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

Author(s): Alison Houtte

Biography & Memoir

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.

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When it comes to modern fashion, vintage is de rigueur. Brilliantly entertaining, highly readable - and a subject which fascinates millions of women of all ages! Highly promotable authors - Alison Houtte was a model before setting up her vintage clothing shop, Hooti Couture, in Brooklyn. She has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. 'This is a must for all vintage die-hards - a true celebration of clothing with a history ... This lovingly compiled tome shows how clothes capture our memories and harness our imaginations, evoking the romanticism of bygone eras.' Glamour. 'Deliciously readable ... a must-read for anyone who loves retro fashion and a good yarn' Scotsman. 'This beguiling memoir, written with her sister Melissa, is full of passion not just for clothes, but also for the poignant memories that a dress can hold, and the way that the swing of a skirt can connect its wearer to long ago' Mail on Sunday. 'Indulge in this treasure trove of gossip, advice and anecdotes and you'll be rummaging through your grandmother's wardrobe in no time' Grazia.

'Deliciously readable ... a must-read for anyone who loves retro fashion and a good yarn' SCOTSMAN 'Indulge in this treasure trove of gossip, advice and anecdotes and you'll be rummaging through your grandmother's wardrobe in no time' GRAZIA 'This will warm the heart of anyone who frequents their local charity shop in the hope of stumbling across a second hand gem. Part 'my life in clothes' memoir, part vintage hunter's guide, this is a sweet, undemanding read in an irrepressibly enthusiastic, chatty tone' EASY LIVING 'This beguiling memoir, written with her sister Melissa, is full of passion not just for clothes, but also for the poignant memories that a dress can hold, and the way that the swing of a skirt can connect its wearer to long ago' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Fashion fans will love Alligators, Old Mink and New Money' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Captivating rummage through the wardrobe of former model Alison Houtte, recalling in divine detail the inspiration of her extraordinary mother and grandmother' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'An interesting account of one woman's career in vintage fashion' HEAT

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. Melissa Houtte is an award-winning journalist and the co-author of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Healthiness. She lives in San Francisco.

General Fields

  • : 9780752879512
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : January 2007
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alison Houtte
  • : Paperback
  • : 381.192
  • : 272
  • : Biography & autobiography: general; Retail sector; Costume, clothes & fashion
  • : 20 Line Drawing(s)