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

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HarperCollins, Aug 29, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Alligators, Old Mink & New Money is a celebration of the clothes that capture our memories and imaginations, that leave their indelible stamp on each of our lives. Alison Houtte—a former fashion model who runs the beloved Brooklyn, New York, boutique Hooti Couture—knows that every article of vintage clothing has a story behind it, and she uses these items as a springboard to explore such universal topics as relationships, self-image, the bond between mothers and daughters, and that elusive thing called style.

Whether you're a flea market veteran who savors the thrill of the hunt, a couture shopper with a Vogue budget, or are simply drawn to the de rigueur world of vintage, Alligators, Old Mink & New Money offers a shopping adventure—through auctions, estate sales, flea markets, and clothing racks all over the world—to be savored, and inspired by!

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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

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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 (2006)

Alison Houtte is the owner of Hooti Couture, a vintage clothing and accessories boutique in Brooklyn, New York. Before opening her own business, she worked for more than ten years as a fashion model in Paris and New York, and has appeared in both French and American Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and French Marie Claire. Her Brooklyn home is filled with assorted vintage furnishings and clothing.

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