The Gilded Griffin

Julia Henri, Ann Arbor, MI   
Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2010

Happy Holidays filled with blessings to you & yours! We will be delighted to assist with your most special gifts this Season!

Antique & Vintage Collectible Fashions in Exceptional Condition. . . Researched for Authenticity.


About The Gilded Griffin

Our Service Pledge
The Gilded Griffin proudly only sells items that are in exquisite condition. All items are carefully researched and documented. Many items are cleaned by a trained museum textile conservator. If an item has been cleaned, this is noted in the description.

All items are always authentic. Reproductions of any kind are not sold here. We are always happy to assist you, so please let us know if you have questions or if we can offer suggestions.
About Us
For confidence in buying, please read the genuine customer testimonials below. Below that, you'll find more information about the work being done at The Gilded Griffin and also learn more about the shop's owner, Julia Henri.

***Please note: All original descriptive text and original photographs are registered, copyright JHenri 2010 through 2014. Thank you.
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TESTIMONIALS FROM THOSE WHO KNOW THE GILDED GRIFFIN:


....FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM:

"My name is Robert Skidmore I trained in costume design at Wimbledon School of Art in London and work in many aspects of wardrobe for film and television in the UK.

I am an avid collector of historic costumes from the 1900's through to the 1950's and own a vintage clothing shop called Berties, based in Shropshire in the UK.

I have bought many Items from Julia at The Gilded Griffin which have all been completely authentic as described and in superb condition, much better than anything I have discovered in the United Kingdom.

I have no hesitation in recommending her products and her wonderful service.”

Robert Skidmore.
BA Hons costume design
Berties Vintage, Shropshire England
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...FROM THE UNITED STATES:

“…when I opened the package, I literally gasped. The hat is absolutely gorgeous and just took my breath away. I couldn’t believe it was possible, but it was even better in person than it looked in the photos. And when I put it on with the veil, it was stunnning. I kid you not, it was like a page straight out of a vintage Vogue magazine. I’m happy to report that the veil arrived uncreased and in perfect condition and fit perfectly as well, not at all too snug! Also, the craftsmanship on the veil is just amazing and the way it drapes is so beautiful and elegant! This could easily be my most favorite hat in my entire collection. Needless to say, I love it so very much. Thank you…for all your hard work!!"

Deanna
San Francisco Bay area, California
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...FROM AUSTRALIA:

Hi Julia. I have just arrived home from work to find my beautiful, gorgeous cashmere sweater. I have it on now. I just adore it. Thank you for packing it so beautifully and for your lovely letter enclosed. I shall treasure it forever and I will certainly wear it. Thanks and I'll be buying from you again, I just love vintage items. Warmest regard, Jennie

Jennie
Victoria Australia
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...FROM CANADA:

I hope this note finds you well. I received the beautiful fur scarf and suit. No one, and I mean no one packs as beautifully as you do with such attention to detail. THANK YOU!

Nicole
Ottawa Ontario
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...FROM THE UNITED STATES:

I received the package today. The marabou hat took my breath away. The pictures did not do this beauty justice, as it is the most exquisite confection I have seen in a long time. All I can tell you is that I feel honored to be its new caretaker. I am truly at St. Petersburg, waiting for my dashing prince to take me away! The purse is also a lovely addition to my collection. Thank you, Julia, and many blessings to you and yours in the coming Holiday Season.

Gloria
Pearland, Texas
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...FROM AUSTRALIA:

Hi Julia, I received the beautiful scarf today, and thank you for the photo
of the original owner, as well. She is really lovely. I will treasure
this piece and enjoy wearing it.

Many thanks for the archival packaging. I appreciate all your
efforts, and enjoy the beautiful pieces; so will look after this
precious piece of history. All the best, Leona

Leona
Queensland Australia
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...FROM THE UNITED STATES:

"Just writing to say thank you. I would have ideally wanted a hat without a face veil but you really convinced us otherwise for this commercial. So glad you did because it really worked. I have never purchased a vintage or antique fashion piece of clothing in such great condition. Your descriptions are accurate and to to be commended. Best of luck with your shop!”

Kevin
New York, New York
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...FROM THE UNITED STATES:

"I am happy to write a reference for you, Julia. Of course I received 1920s flapper's hat as well as the fine antique bonnet right on time and as I expected. Each were wrapped beautifully and shipped like works of fine art. It is unusual to find such care in packaging in my experience from online buying over the years.

I also will say that the flapper's cloche was outstanding. It was indeed exactly as you described it down to the tiny problem with the lining and the sizing was also exactly right, so when I copy this for my theatrical costumes, it will all go just fine.

The bonnet is just incredible and has landed in a display case in my reference library at home. It is beautiful sitting under the huge glass dome. I had a dinner party the other night and even the guys were talking about it.

I will return as your customer Julia and until then I'll enjoy reading your well researched descriptions. Looking forward to your upcoming publications and the book! Please keep me informed when it comes out because I'll be first in line to buy one!"

Celeste
Seattle, Washington
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...FROM THE UNITED STATES:

"It arrived today!! I want to tell you beautiful and sweet it is. More so that
I even imagined now that it is in my hands and on my head! It is as though I might have worn it in another life and just now it has returned to me!! It fits perfectly and is the only hat that has ever looked good on me. I will wear it, treasure it, and is a family heirloom as of now.

Please know it will be worn lovingly all through the summer and also travel with me to Abu Dhabi where we will spend the coming academic year. I'll be certain to check your unique site often and recommend it to friends. Your store seems to be one of a kind."

Jayne
Washington D.C.
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...FROM THE UNITED STATES:

"I am out of my mind with disbelief as to how perfect this cloche is.
When you say "vintage mint" condition you are not joking around! I have never owned an antique hat before that is this beautiful. What can I say but that we are amazed, Julia. I have already showed it to several people and it is going to be one of those featured in our exhibit about Art Deco fashions that we are planning and with any luck, it might even be in the advertising. I have to add that in comparison to others I've bought over the years, this cloche is well worth the money. There is often at least something small wrong with the others we've ordered from other places. Usually dealers let me know if there's a stain or damage but often, it is a shot in the dark. This cloche is way beyond those. You'll hear from us again and I can promise that! I will write if we come up with any questions and thanks for all your great help with that too. Have a great weekend!"

Lori
New York City, New York
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...FROM FRANCE:

"J'ai commandé le Schiaparelli de mes rêves qui est arrivé juste à temps pour ma fête d'anniversaire."

Sophie
Paris France
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...FROM CANADA:

"Julia, I received the hat and it is lovely!
Thank you for your communication and attention to detail. I do
appreciate your generous use of the acid-free tissue; I use it
myself and know how expensive it is. Best regards!"

Barbara
Ottawa Ontario
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...FROM THE UNITED STATES:

"Hi Julia, I just wanted to let you know that I safely received the snood today and it is just perfection! I didn't think it was possible but it's even more adorable in person; I love it so much! Thank you so much for the wonderful shopping experience and of course your beyond excellent service! Also, thank you for your lovely note and packing the snood so securely and with such care! I look forward to the next available opportunity of shopping with you again! :) With Warmest Regards!

D.
Portola, California
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...FROM THE UNITED STATES:

"LOVE THEM! (The shoes are)...just a tiny bit too big which is better than too small. My husband says I can't wear them anywhere but in our 1952 Plymouth and out to dinner. (no walking around). They are as beautiful as your handwriting! Thank you very much, good job.

Patty
Denver Colorado
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...FROM AUSTRALIA:

"Happened on The Gilded Griffin site while hunting for cut steel
jewellery on Ruby Lane. Soooo glad I did. Bought absolutely gorgeous
1930s hat: very fine condition (straw, horsehair and flower garnishes
all as new); excellent value for money; carefully/thoughtfully
dispatched in complimentary archival wrap and accompanied by care
instructions so that it arrived intact and I can enjoy wearing it and
store it properly. Julia's follow up email to check all well is
excellent customer service. Have bookmarked her shop for easy return
visits. Husband very worried about joint bank account. Regards."

Annette
Sydney Australia
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...FROM THE UNITED STATES:

"If we weren't leaving for vacation the end of this month I would've purchased three more! Julia I wanted to let you know that I recently attended two weddings and at each one, I wore the vintage hats that I purchased from you.

The first was the black 1950's with pink roses. I received compliments ranging from sublimely beautiful to oh! what southern elegance. The second one was the 1930's Cartwheel hat with that great Los Angeles Hollywood label. Everyone asked "Wow!" and always a "Where in the world do you find your hats?"

However, the best compliments come from my husband. He may say, "That hat looks great on you," but his best compliment is "Aren't you going to wear one of your hats?" and sometimes he says, "Is that the hat I bought?" Honestly, when I hear that, because he says this while giving me his irresistible cockeyed smile that I love so very much, well Julia, I know I've hit a home run!

This praise and acclaim I've written here is earned through your excellent service, attention to detail, and superior product, and this is certainly an endorsement to your hard work! Thank you!!”

Dana
Auburn New York
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...FROM FRANCE:

"The Gilded Griffin ressemble au vide grenier idéal en-ligne pour retrouver les trésors de nos grand-mères. Les délais de livraison ont été respectés."

Jean
Bordeaux France

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*******************ABOUT THE GILDED GRIFFIN*************

The Gilded Griffin specializes in historical antique and vintage millinery, fashions and accessories. These are proudly offered in outstanding condition, often with provenance.

This shop also features textiles, unusual or rare antiquarian books, illustrations, prints, photographs and ephemera relating to the history of the American fashion industry.



Julia Henri is the owner of the Gilded Griffin. Her résumé began with undergraduate studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in classical violoncello and piano performance. After putting aside a career in music, she attended Massachusetts College of Art where she studied design and illustration. Her education led to a successful career as owner of art & design studios in New England as well as the San Francisco Bay area.

Julia is also a published journalist and author. She has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers including The Boston Herald. She is presently completing two book projects, including a history of the women's millinery industries. Many of the items sold at The Gilded Griffin were used in the research for these projects and the funds from The Gilded Griffin are used to support these endeavors.

For several years while living in Boston, Julia had the invaluable opportunity to work at Mr. George Goodspeed's venerable Goodspeed's Book Shop, once located at 7 Beacon Street, Boston.

During her wonderful years working Goodspeed's, Julia fell in love with 15th century French, Italian and Flemish illuminated manuscripts. Her research studies since then include invaluable time sketching and studying from masterpieces in the Rare Manuscript Department at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. She remains especially interested in Medieval and Renaissance illuminated artwork.

Julia Henri is an active business member with the Costume Society of America. The CSA is known for academic excellence toward the continuing research and conservation of antiquarian clothing/costume and textiles.



The Gilded Griffin has been in business for nearly 15 years. As for the most recent past, The Gilded Griffin has sold exclusively through Ruby Lane since 2010.

The Gilded Griffin proudly offers well-researched, carefully documented inventory. We take pride in writing complete descriptions which sometimes take days to properly compile. Each item is professionally photographed so that you may keep an accurate record of your purchase; one that may be passed on to future generations.

Condition truly matters.

Condition is the determining factor for the value of any collection or individual item regardless of how rare this may be. Therefore, most everything offered for sale at The Gilded Griffin is in mint, near mint or excellent condition. We guarantee that you will not find such things as moth eaten fabrics or shattering silk beyond conservation repair efforts at this shop.

Unlike many vintage clothing stores, the items we offer are stored alongside Julia Henri's private collections in climate controlled storage rooms. Every item is wrapped in museum quality acid free tissues and contained in acid free storage boxes or bags from Archival Methods. With every item, we are especially up-to-date with conservation and diligent about moth and other insect issues which can be disastrous to special collections.

Authenticity is absolutely required at The Gilded Griffin and reproductions are never offered for sale here, of any kind.

The history and stories behind a collectible make it all the more interesting and valuable. Typically, items sold through this shop come directly from estates or fine private collections. We also handle museum de-acquisitions. If there are stories connected to a piece, we take extra care to make sure that these histories don't disappear.

Each item offered for sale is authentic and unaltered. 
We do not replace ribbons, buttons or decorations to make something look better, older or in any way different from how it was originally designed. Some items may have been cleaned or treated in some way by our skilled museum conservationist. If so, this is indicated in the items' descriptions.

We care...a lot.

Please never hesitate to write whether you have questions, comments or concerns. All emails are answered promptly and it is always a pleasure to hear from you!

We greatly enjoy spending the time to closely work with every client.



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Thank you so very much for your interest in The Gilded Griffin!
 
 
Julia Henri
Post office box provided upon request.
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone number provided upon request. Thank you.
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