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About the Owner

For 15 years, Theresa Campbell McKee’s career as a caterer and personal chef on private luxury yachts took her from Martha’s Vineyard to Miami, the Bahamas and beyond. At various ports of call, to keep her passion for the past afloat, she began collecting vintage clothing and selling them on a part-time basis, eager for the day she could turn her favorite pastime into a full-time business . In 2002, she retired from her culinary pursuits and settled in Stuart, Florida, just north of Palm Beach, where she launched the Blue Velvet Vintage ™ website.

Theresa is an enthusiastic advocate for preserving the past by creatively incorporating it into the modern day lifestyle, both for aesthetic and environmental reasons. "Our authentic vintage clothing collection offers customers a fun and chic way to recycle, while enabling us to share our love of the past with like-minded individuals," she says.

 

About the Company

Over the years, some of us like-minded individuals have joined the business and assist Theresa in helping women to look more classicly glamorous.  Need help pulling together an outfit for a special occasion,  vintage themed event or wedding? Looking for tips on how to achieve the correct look for a certain time period?  We are happy to help you find the outfit of your dreams!

If what you require isn’t in our current inventory, we do our best to find it for you through our  network of vintage resources in Florida.
You can also visit our blog, Vintage Style Files, where you’ll discover a wealth of information on living and dressing in retro style.

 Since 2002 Blue Velvet Vintage has been helping women express their individuality with our eclectic collection of top-quality, stylish vintage and reproduction clothing, retro dresses and accessories.

We specialize in pretty dresses for the modern glamour girl who loves classic looks, and vintage pinup and bombshell styles. Whether you immerse yourself in a complete era-specific look or like to complement your modern wardrobe, we have something that fits the bill. Catering to the adventurous dresser who loves street fashion, sophisticated designer fashions or anything in between, we have an impressive selection of swing and rockabilly fashions from the 1940s and 1950s,  timeless Jackie O and Audrey styles,  60s and 70s mod, mini, maxi , bohemian and hippie dresses, and collectible vintage designer clothing.

Our vintage inspired clothing , includes fabulous retro re-creations from Trashy Diva and Bettie Page Clothing,  romantic 20's and 30's inspired Nataya dresses,  glamorous vintage style evening gowns, 50's style prom and party dresses, and our own exclusive line of vintage reproduction dresses ensures our customers have plenty of options for dressing in memorable mid-century style.

Our customers come from all corners of the globe, but they’re united in their love of vintage fashion. Many of our items end up in the music and entertainment industry, Hollywood or the theater district in New York City. But most of our fabulous finds go to vintage loving fashionistas just like us!

*Each of our items is hand selected for its own unique beauty and style. We search far and wide in our effort to continually offer you only the best in authentic vintage and vintage inspired fashions. With us doing the leg work, it allows you the luxury of ordering and trying on your purchases from the comfort of your own home.

*Most of our authentic vintage merchandise is in flawless or close to flawless condition. Condition issues, if any at all, are noted in the item descriptions.  Everything is carefully cleaned and, if necessary, repaired. So it's ready to wear right out of the box!

*Detailed images, descriptions and measurements are always provided, so you’ll know what to expect. We also welcome any additional questions in order to ensure complete confidence in your transactions with us.

 

*Fast shipping with most items going out same or next day after payment arrives. We accept MC/Visa through our secure server with Authorize.net and Paypal. Please see our FAQ/Policies page for more information.

*We do accept returns for refund, exchange or store credit.  Please see our Return Policy for more information.


For helpful tips on buying  vintage clothing please see our Insider's Guide to Collecting and Wearing Vintage Clothing.


Proud member of the Vintage Fashion Guild

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About our Vintage Reproduction Clothing

There have always been particular vintage styles that were consistently requested by our customers, but not always available in their size. That’s how our exclusive Classic Dame signature line of  vintage reproduction clothing was born. They’re our modern interpretations of classic mid century silhouettes, re-created from authentic vintage outfits in Theresa’s collection.

Designed for women who love the feminine, figure flattering looks of the 40s and 50s, but can’t always find the right fit in their favorite style .Our dresses are unapologetically pretty, combining playful sophistication with ladylike sex appeal.

Keeping with the original hourglass silhouettes, the patterns were painstakingly reworked to accommodate modern figures. In an era of cheaply made, fast fashion and a throwaway mentality, we strive to offer our customers garments with attractive price points, that are manufactured in the USA using only the best quality fabrics and construction. They’re designed to stand the test of time and to delight the vintage fashion lovers of the future. Produced in limited quantities and prints, you’ll never worry about someone else showing up in the same outfit!