I don't care who you are ...You were influenced by the Original Queen of Vintage.
Miss Rachel Ashwell of "Shabby Chic".
I know I was.
When I first moved to California 20 years ago , I spent my entire paycheck on a set of Shabby Chic sheets (literally). They were my most prized possession.
I was lucky enough to live in California were Rachel was always in her Flagship store on Montana Ave.. She is a delightful, creative genius. We always seemed to run into each other at early morning flea markets and she always greeted me with a smile in her signature white t-shirt and jeans. Rachel highly influenced my entertaining style, I can admit I borrowed many of her ideas...As artists we learn from each other and put our own twist on things.
In this sad state of the economy one of the biggest Retail losses will be "Shabby Chic"...Sure, It's at Target but the ethereal experience of her stores is gone.
I know Rachel, she will surely surprise us and reinvent herself...again.
I can honestly say she was my biggest influence over the years. I felt a huge sadness as they were moving out yesterday.
We wish you the best Queen Ashwell....