The world's leader in vintage and modern pre-loved luxury clothing and accessories
Decades is the illustrious vintage and haute consignment retailer in Los Angeles, worshipped by
fashionistas and collectors alike for an unparalleled collection of designer clothing and accessories dating
from the 1920s to today. Known for their discerning eye, co-owners Cameron Silver and Christos
Garkinos personally oversee the acquisition of an edited selection of authentic vintage treasures and
future collectibles. Their impact in the fashion industry is recognizable even among those who have never
walked into the boutique; their finery is seen on women across the globe in places like Dubai, Moscow
and Tokyo, who regularly snatch up a couture gown or one-off necklace online at the Decades ecommerce
site. Their clientele in Los Angeles is a veritable who’s who of Hollywood’s elite, which
includes Julianne Moore, Selma Blair, Charlize Theron, among many others. Renowned stylist Rachel
Zoe regularly goes bananas over their unique finds.
And Decades can find beautiful, timeless vintage and modern pieces like no one else. Silver, with his encyclopedic knowledge of fashion, roams the world’s auctions and private collections, scooping up pristine Alaia, Hermes and Dior vintage glamour. He focuses on modern, sexy, unstudied and alwaysalluring pieces that intertwine vintage with contemporary; the results are never a flashback. Garkinos travels the globe gaining access to exclusive closets and rescuing gently to never used clothing and accessories directly from celebrities, stylists and overzealous shoppers. In his signature move, he personally edits his clients’ closets, culling singular pieces from iconic labels including Chanel and Christian Louboutin as well as from cutting-edge, emerging designers like Alexander Wang and Rick Owens, selling the pre-loved items at prices of up to 80% off retail.
Decades was founded in 1997 by Silver, with Garkinos joining as a co-owner in 1999 to helm modern consignment. Silver and Garkinos have been lauded for their innovative concept, including being named “Retailer of the Year” at the 2006 LA Fashion Awards and “Best Hollywood Boutique” at the 2011 Hollywood Style Awards. The brand announced a new development in their brick and mortar boutique in 2011, with the first floor offering accessible, nearly-new merchandise from staple designers and the second floor showcasing an exclusive selection of one of a kind couture gowns and hard to find Chanel pieces from eras past. Each year, Decades hosts multiple trunk show events across the country. With the expansion of e-commerce, which now accounts for 50% of their revenue, the brand launched a flash sale concept that will instantly bring one of a kind merchandise to fashion lovers worldwide.
Soon, a peek into the Decades lifestyle will be accessible from the comfort of living rooms everywhere, as Silver and Garkinos are set to appear in a new docu-series for Bravo in early 2013.
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About Cameron Silver, founder, co-owner Decades
Since Cameron Silver opened the doors of Decades in 1997, the dress code in Los Angeles has irrevocably changed due – in large part – to Silver exhorting his frequently-photographed, trendsetting clientele to “dress up!” He is widely recognized for his impact on runway trends from fashion’s new generation of designers in New York and Paris to the way a constellation of Hollywood’s brightest appear on the red carpet.
With the new guard of so many heritage houses from New York to Milan seeking inspiration at Decades, Silver is frequently tapped to consult on everything from re-imagining a brand’s identity to navigating its global launch. His current clients are confidential, but Silver has served as a creative consultant to Azzaro, Samsonite, Costume National, Pringle and Boucheron.
Named one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion” in 2002, Silver is a favorite pundit on E! Entertainment, the Style Network and “Fashion File.” In January 2012, The Art of Elysium recognized Silver as the year’s Visionary and creative force behind their Heaven gala. He has written about luxury, from shopping to travel to his front row perch at the haute couture presentations, for Harpers Bazaar (UK), C Magazine, Departures, Style.com, and others.
Today, with more than a decade of Decades under his alligator belt, Silver is on an international tour to promote his coffee table book for Bloomsbury, Decades: A Century of Fashion showcasing an unexpected compilation of the most significant 20th century fashions, as well as many of the celebrities he collaborated with over the years.
About Christos Garkinos, co-owner Decades
As the co-owner of Decades, Christos Garkinos has created a retail haven for celebrities, stylists and fashionistas, turning the Los Angeles-based luxury consignment boutique into an international shopping destination. Together with partner Cameron Silver, the driving force behind vintage couture arm of the shop, Garkinos established a cult following for his modern luxury consignment, with sales of more than $5 million in ten years. As his clientele relies on his irreproducible talent for sourcing cutting-edge fashion while treasure hunting amidst the world’s best closets, Garkinos has expanded his fashion network to include more than 3000 consigners worldwide.
Known as the “Robin Hood of Fashion,” Garkinos is regularly tapped by top fashion editors and producers to lend his expertise to their audiences. Featured as one of the most 15 fashionable men in the world by Japanese Vogue, he has been seen in the pages of Allure, Elle, Esquire, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Vogue and on television including NBC’s TODAY, ABC’s 20/20, Access Hollywood and E!.
For Decades, Garkinos draws on more than 20 years of experience working in the consumer product and retail industries. Following his graduation from the University of Michigan with a degree in business, Garkinos has worked for Clorox, the Walt Disney Company and US Virgin Megastores.
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