Five for Friday: Head-to-Toe Vintage and Artisanal

All vintage or handmade outfit from RomeI've sworn off shopping at chain stores for clothing for about 4 months now… and I know some of you have been curious about what I've found on my search for vintage and handmade items in Rome!

Here's one of my favorite new outfits I've come up with. It's taking me through the hot days of summer nicely, both in New York City (pictured) and in Rome .

And yes, the whole outfit is head-to-toe vintage or handmade… and cost less than €110. For everything (five items total!).

See? You can find great stuff in Rome that doesn't break the bank, but isn't from a chain store, either.

Rome outfit all vintage or artisanal The details:

Vintage sunglasses from Pifebo Vintage, €20. Handmade gold bracelet from Mercato Monti, €15. Vintage 70s dress from Via Sannio market, 8. Vintage leather purse from Porta Portese, €5. Handmade suede ballet flats from Barrila Boutique, €59.

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In Monti, Leopardessa Goes Vintage

Vintage shoes in Leopardessa in Rome

Leopardessa, a fashion label created by longtime Rome expat Jessica Harris, already had a hole-in-the-wall location on Monti's Via Panisperna. But two months ago, it was turned into something else: a workshop for Harris' designs and a vintage store.

I happened upon the "new" Leopardessa a couple of days ago. As soon as I walked in, I felt like I'd entered a very cool grandma's closet. The classic chic (a white Izod tennis skirt, a silk red military blazer) hung next to the fun (a sunflower-yellow sleeveless onesie) and frankly outrageous (hello, gold lamé bustier!).

Leopardessa vintage store in Rome

Leopardessa vintage in Monti
But from the bold pieces to the classic, the ladies have curated their "closet" with a designer's eye for detail.

Vintage clothes in Rome

Leopardessa necklace in vintage store in Monti

Vintage bustier in shop in Monti

Mariaelena Zannini, Jessica's partner-in-crime, took me to the back room to show me what else the ladies were up to. And, yes: Jessica is still designing. And the designs look great.

Jessica Harris original designs at Leopardessa
Leopardessa is located at Via Panisperna 226 in Monti.

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