Like Mother, Like Daughter


Lynda Latner and Yael Kanter

Lynda Latner and Yael Kantar not only work together running Vintagecouture.com, one of the world’s most renowned vintage clothing sites, they’re also mother and daughter. And it seems like that relationship only enhances their work experience. We asked them to spill the beans on their brand, style icons and more. And we’re pretty certain that if you haven’t tried vintage before, you will after reading this…

What’s it like working together as mother and daughter?

Lynda – It’s hell! We are at each other’s throats all the time. Just kidding.

Yael - We seem to have a professional relationship, as well as a mother/daughter relationship without having to worry about boundaries. Of course, I don’t call her mommy when we’re working.

How do you inspire each other?

Lynda - I like the way Yael styles herself. I appreciate her sense of style, it inspires me.

Yael – Lynda is the original Man Repeller! I’m always inspired by her ability to tow the line between Man Repeller and grey-haired fashionista.


What sets Vintage Couture apart?

Lynda - We started online the same year as eBay, that gives us a 20-year presence on the internet. And 20 years of incredible fashion that we have been collecting, selling and curating.

Yael – And we are still standing and changing with the times. Fifteen years ago, we had to design and program our website from the ground up. Now we use platforms like Shopify; we’re on 1st Dibs and shoppable on Instagram. Also, we are known for our Mother’s Day pop-ups at the Pink Tartan flagship in Yorkville.

Style icon?

Lynda - Kate Moss. She loves vintage and her closet must be filled with treasures from 1920 to 2018. And she wears them all well and mixed together.

Yael – The Olsens. Somewhere between Mary Kate’s boho chic and Ashley’s minimalist look is where I fall. And they are both lovers of vintage.


Shoes you're spying this spring?

Lynda - Definitely love the floral Ferragamo slides. I’m a big sucker for classic Stan Smiths and I love the version on The September with the modern touch of blush pink. The Alexandre Birman Lolita sandal is right up my alley. They scream summer: the cork heel, striped canvas. They go with anything and will make something vintage look contemporary. Our business philosophy is never mix vintage clothing with vintage shoes and accessories and vice versa. Oh, and the Stuart Weitzman boot is a great neutral. You can wear it with a 1970s bohemian floral tea-length dress and a jean jacket and you are set for summer.

Yael – I can’t resist a sparkly shoe and the Jimmy Choo booties are so fun. I also love the Alexandre Birman strappy sandals but the chunky, baby-blue heel of The September Clarita is calling to me. The Lanvin black-and-white sneakers are a classic, chic as a Chanel suit and a great way to wear a sneaker in an elegant way. I really love the Lanvin flat that they have made season after season and this pair with the pearl detail makes it elegant enough to wear with an evening gown.

Shoes you're spying this spring?

Lynda - Definitely love the floral Ferragamo slides. I’m a big sucker for classic Stan Smiths and I love the version on The September with the modern touch of blush pink. The Alexandre Birman Lolita sandal is right up my alley. They scream summer: the cork heel, striped canvas. They go with anything and will make something vintage look contemporary. Our business philosophy is never mix vintage clothing with vintage shoes and accessories and vice versa. Oh, and the Stuart Weitzman boot is a great neutral. You can wear it with a 1970s bohemian floral tea-length dress and a jean jacket and you are set for summer.

Yael – I can’t resist a sparkly shoe and the Jimmy Choo booties are so fun. I also love the Alexandre Birman strappy sandals but the chunky, baby-blue heel of The September Clarita is calling to me. The Lanvin black-and-white sneakers are a classic, chic as a Chanel suit and a great way to wear a sneaker in an elegant way. I really love the Lanvin flat that they have made season after season and this pair with the pearl detail makes it elegant enough to wear with an evening gown.


Biggest vintage misconception?

Lynda - Contrary to the urban myth, there is no truth to the story that vintage dealers take Chanel suits off dead bodies. All kidding aside, the most common is that the definition of vintage is something is old, smelly and full of holes.

Yael – That wearing vintage is just for other people. Anyone can wear vintage and it is easy to give it a try with accessories. Everyone knows how chic an Hermés scarf is – tie it on your bag or around your neck – and a vintage Chanel purse is forever a classic.

Lynda, how do you think you’ve influenced Yael?

Lynda - By continuing an open dialogue about fashion from every era and by encouraging her to enjoy the history of fashion.

Yael, what’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?

Yael – Dress for yourself and not for other people.

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