Being good at spotting vintage gems takes years of practise, making some mistakes along the way, and in the process, developing An Eye.
Part of this discipline is paying attention to details.
Like a leather shoe made in Italy that is more than just a shoe, it’s a view:
Don’t be a brand snob.
A handbag crafted in lizard by the French luxury leather goods house Jean-Charles Berma, Paris, may not be a designer you’ve heard of, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Or great. The Berma house (rue de la Vega – Paris 12th), was famous in the 60’s for its luxury creations in reptiles skins.
Don’t let the fact that you’ve already got one stop you.
One is something you like; two is something you love; and three (or more) is a collection.
It’s beginning to look a bit like Kate Moss’s closet.
Go big. Go tall. Just go for it.
Nothing makes a statement like Grande.
Fashion is more than the clothes on your back.
Eventually you’ll need a bigger coffee table.
Look for quality. Get the real deal. No faux, no fakes.
If you’re buying art, find actual art. Signed by the artist is way more interesting than a famous print.
Trust your instincts. You can’t buy everything, so learn to walk away when something could have been great, but in your opinion, just isn’t.
Or appreciate it, but recognise that it’s just not right for you.
Taste is a very personal thing.