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Get Your Groove On

04.13.15

Groove IS in the heart (anything to quote a Deee-Lite track)!  Lovin' this 70s maxi with its rick rack trim.


Casting Shade

03.23.15

That's right, we have a veritable casting call of truly spectacular specs in store:  Vintage YSL, The Row, Tom Ford, Rebecca Minkoff, and Cutler & Gross just to name a few.  Each and every pair is sure to give you a a whole new and entirely stylish perspective for the warm weather ahead!


Spring Forward with Demaria Watch Bracelets

03.09.15

Just in time for Daylight Savings, vintage bracelets by 80s jewelry designer Demaria are becoming a bit of a new obsession at Ampersand. They won’t exactly help you keep time (who needs a watch these days that actually keeps time?), but the glittering rhinestone watch faces will add plenty of bling to your wrists.


Silver (& Gold) Bells

12.17.14

We’re going green this holiday season—in silver and gold. Decorative yet functional, our Ampersand holiday wreath is a dazzling selection of new and vintage chains, chokers and necklaces now in-store. So here’s to multitasking in style!


Haute Pink

12.14.14

If you’re really looking to shine this party season, we suggest giving your LBD a closet vacation in favor of . . . the LPD! The Little Pink Dress, of course. Because, as you can see of these two vintage beauties, nothing says Festivus like fuchsia!


Gemstone Gems

12.12.14

Real or faux, big and bold or tiny and embellished, we are all about gemstones. First in our little cornucopia, there’s Esqivel’s stunning new-boho brass and fluorite cuff. Then, of course, those standout and step back Mary Norton gold leather slingbacks with cabachon gem heels. Followed by a pair of eye-popping Bulgari sunglasses—ciao, bella, is right! And last but certainly not least, an oversized belt buckle all atop a Layla printed dress. What better way to add some dazzle to your fall wardrobe than a new gem-encrusted accessory or two?


Window Dressing

12.08.14

A perfect example of what we try to achieve with all our weekly window displays: a mix of classic pieces and our newest designer items in-store, as well as a variety of colors, patterns, fabrics, shapes and price points. In this case, on the right, there’s a Zara top paired with gray leather pants and a Balmain crossbody. In the middle, a fabulous Kenzo jacket thrown over a T Alexander Wang jumpsuit. And on the left, to complete the picture, a vintage floral dress that is anything but a shrinking violet.


Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe—Mo’ Louis, that is!

11.22.14

LV addicts, you know who you are—come on, everyone knows who you are. And we all know the first step to recovery is admitting you’re powerless—who could blame you with this bevy of French beauties in the offering? So what’s your poison, a punchy color block or classic neutral print? Super weekender or slim wallet? Well, we will be more than happy to show them all off to you, pull them all off the shelves for you to inspect, ogle, model, covet, or, hopefully, even bring a few home with you!


Chanel Mademoiselle

09.30.14

Come on, even in January, how can you possibly look at our beautiful model without singing, My cherie amour, lovely as a summer day . . .! Seriously, no matter what the temperature, prim and proper never looked so young and fresh as this gorgeous vintage Chanel jacket/dress in peacock-green colored taffeta. 


Where The Wild Things Are

09.23.14

Though some may be taking trips to faraway lands this resort season, our idea of exotic travel is this truly unique emerald green vintage croc purse and matching wallet - suede lined, blue cabachon kiss clasp.  Bon voyages!


Louis! Louis!

09.23.14

Très mignonmais non? It's like a Louis Vuitton nesting doll! Seriously, we have just about every size and style of Louis Vuitton clutch/purse/wallet your Francophile heart could want--especially if what your heart most desires is an entire collection. In which case, we'll happily pack them one inside the other for you to carry out in that one stellar purse with the soft nude-colored tan leather handle sewn with corded braiding. 


Galanos in the Shade

09.23.14

Galanos times two--whether you want to be chic in the shade or sun worship in style, we've got you covered. Okay, terrible pun, but aren't these gorgeous? Really. 


Chanel Fisticuffs

09.23.14

 

Resin cuff by Verdura with pearls, this Chanel cuff is truly one of our most spectacular pieces. Photographed here with a dynamite Lanvin maxi dress, but of course this big ivory cuff would work perfectly with Chanel's little black jacket--and we have quite a few of those in store, too. 

Color Blocked

09.23.14

We say in with the old and in with the new.  So let's get the party started and ring in 2014 with these vintage funkadelic Dolce & Gabbana suede pants and dynamite Loeffler Randall boots! Color blocking to the extreme!


Schiaparelli at Ampersand

09.23.14

 Always such a treat when we get in anything Schiaparelli at Ampersand!

 


Happy Holidays!!

09.23.14

Thanks for another great year at Ampersand. Hope you're all having an amazing holiday, and please come visit us soon for some sparkly cheer!


Stone Age

09.23.14

Takes a pretty outrageous mix of vintage and new stones to hold their own, up against a heavyweight like this Oscar de la Renta beaded shirtdress, but this mix is up to the match! 


A Bill Blass from the Past

09.23.14

Another of our favorite 2013 Best Female Leads in a blog post . . . Bill Blass stood for class, and his iconic brand of all-out American glamour doesn't get much dreamier than this diaphanous feather-weight layered silk gown with outrageous ostrich feather neckline! Wowza is right! You want to be a tough act to follow on the red carpet, this is just once of many one-of-a-kind gowns we've got in store with you in mind.  


Buggin' Out

09.18.14

Inspired by this recent Harper's Bazaar spread, we wanted to share our very own selection of winged and flying and beautifully bejeweled Ampersand Must-Have's! (And of course the Marc Jacobs black-and-white striped sweater dress with iris applique provide the perfect garden setting!) 


Hello, Kitty!

09.18.14

All right, ladies, time to trade in cabin fever for some jungle fever! Here, kitty, kitty is right, and we're feeling hot and bothered by these three cat's meows (a green enamel & rhinestone bracelet, an articulated link rhinestone bracelet, and to the left, a gold and spotted Cheetah necklace) - all vintage pieces from the 80s, as is the multi-colored Escada scarf they're prancing on.


Vintage Beaded Beauty

09.18.14

We've just received a treasure trove of amazing vintage purses, all exquisite, all one of a kind, all with incredibly detailed leather or bead work like the one pictured here. 


Spring Training

09.18.14

With the temperatures beginning to rise again (at least here in LA!), here's a bevy of colors, textures and shapes that will take us straight into spring: the fabulous fabric is a Tuleh wrap dress; the delicate bird broach is vintage Panetta; the navy beads are lapis with sterling; and the green link is actually a Prada belt/necklace. 


Sole Power

09.11.14
Never worn, these unbelievably fabulous 80s vintage multi-color suede with gold leather appliqué J. Renee loafers might actually cause some friction between certain obsessed Ampersand employees. Please, do us all a favor and take them off our hands?