☔Proof that rainy weather and the blues don't always have to be negative things. Look at these head turners. Take one look over your shoulder and then move on because these babies are gone gone gone.
All images courtesy of @dechoesresale
💓 To the Extended Dechoes Family,
You bring to us such lovely items. Luxury, vintage and smart, functional, beautiful everyday pieces. What would we do without you? Each one we can recall where it came from and each one we can recall where it went.
The Dechoes Family
Last year, I planned a trip with absolute duality. It took me from the sensory overload of Tokyo to a tranquil and remote rainforest in Borneo.
PT. 1 Tokyo.
What can I say about Tokyo other than it is like no other city you will every visit.
❤️ Let's explore, shop and everything in between :)
Won't you be my neighbor? (above L to R) ❤️1. A slice of architecture that forced me to stop and stare. 2. Exit Shinjuku. Enter next neighborhood. A view from my walk to vintage shops galore. 2. Assorted Japanese snacks for fuel, fast food, Rhubarb Series 5 Sherbet from Comme des Garcons.
Shopping in Shimokitazawa. (above L to R) 1. I sought out this neighborhood specifically because I had heard of the unusually high concentration of vintage and secondhand shops. The streets are very narrow which limits car traffic, making the roads pedestrian friendly. I love this feature because it makes the neighborhood more intimate and charming. The best way to get to know a city is to throw yourself into the neighborhoods and just walk. It feels very inspiring and powerful to enter a district where you know the people around you not only understand but share your ❤️ for vintage. 2. Inside New York Joe Exchange where the crew was so sweet and warm. I purchased a thin threadbare blue vintage Nike tee with the Swoosh. One of my new favorite tees. 3. Sacks of loot inside NYJE on the upper floor. 4. Shopgirl burning up social media on her phone and guarding the loot at NYJE.
More digging for buried treasures and people watching in Shimokitazawa. (above L to R) 1. Entryway to Haight & Ashbury (same owners of the shops: Boy and Fake Tokyo). 2. Checking out the curated stock inside Flamingo, which has multiple locations in Tokyo. 3. Storefront of Juxtaposition. Another one of many small vintage shops in my favorite but often overlooked neighborhood.
Humanity. (above L to R) 1. Beautiful pristine ox-blood vintage wheels in Jingūmae. 2. A lovely, small handwritten card at WRITE&DRAW in Shibuya, where I impulse purchased little gifts :) I ❤️ the proudly -Made in Japan- reminder. 3. What was that? Oh, just a missile from North Korea that shot over Japan while I was visiting. 4. Personal touches on a once white Mazda. All by humans.
Dan Flavin | Espace Louis Vuitton. (L to R) After days of feeling like a canned sardine in the streets and on subway cars, I recharged here. The hidden treasure of Tokyo waits on the 7th floor of the LV flagship. I took the elevator up and there were two guards standing in a vast space the size of a basketball court that offered 6 installations -all free to see BTW. It is the opposite of a cave; A space flooded with light that offers the most stunning views of the city. I only wished that more people knew of this space.
Sharp contrast. (above L to R) 1. Farewell. An overview of Tokyo, the capital of Japan. 2. From overpopulated cityscape to remote, lush rainforest. Touchdown in Sarawak, Borneo. 3. Opening of a cave at Gunung Mulu National Park.
This trip was all about balance, but at the same time exploring and experiencing two extremes. I feel as if the reoccurring conversation I have had with customers as of late has been about balance in everything - food, social media, possessions. It was interesting to go from absolute speed in Tokyo to slow in Mulu. In Tokyo, every amenity that I could dream or imagine was a walk or a quick metro trip away. In Mulu, the luxury was about needing less and experiencing raw connectivity with nature. I was able to breathe the best quality of air that has ever entered my lungs. And in case I forgot, the small sign in my hotel room was there to remind me to shift gears, slow down:
"Unplug at Mulu Marriott. Mulu Marriott is nestled in a remote tropical Rainforest, on the outskirts of the UNESCO Gunung Mulu National Park... Connectivity is not available in your guest room so relax, unplug, & unwind."
Thank you. That's exactly what I did ;)
❤️ Flower Ta, Creative Director
All images courtesy of Flower Ta.
From Friday, August 3rd to Sunday, the 5th, parents and students can save sales tax on the following items:
- Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item
- Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item
Horizons Vintage / 1817 N. Orange Avenue / Ivanhoe Village / (Clothing)
Etoile Boutique / 2424 E. Robinson Street / Milk District / (Clothing)
Echoes of Retro / 619 Virginia Drive / Ivanhoe Village / (Clothing & Records)
Déjà Vu Vintage / 1210 Michigan Avenue / Winter Park / (Clothing & Accessories)
Remix Record Shop / 1217 N. Mills Avenue / Mills 50 / (Records)
Orlando Vintage / 1500 Formosa Avenue / (Clothing & Costume)
Park Ave CDs / 2916 Corrine Drive / Audubon Park / (Records)
Retromended / 930 N. Mills Avenue / Mills 50 / (Clothing)
Rock & Roll Heaven / 1814 N. Orange Avenue / Ivanhoe Village / (Records)
Foundation Records / 2529 Edgewater Drive / Collage Park / (Clothing & Records)
Uncle Tony’s Donut Shoppe / 703 N. Orange Avenue / North Quarter / (Records)
We've been passing out these beautiful maps left and right at both shops. It reminds us to buy local, shop small and to remind our friends and family to do the same. It's more important now than ever.
Even if you don't have the map in your hand, you can navigate with the picture. But we think you should definitely stop into at least one of these businesses to pick one up (hint hint ;)
Let's show Orlando some love ❤️!!!
Flower Ta, Creative Director
Image by Flower Ta / Map II designed by Michellina Jones (@michellina)
Years ago, I was at an art show in the heart of the Mills50 District. I was arriving and Tony was leaving with a group of friends. As he passed I said to him something like, "Antonio, you're on one of my lists... I want you to come work with us." And that was that.
Tony's attention to detail is obsessive; it is a trait that I absolutely love and admire. One may notice this level of detail in something small like the hands of the mannequins in the College Park window; They are expressive and lovely.
With no further introduction, an interview with Tony :)
What is your favorite outfit? Shameless plug for this little shop you may have heard of called, Dechoes Resale. My current favorite outfit, which I got entirely at Dechoes, is this super cute mahogany colored vintage Givenchy Sport jacket, with a white Alexander Wang t-shirt tucked into these high-waisted black Hugo Boss pants that I cropped. I wear this look with my Gucci Ace Sneakers and a Elizabeth & James Bodega Tote that I recently got at a sample sale in NY. Ok, so everything is from Dechoes minus the bag, but this is an outfit that probably has a retail price of around $1,675 (no joke) and I got for around $450 (also, no joke,) so that shows the power of a savvy shopper and how much you can actually save by shopping at Dechoes.
Favorite Designers: J.W. Anderson, Ann Demeulemeester, and of course a huge Alexander McQueen fan (RIP)
Favorite Photographer: Juergen Teller
Favorite Artist: Marina Abramovic
Three songs on playlist now: Troye Sivan - Dance to This (feat. Ariana Grande) // Boy Harsher - Pain // Ssion - Heaven Is My Thing Again
Favorite place to grab coffee? One of the things that I love so much about Orlando is how rich the Latinx culture is here. I am very proud Puerto Rican, so the way to my heart is with a $1.50 cup of café con leche from the Bravo Supermarket with a little pan con mantequilla.
You are responsible for doing wonderful merchandising and window displays at the College Park store. Can you explain where your reference points or inspiration come from? Sometimes inspiration comes by way of me searching the internet for street style shots. Sometimes I pick a designer and try to emulate collections using what we have in the store. Most recently, I get inspired by an article of clothing that comes in during a buy and I sort of let dictate the direction for the complete window display.
Is there a secret talent or thing you want to share about yourself? My not-so-secret talent is that I play the piano! I started when I was 8 and took lessons until I was 18. When I was 19, I started playing for my parents' church's praise and worship ministry where I played until I was 22!
Why do you think that it is important for people to shop at stores like
Dechoes? Shopping at stores like Dechoes IS important. Growing up, I didn't have the luxury of just going out to the mall and buying designer pieces. But working here I have been able to acquire pieces I used to dream about owning. It's honestly like I'm fulfilling that little gay boy's fantasy of feeling like a rich b*tch. I was obsessed with Paris Hilton after all, so I guess you could say she taught me well. But also it's highly important because Dechoes is a locally owned small business, and we should always strive to support small businesses. It's fun to work at Dechoes because it's like you're part of something cool. You kind of get to be an influencer in a sense because it's almost as if you're creating a culture of people who appreciate the same things you do, and for me personally I feel like sometimes people may not know about that one designer that makes me freak out, so I get to teach them and get them excited about it too!
Images courtesy of Tony Gonzalez / Interview by Flower Ta.
Images by Tony Gonzalez
We would like to take a moment to honor the brave ❤️men and women who served our country.
We hope that you are enjoying your extended weekend. Don't forget to stop in for 15% off everything including markdowns.
Be safe and we'll see you soon :)
Image by Keana Frierson
Design by Tony Gonzalez
Images by Flower Ta. // Model: Amanda Mosher
Flower: One of the things that I loved most about the store since the first day I ever discovered Dechoes was the designer vintage selection and of course, Kerri. In the beginning, it was singlehandedly curated by her at the original College Park shop. Our ongoing discussions about vintage fashion are some of my most favorite conversations. It is my pleasure to spend a moment with her talking about how her love for fashion and vintage began.
Here is a Q&A with Kerri Colangelo.
When did your love for vintage begin and what were some of your favorite labels or pieces from then? In the 80’s, my favorite shop was Contempo Casuals. This was also when I started wearing vintage clothing. I didn’t learn to thrift until my first year of college in 1988.
You grew up along the coast and so I imagine that the beach played a big part in how you dressed. How did location influence what you wore? In 1987 I graduated high school and as my graduation present I was allowed to move to my parents beach condo free of charge with one of my friends for the summer. With my weekly meager paycheck from The Body Shop, a clothing store at the Merritt Square Mall, I would buy the cutest outfits. You would think since all of my boyfriends were surfers or skateboarders, I would dress like that but I never did. Peplum mini-dresses and Madonna-styling mixed with thrift store finds. I remember one of my favorite outfits was from Esprit. I called it my "Bumblebee Outfit". It was black and yellow polka dot leggings with a black and yellow striped shirt. Of course I had Converse to match -I owned them in every color!!
Is there anyone who influenced the way you dressed then? In high school, I was voted Best Dressed. My mom had a lot to do with that. She always updated me on what was “in style“. I was the first person in high school to wear a miniskirt. The principal actually called my mom and asked, “Do you realize that your child is wearing a very short skirt?“. My mom replied, ”Of course I do, don’t you read Vogue?”.
What were some songs that were your favorite if you have to create a playlist from the time (tell me why if you want)? As for music, I loved “New Wave .” I used to go to Visage Nightclub in Orlando every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night and loved all of that music! Some of my favorites: Depeche Mode, Book of Love, Gene Loves Jezebel, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, The Cure, REM.
Is there a movie you love that reflects your style in the 80's? Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club. I loved both of those movies.
Images courtesy of Barbara Ford / Interview by Flower Ta.
❤️Just one look.
That's all it took :)
Do you have a four-legged little pal? We're animal friendly 🐾 so, bring him/her by!
Images by Mikey Massas and Nic Bradley.
Tomorrow is Easter! Happy almost Easter!!
❤️ But today is Eggstravaganza!
Stop (or hop) in today to win an egg :) with your purchase of $30 or more. (Yes, there are prizes in the eggs.)
We can't wait to see you ;)
All images courtesy of @dechoesresale
*We will be closed at both locations on Easter Sunday.
You know what else is weird? The cold snap coming this weekend. Good news is that we've got a good mix -light stuff and stuff that will keep you toasty.
Stop in and stock up :)
Image by Nic Bradley.
Images by Flower Ta. // Model: Amanda Mosher
Stop in and treat yourself today.
❤️ Yes you. ❤️
Image by Flower ❤️
(Sale starts today and ends February 11th. Cannot be combined with other promotions.)
Design by Tony Gonzalez
Warmer weather is on the horizon and we have started to introduce the spring stash into both shops. On the hunt for vibrant hues, tropical prints, flora and fauna, bloom and plume pieces all perfect for warm and sunny days 🌞 ?
We've got it ;)