Photograph by Jimmy Johnston
Historic Roswell’s newest addition, the consignment shop Vintage & Vogue, sells retro pieces from bygone eras (the “vintage”) alongside contemporary styles from prominent designers (the “vogue”). Its old-timey facade belies a hip interior that, in addition to its racks of treasures and trends, houses Holly Firfer’s repurposed antique jewelry and a cute nook in the back dedicated solely to shoes.
“I’m an old hippie,” says owner Maria Sullivan, wearing a black cocktail dress and some Betsey Johnson fishnet socks as Tracy Chapman and Sheryl Crow waft through the sound system. The Alpharetta denizen and longtime thrifter professes a love for Armani, 7 jeans, boho sixties looks, and old cowboy boots, and her boutique manages to encapsulate all those extremes in a coherent manner that feels niche, not haphazard. It’s Psycho Sisters, but high-end and without the psycho.
Sullivan has done fundraising for organizations such as Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and Outward Bound Atlanta since 2000. When the recession hit, she discovered it was even harder to get people to donate money, so she came up with a roundabout way of encouraging philanthropy: Forty percent of all sales at Vintage & Vogue can go to a charity of the donor’s or consignor’s choice. However, not all the pieces Sullivan takes in gel with the rest of the shop’s aesthetic, so starting this month, the boutique plans to disperse its stylish excess through local charities. 55 Park Square, Roswell, 678-495-4483, vintageandvogueclothing.com
This article originally appeared in our April 2011 issue.