The Little Black Dress Vintage has been participating in community fundraising events since it opened last June at 175 Church Street in downtown Naugatuck. 

Fashion Designer, Barry Lennan, proprietor of the shop lent his fashion expertise to as well as hosted the Naugatuck Women’s Club Vintage fashion show last October.  “The Young at Heart” modeled the fashions for this well attended event. Says Barry “One of the models has been young at heart for 90 years!”

On Sunday April 15th The Little Black Dress will be participating in Lewis Dube’s Cabaret “Let it Shine”. Abraham Lincoln aka Lewis Dube will be Master of ceremonies for the event at Reynold’s Cafe, 419 North Main Street, Naugatuck, 1-5 p.m.  No admission charged, however voluntary donations will be accepted.

Evelyn Rinaldi, a Junior at Naugatuck High School and employee of  The Little Black Dress approached Barry recently with an idea for raising money which would benefit Act 4 Ministries, a nonprofit organization that outreaches to the needy in the community.  Barry agreed to help promote a vintage fashion show with Evelyn as the hostess.  He felt it would be a great way to serve the community.  The event will take place on April 28th;  Tickets are available at the shop or call Barry at 203-437 2226.

Barry concurs with The New England Antiques Journal, “Vintage is Hot”.  Styles of the past are often the inspiration for the styles of today.  Classic designs transcend the very styles they foster.  The Vintage Fashion Guild defines “vintage” as items at least 25 years old. He is delighted when he sees the sparkle in the eyes of his patrons when they when they make a find. That sparkle mirrors the thrill that comes from his hunt for and discovery of vintage treasures. Several Herme’s and a 1930’s evening dress from Harrod’s of London are but a few of his recent discoveries.

The Little Black Dress has grown into a full blown antique store with an edge.  Three rooms of  Women’s and Men’s Clothing, antiques, and jewelry give customers a chance to pick through thousands of items.  The store is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.