectionately dubbed “The Basement” where you can score pieces for as low as $20. Although the racks are stuffed with clothes, it’s worth taking the time to sort through them. As Holden puts it: “You never know what you’re going to find in The Basement.” C.Madeleine’s also holds huge sales twice a year, which are not to be missed.