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Use code SPRING50 at our shop!
Vintage handbags, jewelry, home decor, greeting cards & more!
When we formed Grease and Grace four years ago, I don’t think we would have ever imagined our art on the red carpet.
Every time I ship a purse (or any of our art) to its new ‘forever home’, I think about its destination, and what it will be like. I consider where it’s lived before, and who with (all of our handbags are vintage!)
At the time, when I shipped this pretty blue and black metallic baby to her new home three thousand miles away in California, I couldn’t really comprehend how cool a life it was about to receive.
As the pictures rolled in from The Emmys 2016, I had tears in my eyes! What an honor, a real joy, to have a piece of our art on that magical red carpet of dreams. Beautiful and sweet Melissa of the Television Academy is the new owner of this pin-striped vintage handbag. It found its perfect home, and perfect owner!
Just look at that! Bringing the “Old Hollywood Style” back to Hollywood. Perfectly matched to her gown, it’s as if they were made to go together.
Thank you for sending us these fabulous and glamorous photos! We love it, and we are elated.
— Interested in our Current Handbag Collection? Visit the storefront: Grease and Grace Shop
— Do check out our entire collection, past & present: Vintage Handbag Collection
You will be amazed at the variety of colors and styles!
Dean Hogg is the artist behind the bags.
He has been working with pin-striping media for four decades. His love for 1950s style has created a classic look that is truly a blend of the past and present. Grease and Grace is a family owned company, of which Dean is the patriarch.
His published work, and an article on Dean can be seen here: http://fllmag.com/the-greaser/
Hey, Daddy-O! Get her what she really wants this year!
Another classy handbag pin-striped by our artist Dean. A really unique bag for a really unique chick. This listing is for a black, vinyl clutch/purse with yellow/red/white/ pin-striping.
• Chrome accents
• Cream interior
• Beautifully detailed closure
• Elaborate two color pin-striping design
Rockabilly / Classy / Retro / Vintage
Really detailed bag, would be perfect for pinup photo shoots and for cruising the car shows. This larger size is great for storage. Some Vintage bags can be hard to store modern supplies in, this one allows for more space. Very, very cute party bag.
Definitely a conversation starter and complete one of a kind!
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It’s a tough, tough world. That’s just common knowledge. But there are little joys that can make a huge difference in someone’s world. This past weekend I witnessed just how big of a confidence boost a lovely photograph can be. Let me not belabor too long then, with a brief intro of how I got into pin-up myself. Or you can just skip to paragraph four. I won’t be offended.
I have always loved pin-up, though when I was younger I didn’t know there was a name or genre for it. I have always loved photos of women who are confident and beautiful. I looked up to them. I remember seeing a tacked up poster in my grandfather’s weight lifting room, of Mac Snap-On tools girls (probably a vintage seventies item now), holding up only automobile floor mats over their curves to leave something to the imagination. It never once occurred to me that these women were “objectified.” All I saw were pretty women who looked happy and confident. Now, I am very aware that’s not going to be everyone’s response. I’m also very aware that I was a child and didn’t know much about how the world worked. I wasn’t totally out of it though, I knew the purpose of those ads. However, I was fortunate to grow up in a home where women were respected and I never felt less because of my gender, size, or appearance in any way. On the other hand, I also saw a lot of posters, growing up around garages, of scantily clad women in bad eighties lingerie looking like Mötley Crüe groupies. I realized at about age seven, that there was a difference in perspective, and how these images could be classy or raunchy, and also where and when there was a place for them.
So, that interest grew as I got older. It blossomed as a teen, learning about artists like George Petty and Alberto Vargas, and later in my college years, modern artists like Coop (Chris Cooper) and Olivia De Berardinis. I found Victorian beauties and WWII beauties. From Ziegfeld Follies and Charles Dana Gibson to Betty Grable. I had a genuine interest in pin-up style, but I still didn’t understand there was a following for it yet. As the years passed, I realized that the outside world didn’t appreciate as well, the curves and lovely natural form of the female body, as much as the retro pin-up world does. That’s why I’m happy to see publications like Retro Lovely, and new models on the horizon (Tess Holiday for example) who aren’t society’s ideal, per-say, but are beautiful, confident women.
I’m an “adult” now, whatever the hell that is. And I’ve made it my business to be involved in the pin-up and retro world. I draw pin-up girls, I use retro imagery in my art, and my father pin-stripes handbags for gals into that subculture. Occasionally, I model a handbag. Though I don’t model on a professional level, I’ve always had a great respect for those who do. So when I was invited by my dear friend Lizz (my daughter calls her, “Miss Lizz”), to accompany her to a photo shoot with the folks from Retro Lovely magazine, I was of course, ecstatic. She wanted to use some of our handbags as props, and was also looking for a bit of that old-fashioned moral support. Interestingly, I’d found out that her MUAH (that’s, “make up and hair”) gal was the same woman I’d been speaking to about our Grease and Grace ad in Kat Club magazine. What a wild coincidence —I’m so there.
We took the jaunt from Lancaster and Berks counties to Ashland, Pa. I’m fairly familiar with the beautiful, hilly mountain views along the way, as I have friends just north of the area. We arrived, hoping like mad that we had the right building. Nervous and giddy we knocked on the door. After a few minutes a very jovial and burly man answers, “Hello! I’ll be doing your make up and hair today!” he proclaimed in an excitable voice.
Wait, what? So we followed him up the tall steps, bags of clothing and purses in arms.
That very fun man turned out to be Al, the husband of Heather, who was also having a photo shoot done that same evening. It turns out that Nicole Zedonek, (MUAH, see her Facebook: Making Faces Professional Make Up), had ten back to back clients that day. I know some folks who do makeup, some who are photographers, and some who are models. This is hard work, and a real labor of love. These people really love what they do, with a passion. So Al showed us to the prep area and on the way through we saw some set rooms. These were decorated in full on vintage kitsch, ready for a girl to pose at any moment. Lizz and I were drooling over the classic decor. There was this awesome cat too. It was trying to compete with ‘grumpy cat.’ I forget it’s name, but he was mad, and I think angry cats are quite cute.
The atmosphere was fun from the get-go. We brought along a bottle of a bright pink booze called, “Bitch Bubbly” and cracked that open. We settled ourselves in, and everyone was joking and talking. It was relaxed. I can’t stress that enough. The photography happens in a separate room and floor altogether from the styling. There is privacy for changing, if you want it, and when models are switching costumes or need props, everyone jumps to assist. It’s an environment of friends you just didn’t know you had. I watched Lizz, who is a hairstylist by trade, get her hair done by someone else for a change. It was wonderful to see her pampered. This is about feeling good about yourself. About loving yourself and seeing yourself in that beautiful light that the rest of the world sees, but sometimes you can’t.
It was great to see Al there in such loving support of his gorgeous wife. That’s a man! Heather was using some of her photographs to support Pinups for Patriots.
And there was Kimberly, doing a photo shoot for her fiance. What a wonderful idea! They were having fun, we were having fun, everyone we met that night – you guessed it, fun. No pretension. No heirs of holier than thou. No ‘Pin-Up Queen’ attitude. Just women supporting women. People supporting people.
We met Michael F. Bann, when it was time for Lizz’s shoot. Photographer, publisher, and creator of Retro Lovely (see his Facebook page: Victor Devilbliss), I must admit, I was nervous. Big time guy, oh, boy! Well, I got over that. Nice people, all of them. Down to earth, relaxed, professionals. Have I stressed that enough? I’m saying it because I know that if you have never had a professional photo shoot, you’re probably nervous and may have inhibitions. Don’t.
There was a wonderland of props galore. I was like a kid in a candy shop looking around. Nicole and I were hanging out while Lizz posed, such a natural thing. We all got her props to use and brainstormed fun scenarios for her. She looked amazing. My friend from way back in high school, looking like the rock star I know she is. The important thing about this kind of photography is, you look like you. You shouldn’t look like a made up version of an unrecognizable person. It’s you, clearly you, at your best and most confident.
Michael is amazing, he makes it look easy, taking photos as fluidly as a knife through butter. “Like buttah.” He’s fast, he’s all over the place, and he isn’t harsh in his direction. Everything is a gentle lead, leaving the model feeling in control and safe.
We met Lottie Beauverd as well, what a gal! Lottie was helping with outfit changes and pose ideas. It takes a village, and this village was filled with great folks. Lottie has a shop selling wonderful hair accesories. You can find her at Sled Fest this year in Duncannon, Pa.
Nicole tells me that she gets women who are interested, but hesitant, saying, “I want to do pin-up, but I’m too ______”, fill in the blank. Too skinny, too fat. Too old, too young. Too this, too that. But the fact is, when women leave their photo shoots here, they are happy with the results. They have a new-found boost in self-image. And that is why pin-up is for everyone. Including you, yes you.
Lizz says this of the experience, “I think that everyone should do this once. Pin-up is for everyone.” You should always listen to “Miss Lizz.”
But here’s what you really want to see, more awesome photos. These are raw, eventually I’ll update this post with finals, but they are so perfect strait off the camera, who cares?
Special mention, please check out these links that we support.
Lizz is a member of several charity groups, one of which is The Modified Dolls.
The Modified Dolls is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Illinois. We have affiliated chapters and building chapters all over the world. The goal of The Modified Dolls and our chapters is to erase the negative stereotypes associated with modified women by doing charity work. We provide fundraising, volunteerism and awareness to pre-selected Charities of the Month as well as other organizations selected by individual chapters. We are the Different Making A Difference! Facebook
The charity for March 2015 is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. As a sufferer of MS myself, I fully support this!
Heather supports Pinups for Patriots.
Pinups for Patriots LLC is a for-profit social good company. We work to raise funds for charities supporting our nation’s military & first responders. Facebook
Lizz’s leopard print dress is available from Angry, Young and Poor
A lot of new clutches up for sale at our Etsy shop. Check out the purses section, here.
There is always something new. The stock is constantly rotating. A full gallery of current and past handbags is here.
Vintage, pinstriped handbags, purses and clutches with retro, rockabilly flair.
Real vintage bags (no re-pop), all signs of wear are disclosed via description and photos on our Etsy store when they are listed. This is a family business. We find the hand bags together and Dean pinstripes each one uniquely. There are no stencils! We pick bags that are in mint condition, with only minor blemishes characteristic of the age. We live in an area where “antique-ing” is plentiful so we search for the best quality, most unique bags we can get our hands on!
Dean embellishes these with his own style of pin-striping which is rockabilly rooted and also very classic. This is the old school look many of you are looking for. Dean has been pin-striping for over three decades. Hop over to our Etsy shop to see what’s available now!
Dean just keeps rockin’ ’em out. Now we have three ‘new’ purses to offer you at our shop. These are vintage, vinyl bags, pin-striped in a classy rockabilly style. Very awesome for nights out on the town, car shows, pin up model photo shoots, and of course date nights! We do have some in sizes large enough for work or carrying a bit more.
These are actual vintage items, some have certain imperfections. Everything is disclosed on the item listing in text and photos. We carefully scrutinize these purses to choose the ones that are in the best condition, inside and out.
You can take a look at the new purses in the gallery below, then check out the entire selection at the shop.
Our artist Dean adds class to all his projects with his old school pin striping style. You can read more about Dean in his biography section.