I started my Deluxe Redux blog back in October 2014. The first blog post was a rudimentary two-paragraph post on a vintage Carlo Fiori snakeskin handbag. At that time, there was limited information about this designer available.
Fast forward over two years later, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Fiori from the husband and wife design team of Fiori of Italy and learning about their fashion history. Fiori of Italy was an Italian brand known for handbags made of snakeskin and embossed leather collages and color combinations from the 1970’s and 1980’s.
I scored some sweet tickets to see my beloved Chicago Bulls face the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was apropos to bust out my awesome vintage Bulls Starter jacket for the occasion.
A little history behind my jacket: A couple of my high school buddies gave me this jacket for my 19th birthday! The year was 1991 and the middle of Jordan's glory years. The Bulls finished in first place in the Central Division and had the best record in the NBA. The Bulls went on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1992 NBA Finals to win their 2nd consecutive championship and second of three straight.
Nowadays, my Bulls jacket is somewhat of a holy grail of Chicago sports throwback streetwear. I can't count how many times I get stopped on the street with offers to buy my jacket for hundreds of dollars. At least they offer to buy it now because back in the day, Starter jackets (along with Jordan's) became a status symbol and kids were getting robbed of them. #TrueStory
Today's designer history feature, is a vintage Erwin Pearl bracelet. I scored this bracelet from an eBay dig. Based on the ERWIN PEARL marking on the clasp, I am estimating the bracelet to be from the 80s.
Erwin Pearl was born in Austria. He grew up in Belgium and the United States during WWII. Erwin founded Erwin Pearl Inc. as a fine jewelry firm in 1957 and became one of the world’s top diamond cutters. He started designing jewelry using real diamonds, real pearls, and precious stones. He received several diamond and pearl design awards.
In 1970, Erwin Pearl started designing costume jewelry using clear and colored rhinestones and crystals, and glass pearls with brushed gold-tone metal bases that created the look of elegance and class for daytime and evening wear.
Erwin Pearl stores are located throughout the U.S. His costume jewelry collections have increased dramatically with prices ranging from high to low cost. For more info on Erwin Pearl, see their company website ErwinPearl.com, JacksonJewels.com and IllusionJewels.com.
Check out my Lotta à la Mode style series to see how I styled the vintage bracelet into a RUN DMC Meets Rocker Chic NYE look!
I scored my vintage Trifari necklace through an online dig. This piece is a shoestring necktie (also known as a bolo tie). A bolo tie is a type of necktie of a cord (or in this case, a gold chain) with decorative tips secured with an ornamental slide or clasp. The slide and tips on my necklace are made of gold tone and black hardware. I place the slide down low where a long chain would end and let the ends hang loose.
Bolo tie slides and tips in silver have been part of Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, and Puebloan silversmithing traditions since the mid-20th century. In the United States, bolo ties are widely associated with Western wear and are most common in the western areas of the country. Along with other 1950s fashions, bolo ties were revived as part of the Rockabilly look in the 1980s. (Read more about the bolo tie.)
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