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Lulu Hamissou spent a decade working in fashion merchandising and e-commerce in Los Angeles. Two years ago, the entrepreneur decided to embark on her own journey and launched Grey Parachutes, a vintage-jewelry and clothing e-com site based in her South Austin home.
Hamissou travels the country, scouring estate sales, fleas and other antique havens, looking for just the right items for her collection. No piece is less than 40 years old, yet they're all accessibly priced, ranging from 1940s Egyptian Revival necklaces to 1970s poison rings and coli belts, and the jewelry is innately one-of-a-kind. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I'm enamored with this tri-colored Bondage necklace from the 1930s ($174)—truly, a conversation-starter if there ever was one.
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