A bead + crochet blouson dress circa 1924
after complete reconstruction.
We are obsessed with preserving fine clothing whether it is part of our collection or yours.
Black Cat Vintage offers a range of services to help keep your treasured pieces looking their best so they can be enjoyed into the future. Since opening in 2005 we have cultivated a worldwide network of artisans with whom we entrust our own collection, and we are happy to share their talents with you.
If you have a garment that could use our help, please contact us for an evaluation and estimate. If we can't save it, we can almost certainly find someone who can.
The following is just a glimpse of our garment care and restoration capabilities:
Do you have a precious, fragile or ornately embellished garment you would like to clean but are afraid to? We have thousands of them, and have successfully cleaned every one. We will happily clean your most valuable pieces as if they were our own.
Victorians measured a person's status and virtue by the vibrance of their white laces, linens and muslins. If your antique whites have become yellowed or dull, we can bring them back to their original splendor.
Sunlight, improper storage and contact with body oils can cause certain colors--especially blacks--to fade, often unevenly. Using a painstaking hand process, we have successfully restored evenness to faded textiles nearly a century old. Though we experience the greatest success with dark solid hues, we have also restored Pucci prints with as many as five bright colors.
Soft knits like cashmere can develop pills--tiny raised "balls" of fiber--on their surface after repeated wear, making them look shabby even if they are in otherwise perfect condition. Removing pills breathes new life into knit garments and we do it flawlessly.
Beading, Sequining + Stoning
Our inventory of thousands of vintage and antique decorative beads, sequins and stones means that if your garment is missing embellishments, we probably have replacements. Moreover, we have the skill, patience and vision to resurrect garments others might say are beyond repair...bead by bead, one at a time, and all by hand.
Occasionally we encounter a garment so badly damaged that it cannot be restored, but that doesn't always mean it is lost. If a garment's aesthetic or sentimental value warrants it, we reproduce the whole item by drawing its pattern, removing all useable embellishments, and reconstructing a "new" garment using identical vintage fabric, findings, decoration and even thread from the date the original was produced. The piece is then reconstructed and re-embellished by hand to create an identical vintage facsimile of the original.