Jodi Bromley’s Vintage Clothing Variety

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As a young girl, Midland’s Jodi Bromley remembers browsing an antique store in downtown Lowell, Michigan while visiting her grandparents in the area.

With some pocket money from her dad, she was on the hunt for vintage hats for ladies. Her passion for vintage clothing persisted and blossomed into an extensive clothing collection.

Although her collection also includes dresses, blouses and skirts, she is most drawn to coats and aprons from the 50s and 60s.

Several of her favorite aprons, many made from delicate fabrics, hang on a wall rack in a corner of the kitchen, while at least a dozen others are neatly stacked on a nearby shelf.

Bromley has over 50 vintage coats, which take up more space and have filled an entire coat closet.

“I need to share closet space with other members of the household,” she said.

“I have an obscene amount of vintage winter coats. I mean, it’s a problem,” Bromley said. “That’s why I can’t live all year round in a hot climate, because when would I wear my winter coats?” she added.

The coats consist of a stunning range of fur, check and jacquard fabrics, which Bromley likes to use.

“You don’t want to look like you’re in a suit, but you have to wear them,” she said.

Although on occasion she has also worked them into costumes, such as when she used a cream-colored coat over a black dress to become Cruella de Vil for Halloween.

The look was completed with long red gloves, a two-tone black and white wig and the family’s two golden retrievers, Hank and Scout, dressed as Dalmatians.

His passion recently turned into a small business, called Harper J. Vintage Design. Bromley takes charms and buttons from vintage designer items like coats and handbags, and repurposes them into jewelry.

Bromley believes that each item has its own story. “Sometimes maybe that’s what I imagined,” she said. “It’s the story of where that item of clothing or item has been in its past life.”

“And then I like to make it my own,” she added. Her jewelry designs can be viewed on her website, www.harperjvintagedesign.com.

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment in a series of stories featuring local collectors. Check each Tuesday print edition as well as www.ourmidland.com for upcoming installments.

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