• Groovy Palm Beach Vintage

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    Douglas Fredericks runs a quaint vintage shop on Palm Beach that could blow your mind, you know, if you're into that sort of thing.  I am.  The locals call him E.J. (his middle name) and they raid Groovy Palm Beach Vintage for the vintage Lilly Pilitzer and Emilio Pucci he's become known for since turning the lights on seven years ago.  Brightly patterned blazers and psychedelic print dresses line the walls and ceiling. Gucci snaffle bit loafers, Aldens, and Pucci heels nonchalantly sit on display.  But like any great vintage shop worth its weight in gold buttons, you still have to dig.

    Despite the prodigious curation, what you don't see is E.J.'s private collection that isn't for sale.  It alone contains over 40 vintage mens Lilly sportcoats (the one he's wearing is his favorite) and more Pucci than you could poke your signet ring finger at. All is hardly lost. I poach a pair of white bucks ($40), a paisley ascot ($25), and a Gant foulard tie ($20) originally sold at a men's shop by the name of Ermilio. The piece I really wanted? A crazy print mens Lilly blazer with original gold buttons ($525).

    Photographed on Palm Beach, FL

    Nov 18, 2011 | Permalink (21) Total Comments

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    eileen rooney left a comment on 3/1/2014 at 5:33 PM:

    where are you located Ill be down for Easter!!

    Al left a comment on 1/5/2013 at 2:02 AM:

    I was just here about a week ago. I mentioned your post to EJ; he showed me a custom pair of Stubbs and Woottons that he said you’d probably be crazy about. It was definitely a cool experience visiting the store

    Kelly left a comment on 12/21/2012 at 11:37 AM:

    Excellent collection!

    Jon left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 3:18 PM:

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    Bevin Elias left a comment on 12/3/2011 at 8:41 PM:

    I just visited Palm Beach on my Florida Inspiration tour, Thanks Fred good places.  Wouldn’t it be cool to reside down here at a moment at the height of the good times of fashion and culture.

    Cindy left a comment on 11/24/2011 at 2:32 PM:

    We were there yesterday for 3 hours (we need to remember to bring a bottle of champagne along next time).  Amazing clothes.  Amazing prices.  And an amazing guy.  We will return!!

    Ann left a comment on 11/23/2011 at 9:44 AM:

    Love this store, was just down there last weekend. Wish I had left more time to shopping.

    J.Miller left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 8:11 PM:

    I would love to have the light blue flower blazer he is wearing

    Mrs. SLPS left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 4:33 PM:

    I have been planning a trip there for the last few years and have yet to make it down there.  I really need to make a point.

    Horatio left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 3:54 PM:

    My Grandfather gave me his Burberry Mac which I have started wearing. I would never normally be someone who would look out for vintage clothing but I must say I’m hooked!

    Victoria left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 3:05 PM:

    What I’d give to go there. I’m traveling to Florida on my spring break and have recently gotten into vintage shopping. All of that Lilly makes me excited.

    Aja Lake left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 12:03 PM:



    JNG left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 11:21 AM:

    Go EJ! Fantastic shot of him. Love that man.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 2:04 AM:

    Fantastic! Thanks for posting this. When I was a teen in London in the pre-eBay days I wore tons of vintage stuff. I wish I had kept some of the nicer items.

    poloist12 left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 12:53 AM:

    Is Church Mouse still going strong? They had some nice vintage items last I was there.. Been years since I’ve been out that way. If still in PB, stop in. However, they don’t or didn’t have near as much as this place.

    lexi left a comment on 11/22/2011 at 12:18 AM:

    I thought I had made my way through every resource for vintage finds in Palm Beach; next time I visit my family on the island I’m going to have to call E.J. for an appointment. Thank you for writing about this!

    Muffy left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 10:43 PM:


    Jacob left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 10:37 PM:

    What a great store. I would love to have an hour or two there, because I own (and love) my predominantly vintage, yet classic, wardrobe. I would love to get my hands on a few Lilly jackets.

    emjkmj left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 10:30 PM:

    When I was in high school, I used to buy old items at vintage shops.  I loved showing my Grandfather things I would buy.  I remember showing him a vintage pair of loafers I bought, he would call them “Dead man’s shoes”... I can still hear his voice…

    MGM left a comment on 11/21/2011 at 10:27 PM:

    I’d pay $40 for those white loafers.  Looks like a great store.  Vintage stores are sort of like a personalized unstructured Ebay search.