Tuesday, July 22, 2008

LinkedIn - join us for networking

Check out the marcjoseph profile on LinkedIn. Send us an invitation to join you. We love keeping all our connections active. You can also see other people we know and admire.

View Marc Joseph's profile on LinkedIn

Monday, July 21, 2008

Coming Soon - the funniest video ever

So this past weekend I spent two very long days with some of the most professional people I've had the pleasure of working with. We did a video shoot that is coming soon to YouTube. This is a hilarious spoof featuring Secretia Collins of SecretiaTV.com

You'll see it soon.
Thanks to Secretia, John, Roger, Vince, Scott, Eric and Rob.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Marriage Fair for gay and lesbian couples

marcjoseph is producing Marriage Fair on August 23 in West Hollywood. Join us along with dozens of vendors providing everything you need for a most fabulous wedding.

Yes, there will be chocolate fountains. There will be fabulous feathers. There will be lace, tulle, chiffon, and probably even leather. There will be a dance floor, a movie, and even celebrities speaking on behalf of marriage equality.

We still have room for a few more vendors and speakers. Contact us.

www. marcjoseph. com/marriage. html

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

marcjoseph runway fashion show

We have posted our fabulous runway fashion show from the vintage designer collection of marcjoseph, featuring the world's finest designers.

You can see it here, see it on our myspace page
and on our website
www. marcjoseph. com

It was so exciting to see our clothing on the runway with these wonderful models showing it at its best!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

little pink floral 1950's shoes

little pink and red floral fabric shoes from the 1950's, spiked 2 1/2" heel, bows at the toes, the ultimate feminine accessory, excellent hardly-worn condition, size 6, just $65

email us now before they walk away

Modernist Garage Sale this weekend


Join the Pack!
Saturday and Sunday
June 21 & 22, 9 am to 5 pm

Hey Ho, Cool Cats and Hip Chicks
No ordinary sale, Modernist Garage Sale is a celebration of mid-century culture. Held at one of the only mid-century modern estates in Hancock Park, this multi-collector extravaganza has everything to make your
home a swanky swingin' pad.

Furniture, art, clothing, lighting, vintage magazines, pottery, and accessories
all being sold for a tiny fraction of what they're worth. We'll crank up the hi-fi,
bring your own martini mixings.

If you're not inclined to haul your swanky purchases home,
the fabulous celebrity-owned house is also for sale.

Don’t be Pokey. Dew Drop in, Daddy-O. We’ll be sad if you’re not here


southeast corner Third & Rossmore
in the heart of Hancock Park, Los Angeles 90020

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Most Amazing Day

Today I had an opportunity to participate in a history-making event, and it was pure magic. Tuesday, June 17, same-sex marriage became legal in California. At 8 am this morning, I arrived in a park in West Hollywood to volunteer for Marriage Equality USA, who set up a booth to offer free wedding photos to couples being married. When I arrived, dozens of members from all the major press outlets were there, and dozens of excited couples were lined up at the West Hollywood courthouse to receive their marriage licenses.

It was a beautiful cross-section of men and women of all different ethnicities, different religions, some with children, some with parents and family members, all here to celebrate an event most of us never expected to occur in our lifetimes. Almost all those who married were well-established couples who had been together twelve years, twenty-three years, even one pair of men who had shared a lifetime of forty-eight years. These were people who clearly understood the levity of marriage and had intertwined their lives with solid commitments for many years. These were absolutely not people who were attempting to make a shocking social or political statement.

While there was a handful (perhaps half a dozen) of protestors, all of them carrying religious signs, they were hardly noticed by the hundreds of loving, supportive friends, family, and even strangers who turned out to solidify the commitments these wonderful men and women were making. My friend Peter, whom I have known for twenty-five years, was one of the first to marry, his fantastic partner Geoff, with whom he has shared his life for twelve years.

I managed to talk with many major press outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and the New York Times, sharing information about the work Marriage Equality is doing to assure that marriage becomes legal and available to all citizens throughout the country. We also will be producing a Marriage Fair in August, with dozens of vendors offering every service neeeded for weddings, receptions, and honeymoons, and raising funds for the continuing work of Marriage Equality.

In a sillier moment, I also had a brief conversation with Satan, a protestor in a devil mask carrying a sign proclaiming "Pervert Weddings Performed Here". I stopped to say to him "Do you realize how ridiculous you are, protesting love and commitment?" He replied "Perverts can't get married.". My response to him was "You're single, aren't you?", as I walked away.

It was truly a magical day, witnessing the depth of commitment these men and women shared on an historic occasion, realizing how much hard-fought work has been done by brave people who have dedicated years to securing these rights of fairness through our judicial system, and by turning the tide of public opinion. If not for them, this day would not have happened.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Modernist Garage Sale

June 21 & 22, we're participating in the legendary Modernist Garage Sale. This is a fantastic collection of mid-century living in the heart of Hancock Park. Furniture, clothing, art, and home accessories are ready to make your swingin' swanky pad even swankier. And it is all dirt cheap.

If you're not inclined to buy things and haul them home, the fabulous celebrity-owned house is also for sale. Join us Saturday and Sunday, June 21 & 22, 9 am to 5 pm, at the southeast corner of Third and Rossmore, in the heart of Hancock Park.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Don't Sleep in the Subway

It's been something I've meant to do for a long time, but never got around to it. Los Angeles has had a subway for quite a few years. What took me so long? It's clean, efficient, easy, and cheap. I've ridden between North Hollywood and Downtown and Pasadena and Hollywood, and soon I'll take a ride to Long Beach.

No more searching and paying for a parking spot, no more sitting in traffic, and no more shoving my wallet into the gas tank.

Short and sweet, get on the subway!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Town Square - the perfect opportunity to network your own business

In May, the first Town Square business networking event took place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. There were vendors representing many different types of businesses, all there for the purpose of networking with each other. It's working! We have reports from quite a few of the guests about new alliances and collaborations. In fact, we met exciting new people at Town Square and are working together on some creative projects.

Town Square learned which aspects of the group worked well, and which ones could use some improvement. But the magic of smart business people connecting and building and supporting each other is the crucial component which will never be changed.

Wednesday, June 18, from 5-8 pm, Town Square goes to Biddy Mason Park, in the historic core of downtown Los Angeles, just south of Third Street, between Broadway and Spring. Vendors will have plenty of space to set up tables, and there will be live entertainment, wine, beer, and food available.

Admission to Town Square is now free to the public, and we encourage you to spread the word to bring as many people as possible to this important networking event. More information is found on the website www.marcjoseph.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

1950's two-tone lizard handbag

stunning and very rare 1950's two-tone lizard handbag, black lizard body trimmed with lighter colored lizard around the frame and handle, distinctive shape, leather lined, made by Sterling, brass hardware, relatively small interior big enough to fit two fists, 8 1/2" wide, 7 3/4" high excluding handle, 3 3/8" deep, excellent condition, only $225

1950's brown alligator box handbag

classic box bag from the 1950's, brown alligator trimmed with brass hardware, two big compartments lined in tan suede, skins in good shape, brass has been polished but still shows some signs of age

the big detractor is the replacement chain, which is silver links and not a good match for the bag, we recommend finding a more suitable chain - once the chain is replaced, this will be an exceptional example of a mid-century glamour alligator bag

only $60

1960's Margaret Smith floral fabric handbag

vintage 1960's floral fabric bag from Margaret Smith, classic Hamptons/Martha Vineyard old money East Coast look, vibrant color, textured cotton lined with pink satin, appears to not have been used, excellent condition, larger than average size, just $60

Monday, May 19, 2008

Vintage Reptile Handbags! - the first of dozens

We love vintage reptile, and we have the handbags, shoes, belts, and wallets to prove it. This one from our collection is an unusual box bag, caramel color, wide with two interior leather-lined compartments, distinctive brass hardware, built-in vanity mirror, and double carrying strap. It measures 8" long, 6 1/2" high, and a whopping 4 1/4" deep. Dating to the 1950's, it is in excellent condition, and appears to have spent most of its life resting comfortably in the closet. The brass has the proper age burnishing, which could be polished, but we prefer the classic age patina. This bag is in exceptional condition, and would cost a bloody fortune if new. We'll let it go for $300.

Friday, May 16, 2008

marcjoseph from the beginning

About Us...

marcjoseph began in 2000 as a retail store in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Antique and vintage collectors Marc Modrow and Joe Dusick created a showroom unique to Wisconsin, with sophisticated furnishings from the 1880’s to the 1970’s, and an exclusive line of wood bedroom and dining room furniture designed by Marc. In addition, there was vintage clothing from throughout the twentieth century, including the legendary fashion designers from around the world. Yes, it was a little unusual in suburban Milwaukee. Some people loved it and some didn’t. Nonetheless, marcjoseph grew.

In 2004, Marc returned to his native California, moving the retail showroom, first to Burbank, then to Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. California was an excellent place and marcjoseph continued to grow. The 5000 square foot showroom was a great place for entertaining. We hosted art shows, charity events, fashion shows, and even live music every Thursday night.

Most of the retail business came by appointment, and the overhead for the large showroom was extreme. marcjoseph closed the retail showroom in September 2007, continuing to meet clients by appointment through our warehouse. This gave us the freedom to create and produce many new series of events.

Now, marcjoseph is an event production company, hosting art shows, music concerts, charity, fashion, and business networking. Southern California is filled with amazing talent, and we are thrilled to be able to produce and be involved with so many creative and wonderful people. We continue to sell our collection of clothing and furnishings through our own events, through in-home shopping parties, here on our blog, and through our website www.marcjoseph.com

Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey.

Marc and Joe

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Room 222 vintage designer clothing

We're preparing for our vintage designer clothing sale this weekend, Room 222, and there is some great stuff surfacing. Let us share just a few photos of items that will be available.

1950's alligator shoes - never worn

Mr Blackwell early 1960's silk dress and cape

1950's large Kelly-style alligator handbag

1950's Levi's western shirt

two-tone 1950's lizard handbag

Thierry Mugler black velvet and satin dress

1950's beaded knit dress

Chanel silk sailor suit

Mainbocher couture gown c1960

Jean Muir 1960's silk dress

Giorgio Armani jacket

Nina Ricci 1960's black brocade coat

1930's taffeta dress with lucite buttons

Givenchy dress pants

Fred Hayman beaded evening top

Don Loper 1950's silk suit

Valentino red wool skirt suit

vintage Fendi signature bag with Louis Vuitton Damier fur shoes

Thierry Mugler white wool suit

Richard Tyler shoes

Gucci shoes, never worn

1950's pink floral shoes

Mark Venaglia hand-painted handbag

This is just a small sample of clothing from Room 222. Join the rest of the stylists, costumers, celebrities, and collectors who shop at Room 222. This clothing is sold for far less than it is worth, far less than the better resale stores.

Saturday and Sunday, May 17 & 18, 11 am to 5 pm
509 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
upstairs in room #222