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Avant Gaudy on The Coveted!

August 21, 2009

Jennine from The Coveted visited the Avant Gaudy showroom this week.  Check out an exerpt from her interview with Deborah and see a sneak peek of some of Avant Gaudy’s favorite fall looks:

Avant Gaudy on The Coveted

DeborahOne of the things I missed the most when I was abroad was easy access to vintage clothing. I missed some of my local shops, and online, well many of the ones I love are located stateside (though not all!) When I came to Chicago, honestly, there’s not been much time to visit shops, we’re looking for a place to live, and me, I’m looking for work… but luckily enough, we got in touch with Chicago-based online vintage retailer, Avant Gaudy. Founded by Deb Umunnabuike (pictured on the left) in 2005, Avant Gaudy started out from a love for vintage, for integrating found pieces and wearing them in modern ways. this has translated into her shop philosophy:

“modern vintage” clothing: garments with some history that represent the best of today’s fashion and trends. Our fashion philosophy is all-encompassing: anyone can look good, and looking good does not equate spending a lot of money nor a lot of time in a shopping mall.’

Behind the scenes the shop has grown, with two buyers searching high and low for great pieces, they pool their resources together to create ‘collections’  based on runway trends, magazines, and style blogs like Hel Looks and The Sartorialist and fashion news sites like WWD to find inspiration. One of the advantages of going to Avant Gaudy’s is to see the ways they interpret vintage and relate it to the most recent of today’s trends… and for pretty cheap too, most pieces run about the $25-$50 range which for edited vintage pieces is quite a steal!

Check out the rest of the article on The Coveted to see more photos of our fall looks and even an exclusive photo of our latest editorial photo shoot.

Fashion in My Eyes Interview with Deborah!

August 20, 2009

Fashion in My Eyes

Check out this interview with Deborah, co-owner of Avant Gaudy, featured on Fashion in My Eyes.  Be sure to check out the amazing blog, or take a look at the interview reposted here:

Avant Gaudy is a chic online boutique, where you can find “vintage modern,modern vintage” clothes and accessories.
I asked Deb Umunnabuike, one of the Avant Gaudy founders, some questions about herself and about Avant Gaudy.

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You are the co-founder of Avant Gaudy,tell us more about yourself.

I’m also a Political Science major at the University of Chicago, so I’ve often got a recent WWD and also something written by Foucault in my purse. My sister, Jessica, and I started Avant Gaudy in the summer of 2005 in order to keep ourselves busy. Beyond that, I really wanted to connect with and impact the lives of those who were as passionate about fashion as we were, and are. An online store seemed like a perfect way to reach fashionistas all over the world.

Why Avant Gaudy and not another name?

Avant Gaudy
is a play off of the word avant garde, which was a movement that embraced forward thinking, literature, art, and fashion. We select clothing that is fashion forward and yet also has a tinge of gaudiness in the sense that an Avant Gaudy girl or guy is both modern and playful.

How do you pick the items for the store?

All items are sourced from across the United States. We have a full-time team of buyers who dedicate themselves to researching trends and matching these trends up with vintage fashion. Our buyers are intuitive and creative – they know a good find when they see one.

What are your favorite pieces on Avant Gaudy right now?
This silver lame dress was featured on NotCouture,as was this vintage Diane von Furstenberg one.Jumpsuits, meanwhile, are on trend right now, and are edgy yet feminine
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What do you love most about fashion?

Fashion allows an ordinary day to be extraordinary. Even if a person does enjoy and choose to follow trends, there’s still so much room for individuality. Vintage fashion is the best way to express your individuality – because of its scarcity, every piece is a rare link to the past that fits easily into a modern wardrobe example:

Brocade, $48

How do you see yourself and Avant Gaudy 10 years for now?

I’d like Avant Gaudy to expand and become even more of an international business than it already has. With the social media explosion, we feel like the time is right to connect with as many people as possible who share our interest in modern vintage. Additionally, I’d eventually like for our brand to serve as a platform for up and coming designers from across the world to showcase their takes on vintage through reconstructions and vintage-inspired looks.


August 20, 2009

Get ready for fall or back-to-school! Check out some of our newest vintage shoes at Avant Gaudy, including boots, heels, flats and vintage sneakers!

Skull and Bones, $35

Bow Leg, $25

Vtg. Marshalls, $20

Vtg. Nikes, $58

Avant Gaudy on Facebook and Twitter!

August 18, 2009

Are you a fan of Avant Gaudy on Facebook?  You should be!  Facebook fans daily updates about new merchandise, Avant Gaudy news, videos and blog posts.  Go to our fan page or text “fan avantgaudy” to FBOOK (32665) from your cell phone and  be added as a fan instantly (standard charges may apply).

Are you on Twitter? Then you should be following Avant Gaudy for up-to-the-minute updates on merchandise, Avant Gaudy news and all things fashion!

Photographer: Shmura Campbell

Are you already fans of Avant Gaudy on Facebook or Twitter?  Which site is your favorite?

New Avant Gaudy Photo Shoot – Back to School

August 18, 2009

Take a look at a few exclusive photos from our latest “back to school” photo shoot with photographer Shmura Campbell.

Go to Avant Gaudy to see photos from our previous photo shoots and buy these one-of-a-kind vintage items.

Blog Comment Contest Winner!

August 17, 2009

Congratulations to Patricia Ann of The Shapes of Things for winning our blog comment contest!  She won a $50 gift card to Avant Gaudy just by commenting on our blog posts!

Thank you to all of you who commented and participated!

The contest may be over, but we still love to hear what you have to say! 

Tell us what you think about your favorite posts! And check out Avant Gaudy to see our newest vintage merchandise.

Exclusive Blog Comment Contest Ends in Five Days!

August 12, 2009

Don’t forget, Avant Gaudy is offering an exclusive contest for blog readers!

To enter the contest, all you have to do is comment on 10 or more of our blog entries (past entries acceptable) and email us ( the titles of the blog entries you commented on.  Then, just tell us which blog post was your favorite!

We will enter you into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to our store!

Hurry up and comment now – you only have 5 days left! The contest ends August 17 at 12:00 a.m. CST.

Meet the “Gaudy” Girls: Caroline

August 11, 2009

carolineGet to know Caroline, a contributing writer for Avant Gaudy and our “Chicagoland thriftstore expert!”

Where are you from?
Hinsdale, IL 

Where do you live now?
Oak Park IL, but soon Ukie Village in Chicago!

What is your profession/major? What school do you go to?
Dominican University 09: apparel design major, studio art & photography minor.

Professional goals:
To continue my freelance apparel design & sculpture, eventually go to grad school to be able to teach, and lastly open up a cute boutique!

Favorite movies?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Romeo & Juliet, Eyes Wide Shut, Little Children and silent films!!

What TV shows are you currently watching/still addicted to?
True Blood. I love vampires!

What kind of music do you like? What bands are you listening to? 
Big Band and Swing, Spanish, surf/Polynesian, George Crumb, Animal Collective, Andrew Bird

What do you like to do for fun?
Thrift! Going jetskiing, playing tennis, going to restaurants and seeing live jazz!

Things you love?
Animals, flowers and mushrooms. They inspire me daily!

Favorite designer?
Jeremy Scott, Hussein Chalayan, Marc Jacobs, Chloé.

Jeremy Scott, Hussein Chalayan, Marc Jacobs, Chloé

Favorite clothing item/accessory that you own?
Tough, but I would say my large dark salmon colored ring.

How would you describe your personal style? 
Eclectic, vintage, textural, accessorized.

One thing you’ll never wear?

What is your most recent purchase?
A cookbook on flavored butter!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Obsessed with/can’t live without?
Cheese and pine nut hummus!

Your perfect day?
Wake up at 6:00 a.m., go out to breakfast, play on Lake Michigan, sew a dress in the late afternoon & then have a BBQ with the friends!

Guilty pleasure?
Researching astrology!

Favorite food/drink?
Freshly juiced blackberry limeade!

What are you an expert of/random knowledge?
I am attempting to be an expert at perceptions of women from 1915-present day. For now, I am just a 1920s expert! I also know a lot about baking!

What Web site do you have to check everyday?
Guilty of Facebook… and gmail!

Favorite Animal?
Leonberger! Or any baby animals!


Personal Quote:
“You love it.”

Our Avant Gaudy Playlist!

August 6, 2009

Avant Gaudy has created a special playlist for you, featuring a few of a all-time favorite songs and a few songs we just can’t stop listening to right now.  Check it out…

 Standalone player
A few of the featured artists include:

Lykke Li
Bloc Party
Say Anything
Memory Cassette
and more…


Lykke Li

Bloc Party

Is there a playlist you’d like us to create?  Our favorite indie bands?  Favorite movie songs?  Best summer music?  Let us know in the comment section and we’ll create an essential playlist for you!

Fashion Sustainability Vintage Sale

August 5, 2009

This Saturday only, you have the chance to buy some of your favorite Avant Gaudy shoes and accessories, available for purchase during the Fashion Sustainability Vintage Sale at Heaven Gallery. You’ll have a first look at some of our newest shoes and accessories! And you can find unique and sustainable vintage clothing and accessories from other vintage dealers!

Avant Gaudy will be one of several retailers at this event, held on Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9,  from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Don’t forget: Avant Gaudy will ONLY be there on SATUDAY!


Other vintage designers and dealers include Style 4 Food, Sarah Katherine Green, Max & Chloe, Lum, Nicole Blaje and Renovar.

Location: Heaven Gallery
             1550 N. Milwaukee Ave.
             Chicago, IL

You can learn more and RSPV to Heaven Gallery’s Fashion Sustainability Vintage Sale here!

Will we see you at the vintage sale on Satuday?