Friday, April 29, 2011


Here are a few of the WORN dresses and tanks I have been working on the past couple of days. I wanted to keep them all for myself, 
they are all so adorable!
off white halter dress with pure white polka dots. 
love the pale pink ribbon belt and lace detail on the chest.

 blue polka dot dress with pleated detail on the chest and an elastic waist

dusty rose v-neck dress, dark pink sparkles, bowtie detail on the shoulders and a tie waist.
so in love with this beauty.

denim button down dress with double pockets and a braided belt

sleeveless beige spring jacket with snaps and an oversized collar

pretty rad tanks! I just spotted an actor in Dumb and Dumber wearing that same BEER shirt!!!

Don't forget to print out the 10% off coupon on the blog. 
It expires at the end of May. Use it on anything in the store!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Gone but not Forgotten

I have been finding ephemera in books for years now. From old letters to pressed flowers, people use random items as bookmarks and page holders. They then forget the pages are marked and get rid of their books as well as its content. I have decided to dedicate a section of this blog to the Gone, but not Forgotten items that people leave in items they get rid of. I hope you enjoy these surprises as much as I do.

Gone, but not Forgotten.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Here is a special coupon for our followers.

click, print, shop & spread the word!
Thanks for loving our blog.
-♥ Retrospect 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Stop by and check out all the new styles.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Some of the amazing pieces I found on my buying trip today!

1. Sleeveless off white knit cardigan with tie waist and ruffled neckline, so sweet.
2. Lightweight tan suede spring jacket with ruched shoulders and breast pocket.
3. 80's three color Adidas track jacket, perfect for the spring.
4. Pale yellow late 70's jumper, tie waist with a zipper neck.
5. Breezy chambray button down, slight wear along the neck, broken in look.
6. 70's polyester mini, bold floral pattern with an empire tie waist.
7. Fabulous vintage label inside of a mens light plum spring zip up jacket.
8.  Wolverine work boots, trendy and durable!
9 & 10 Vintage Clayton, NJ baseball jersey and label, made in Philadelphia!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Vintage Clothing Tags

   As far back as I can remember I have always been fascinated by vintage clothing tags. The vibrant colors, odd subject matter and fine details that are sewn into tags about 1"x 1" in size with incredibly tiny stitches, totally blows my mind. On a daily basis I search out clothing from the 1930's through the 1980's, and without fail I check the tag. More often then not, I like the design of the tag more then the design of the garment!

   Seeing all of these amazing little creations made me want to learn more about the maker and the history behind the designer. To find this information I went to an amazing website called Vintage Fashion Guild. Here you will find everything that you need to know about vintage clothing. From trends & genres to featured designers, this site has it all. This is where I found some info on some of my favorite vintage tags that are currently on the racks at Retrospect.

Here is some of the information on Goldworm I found in the

In 1928, the Goldworm Knitwear Company was founded in New York by Mrs. Gertrude Goldworm. This family-run business influenced the entire knitwear industry. Her son, Robert, having graduated from New York University in 1947, joined the company and was soon recognized as a talented knitwear designer himself.

Shortly after, Robert traveled to Italy in search of quality hand finishing – buttonholes hand done, seams looped. It is there where he joined forces with a small knitwear business owned and operated by the Dragone family. This merger allowed Goldworm to translate American fashions, but with traditional Italian craftsmanship.

Soon Robert’s sister, Beverly Tuttman, joined the company as head designer and helped turn classic knitwear into high fashion. The Goldworm knit company has received many honors, including the Coty Award and the Editorial Fashion Award by Glamour Magazine. In 1968, Goldworm became the first American to receive the Premio Mercurio D’oro, Italy’s highest award for commercial and economic achievement.

Information courtesy of poshthreads/the Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource

The font used in the first tag is so elegant.

Vested Gentress was established in 1961 and was based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Their factory was located in Trappe, Pennsylvania, about twelve miles from Valley Forge. The company was known for whimsical screenprinted fabrics. These fabrics were made into dresses, slacks, and skirts. They also had a line of golf wear. The company closed in the late 1980s.

Dating hint: In the earlier labels, the lady does not have the crop in her hand.

Information courtesy of Lizzie Barmlett, Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource

Look at those vibrant colors on the Pegasus tag! That was attached to a pair of dark denim high waisted jeans from the 1970's!

So 70's, check out the little flowers in her hair. What a great detail.

 And last but not least, my two favorite tags in the entire store. These designs couldn't get any better, they are tiny pieces of art, so wonderfully designed.

Another feature on VFG is that there are pics of other tags created by the designers in the label section. Learn about the history of the garment maker and check out some really rad sewing skills as well as graphics and  illustration.

Drop by Retrospect to see a store full of vintage labels from the 30's to the 80's. I wish I could have posted them all but there were way to many. Swing by and find your favorite.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Route 130 to 206

      super comfy and stylin' 70's & 80's chairs

                                     great set of 70's dining chairs

Willingboro NJ, Goodwill
4314 Route 130 North, 609/877-4900
About 15 minutes down 130 to route 206...

 there are two of these beauties!

pretty sweet Doctor's scale

70's floral loveseat

High Fidelity 

Bordentown, NJ Goodwill
                                              594 Rte. 206, 609/291-0099

Saturday, April 9, 2011


These won't last long.

This is a loveseat, it had a matching couch as well. Perfectly preserved in plastic!

Music Makers!

Even though this chair has some minor tears, it is such a rad color.

These vintage gems can all be found at:

Stratford Goodwill
222 South White Horse Pike, 856/566-0897
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ya Heard???

Just a couple of new happenings:

Been really busy making new items for our exclusive WORN line. 
Fresh new tough tanks, flirty skirts and must have minis.

Couple of promos created with new address and blog info. 

Featured on another amazing blog by a Philly Fashionista. Check it out on 

Loving our new location!!!
Swing by and check out our new 1930's inspired window display influenced by Sara Gruen's novel Water for Elephants.
Check it out as soon as you can, these amazing outfits and accessories will not last to long. Many thanks to our one and only Jen Den, who helped make this window display AMAZING!

Decked out!
Friend, lover of all things vintage and ex-retro employee. Lil' Meggy came in for a visit from her current home in NYC and bought one of my most coveted pieces. So glad this gem was your purchase, you rock it so good. Retro is missing your sassy vibes.
Such a babe!