Heirlooms & Treasures
You know the saying “One mans trash is another mans treasure”? What makes something important to one person might be of no value to another. I believe this rings most true of sentimental pieces. Things that either you worked and saved for or the ones given to you by someone special. Be it a friend, significant other, or a beloved family member.
Habits Style is about longevity and future vintage. About pieces that will last and will be treasured. This Sunday Edit is about the importance of wearing, using and displaying your treasures.
My mother in law is a collector and she never gets rid of anyting. Her father was the curator of History at the Smithsonian Institution and her home is filled with incredible antiquities. My children grew up among the treasures and I am certain this is why they are also collectors. From amazing boots handed down to my daughter to a handmade piton made by Yvon Chounard that my son will eventually display on his shelves. He owns a beautiful vintage pendelton jacket I hope he will wear and add to his collection.
I have inherited some wonderful pieces of jewelry from my mother, grandmother, and mother in law. We have recently been inspired to bring these pieces out and start another life. I will wear my grandmothers fabulous earrings and my mother’s turquoise ring. I will bring out my mother in laws special china more often and honor the treasures as they deserve. I hope you do the same and put more of that gorgeous patina we so covet.
My Mother’s Turquoise Ring
My Mother in laws Zuni Bracelet
My Grandmothers Bird Hoops
Favorite pieces of art made by my children
Vintage YSL silk blouse
Shells collected on the beaches of Normandy
Set of dishes designed for the Santa Fe Railroad dining cars.
IT'S MEANTS TO BE USED
My middle name is “Georgi” which came from my Grandmother on my Dad’s side. From as early as I can remember, she has given me every single thing she had with her name on it.
I have jewelry, a custom powder box her parents gave her when she was 16, a wooden tray she carved in college, and much more. Like my middle name, I have carried these objects with me all through life and treasured them.
I used to never use them or I kept them in special places in fear of losing them or damaging them. I am not sure what changed my ways but I started bringing everything out and using it. It was doing no good covered in dust and buried in drawers.
My Grandmother’s powder box
My mother’s silver signet
Family friend’s heirloom squash blossom
My grandfather’s furniture & an old print of a Bach poster
My grandmother’s little brass earrings with moonstones
When the Habits team came up wit this prompt I was unsure what to write about. I definitely have some treasured items, but I am pretty good with using what I have. A lot of the high end fashion pieces have to have some sort of functional aspect in order for me to justify the purchase. For example, I have two pairs of the Wilson Boots from Reese Cooper which are the most expensive and treasured shoes I have. However, I wear them like three or four times a week. I love them, and want to wear them. I feel the same about my vintage jewelry. My ring and necklace were both gifts and I would be devastated if I lost either one. However, this does not stop me from wearing them. Doesn’t mean I don’t get nervous I will lose them, but if I feel like I need to add something extra to an outfit I will pull one of them out.
Some pieces that I am nervous to wear are the extremely rare kimonos I have. I have one from Snow Peak that is has baggy sleeves, and hits in the middle of your shin. It is fully ripstop, and water resistant. This kimono stays true to its roots both traditionally as well as Snow Peaks outdoor centric approach to clothing. Not only is this rare, but rather hard to wear if you are not trying to look like a Jedi. It is almost better as a decorative piece for your walls. The other two I have are gifts from Visvim. Both are beautiful very rare pieces. I barely touch these kimonos. They are something I could try to style into my more elaborate outfits, but the thought of ruining them is haunting. I just have to remind myself that clothes are meant to be worn, and I know Visvim’s quality will stand up to the test of time.
Some pieces that I value but don’t have much of a use are jade Buddha statue, a bolt from the original tram in Jackson, and a skateboard deck from an old skateshop I grew up going to that no longer exists. These pieces decorate my walls, and each hold a specific meaning. I will never get rid of them, and will cherish them as small treasures.
These items are precious for a reason, but doesn’t mean they should be forgotten. Beautiful things are meant to be appreciated, and thats exactly what we will do!