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Attending the 2021 Baltimore Vintage Expo was a denim and fur junkie’s fantasy! Takeaways: the ’70s are back and it may officially be the best decade, jeans are more interesting after they’ve been custom-altered, and the past two years of solitude and sweatpants have made us all more sartorially adventurous when it comes to leaving the house.

In 2021, there is complete permission to wear whatever the fuck you want, wherever and whenever, and the more eccentric the statement, the better. Will we all be wearing vintage underwear as outerwear in the near future? Signs point to yes.

For anyone not familiar with the Baltimore Vintage Expo, it’s a glorious one-day shopping extravaganza where a curated selection of vintage shops and connoisseurs gather together in one location to sell their best wares. The event has been hosted for several years at Union Craft Brewing’s giant indoor/outdoor venue and features clothing, furniture, jewelry, and decor from many of the best retailers and private dealers in the Baltimore/DC/PA region. Organized by Milk & Ice Vintage (Hampden—soon to be in Lauraville) and Bottle of Bread (Mount Vernon), the expo is a sprawling, colorful event full of people interested in clothing and furniture burnished with the patina of past lives.

Well-sourced vintage has always played a big role in Baltimore fashion, from the heydays of Killer Trash, Oh! Susanah, Sticky Fingers, and Minas in Fells Point in the ’80s offering aged denim, clever T-shirts, cowboy and punk rocker boots, and accessories.

Baltimore’s fashion aesthetic is very Florida-of-the-North these days and, no matter where you go, you see a lot of experimental, bold contrasts between eras, styles, materials, and appearance, a mix of classic and edgy, formal and casual. It doesn’t always work, but that’s not really the point. It is truly a city of artists hellbent on expressing themselves, and our fashion landscape is an extension of this creative confidence. Rather than purchasing fast fashion or expensive designers, vintage and consignment sources provide legitimate couture garments and styles at a friendlier price point.

This year, with E. Brady Robinson’s camera trained on the Vintage Expo, we captured a gamut of cool-looking vendors and shoppers, all wearing previously owned clothing. I said this about the last Vintage Expo, and I’m going to say it again: From individuals who support the environmental and political advantages of vintage over fast fashion or just enjoy wearing standout, well-made clothing, this year’s Baltimore Vintage Expo was the perfect environment to showcase a range of on-point wardrobe decisions and to capture some of Baltimore’s more fashion-forward individuals.

 

Jeans! Glorious Jeans! Baltimore Vintage Expo 2021
Jess Carpenter, Carpenter Studio
Jess Carpenter, Carpenter Studio

Jess Carpenter, Vintage Sewist
Carpenter Studio (@carpenter.studio), Baltimore
Wearing: Vintage black dress, black shirt, and espadrilles

 

Dion and Erica, Vintage Sellers, Keeper's Vintage
Dion, Vintage Seller, Keeper's Vintage

Erica & Dion, Vintage Sellers
Keeper’s Vintage (@keepersvintage), Baltimore
Wearing: Dion: Vintage plaid shirt, Jordans; Erica: Thrifted sweater dress, cardigan, and Stetson hat

 

Dion, Vintage Seller, Keeper's Vintage
Erica, Vintage Seller, Keeper's Vintage
Alex Jackson with mural by Jessie and Katey
Alex Jackson, homemade mask

Alex Jackson, Vintage Seller & Curator
Wearing: ’50s vintage full quirk dress and boots, leather biker jacket, green hair, hand-reworked tassel mask
@wearismymind @obligatoryexcess

 

Madeline Laneaux Vintage
Gabby Sturgeon wearing Laneaux Vintage Fur Coat

L: Madeleline Laneaux, Vintage Seller
Laneaux Vintage (@laneauxvintage), Baltimore
Wearing: Mink stole and Leopard boots

 

R: Gabby Sturgeon, Boom Operator
Wearing: Full-length fur coat from Laneaux Vintage, white denim outfit
@guppysama

 

Mo Rothman, Bottle of Bread, Co-Organizer of the Vintage Expo
Kate & Angie, Milk & Ice, Co-Organizers of the Vintage Expo

Left: Mo Rothman, Shop Owner & Co-Organizer of The Vintage Expo
Bottle of Bread (@bottleofbread), Baltimore
Wearing: ’70s zip-around jeans from Motherhood, ’70s suede jacket from Philly VTG Bazaar (purchased at the Expo)

 

Right: Kate & Angie, Shop Owners & Co-Organizers of The Vintage Expo
Milk & Ice (@milkandicevintage), Woodberry, Baltimore, but soon to be in Lauraville
Wearing: Left: Vintage lace blouse and patchwork skirt, denim apron, and boots; Right: Black long-sleeved T, vintage denim, sneakers, and canvas apron

 

Ben Hittle and Eunice Kim
Jessie H, with family, at Union Craft Brewing

Left: Ben Hittle, Tattoo Shop Manager, and Eunice Kim, Hair Stylist
Wearing: Ben: Brown leather jacket, white T-shirt; Eunice: Brown beach vest, vintage denim shirt
@benhittle69 and @you_nnah

 

Right: Jessie H, Fashion Vlogger
Wearing: Vintage Chanel, Cartier, Paris Texas, Polo
@cappuccinosandconsignment
*Check out her video from the Vintage Expo!

 

Dresden Boulden
Tony Venne

Left: Dresden Boulden, Musician
Wearing: Fur coat, patchwork pants, cowboy boots, headband
@head.usa

Right: Tony Venne, Graphic Designer and Vintage Connoisseur
Wearing: Vintage Canadian tuxedo
@vennea

 

Garance, from Spaghetti
Garance, from Spaghetti (back)

Garance, Vintage Seller
Spaghetti Vintage and Second Hand Clothing
Hampden, Baltimore
Wearing: Red coat with martini people, black jeans, white sneakers
@spaghettino8

 

Mya Price and Ebony McMillian
More Than Your Average Vintage

Mya Price and Ebony McMillian, Vintage Sellers
More Than Your Average Vintage (@morethanyouraverage) and Bermuda Triangle Vintage (@btvintageclothes), Washington, DC
Wearing: Thrifted vintage looks, Nike Hightops

 

Baltimore Vintage Expo 2021
Montana Bowman, Baltovintage

Montana Bowman, Vintage Seller
Balto Vintage (@baltovintage), Hampden, Baltimore
Wearing: Metallica 76 hat, Dutch Standard apron, denim, and vintage T-shirt

 

Kitt Repass
Baltimore Vintage Expo 2021

Kitt Repass, Art Teacher
Wearing: White fisherman knitted sweater, vintage denim, clog boots
@kittrepass

 

Jordi Equitable
Danny, Illicit Rag Vintage

Left: Jordi Equitable, Fashion Artist
Wearing: Big pink hats, pink sequin dress, pink glasses, and blue velvet boots
@jordiequitable

Right: Danny, Vintage Seller
Illicit Rag Vintage (@illicitragvintage), Baltimore
Wearing: Quilted full-length sweater, denim, white turtleneck, boots, black baseball hat

 

Trash X Closets
Cara Ober, BmoreArt

Left: Varsity Jacket from Trash X Closets

Right: Cara Ober, Artist, Writer, Editor
Wearing: Vintage blouse from Schmatta Shop (Cross Keys), rebuilt ’70s Wrangler jeans, clog sandals with socks, leather jacket
@caraober @bmoreart

 

Emily Gleason
Heather Sand

Left: Emily Gleason, Public School Art Teacher
Wearing: 1970s pink floral maxi dress
@bustedoldcatlady

Right: Heather Sand, Realtor
Wearing: Vintage dress by Mama Moon Vintage
@petitestyledc

 

Charles Sutherland, Line & Form
Line & Form

Charles Sutherland, Vintage Vendor
Line & Form (@shop.lineandform), Baltimore
Wearing: Vintage Dickies, ’80s military coat, military T-shirt

 

Yes Please Vintage
Lindsay Street and Jay Truluck

Lindsay Street, Vintage Curator, and Jay Truluck
Yes Please Vintage (@yespleasevtg), Baltimore
Wearing: Purple jumpsuit and vintage dress, knitted hats, boots

 

Crystal Engel, Mama Moon Vintage
Mama Moon Vintage

Crystal Engel, Vintage Vendor
Mama Moon Vintage (@mamamoon.vintage)
Wearing: ’60s quilted house dress, white cowgirl boots

 

Jena Beall and Donovan Levy
Dan Janor

Left: Jeana Beall and Donovan Levy
Trash x Closet (@trashxcloset), Baltimore
Wearing: Jeana: ’80s Stevi Nicks T-shirt, ’70s handmade dress, ’90s thermal, ’90s Docs; Don: ’80s varsity jacket, ’50s hoodie, RRL jeans, vintage Durango boots

Right: Dan Janor, Attorney
Wearing: Tweed car coat

 

Merchant Tailor
Kristina Angelozzi, Merchant Tailor

Kristina Angelozzi, Vintage Vendor and Denim Repair Professional
Merchant Tailor (@merchanttailor), Baltimore
Wearing: “Jeans jeans jeans” vintage T-shirt, Dr. K sweatshirt, Daylight Vintage pants, boots

 

Merchant Tailor denim overalls
Merchant Tailor Striped Chore Coat and Vintage T
Jonna Buckner, Stoked Vintage
Marie Machin, Wormhole Workshop

Left: Jonna Buckner, Vintage Vendor
Stoked Vintage (@stokedvintage, roving, Baltimore)
Wearing: Stan Rays space dyed vintage sweaters

 

Right: Marie Machin, Photographer & Bartender
Working with Wormhole Workshops on site
Wearing: Jumpsuit by cecilbmoxie (amazing CA artist), red boots by Son of Sandler
@pentaxjane

 

Sabzi at Home
Sabzi at Home

Sabra Jafarzadeh and Jon Malis, Vintage Furniture Vendors
Sabzi at Home (@sabziathome), Baltimore, MD
Wearing: Dickies, velvet coat, and sneakers

 

The Welsh Bohemian
Erica Kagan, Welsh Bohemian

Erica Kagan, Vintage Vendor, Stylist, and Creator
The Welsh Bohemian (@thewelshbohemian), Old Ellicott City, MD
Wearing: ’60s rainbow velvet maxi dress from Lanaeux Vintage, ’70s leather hat, 80s moccasin boots, ’90s Penny Lane embroidered coat

 

Daisy Barquist
Michele

Left: Daisy Barquist, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, and Business Consultant
Wearing: Shearling fur vest, leopard print mask and pants
@daisybarquist

Right: Michele, Interior Designer and Vintage Furniture Curator
Wearing: Vintage wool coat, fanny back, and boots
@mi.floret

 

Jean Jacket from Baltimore Vintage Expo 2021
Jess Soulen & Jenna Hattenburg, Hunting Ground

Jess Soulen and Jenna Hattenburg
Hunting Ground (@huntingground), Hampden, Baltimore
Wearing: L: 100% vintage finds, R: ’70s jumpsuit, Mom’s boots, Bakelite Bug bangle

 

Baltimore Vintage Expo 2021
Baltimore Vintage Expo 2021

Gabriella Harnadek, This & That Professional
Wearing: Vintage Lee denim, Free People jacket (secondhand), vintage linen shirt, teddy bear scarf from childhood
@gabriella.michalek

 

Header Image: Alex Jackson with mural by Jessie and Katey, Photo by E. Brady Robinson

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