Lucille Martin has always had a knack for finding statement pieces. "I just loved vintage clothes and the process of finding them. Everyone was always asking me where I got my clothes," Martin says, who came of age before vintage was a widespread trend. "At some point, I realized I didn't just have to buy something that fit me, I could buy for a friend." What began as a hobby morphed into a 40-year career in vintage fashion, throughout which Martin collected, sold, and styled. For a period, she ran a fashion photography studio called Photo Op with a large cyclorama wall. "We did covers for all different magazines—Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Self magazine, US," Martin says. The second floor of the studio housed over 5,000 garments that she used to style photo shoots and rented for films and productions. She also had a 25-year stint running a high-end vintage boutique in the Hamptons. Two years ago, she decided to return to the Catskills, where she's always had a home, bringing enough inventory with her to fill a retail space in Tannersville. Though Martin favors the Victorian and Edwardian fashions of the 1920s and '30s, she stocks a full range of apparel and accessories. "I have pretty much every year. I have a lot of funky stuff, military stuff, t-shirts, denim—tons of Levi's from the '60s and '70s," she says. "I like when people find what they like. That's what it's all about—the hunt."
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