Monday Muse: The Supremes

Though born in the 90s, I adapted an old soul and love for yesteryear's fashions, films, and music due to my 50s born father. He was literally like a walking encyclopedia and truly a connoisseur of all the good stuff with large collections of vinyls, cds, films and so on. I have so many fond memories of us spending hours together singing along to 60s & 70s hits and watching a ton of black & whites movies.Therefore, now that I reflect upon it, it is really no surprise that I fell hard for all things glamorously vintage. By my teens, actresses such as Dorothy, Lena, Audrey, Pearl, Eartha, and Diahann all became my idols.

However it was because of a trio of songstresses, that my love affair with classic glamour, begun in the first place. At 6, 7, or 8 lol ( gosh I cant remember the exact age; I just know I was pretty young). I happen to stumble across one of my dad's Supremes albums and I instantly was in a trance. These women looked like goddesses in theses gorgeous glitzy ensembles. How cliche right? A Motown girl discovers her passion because of Motown lol. Even though it took me several years to really realize the full extent of my passion. That moment is definitely cemented in my head as the pivotal moment that I fell in love with fashion. Gosh its crazy to think that had I not seen that cover at that impressionable age, my life up til now could have been quite different. Seeing that cover without a doubt, stirred up a chain reaction of actions on my part. Due to my love for fashion, I went on to attend a fashion college where I met my husband and without my husband I wouldnt have my busy baby girl....because of my love for fashion Ive traveled, explored and lived in numerous cities outside my hometown.....because of my love for fashion Ive interned, shadowed, and worked in an array of areas within the industry which subsequently led to me starting this here, shoppe and this here blog. Therefore it is only right that my first fashion inspiration, The Supremes, be our first style muse highlighted on our Monday Muse series! 

The Supremes, c 1960s

The Supremes, c 1960s

I wont do a long bio on The Supremes because like really who doesn't know who this iconic group is?! But just in case  here's a short lil spiel on the. With twelve #1 pop singles, numerous gold recordings, sold out concerts, and regular tv appearances, The Supremes were not only the most commercially successful female group of the 60s, but among the top five pop/rock/soul acts of the decade.  As Motown's premier group, the original members consisted of Florence Ballard, Diane Ross and Mary Wilson. These women worldwide were symbols of black achievement and black womanhood! But not only were they slaying the charts their fashions were slaying as well. From matching skirt sets to ruffled ensembles to all sequinned or pearled gowns. This group literally served glamour on a platter! Which we're all about at PSB Vintage.

So if ever I find a piece that screams the Supremes, I thank the Thrift & Vintage Gods above and quickly scoop it up. Such was the case when I found this 60s ruffled hot pink dress at my buddy's Comet Vintage's store earlier this year. It reminded me right away of the picture I've seen of the group so many years ago,  (talk about coming full circle) so of course it was a winner in my eyes. Once I tried the piece on, it made me feel dainty, glam & simply supreme. Both this dress and the Supremes are true gems indeed......Happy Monday darlings!

xoxo,

Jassy Vintage Geek

Simply Supreme Dress, $40, Pearled Shoebox Vintage
 

 

Shop Gal's Saturday Tale: The Case of the New Logo

 

 

So like most entrepreneurs, I have had to wear multiple hats in my business but the biggest hat I've worn (fashionably might I add) is my role as a curator. As a vintage fashion curator, the objective is to scour, hunt and discover quality gems to present to our clients, however what I learned is that sometimes the gems I find aren't necessarily merch to sell. Sometimes their gems of another kind. Gems that are special to the business as a whole. Here's the tale of one such gem(s) and its effect on our new logo.

 

During the process of revamping my brand, the time had come for me to consult and verbally express to my brand designer, Tamika/ @lovetlhayden, how I wanted the new logo for PSB to look. Truth is. I had no freaking inkling of a clue of how I wanted the new logo to look lol. I thought I did at one point and I even brought those supposed ideas to her in our meeting however when she actually drafted my ideas and I saw them computerized I hattttteddd them....so we were back at square 1. (Lord bless her heart for having the patience to deal with my indecisiveness lol) In reality I was just literally stumped. I mean I had created tons of mood boards for the new PSB Vintage on Pinterest and I even hand pasted together a few inspiration collages.... Yet and still I really couldn't visualize how I wanted it to look!

 

However, I was for certain about how I wanted it to feel and the words I wanted the logo to evoke, so I emailed her a list of those few words and told her to work her magic. (Which I should've just let her do in the first place; *flaw alert I'm really working hard to longer micromanaging people that I hire to help me & my business) Anywho, thank God for brand designers. They're really modern day magicians especially mine...because she literally emailed me back that ether I'm talking pure fire! It was so many gooood options presented that I really couldn't choose just one. Did I mention already how I'm a bit indecisive? Lol (I blame it on my libra-scorpio cuspian birthday, my intellectual libra side is always at odd with my emotional Scorpio side).

 

I knew I had to choose the best one to properly represent the brand. So I decided to unplug for a few hrs and come back to the task. While breaking I'm scrolling thru my Tumblr feed and that's when I see it. The gem. The image that inspired our logo. It was of the stylishly glamorous 1930s vixen Miss Domonique La Rue, aka Jasmine Guy's character in 1989's Harlem Nights. The image is soooo Old Hollywood Glam, so Va Va Chíc, so classic and feminine. Which happened to be same exact words I told my brand designer I wanted my logo to evoke ! Ding Ding! So I plug back in and review the font options she sent me and there it was, the beautiful swaying font that would become part of our logo. (Clearly my logo designer had nailed it before I even nailed it myself, told you...magician lol) So I correspond with her about my font choice and how Domonique La Rue/ Jasmine Guy is the logo inspo and a few days later I was sent our sub marks which I loved immediately. 

Jasmine Guy as Domonique La Rue in the 1989 film Harlem Nights

Jasmine Guy as Domonique La Rue in the 1989 film Harlem Nights

 

Of course the budding fashion historian in me wouldn't let that be the end to this gem story. I just had to hunt for La Rue's character inspiration so I immediately begin searching for images with the same aesthetic but that were actually from the 1930s and those that I found were simply fabulous. Vintage Vixens Miss Josephine Baker & Miss Jean Harlow instantly fed my fashion soul and ultimately fulfilled my hunt for my branding inspiration. Honey both off these ladies are serving va va chic on a platter. #StyleGoals

Ostrich feathers....silk and shimmering fabrics...tufted and fringed furniture #swoon. Just classic feminine glamour. Which is what I hope my customers feel when in contact with PSB Vintage and ultimately in the future, its the aesthetic I want to convey through our physical space whether it be a studio or storefront. Truly style that inspires I don't know what is. 

So there it is folks the case of the new logo was solved.Thanks to these images, operation revamp PSB was achieved........ I came across some true gems indeed. *tips my fashion curating hat

So comment below and tell me what you think of our new look!

xoxo, JassyVintageGeek

Work by Tamika Hayden/  @lovetlhayden

Work by Tamika Hayden/ @lovetlhayden

 

*Find more vintage style images that inspire by following our pinterest board, #StyleThatInspires