“It’s vintage Dior.”
We all mentally screamed, “IF ONLY,” while watching Kourtney model a pink mini sequined dress for Kim over FaceTime on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
The family is no stranger to unique and exclusive designer finds. The question is, how do they find access to these rare one-of-kind pieces?
According to Elle, it’s from a hidden showroom buried in Hollywood Hills. Chicagoan Janet Mandell, couture collector, holds 3,500 pieces available to celebrities and stylists to rent for events and public outings.
The showroom has many famous clients, including Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Gigi Hadid, where they borrow from the merchandise costing at a total of $2.3M. From 90’s Chanel, Saint Laurent, Van Cleef & Arpels, Valentino, Gucci, Versace, and Manolo Blahnik, it’s the gates to designer vintage heaven inside.
Her inventory is mostly made up of vintage clothing and accessories, which is what makes it so famous, as well as new designer pieces that intrigue her clientele.
“They don’t want to be seen in something that somebody else might possibly wear. They want Pucci 1990s, Versace 1990s and it has to be Gianni Versace. It can’t be just Versace,” she tells Elle.
After acquiring her first A-list client, Gigi Hadid, her network had grown. She works closely with celebrities to help achieve the look they are going for, as well as consulting them in what she think would personally best fit them. Items are borrowed for no longer than seven days, and are offered to be temporarily tailored to their sizing.
What makes vintage so exciting? Why do celebrities want to wear it so bad? Mandell explains, “Pieces from the 1990s and 1980s had really sexy cuts. Maybe one side is completely open. We have this piece that’s sheer and velvet, and it’s so low cut that you’re able to see a part of your butt in the back. That’s just what they did back then! They took risks and today I think Gigi or Bella or Kourtney, any of those girls can rock it. They’re not afraid of that.”