Vibrant Vintage

Local designer puts new sparkle in old gems

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Joel Cooke

When it comes to revamping vintage, local designer Ashley Nobbe is the guru in Miami.

The 24-year-old Florida State University grad is known best for modernizing vintage frocks, tops, pants and accessories to suit  what's hip in fashion.

Nobbe is also the gal that started the feather headband craze in Miami with her Poodlies collection, which is also made using vintage pieces.

“My grandmother is my inspiration,” said Nobbe, whose family is in the garment business. “She taught me how to sew and she really believes in me.”

The East Kendall resident sells her vintage creations to several boutiques in Miami like Scarlett,IOS, Cream, Pink Blush, Swag and Cheap n Chic.

She also sells on her online boutique called Fabulous Fashion Finds.

All her one-of-a-kind pieces sell for under a $100.

Find shimmering sequin tops from the '70s, flower ruffled mini dresses from the '80s, and clutches from the '50s.

New to her line is Love Gemma, a of collection dresses, skirts and rompers made out of vintage fabric.

“So many girls kept asking me for clothes from the one-of-a-kind collection that I decided to launch it,” said Nobbe.

Love Gemma is still exclusive as only 15 pieces in each design are available.

Annie Vazquez is a Miami-based journalist and shop-a-holic. Email her with any fashion tips, boutique openings, events, sales and bargains at

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