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There are many modern day Dandies and Vintage Lifestyle enthusiasts out there these days. The popularity of Dandyism, the revival of the 1920 style, and the remake of “The Great Gatsby” with Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013 have all influenced this resurgence. The revival has also influenced how people dress and what they do for fun, such as going to swing dances and vintage costume events, all in an effort to capture that bygone era. We’ve noticed though that often while many enthusiasts perfect their outfits to the extreme detail, their homes, offices, and apartments lack an enthusiasm that would match their wardrobes. How can you profess to live a “vintage lifestyle” if all your furniture, brick-a-brack, dishware, and home furnishings are all modern? Even at some events we have seen a lapse in effort when it comes to décor and refreshments.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with living comfortably and let’s face it as much as I love the past I would never give up my new mattress, or my energy efficient appliances. That being said though I wouldn’t give up my massive 1830’s Greek revival in the White Mountains of New Hampshire either. For all of its “inconvenient” shortcomings in modern technology and lay out (a lack of central heating and a half mile trek from the kitchen to the dining room) I know I could never dream of the quality my house has in one built in the last fifty years. It has character and so do the things inside it, I feel more connected to the past in it. We believe in bringing the past into our everyday lives. It takes some time surely, but if you’re patient you can find, for considerably less money than buying new, vintage and antique pieces to furnish your life with. It can be hard to have everything match perfectly when you’re collecting things made over 100 years ago, but the hunt is so much more rewarding. And anyway after you’ve thrown away the third particle board table that you fell though trying to put your shoe on maybe it’s time for a change?
Let’s face it, you just can’t match the quality of material and construction you find in older pieces and the market is flooded with things from the second half of the 19th century through the early 20th. Quarter sawn oak bureaus and mahogany veneered dining tables, rosewood and settees with mother of pearl inlay. Part of it comes down to environmental limitations today. We don’t have access to the old growth oaks that allowed for quarter sawn, rosewood is now a protected species, and the mahogany trade in recent years has had to seek out new sources in Africa because of deforestation in South America. Many pieces from this era end up in landfills or rot indefinitely in peoples basements because they’ve fallen out of mainstream style trends. By bringing these things into your life you’re not only complementing a vintage wardrobe and creating an epic backdrop for selfies you’re also standing against the throw away culture we live in.
Today we live in a disposable world where everything from our homes to our clothes, electronics, and furniture are meant and designed to be temporary. Manufactures realized that making things that last isn’t profitable and as convenient as going to IKEA is. Ultimately the majority of the things bought there are destined for a landfill. Decorating a modern house or apartment with antiques or vintage items brings character, unbeatable quality and like the cloths from these bygone eras they connect us with the past.
Welcome! Please come in, have a seat. Would you like a cup of hot chocolate? Coffee? Tea? Well anyway, thank you for stopping by, let me tell you a little bit about us. We are 'The Quince and Quail', a lifestyle brand founded in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, we are inspired by the unique eclecticism of historic New England.
What is a 'lifestyle brand' you ask? Well, a 'lifestyle brand' is a company that markets its products or services to embody the interests, attitudes, and opinions of a group or a culture. We seek to inspire, guide, and motivate people, with the goal of our products contributing to the definition of their way of life.
Included in our brand is a wonderful shop full of Antiques and Vintage Clothing to add a dash of vintage style to your life. We encourage our customers to mix and match vintage/antique pieces with their modern wardrobe or living area. The accents of these older pieces bring a timeless class to your life. No matter what your current living space looks like, if you add an antique dresser or side table or lamp (of all of those and more) it will bring a sense of timelessness to your life. Why bother trying to conform to modern ‘big business’ style fashions in your life? The tried and true designs of dark stained oak, brass, oriental carpets, and Edison style light bulbs have always been popular and are now back and better than ever! So don’t go out and spend hundreds on particle board furniture when you can add (for often less money) pieces that are older than your parents and proven to last longer. All your friends will be envious that you are so stylish and hip. And it’s so easy to accomplish!
Among the other aspects of our brand are Interior design services, Estate Sale services, and other forthcoming interests (more on those in later posts).
Coming up in the future, we will be posting articles on antiques, style, the vintage lifestyle, and many other related topics. If you would like to hear us talk about a specific subject, contact us and let us know. Meanwhile you can ‘Like’ us on Facebook and Follow Us on Instagram for more updates. Thank you and have a good day!