Monday, October 5, 2020

SHOP UPDATE | Vintage Novelty Figural Wicker Animal Purses

I've always been delighted by the figural wicker novelty animal purses that were made in the 50s/60s, and lately have been obsessively adding wicker curios to my own collection (and trying not to let my mind be blown that this exists).

Recently I've come across a few friendly critters that just hit the shop

The original vintage purses are highly collectible, and you can find them shaped like fishes, elephants, crabs, frogs, alligators and more!! 

Of course, there are some modern versions being made these days too that you can keep an eye out for. 

Kate Spade has made a bunch of fun shapes over the years:

And Wicker Darling is really nailing it with the novelty shapes right now too:

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Vintage Inspired | Make-up and Hair Tutorials

Back before YouTube was full of all the make-up and hair tutorials anyone could ask for, we had good ol' magazines to help us achieve all the vintage stylings of our dreams. I was a loyal subscriber to BUST magazine for years, and the other day I came across a few pages I'd saved from years ago and thought I'd scan em in and share their old-school tips.

Straight from some early 2000s vintage magazine pages...

HOW TO: Clara Bows Inspired Vampy Heart Shaped 20s Silent Film Star Lips

HOW TO: 60s Big Hair Flair with this Towering Beehive

HOW TO: 60's Flip that Mary Tyler Moore would be jealous of

HOW TO: Line those eyes like Twiggy, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Vintage Inspired | Tattly for Vogue

Vogue is turning 125 and has released some of their lovely illustrations in the form of temporary tattoos for those of us that might be fickle in terms of skin art.

I think they are lovely:

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Designer to Know | Pronto

I stumbled upon this pair of acrylic Pronto novelty sweaters from the 70's that I found amusing, featuring Groucho Marx and W.C. Fields (both now available to purchase in the shop). 

While researching the brand, I found that they actually had featured an impressive line-up of comedians and actors including: 

Charlie Chaplain

Jack Benny

Laurel and Hardy

Little Orphan Annie

I found a few other photos of good ol' Groucho, but mine was the only W.C.Fields that I could find. It seems like a fairly random selection of entertainers that they've chosen to immortalize in acrylic, but I like the results. Fun!

I couldn't find anything about the company itself, though. Anyone know their history? I see a lot of 80's/90's sweaters out there by Pronto-Uomo, but I don't think it is the same maker.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Find AnimalHead Vintage at STUFF in San Francisco!

Oh, hi!

We've been a little quiet around these parts, but that's just because we've been busy busy busy. The latest move for Animal Head has been into an antique mall on Valencia Street in San Francisco!

photo via sf.racked

We'll still be selling vintage clothing online at but for anyone in San Francisco, you'll be able to see some of our goods in person at my favorite antique mall in the city - STUFF! [150 Valencia St, SF] We've got a little booth on the second floor, toward the back and across from the record guy. It'll be the place that some of the things less conducive to online shopping end up, like shoes and smaller accessories, housewares and furniture, etc.

You can keep an eye on some of the things we'll be filling the shelves with by following us on Instagram or Facebook. (And of course, if you ever see anything destined for STUFF that catches your eye, just let us know and we can always arrange to ship it to you before we place it there!)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Animal Head Art: Valeria Dalmon

I spotted the work of Valeria Dalmon on Etsy the other day - she makes the most intricate, haunting little dolls sporting beautiful animal masks:

Monday, October 5, 2015

Shop Preview: Caped Capers

I've been in denial about the arrival of Fall, but I'm trying to embrace it by pulling out some fun outerwear. I love me a good cape, and just stocked the shop with some great ones:

And...some killer jackets coming a little later this week (in all sorts of lengths) for extra credit:

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram or Twitter for shop updates when we post new items. 
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