Finds of the Month: Old School Cool Edition

Vera Tea Cup

August was the month that everybody on Facebook got Mad Men avatars. Me, I got some cool, American Made 1960s-vintage finds. I paid a total of $3 (plus taxes).

Vera Neumann, née Saloff, was one of the most inspired textile designers of the 20th century. Best known for her silk scarves, she also brought bright colours and bold graphics to dresses, housewares, bed sheets and table linens. The hand-painted tea cup by Island Worcester pictured above is one example of her housewares. My friend Jessica found it at the Sally Ann but graciously let me have it.

You can still buy Vera scarves new at Anthropologie.

Whiting & Davis Blue Enamel Mesh Bag

My favourite find is the Whiting & Davis blue enamel mesh bag (pictured above) that I found at the Sally Ann in Port Elgin, Ontario. The company started out in the late 19th century, making everything from dainty, Paul Poiret-designed handbags to protective gloves and aprons for butchers. This baby is pretty good size. I think it will be in heavy rotation this fall.

Whiting & Davis is still going strong and their cute clutches and slouchy animal print bags are also very cool