I am RC Moore. I am the protector of history and the keeper of memories. I watch over all the carefully curated pieces of vintage clothing in my shop in Hellertown Pennsylvania.
I am the daughter of immigrants. An Italian mother and a Hungarian/Roma father. My mother sewed all my clothing. She knitted all my gloves and hats, crocheted, beaded, tatted, smocked…and these are all the things that I learned from her. Here at RCMoore Vintage and Millinery nothing gets thrown away. We repair everything that we can to the best of our ability. Many times we send the very old things to professional vintage restorers. When something is beyond repair, we salvage as much as we can from the garment and we make something else. It gets a new life and many times turns out better than when it was first made. We also make costumes, drag, burlesque, steampunk, and cosplay. We have a line of dolls for adults called “groovy bad-ass chicks” made of all vintage materials. We make beautiful pictures out of broken jewelry, and of course, our hats are always outrageous! When I see something broken or torn, I don’t see what it is…..I see what it could be.
Together with my husband Clayton we travel the world, meet all kinds of interesting people and gather wonderful fun things for our shop. Here are where stories and memories go to lie in wait of a continuance. It’s never the end. It’s only a pause. Until the next person comes in the door and loves the garment that was waiting just for them. And then, their story, their life, their memory…gets added to all the ones that were there before.
We live in a society where we easily dispose of things and people. It is easy to throw something away and not think about it ever again. What we try to do is to teach people to cherish things…to cherish memories and to cherish each other.