I was immediately enchanted by a 7 year old, black-haired beauty in a yellow dress, who greeted me at the shop door. Skye let me peruse the vintage collection of dresses and politely reminded me not to drag them on the floor.
Iconic Vintage is owned and operated by a sweet Jewish-Catholic family from the historic lower east side of Manhattan in what was left of Little Italy and settled by Jewish families and Hispanics who came via Ellis Island. Skye’s mother, Jess Mila Levy, has been collecting vintage apparel since she was a little girl. “I was raised by my grandparents. I mostly hung out with the older neighbors instead of kids my own age because I was intrigued by their adventurous stories about jumping off trains to escape the Nazis. They'd give me clothing and I treasured every piece, which is how I started my vintage collection. I moved to California to attend Pepperdine and brought it all with me (that was before airlines charged a fortune for luggage). At Pepperdine I studied Public Relations and Broadcast Media but this is my passion. My fiancée, Ralph, also grew up in the same Gangs of New York neighborhood and he has a Master’s Degree in World History. We met again in 2012 after not seeing each other for a decade and now we’ve opened Iconic Vintage. History is our obsession and I love that Burbank is so Old Hollywood … that’s why we’ve chosen this area.”
Not only does Jess offer cool vintage clothing, accessories and shoes at lean prices, she also restores them. She learned how to sew at the senior center when she was in pigtails and she says “I was raised with the mentality that nothing is trash—everything can be repurposed!” As I type this, she’s altering a 60’s black and gold tunic for me. Jess says that vintage clothing lovers may be misinformed about available clothes coming in small sizes due to folks being smaller back then. She says the sizes are smaller because regular sizes have been picked over and people have saved their favorite items from when they donned their best body image. Whew! That makes me feel better because there’s nothing more frustrating than falling in love with the perfect piece from the past only to find out it might have fit when you were a toddler! I may never get both of my shoulders or my booty to into something chic without popping a seam at some vintage shops, but I did happily find several beautiful pieces in size M/L at Iconic!
Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, CA is a costumer's/stylist’s vintage Mecca! If you’re on a shopping trip, make sure you stop by Iconic Vintage to say hi to Jess and her family. 3414 1/2 Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505. (818) 562-7437 www.IconicVintage.com
I’m dedicating my song “Stone Butterfly” to Jess and her family because I was inspired to write it when I found a vintage golden butterfly pin on one of my Lo-Fi Shopping sprees!!!
My friends laugh at me because I’m always out of breath when I answer the phone. There are so many activities I enjoy, yet there are never enough hours in the day! I still like to eat delicious, nutritious food so I try to pack as much flavor as possible into 15 minutes of prep time. Here’s an easy dish I make for my sweet-potato-lovin’ family!
ROASTED SWEET POTATO OVER QUINOA
Precut container of sweet potatoes or yams (in produce section of market)
2 large sprigs of rosemary
Frozen bag of quinoa
4-5 small sweet peppers (red, yellow, orange), sliced into rings
Dash of white wine
Pinch of garlic powder
Sea salt (I use sea salt with truffles for more earthy flavor)
Nutmeg (light dusting)
Coat a sheet pan with olive oil, add the sweet potatoes then lightly drizzle-toss them in a bit more olive oil.
Sprinkle sweet potatoes with nutmeg & sea salt. Chop 1 sprig of rosemary and sprinkle over sweet potatoes. Leave one intact sprig of rosemary on top.
Cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until tender.
While sweet potatoes are roasting prepare frozen quinoa.
Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in skillet. Add sweet pepper rings, salt, pinch of garlic powder & dash of dry white wine and cook ‘til they soften (about 2-3 minutes). Add frozen quinoa and heat through then set aside.
When sweet potatoes are ready, place them on top of quinoa for a nice presentation and add a healthy helping of your favorite green salad! My favorite salad is a simple mix of lettuces with sliced baby tomatoes and cucumber tossed with a light dressing of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon! Walla! Enjoy!