Denise of Edwardia has amazing taste in handbags of all eras. Her specialty is the Arts & Crafts era and hand tooled leather handbags. Find out more about Denise and Edwardia here.......................................
First Name: Denise
Business Name: Edwardia
How long?: 20 years
How'd you move into vintage fashion?: I was a stage actress and costumer in NYC back in the 1990’s. I did a summer stock gig in Pennsylvania and the costume shop was located in the upstairs of the old barn theatre. It was a huge space and stuffed full of antique clothes and accessories. There were garments from the civil war up there, not to mention Victorian, Edwardian and 1920’s. I was enchanted with all of it, especially the handbags and button boots. Now I’m hooked!
Are you a collector? Yes
What do you collect? Vintage and antique leather goods. I especially covet old wallets and billfolds with their original boxes & paperwork. Brings me back in time.
What's a favorite piece you can't sell? A ca. 1920 cream leather shoulder bag, made in Italy. The gunmetal hardware is unique and substantial. I’ve never seen another like it. Anything other than brown is so rare and exceptional and cream leather in an antique bag is unheard of, I'm excited just talking about it!
What's your favorite thing to sell? Antique tooled & modeled leather handbags, ca. 1920 they are so well done!
What sells fastest? Mid-Century leather handbags but I live for Arts & Crafts.
Where are you from? Chicago, Il.
Do you have a shop online? No
Are you bringing anything extra special to the show? I’ll be offering a selection of stunning tooled leather items from the ‘teens and 20’s and some capacious Mid-Century leather shoulder bags in mint condition.
The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place March 8, 3pm to 8pm, March 9, 2019. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com
The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 22, May 20, June 17 , July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. There will be 100 vendors offering cool vintage and antique pieces every 3rd Sunday, April to October. Vintage Garage is located at 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $5 admission. Official website is www.vintagegaragechicago.com.