New Twist On Vintage Theme


January 31, 1993|By VIDA ROBERTS

The modern woman needn't cut the laces and ribbons that are tied to styles of the past; she can tie them into the way she lives today.

Baltimore designer Kate Burch has done just that. For the past two years, Ms. Burch has been creating one-of-a-kind hats from her studio at the Mill Centre. Now she has expanded to clothing design and into a new shop called Magpie, in Mount Washington Village.

The magpie is a bird addicted to indiscriminate hoarding of bright bits and pieces, a habit Ms. Burch indulged in her work with theater and vintage clothing.

Now she's gathering new things.

"My designs are inspired by old clothing. I keep the spirit, but give it a new twist," she says. That twist may be using a lace collar, old buttons or even an old fabric, but the clothes in her shop are current. She looks for the same qualities of vintage inspiration in the clothes and accessories she buys for her shop: She is photographed here wearing a re-interpretation of '40s Hollywood cowboy style by a company called Mica. She says she couldn't resist a jacket called Sweetheart of the Rodeo when she saw it during her buying trip in New York.

Quirky and charming accessories and gift items give the shop an old-fashioned air without any trace of attic mustiness.

"I'm not making any kind of attempt to go back in time," she says. "The shop has a timeless air because the things I carry are handmade and pieces from the past are incorporated."

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