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Jamie Jones of Whirlaway Travel explores some travel options abroad and highlights their local counterparts A friend of mine has been advocating recently for slow fashion. While I think I keep up with current trends and terminology, this one had me stumped. So I did what anyone else would do and… I Googled it. For others not in the know, slow fashion is the movement of designing, creating and buying garments for quality and longevity. This includes purchasing vintage clothes, those that stand the test of time in both quality and style. West Chester has some great clothing stores. I have purchased items from Kiki, Tish and Blink that have been staples in my wardrobe season after season, but there is one store that stands out from the crowd: Malena’s Vintage Boutique. There have been quite a few times I have wandered into Malena’s to find something special: a one-of-a-kind necklace, art deco beaded purse, or a dress that has more history than the rest of my closet combined. Just passing by the windows peering at the display gives inspiration for upcoming events. Malena is constantly curating her collection by adding new items from the 1850’s to the 1970’s, often high-end, designer couture. On the occasions I have visited, Malena has been able to effortlessly make recommendations based on my needs and body type, a skill that is highly prized when vintage sizes and styles can differ drastically from fashion today. For true fashionistas interested in vintage, a visit to Paris would not be complete without a private tour with a Coco Chanel expert. Boutiques throughout Paris carry the newest styles, capsules and vintage collections from the famous designer that are only accessible by an appointment made by someone with the right connections. While the Coco Chanel Apartments have been closed off to all except the select few that spend over $500,000 per year on Chanel wear and receive exclusive invitations, a stay in one of Coco’s residences can be arranged at the Ritz Paris for someone interested in the full experience. At just under $20,000 per night, it is definitely a more economical way to live in the footsteps of this iconic designer. While most of us save a vintage splurge for a special occasion or a staple classic in our wardrobe, I think there is definitely value in considering a move to slow fashion. Besides longevity and quality, slow fashion supports the environment through sustainability and ethical work practices, something that has been an afterthought in years past with mass-produced trends that are out of style as soon as they hit the racks. Vintage clothing has history, style and lends a sense of individuality that can’t be found in a big box store. If you are headed to Paris, take an afternoon and learn about the woman who just may have been one of the forefathers of slow fashion. And when you’re in our lovely borough? Head to Malena’s Vintage Boutique, where the trend of slow fashion is exemplified with every piece bought and sold to continue the history of fashion and style. —jjones@thewcpress.com

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