Celebrate Black Friday and Small Business Saturday at Petrune!

Gift, Ithacans, Publicity, Sale

Bring on the holiday cheer and discounts! On Friday, November 29th, and Saturday, November 30th, we will be having a store wide sale! For these two glorious days, we will be offering 10% off all vintage and 25% off all new merchandise at Petrune! Make a trip down to the Ithaca Commons to take advantage of this great sale and holiday fun planned for Downtown Ithaca!

Meet the Neighbors: Sheldon Hill

1950-1960, 1980-1990, 1990-present, Beautiful Things, Fashion Time Line, Ithacans, Petrunia, Style

What’s the best complement to a vintage or vintage-inspired outfit? No, not a martini–vintage jewelry, of course! That’s why Petrune is thrilled to share a building and adjacent storefronts with Sheldon Hill, whose collection of jewelry from the 19th and 20th centuries is lovingly and skillfully curated by Stacey Payette. Like Petrune, Sheldon Hill carries an eclectic mix of beautiful things, from exquisite Edwardian diamond rings to chunky plastic bangles. And like at Petrune, there are items to suit every budget–in fact, we couldn’t agree more with Stacey’s motto for the store: “affordable elegance for everyone.”

With such a great resource right next door, we can’t believe it took us this long to do a photoshoot pairing Petrune dresses with Sheldon Hill jewelry! Stacey generously loaned us the perfect jewelry for each outfit, which was then modeled by the lovely Madeline Tingle and photographed by our own talented photographer, Emily Finegan. We hope you enjoy the result, a celebration of 20th-century style–not to mention good old-fashioned neighborly cooperation.

For our first look, we put Madeline in a Heart gown from the Spring 2013 Petrunia collection. Inspired by the ballgowns of the 1950s, the Heart is floor-length gray satin with a sweetheart neckline, rhinestone-encrusted straps, and scattered flowers, also embroidered in rhinestones (they couldn’t get enough of rhinestones in the ’50s).  We knew Stacey would honor the period taste for everything sparkly, and she didn’t disappoint, pairing this dress with rhinestone chandelier earrings, necklace, and wide bracelet, all from the ’50s, as well as a faux black pearl and rhinestone ring from the ’60s.

Now for a little ’80s-style glam! Madeline stuns in a vintage black velvet strapless party dress with a giant bow at the drop waist and an emerald-green bubble skirt with a malachite pattern. Stacey matched the strong shapes and colors of the dress with geometric, black-and-white plastic jewelry–a classic ’80s party look.

Next, a dress for a very different kind of party…Madeline is wearing an extravagant confection of periwinkle tulle and iridescent sequins from the 1950s, complete with detachable tulle shawl! Stacey paired this dress with a dainty ’50s necklace and earring set in white & turquoise milk glass, as well as cotton luncheon gloves.

In our final look, Madeline wears a contemporary peacock-green silk cocktail dress, whose deep V neck and wide waistband evoke classical Greece. With such simple elegance as a starting point, Stacey pulled out all the stops with jewelry: along with a sterling silver ’80s modernist studio bangle, Madeline wears an ’80s runway silvertone rose necklace and earring set that simply drips with drama!

For a bonus look, we had Madeline throw on a pale gray Intermission coat from the Petrunia Spring 2013 collection over the green silk dress and “go shopping” next door at Sheldon Hill! Enjoy that photo sequence after the jump.

Great Gift Ideas at Petrune: Petrune Apothecary

Gift, Handmade, Ithacans, Lovely Materials

Haven’t you ever been shopping at Petrune and thought, sure these clothes make my body look great, but why can’t they make my skin look great too?  Well, worry no more, because we now carry select skincare products!  The Petrune Apothecary line is locally made in small batches from natural ingredients, and includes an ultra-rich face cream, an exfoliating and hydrating sugar scrub, alcohol-free roll-on perfume, and a reinvigorating skin spritzer.  Each of these items comes in two scents: rosadora (a delicate rose-lavender) and pelargonium (a refreshing geranium). In addition, we have three varieties of lip balms. Our spearmint, lavender, or orange lip balms are all delicious and nourishing!

It’s hard to decide which item makes the most perfect stocking stuffer, so it’s probably best to try them all!

Great Gift Ideas at Petrune: Man Gifts!

Beautiful Things, Color, Gift, Handmade, Ithacans, Lovely Materials

Conventional wisdom says that men are harder to shop for than women.  Look around a department store at holiday time, and it seems true  — the women’s section overflows with glittery, jewel-toned, and sumptuously soft offerings, while in the men’s there’s just bathrobes, slippers, and of course, neckties.  Well, we’re pretty sure men get just as much of a thrill from receiving a thoughtful gift as women do, so it should be just as easy to find that perfect present.  We hereby offer this assortment of guaranteed-to-please gifts for the men in your life, from your stylish sweetie to your … less-fashion-conscious dad.

First, socks from B.ella.  Now, we know what you’re thinking — aren’t socks just as bad as ties when it comes to uninspired men’s gifts?  All we can say is…have you worn these socks? B.ella makes cashmere-blend socks that are reasonably priced, warm, and stylish!  Plus they’re long enough to prevent the dreaded cold strip of calf between sock and pant leg…guys know what we’re talking about.

Second, leather gloves from iLi.  These hit the sweet spot of men’s gifts, blending rugged practicality and sophistication.  We also love their wallets and passport covers, for your man-on-the-go.  And if the buttery softness of iLi’s leather tempts you to be your own Santa, we carry their women’s gloves too.

Third, every man needs at least one pair of cufflinks (if he’s an old-fashioned type or goes to lots of Great Gatsby parties, he may need more than one).  And we guarantee he won’t have cufflinks like these—our co-owner Justin makes them from old typewriter keys!  At $18 a pair, they’d make a great centerpiece for a letter-themed gift for the writer or typography nerd in your life.

Fourth, what about an album by your guy’s favorite defunct band?  We do have a healthy assortment of both classic and eccentric titles, from David Bowie to Rick James.  Old records will never break the bank , so even if he doesn’t have a record player, your guy will appreciate a beautiful album as a piece of art…or laugh so loud at a tacky one that you’ll know you won Christmas.

Fifth, bow ties! We are now carrying these whimsical  bow ties from Cotton Bow Tie Co. They are handmade locally from an array of patterned vintage cottons. With such beautiful packaging as well…. Who could say no?!

Finally, what kind of vintage store would we be if we didn’t remind you that vintage clothes make the easiest one-of-a-kind gifts of all?  We have classic menswear, from Italian loafers to cowboy boots, from Pendleton button-ups to cashmere overcoats to goofy t-shirts.  Stop by the store or check out our online store, and remember that at the holidays, it’s better to give than to receive…but it’s ok to do both.

Mathea Millman for Petrune

1960-1970, 1990-present, Beautiful Things, Ithacans, Publicity, Uncategorized

In Ithaca we are  lucky to have so many talented students with a passion towards vintage clothing. This past month aspiring fashion photographer,  Mathea Millman did a photo project that modernly presented Petrune’s timeless collection of clothing. She incorporated pieces from both our vintage-inspired and pure vintage collection in this incredible field shoot.

To see more pictures of this stunning shoot as well as many other inspiring images, be sure to check out Mathea Millman’s blog, Up and Coming.

Silent Movie Month Celebration

1910-1920, 1920-1930, Beautiful Things, Ithacans, Publicity, Special Events, Windows

Petrune is happy to be celebrating Silent Movie Month this October in Ithaca and you’re invited to a reception for the Ithaca Motion Picture Project to celebrate a month of exhibits, events and screenings focused on the silent movie era and Ithaca’s own Wharton Inc motion picture studio. We were inspired to do a window display of one of Ithaca’s own Silent Film actresses Grace Darlington, the star of Beatrice Fairfax serials.

Grace Darlington

Grace Darlington, Silent Beauty, 1893-1963

Hope you will stop by Petrune on The Commons on Gallery Night, October 5th from 5pm-8pm! Please respond, and invite others through our Facebook Event!

Petrunia Launch Party!

1990-present, Beautiful Things, Ithacans, Petrunia, Publicity, Special Events

Our local fans never cease to amaze us! The Petrunia Launch Party held on September 7th was a fantastic event! The Ithaca Community has been nothing but supportive since the Fall 2012 Petrunia Collection debuted in the store. It was our pleasure to throw a party and a killer runway show to celebrate our line as well the people that made it happen!

Below are stills from the fashion show with some of Ithaca’s own local beauties. The show included the Fall/Winter 2012 Collection and a sneak peak of the Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.  The Petrunia Spring/Summer collection will be available in Petrune, as well as in stores all around the country, February and March of next year.

Anna in Spring/Summer 2013 Petrunia Grey Heart Dress

Sophie in Spring/Summer 2013 Petrunia Black Lace Rosie Dress

Samantha in Spring/Summer 2013 Petrunia Blue Stripe 40's Inspired Dress

Lauren, Lucy, and Samantha in Spring/Summer 2013 Petrunia Pocket Dresses

Many more photographs of this fun-filled event after the jump!

Introducing Petrunia

1990-present, Beautiful Things, Ithacans, Lovely Materials, Petrunia, Publicity, Special Events, Style

In addition to the usual receptions, performances, and other art events, the Gallery Night on September 7th will see the unveiling of the Fall/Winter 2012 collection from Petrunia.  This spring we did a teaser post about our fashion line founded by Domenica Brockman and Justin Hjortshoj, the owners of Petrune, and designer, Candace Shoemaker. We are very excited to unveil the full collection not only to Petrune, but to stores across the country.

Leah Grady in a Petrunia Cream Magda Dress. Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

The Fall/Winter collection features dresses and coats in a variety of classic silhouettes, from a 50s-style dress with a full pleated skirt, to a classic 40s-style trench coat.  Details like metal zippers, built-in slips, and cloth buttons evoke vintage fashion, and each piece is meant to look, feel, and move like vintage fabric.

Leah Grady in a Petrunia Blue Magda Dress. Fall/Winter 2012 Collection.

Whether you’re a fan of Petrune or just intrigued by the idea of high-quality, original designs at lower prices than New York boutiques, we invite you to drop by Petrune from 6-8:30 on Friday, September 7 to enjoy refreshments, the Fall/Winter 2012 collection, and a sneak peak at the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Please respond, and invite others through our Facebook Event! It will be a wonderful fashionable event for all!

Leah Grady in a Petrunia Cream Magda Dress. Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.

Grasroots Fashion, On-Stage and Off!

Beautiful Things, Color, Ithacans, On the road, Style

Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance tends to attract some of the more uniquely styled characters from all over the Finger Lakes. Thus, today we will take you on a tour of some of our favorite fashions at Grassroots this year, both up on stage and down in the field. Enjoy!

One of the first acts we saw was Rockwood Ferry, and what better way to start out the festival than with one of Petrune’s favorite customers, Rosie Newton, playing a mean fiddle in this beautiful delicately crocheted blouse.

Walking around the festival, print were everywhere!

Stopping by the Infield stage for Hank Roberts, we were thrilled to see him bring his talented daughter up on stage to duet and her vintage linen dress.

The Grady Girls, over in the dance tent, were all looking fly in summer dresses and vintage shifts.

Meet the Neighbors: Comet Skateboards

Beautiful Things, Color, Ithacans, Publicity, Special Events

If you’ve ever been upstairs checking out our men’s department, record shop, or pinball machine, you may have already met them. Did you smell the fresh sawdust? Hear the hum of a sander? That’s Comet. They’re pretty cool.

Comet has been next door for about a year now, but have only recently opened their shop so that you can purchase their stunning, hand-printed boards. Walking through their shop feels more like walking through a gallery than a skate store, but the art is not just for looking. Check out some of their pieces online for just a taste of the beauty that could be carrying you down the street.

To commemorate the occasion, we gave our window a spring makeover in Comet’s signature orange hues, starring one of their handmade longboards! We hope they like it… maybe they’ll make us a board with a crazy vintage floral print?

Detail shots of the dresses, and more of our favorite orange objects after the jump!