Bravo's new docu-series follows renowned boutique owners, Christos Garkinos and Cameron Silver, as they take viewers inside the exclusive and glamorous world of vintage couture. Located in Hollywood, Decades is the premiere destination for high-end fashionistas looking for finely curated collections and rare finds for their next red carpet or exclusive party. With their unique partnership, eye for style and incredible access to excess, Christos and Cameron have redefined vintage for a new generation, but are now looking to expand their empire and bring the store to the next level. In order to meet the needs of their demanding and ever growing clientele, which includes A-list actors, models and socialites, this dynamic duo raids the closets of the best collectors in the world, bids for couture at the most prestigious auctions and seduces new clients at award galas and fundraisers.
L.A. fashion’s men about town, Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, will debut their own reality show The Dukes of Melrose on March 6 on Bravo TV, along with “The Rachel Zoe Project.” I participated in a conference call to get some info below on the highly anticipated new series. Read some of the highlights below:
How can vintage be chic?
Christos Garkinos: “I would say that vintage is chic, based upon a few things. Anything vintage is more than likely older and has some type of history and that makes it chic. It’s just like taking a trip to the museum and you get amazed by all of the amazing things that we’re from a different era or time, and you now have access to enjoy it. It's the same thing with vintage clothing, you are actually wearing history and that my dear, classifies it as chic.”
How do you determine if a garment is vintage, is there a scale in which you measure or assess that?
Cameron SIlver: “I'm so glad you asked that, because you have some people who will wear a shirt that's thee years old and they’ll say that it's vintage. They are so wrong, when we think of something being vintage, we typically think of pieces that are at least twenty years old which means that this piece of clothing is from two different decades and now in the third or current decade, the style is something that you wouldn't be able to find flooding the racks of the popular department stores, I mean it’s two decades old, but this is what makes it vintage.”
Were you nervous about letting the world into your personal and professional lives?
Christos Garkinos: Not at all, The Dukes of Melrose is more about our business and the day to day drama that ensues when running and maintaining a successful business. There is so much to retail and everyday is a new chapter in a new book. We are actually excited to allow the world to see what it really takes to make this work. But I'm a VERY private person when it comes to my private life.”
What can viewers expect to see when they tune in?
Christos Garkinos: “You really will see sort of what happened to us basically from January through May of 2012 in our sort of daily life. And so with retail things kind of change every day about what could happen. Cameron could be in Paris on a buying trip. You know, we could be in an auction. I can be in some socialite or somebody's closet trying to find things or trying to, dress celebrities or trying to pay the bills”
Cameron Silver: “The first two episodes tend to be very much stuck in the four walls of Decades and a few closet visits. But in general I think the show is much more about the lifestyle behind what Decades is about and less of just about the four walls.”