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Labor of Love: Gift Exclusively for MLM Readers

Updated: May 26, 2023

Sustainable luxury is a lot of like high school sex. Everybody is talking about it. Very few are doing it and most that are, don’t do it very well. Except for – a new brand that has created the world’s finest collection of vintage luxury scarves reimagined into one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor. They’re sustainably sourced, locally made with a history and story to be told.

In just over 3 years, luxury goods entrepreneur, David Altman has leveraged his deep passion for hand-crafted luxury and made a name for himself and his unique brand. He gives new life to forgotten scarves from brands including Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Cartier and Ralph Lauren.

To celebrate their collaboration with Miami Living Magazine, Vintage Luxe Up has a free gift exclusively for our readers. They’ve secured a limited supply of The Hermes Scarf: History & Mystique Coffee Table Book ($95 value) FREE with any purchase of $200 or more from Just add the book to your shopping cart and use code MiamiLiving at checkout to receive the free gift. Offer ends August 20th or while supplies last.

One by one, David scours the global marketplace for the most sought-after vintage scarves to create a collection of home décor and gifts unlike any other. One-of-a-kind pillows, framed art and fashion accessories are handmade in family-owned ateliers in Lexington KY, the equestrian capital of the world.

David remarked “Leveraging my deep expertise in luxury goods coming off a decades-long career at Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s, this has become a passion project for me. I personally scout the global market looking for unique, rare, and meaningful examples of the art of scarf-making. A global-citizen, I’ve spent my life traveling the near and far, discovering the world’s most unique treasures for the luxury client.”

Each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind, handmade in our family-owned ateliers. As Chief Creative Officer, David personally selects each scarf – “It’s a treasure hunt. I never know what I’ll find, can search for a design for months or may never find it – which is part of the fun of it.” He works side-by-side with local master craftsmen to select the coordinating fabric or frame molding that brings out the best of each design. Once created, the design will never be duplicated so the client is getting a true unique piece.

By using vintage scarves, Vintage Luxe Up gives these works of art a new life – conserving earth’s scarce resources, reducing waste and impact on the planet.

Hermès has been making scarves since 1937 – recognized worldwide as both coveted and collectible. Unique in that each scarf has an individual designer behind it. They can trace the design back to a particular year and a designer. The scarves can take up to 18 months to develop from start to finish and can include more than 27 distinct colors. The artistry and craftsmanship are unmatched.

They also believe in doing well by doing good. Creating local jobs in their hometown and giving back to charity are central to their DNA – 10% of all online sales are donated to charities including Ukraine Relief, Children’s, and Breast Cancer foundations.

As human’s we’re less motivated by facts and figures than we are about real stories about real people. There’s a deep emotional attachment to these scarves – both on the creative side – with how and why they’re made, but also around how a customer came to acquire it – their 1st trip to Paris – their 1st big paycheck – gift on the birth of a child – there’s always a story.

The answer is always “yes” at Vintage Luxe Up. In addition to the collection, they work hand-in-hand with clients and their interior designers to create bespoke pieces that complement individual lifestyle and home decor. From start to finish, they deliver in just a matter of weeks – not months.

Through their Private Reserve Collection program customers can give new life to a cherished heirloom while supporting their favorite charity. The client receives a free item made from their donated scarf and 10% of the proceeds from the rest of the items benefit the charity of their choice.

“This project for me is really a labor of love” says David. They acquire a great deal of scarves from customers who say, “I love it but I’m not using it.” They will make something out of it, and the client gets to choose which charity will receive a donation while keeping a memento that has been reimagined into a usable item.

David Altman - Photo credit: KIEM Collective for The Scout Guide

The collection is available online at and select specialty home décor shops nationwide.

Images provided by Vintage Luxe Up


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