We were lucky enough to interview Sarah Korsiak Cellier of Rice and Beans Vintage to find out a bit more about women’s vintage clothing and how it fits into her own unique style. Rice and Beans Vintage offers handpicked vintage and designer clothing to clients around the world.
Rice and Beans is an interesting name for a vintage store, is there a story behind it?
The name Rice and Beans Vintage comes out of a nickname that my now husband gave me a while back. He used to call me Ms. Rice and Beans & according to him it is because of my sassyness (in a good way of course)!
How did you get started with vintage clothes?
I have been wearing vintage clothing since I was around 10 years old. I have always mixed vintage with modern clothing to create my own unique look. I began dealing in vintage clothing about 7 years ago when I lived in San Diego and was studying to become an Acupuncturist! I ended up choosing vintage & designer clothing over Acupuncture and I couldn’t be happier with my choice.
What is it about vintage clothing that you like?
I love that vintage clothing has a story to tell, it has history, roots. The great thing about wearing vintage is that you can pretty much bet that you won’t run into anyone else that day who is wearing the same thing as you! I also really admire for the most part the quality of vintage clothing, from the cut of the pieces to the fabric.
Do you have a particular period of vintage clothing that you love?
I can honestly say that there is something from every period of fashion that I have at one time or another fallin in love with.
What is you favourite vintage piece?
I own a Vintage 60’s bright abstract print brocade coat with rhinestone buttons that I had shortened to right below the knee. I love it because it has a bright almost neon pink lining and looks fantastic with denim.
How old does a piece of clothing have to be to be described as vintage?
I consider a piece to be “vintage” if it is Pre-90’s.
How can you be sure that an item of clothing is vintage?
I am not a vintage expert, I would have to clock a few more years before I would consider myself “schooled” in vintage. However, I do a lot of research and try to be as thorough as possible when dating and describing each vintage and designer piece at Rice and Beans Vintage. You can tell a lot from a label about the age of a piece as well as the styling.
Vintage clothing is become increasingly popular, why do you think this is?
I think vintage clothing has become more and more popular for several reasons. Firstly people are recognizing the environmental impact of the clothing industry and purchasing vintage and pre-loved designer clothing is a great way to help minimize the demand for more and more new pieces to be made. Secondly I think there is an economic component to the whole vintage craze. Let’s face it purchasing a Vintage Chanel bag can be much less costly than buying a brand new piece and again it’s got history. I also know that people love vintage because it does set your look apart from everyone else and gives you the freedom to be creative with your look. Isn’t that what fashion is all about?
picture - vintage floral cotton maxi dress from Rice and Beans Vintage