We New Yorkers are looking for an escape. Somewhere exotic, enchanting, and definitely somewhere warm. So we’re booking a trip with husband and wife team Kristen Lindholm and Nicholas Dewey’s The Modern Historic. A frequent Fab favorite on Vintage Mondays, the vintage purveyor of fashion and furnishings represents the best and boldest designs from the 1940s through 1960s. Tonight’s tropically tempting collection has been curated with resort vacations in mind, and being that they’re headquartered in Palm Beach, Florida, they know a thing or two about fun in the sun. Tell us more Kristen…
What’s the history of The Modern Historic?
We have always been collecting items from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Growing up on Long Island, I would travel into the New York City to go vintage clothing shopping at Antique Boutique, Andy’s Cheepies, and Screaming MiMi’s. Nick has collected records and vintage clothing since he was a teenager. We got together when we were both 20 years old and have been collecting ever since. We were always into 1950s-1960s era items and have refined our taste over time. We collected so much that at one point decided to start selling it and turn it into a business.
Tell us about your personal collection…
I love 1950’s “Lucy/Rockabilly” dresses as well as Mod shifts, and Nick is always on the hunt for 1950s smoking jackets and robes. We love to find anything that has survived the Tiki boom of the 1950s and 1960s. Nick DJ’s dance parties at the Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale—it’s one of the oldest and greatest Tiki/Polynesian restaurants. We also have an addiction to mid-century modern and Danish furniture—patio furniture is one of our major weaknesses. We have a large collection of pieces by Woodard, Salterini, Richard Schultz and more. We really love it, and have done well selling it throughout the years. It’s a hard business to be in when you collect what you sell, because you want to keep it all!
What’s the one vintage piece in your closet you’d never get rid of and why?
I have a vintage Jorma Laine Brutalist ring that Nick got me from a dealer in Sweden. It’s huge and has a great design. I collect atomic and Brutalist style jewelry, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.
What are your Atomic Age inspirations?
When it comes to fashion, we are inspired by styles, patterns, and colors we like. We are not overly concerned about specific designers. In the world of architecture and industrial design we are inspired by Eero Saarinen, Paul Mccobb, Greta Grossman, Lucieen & Robin Day, Florence Knoll, the Eames, Peter Hvidt, Alexander Girard, Richard Nuetra. Any movies that have cool vintage fashion and mid-century modern interiors are great, like Quadrophenia, The Wanderers, The Outsiders, High School Hellcats—we have a jukebox just like one in that movie.
Vintage shopping can be a lot like treasure hunting…have you found anything exciting lately?
We recently acquired a vintage 1960s Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room robe. They are very rare and this is the first one we have ever seen. We love vintage Hawaiiana and Tiki, so we were very excited to find it. It’s from Disneyland in the 1960’s. They have fantastic graphics. There were shirts and dresses made also. Any originals are very rare today—we have only ever seen this one robe version.
What’s the one book in your reference library you would recommend to vintage newbies?
Mid Century Modern by Cara Greenberg is a great one if you want to know more about furniture from the 1950s. It has information on numerous designers, and a lot of photos. She also put out a book called Op to Pop that is all about the 1960s and Space Age furniture.
Do you have any favorite pieces in tonight’s resort collection? Where would you wear them?
It’s a toss up between the ‘70s Abstract Print Day Dress and the ‘60s Boca Blue Day Dress. Either one I would wear with that great ‘60s Palizzio Lucite Handbag and some Cat Eye sunglasses to go over to Palm Beach Island and walk around with my daughters by the beach. There is an awesome mid condo building there that we dream about living in!
If you were firing up Doc Brown’s DeLoreon and taking a vintage vacation back in time, where would you go and what would you wear?
I’d go back to some point in the 1950s and get to a Rockabilly or Little Richard concert as fast as I could! In which case I would wear one of the 1950s shirtwaist dresses I have, and my atomic poodle necklace! P.S. Do I get to keep the DeLoreon? Hah!
Thanks for warming us up, Kristen! If you’re ready to pack your bags with Polynesian Pop and Palm Beach prep, head over to The Modern Historic’s event for fashion that fuels our vacation fantasies! The‘70s Red Travel Handbag would go great with our rainboots too? Right?