One of the things Vegas is famous for is it’s refusal to let go of its vintage roots.
The Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, Elvi everywhere (P.S.: for those of you not from Vegas; Elvi is the plural of Elvis)…so what better way to continue this great tradition, then by dressing up vintage too.
So where do you go for authentic 60’s through 70’s clothes?
GLAM FACTORY VINTAGE!
The charm of Glam Factory Vintage begins the second you pull up outside the little yellow with orange trimmed house, with the white picket fence, and birdfeeder sign out front. You walk up the green-wooden-railed ramp, and open the front door to a charming mini-home complete with a working 50’s jukebox and, on lucky days, an adorable pug named Mr. Beans.
You walk in and step back in time. There is an array of fine and authentic clothing from past eras. You can also find accessorize and other items like an gold accordion, or old telephones.
But the clothes is why you are here. You quickly realize this isn’t just a second hand store. The clothes are impeccable, beautiful, and elegant. Men and women can find outfits that bring back the timeless sexy styles of the past.
But you are looking for earlier eras. More 40’s and 50’s. Well they have that too, right down the street at Sin City Pickers. Inside Sin City Pickers, a gigantic store full of awesome knickknacks, oddities, and antiques, Glam factory Vintage has another store – this one offering glam from the 40’s and 50’s. Locates right in the middle of Sin city Pickers (look for the sign or ask for it at the front desk), Glam factory Vintage here has around 1,000 pieces of fine, vintage wears at any one time. The clothes here are dressier – offering day dresses form the 40’s to cocktail dress and tuxedos from the 50’s and 60’s.
The owner of both shops, Stephanie Geniza, started collecting vintage clothes at a young age.
“I’ve worn vintage for as long as I can remember. I’ve known since high school that I would have a vintage clothing shop, so I started collecting clothing for my future shop. (20 years +of collecting) It just had to be the right time and a good amount of inventory before I could open the vintage shop of my dreams.”
Glam Factory inside Sin City Pickers opened February 14 of 2012, and Stephanie quickly knew she wanted to open her own shop as well. She spent the summer fixing up the 1929 building on Colorado St, and 6 months later, on October 27th, opened up the Glam Factory Vintage store.
“But where do all these clothes come from?”, I asked Stephanie.
“I buy all my inventory locally in Las Vegas, so every piece is a piece of old Vegas history. I think it’s really charming and interesting when I find old Las Vegas pieces with a story. Some pieces come from the estates of former show girls, retired Vegas entertainers and the estates of former mob members girlfriends. I think it’s extra cool when old Vegas cocktail dresses and suits get a chance to go out on the town and party again.”
Glam Factory Vintage is THE place in Vegas to find authentic and beautiful vintage clothing.
Check them out:
Glam Factory Vintage store is located at:
211 E Colorado St, Las Vegas, NV.
The store inside Sin City Pickers is at:
10 W. Wyoming, Las Vegas, NV.
You can find more about Glam Factory Vintage, and see some of their current stock on their Facebook page: Glam Factory Vintage
They are open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 6pm
Check Facebook for special openings and events (they are open for First Friday – Vegas’s Art Walk the first Friday of each month).
You can also call them at +1 (702)-443-0131
About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.