Sammy Davis is a vintage fashion expert whose informative website and popular videos bring the wonders of vintage fashion to the contemporary woman. Sammy’s involvement over the past decade has grown from selling vintage clothing out of the “trunk of her car” at The Brooklyn Flea to operating A Little Wicked, a leading New York City vintage boutique.
Sammy’s worked with the industry’s top leaders, including Goodwill, Salvation Army, Housing Works, The Manhattan Vintage Show (the largest vintage show in the US) and Artists & Fleas as well as serving as panelist for various events, including the Independent Fashion Blogger’s annual fashion week convention.
A passion for vintage shopping has connected her to nearly every single vintage store in Manhattan, inspiring her to also serve as spokesperson for New York City vintage shopping. She’s been featured on the Nate Berkus Show, My Fox NY, USA Today and in the book Wearable Vintage Fashion. She’s also written for Huffington Post, AOL StyleList and contributed features to leading vintage fashion blogs. Her ebook The 100 Best Vintage Shops Online is now available.
Sammy has a magazine journalism degree from Temple University, where she co-founded the university’s only campus magazine and was a 2006 recipient of the New York Women in Communications “Glamour Magazine” scholarship, as featured on Good Morning America and awarded at the Matrix Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria. She’s written for Esquire.com, thedailygreen.com and has reported for SELF, Glamour and Life & Style magazines.
Born and raised in the small-town community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sammy moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in fashion journalism where her passion to help women feel their best inspired her to create Sammy Davis Vintage.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is this website all about?
This is where you’ll learn how to style, find and sell vintage and get some history behind great clothing that inspires the trends of today. You can also discover the basics of vintage style and thrifting on my FAQ pages.
How can I learn more about the vintage fashion industry?
I’m currently taking calls with Clarity. Check out my profile here and if interested in asking me specific questions (working in the vintage industry, dating vintage clothing, where to sell your vintage clothing), feel free to request a call. I look forward to speaking with you!
Is Sammy Davis your real name?
My full name is Samantha Davis but the nickname “Sammy” stuck from childhood. It also doesn’t hurt that my name’s so similar to that other vintage icon … except he’s better known for music and dancing, not fashion!
How did you first get into vintage fashion?
My first experience with vintage was during my sophomore year in high school. I wanted to wear something different to prom because I had a unique personal style but didn’t know where to find that special one-of-a-kind dress. Then I discovered Zap & Co., a vintage shop in my hometown. It opened up a new world. I fell in love with a great black lace dress from the early 1900s that I wore to prom, and I’ve been hooked on vintage ever since!
So do you advocate wearing only vintage?
I believe that everyone can wear vintage, but I don’t expect people to wear it 100 percent of the time. Even I don’t! You should wear whatever amount you wish. It could be adding a small touch of vintage jewelry, mixing pieces into your current wardrobe, buying a vintage dress for a special occasion or going head-to-toe vintage to the max. There’s a level of vintage style that’s comfortable for everyone — including you!
What is spreading vintage love?
Vintage love is about encouraging people to incorporate vintage into their wardrobes. But it’s not just about buying and wearing vintage, but also the discovery process of learning about the history behind the pieces and how those trends are relevant today.
I find that vintage enthusiasts are a special community of fashion lovers who wish to connect with stories about finding one-of-a-kind clothes with historical context. It’s this process of sharing I love most. As someone who believes we are all connected in this world, vintage fashion is a vehicle for bringing us together in a positive way and that’s what inspires me to spread vintage love.
My Fox 5 “Street Talk” News: How to Shop Vintage for Sustainable Style
Book feature in Wearable Vintage Fashion, Vivays Publishing. Available for purchase on Amazon.
USA Today’s Green Living Magazine April 2011: Past is Perfect
Weight Watchers Magazine July/August 2011: Secondhand Score
Feature Story of Elizabethtown College Magazine Tru4ia, Summer 2012
Featured Stylist, Exhibit Curator & Contributing Writer to the Manhattan Vintage Show February 2011 Show
Speaker & Flyer Model of Independent Fashion Bloggers Fall 2011 Conference, Social Media Panel (Video Here)
HerHattan NYC: Sammy Davis Vintage “Style File” Profile
GoodwillNYNJ: Goodwill Style Icon Profile
Femwire “It’s All About Colors for Me” Tumblr Profile
Halmoni Vintage “Spreading Vintage Love” Profile
Roco Coco “A Penny for Your Clothes” Q&A
Video Interview, How to Thrift Store Shop with ModCloth
Radio Interview, Your Time with Kim Iverson: How to Navigate Thrift Stores
Radio Interview, This Little Parent Stayed Home: The Power of Positive Perspective
Radio Interview, Vintage Allies: Meet THE Sammy Davis
Greta’s Guide: Why Vintage is Sustainable
The Gloss: How to Identify Vintage
The Daily Green: The Decade’s Vintage Revival
Official YouTube Sponsored New York Fashion Week Content Producer, NYFW 2012
Featured YouTube Contributor on DIY Community Threadbanger