Alligators, Old Mink & New Money: One Woman's Adventures in Vintage Clothing

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Orion, Sep 18, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages

A fascinating, highly entertaining story of one woman's adventures in vintage clothing

ALLIGATORS, OLD MINK & NEW MONEY is a celebration of the clothes that capture our memories and imaginations. Narrated by a former fashion model who now runs a Brooklyn vintage clothes and accessories store, this is not only the story of one woman's life in fashion, but a wonderfully entertaining guide for anyone seeking out vintage finds to add to their wardrobe.

Marrying two of our most popular pastimes - shopping and reading - Alison Houtte examines everything from pre-War ball gowns to Seventies glitz, from designer labels to fun accessories. Whether talking about her grandmother's navy blue slip or a creamy white forties alligator purse, Houtte knows that every article of vintage clothing has a story behind it.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

This was a fun book! Houtte has a vintage shop in Brooklyn, and it sounds like a delightful place to shop. Her mission is clear, her anecdotes for the most part are clever, and her tone is friendly ... Read full review

ALLIGATORS, OLD MINK AND NEW MONEY: One Woman's Adventure in Vintage Clothing

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A latter-day Secondhand Rose shares stories of her vintage clothing shop, her best finds and her family history in a memoir that shines with pure likeability.The story is Alison's, though she penned ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

The owner of Hooti Couture, Alison Houtte worked as a model for more than 10 years in Paris and Manhattan, and has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. She lives in Brooklyn, surrounded by assorted vintage furnishings and clothing. Melissa Houtte is an award-winning journalist and co-author of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Healthiness. She lives in San Francisco.

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