Burlington Vermont is a real treasure…an unexpected gem of a walking, town-like city, perched above shimmering Lake Champlain. Priding themselves with eco-conscious living, one will find organic markets and restaurants along with natural fiber boutiques and art galleries. I had the good fortune of visiting the Battery Street Jeans Exchange where I found this gorgeous cropped vintage leather jacket (see below). The leather is butter soft and the buttons are hexagons, also in a pressed leather…smoking hot! A Walter Dyer original from the late 80’s…so grateful for this little store and even more grateful someone will be able to rock this vintage prize! A rare find!

I consider myself a bit of a textile nut, I really appreciate the feel of good quality fabrics, leather and suede, particularly when they have worn well and maintained their value. Our ready to wear market has flooded the world with tons of goods, some low priced quickly sent to stores. As a result, they are bought and then often given away…but with the wear and tear of bags and racks, they rarely hold their value. Let your fingers do the walking as you make your way through second hand contemporary and vintage clothing stores.

Here are my rules for your purchases:
1.Cottons should feel thick and sturdy with no holes or worn sections.
2. Silks are tricky but should look new with no stains.
3. Synthetics like rayon and viscose should also feel sturdy.
4. With all items, check seams and appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into lining jackets, coats and skirts.
5. Leather should butter soft, “broken in” but not broken…almost better with time.
6. Suedes should be stain free and still rich with color.

Trust yourself as you look through items, if a color strikes you, take it out and inspect it. In the end, it I’ll be your keen eye and a garment’s great “feel”, that will guarantee that it remains with you for years to come!