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Updated Vintage Cotton Jamaica Dress

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cotton Jamaica Dress

MobShop is working exclusively in vintage this season to find and update great vintage pieces… Check out some of the styles we worked on!

This cotton tube dress was an odd length when we found it, so we hemmed it to a more modern length and it was totally transformed. Sometimes something so simple can totally change the impact of a piece!

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October 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Updated Vintage Polyester Blush Dress

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Polyester Blush Dress

Such a pretty dress! We wanted to maintain the feminine integrity of this design when we updated it; hemming from mid-calf to above the knee.

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October 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Updated Vintage 1960’s Print Dress

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1960's Print Dress

This Dress had long, nerdy sleeves and fell to just above the ankles originally. But the fabric is so amazing and soft, and the print is classic 1960’s. We tailored the dress to have little cap sleeves and shortened it to a more modern length.

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October 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Updated Vintage Power Dress

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Power Dress

Originally this dress was a dress-suit from the 80’s. First we thought we had to get rid of the shoulder pads, then decided to wait and see what it would look like after we shortened the length and cropped the sleeves (which were long and tapered). In the end the shoulder pads look great with the dress!

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October 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Updated Vintage Felt Brooklyn Dress

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Felt Brooklyn Dress

A perfect dress for all you ladies who live in places that get chilly in Fall. The dress is made from a soft, warm felt – Almost feels like a very fine fleece! Layer with a long-sleeved top underneath, or a belted cardigan. Looks great with boots and flats for daytime and heels for night…

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October 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Updated Vintage Cotton Printed Dress!

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This Dress was almost perfect when I found it… The soft cotton fabric is a surprising contrast to the structured fit. All we had to do was shorten the length and fix the fit of the sleeves. A perfect work to play piece!

Cotton Printed Dress

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October 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Al’s Attire

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I’ll never forget the first time I walked into Al’s Attire.  A relatively new resident of San Francisco, I was still in the process of uncovering many of the city’s hidden gems, and  Al’s is definitely one of these gems.  Tucked away on Grant St. near Cafe Trieste and Vesuvio, the shop hums with the unique energy one expects to find in North Beach.

A long time collector of vintage clothes, I was first wowed by the shop’s appearance.  The window display and scattered dress forms featured unique custom-tailored pieces, many recalling updated and re-designed versions of classic wardrobe pieces spanning the late 1800s to present. English hacking coats, pencil skirts, cashmere berets, ’50s style sun dresses, and wingtip boots are but a few of the treasures I came across as I worked my way through the racks.  Looking up, the rafters of the store were packed with stacks of vintage hat boxes and mounds of gorgeous fabric bolts.  Under my feet, the well worn planks of the hardwood floor suggested that Al’s was more of an institution than a shop in North Beach.

And then there is the constant parade of customers: local beat cops needing their work caps stretched, neighbors wanting a piece of clothing altered or shoes re-soled, tourists taking pictures and asking questions, excited brides designing their wedding gowns.  I took it all in and knew I had stumbled upon something special.

Then, there’s Al.  Sincere and personable, this eccentric designer and his loyal staff provide the final dramatic flurry to the vibe of this shop.  Al, a native San Franciscan, opened his first shop in the ’80s.  The Taming of the Shoe, located in SF’s mission district, allowed him to refine his shoe-making skills.  He also at one time owned numerous vintage stores around town and did wardrobing (primarily costumes and shoes) for San Francisco’s theater companies.

Contrary to my assumption that Al’s Attire has been around forever, the North Beach shop has only been open about ten years.  In the beginning it was a more sparsely filled space, housing only a few sewing machines, local sewers, bolts of fabric, and clothing racks.

Al’s concept: Locally-made, beautifully-constructed, hand-tailored clothing.  Al doesn’t really enjoy the term vintage associated with his designs.  And the closer I looked, the better I understood why.  It’s the construction, not the era, that defines his collections.

Personalized hand-stitched labels, hidden stitching details on the underside of each coat collar, custom tailoring of each garment sold; these are unique elements you just don’t see anymore in ready-to-wear, factory produced clothing.  They are also the anal-retentive signatures of a designer obsessed with minute details like the angle and color of a single button hole.  Perhaps that’s why his designs seem vintage-inspired; local in-house design and production is a nearly extinct craft borrowing on the long forgotten practices of cobblers and tailors from a bygone era.