Retail Therapy: Abbe Held

March 25, 2010 by Lila Delilah

Kooba founder, Abbe Held’s personal style is very much like the bags she creates: always colorful and inspired by a vintage tradition that’s juxtaposed with a twist of big city luxury.

Abbe often draws inspiration from the vendors she finds on the street in her native New York and is always looking to make a personal statement with her fashion.

Like most vintage shoppers, Abbe is always looking for a great deal and is adept at spotting an accessory that will provide an inexpensive thrill. Today, she shares her shopping pains and accomplishments and offers a few key words of advice. Let us know what you think!

What’s your most prized “deal?”
I’m crazy for my gold beaded hoop earrings that I bought from a street vendor for $10. I never take them off!

Biggest regret that you didn’t purchase?
I’m still thinking about the black silk YSL jumpsuit that I tried on and loved but still went home to think about. When I went back it was gone.

This season you are looking for…
I live in jeans so I’m always looking for great blouses and jackets that make a statement.

What’s your number one shopping tip?
Buy pieces that speak to you and look good on YOU not just on your friends or in a magazine.

What’s your biggest weakness?
Aside from handbags of course, I’d have to say I have a big weakness for sunglasses.

Is there an item for which a shopper should never mind paying full price?
I don’t think it’s about one item in particular. If you truly love it and feel good in it, then you will always get your money’s worth.


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