Kachinas, Cactus & Roadrunners…Oh My

Photo: Kelly Capelli Models: FORD/RBA

Photo: Kelly Capelli Models: FORD/RBA

So right before we opened we were doing interior sprucing up on our soon-to-be vintage store, Fashion By Robert Black and found all kinds of interesting items from the former owners who ran our building, then known as The White Hogan. This got us very interested in finding out what was happening in the fashion world circa, 1950 in Downtown Scottsdale.  I set off to learn more by visiting the Scottsdale Public Library, the Scottsdale Historic Society and even the library at my old school ASU. As I poured through file after file I discovered nothing relating to what Scottsdale looked like as a fashion mecca but discovered all kinds of articles on the big opening of the big giant mall, Fashion Square. (Side note: one of the greatest stores Scottsdale ever had was Michelle's that opened in 1961 in Fashion Square Mall... so back then the big box was not all that bad!) Now I was even more curious, so I started chatting up the folks at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Heard Museum and local shop owners that were still around. Over the last five years I have started to piece together some very interesting things about our little Fashion hub. 

In the 1950’s Harper’s Bazaar magazine once staged a fashion show called “Sunset Pink” on Main Street in Scottsdale. The models took a train from New York to Scottsdale to walk a huge runway down the middle of Main Street dressed in all pink fashions. (Grab the book Historic Scottsdale by Joan Fudala to learn more) Shops like Lloyd Kiva, Leonna Caldwell, Novis Denne, The Monogram Shop, Maharanis, and even Goldwater’s offered the latest and greatest in fashion for the locals as well as the tourists that flocked here. The valley of the sun also had Hanny’s that carried designers like Adrian and Irene, Korricks, Switzers, Diamonds, Miriam’s, Fantasia and Phyllis De Trano! We were not lacking for fashion sources in our past... 

In my quest for information I decided we needed to archive the clothing from these stores, so one of our collections was born. We are always buying items for the store and our collection, so if there is a Kachina, Cactus or Roadrunner on the item we want it!!!

-Robert Black

Thank You!

Photo: So Scottsdale Magazine

In 2008 Doreen and I had the dreamy idea to dive into the world of retail. Our passion was history, preservation and shopping so in 2009 our store, Fashion By Robert Black was born! Our only experience in retail had been in shopping so we knew we had our work cut out for us!! It is now 2014 and we are 5 1/2 years into our big adventure. The experience has been a full time blast and the stories, well, I’ll save them for later….Right now I just want to thank the endless customers who have become the proud new owners of literally hundreds of vintage dresses, vintage jewelry, hats, purses and oh yes, Vintage cufflinks!!! I also want to thank the dozens of publications who have featured our Vintage boutique locally, nationally and even internationally! I can’t forget my friends at Channel 3 Your Life A-Z for regularly allowing us to share with the masses why we love Vintage clothing so much and why you should also!! 

Now, a few things about us…we love what we do, we respect the clothing and we love creating the best experience possible when you walk in our door. Our hopes and dreams are that we can also create that same Vintage experience through our new website, blog and online shopping store. I will personally share our stories, our knowledge, our discoveries, our photos and my own personal views, as I always have an opinion to express.  

Stay tuned for lots of information, gorgeous pictures and beautiful goodies to thrill and delight you!!