I've never been one to consistently follow another person's life. I don't have a TV, so I can't indulge in reality shows like The City, and most personal style blogs interest me for a minute until I get bored and move on.
However, I have one exception, and that is Sea of Shoes. Whether it's because of Jane's enviable shoe collection, or her quirky obsession with bugs, I find myself intrigued by her life. So, I think it's safe to say, I'm a fan. A big one.
So it's safe to say that I was really excited to finally meet the brains behind Sea of Shoes, Jane Aldridge, and her mom, Judy Aldridge, at the event they hosted last night at What Goes Around Comes Around, a popular SoHo vintage hot spot. Jane and Judy presented an amazing selection of vintage pieces from their personal collection, which were all available for purchase. Pieces included a tweed Escada jacket, a Chanel sweater set, and a bunch of skirts in various fabrics.
I asked Jane how she felt about parting with some of her vintage, and apparently, she doesn't really mind. "Once you accumulate so many clothes, you don't mind getting rid of some of it," she explained. I nodded in agreement, as if I have loads of amazing clothes laying around my tiny apartment. "It's really scary walking into my garage. You can't see anything because it's all covered in clothes," she added. I told her she's lucky to have a garage to store clothes, as most New Yorker's don't even have a closet. "That's one of the reasons I could never live in New York," she said. I sighed as all hope of becoming bff with her diminished.
Soon after I had the chance to speak to Gerard Maione creative director of What Goes Around Comes Around. He told me about Jane and Judy's trip to Jersey City, where WGACA houses the rest of their collection in a huge 7,000 square-foot warehouse. "We have really amazing pieces in the warehouse. There's super delicate pieces which we're in the process of storing and photographing, as well as some really cool Victorian pieces that have really intricate details." Seems like a good place to play dress up, right?
So bravo to Jane and Judy, along with WGACA, for hosting a fun event filled with vintage shopping. And while I didn't go home with a Chanel sweater, I had a lovely time chatting.