Masha Poloskova of Moss leads the Austin vintage scene as she marks the first anniversary of Garment and launches its online shop.
Masha Poloskova at Moss, her high-end consignment shop on South Lamar.
“Just look at this Versace leather halter! Do you want to try it on?” Masha Poloskova, tall and poised, strolls between racks at Moss, her high-end consignment shop on South Lamar. She picks up each frock, just as excited about one piece as she is the next. “This is a straight-off-the-runway Chanel,” she says of the Chantilly lace floor-length stunner designed by Karl Lagerfeld in 1984. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Moss, which Poloskova opened to an eager audience; in the 100 percent designer resale shop, every garment comes to Poloskova and her team by someone in their active group of 1,500 consigners in Austin.
In September, Poloskova will also celebrate the first anniversary of Garment, which she opened just a few doors down from Moss. The inviting, light-filled, and thoughtfully curated shop is made up of 70 percent high-end vintage and 30 percent up-and-coming designer apparel and accessories. “I love bringing in lines you can’t find anywhere in Austin, or in Texas, for that matter,” she says. This spring, Garment launched its Web store. In the age of Instagram (both Garment and Moss have beautiful feeds) and eBay, the vintage market has become more saturated, but Poloskova still discovers treasures in unexpected places.
On a recent buying trip through the Southwest, she and her husband stopped off in a dusty town of 2,000 people in New Mexico to walk through a few antiques malls. She found two racks full of rare French designer vintage (and bought it all).
“My job is to find the pieces and put them back into the universe.” —Masha Poloskova
Poloskova developed an interest in fashion as a teenager attending high school in Austin. She fondly recalls late-night shopping with her friends at the vintage store Blue Velvet when it was on South Congress and how she bought her 1960s canary-yellow strapless brocade prom dress from Austin vintage legend Henry Tarin of Big Bertha’s Bargain Basement. While working at Buffalo Exchange in college, Poloskova met coworker Emily Hoover; in 2005, the two friends opened Feathers boutique off South Congress, which grew to four rooms packed with vintage clothes and customers. “My point of view always leaned more toward high-end vintage versus the more bohemian aesthetic that Emily does so well,” says Poloskova, who sold her stake in Feathers to open Moss.
After working in fashion for over a decade and running three successful businesses, for Poloskova, it’s still all about the clothes, their history, and shepherding unique finds on to the next owner. “My job is to find the pieces and put them back into the universe.”
Moss, 705 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-916- 9961; Garment Modern + Vintage, 701F S. Lamar Blvd., 512-462-4667