Update: My stolen handbag, and the lovely people who found it and gave it back to me

Two kind people contacted me today to return my purse to me. The woman I met today, her father, and her sister were out for a walk late yesterday and saw my bag tossed aside. They gathered my things and used the information they found to contact me. Thank you, Elyse and Frank, and the other lady I didn’t get to meet! You are what’s right with the world!


Original post: Lost & Found post on Craigslist: My handmade bag was stolen early yesterday evening on Redwood Road 

Early yesterday evening, someone stole my purse out of my car while I was hiking, between 4:30 and 6 pm. My car was parked at the Big Bear Staging Area on Redwood Road in the Oakland hills, where Chabot and Redwood regional parks meet. I think I mistakenly left the car unlocked, and someone reached under the seat, under some clothes, and grabbed it

I’m hoping that whoever stole it may have discarded it soon after, when they find that there was no cash, ID, credit or bank cards, or anything else of particular value in it. The only things in it are of personal value: I hand made my bag, and the wallet/pouches inside it, from favorite vintage fabrics, and there are receipts and other things that I would like to have back too if possible

If you find it, I would be so deeply appreciative if you’d contact me! Here’s my Craigslist lost & found posting:

New Pinterest Boards

afterglow vintage / AC Clothing and Bags at PinterestHello followers of my vintage shop!

For those of you who like to follow Pinterest, I’ve just created some new boards with the following categories:

California Design
Hawaii Vintage
European Design
Iconic Designers
Vintage Liz Claiborne

If you’d like to share treasures you find in any of these categories, just email me at amy (at) acclothingandbags (dot) com and I’ll invite you to pin on my boards

– Amy

Come one, come all!

Hello friends!

Come down and see me in a couple of weeks, at my first out of studio sales event in a long while…. wait, has it been a few years? Three? How time flies! Anyway, I’m excited to get out there again, going back to university was like stepping into an alternate world for a time.

So come hang out with me and see what I’ve been creating. There’ll be snacks and wine!

At Mercy Vintage on Piedmont Ave, 6 – 9 pm on Thursday, May 16th.

love, Amy

My newest design: the Minnie Tunic Blouse!

The Minnie Tunic Top by AC Clothing and Bags

These tunic blouses, inspired by the free styles of the 1920’s and named for one of my favorite musical artists of all time, Memphis Minnie, feature a sleeveless, softly fitting shaped bodice, a square neckline, a petal-like layered curved hemline which overlaps the front center panel on either side, and vintage and/or contemporary fabrics and embellishments.

It’s available with rolled hems, or bound in a contrasting color, both options shown in the photos; I can create it for you as a pullover, or with a hidden side snap up placket.

These tops are made to order by request; you may choose the fabric from my fabric shopand I will select a suitable trim which suits the fabric for you, or you may choose one from my shop as well.

I have many more lovely trims than I offer for sale in my shop which I reserve only for my own designs.

Please allow 6 – 10 days from the time you order to the time your top is shipped

TO ORDER – Please convo me with:

1) your size request: small, medium,
or large
2) your favorite suitable vintage print fabric
from my fabric shop

NOTES for choosing fabric: must be a woven
(not stretch) fabric and lighter weight, such as shirting or calico

For sizing, please refer to my Size Guide & convo me with any remaining questions

New pieces galore at afterglow vintage!

vintage clothing curated by Amy Cools

Hello friends,

I’m adding oodles and oodles of new vintage to my Esty shop afterglow vintage this week, adding new pieces as fast as I can describe them and edit the photos! My goal is to keep around 500 pieces in my shop at any given time… let’s see how fast I can add the new treasures I’ve found

Lots of dresses, evening wear, great prints. little black dresses and pant suits, separates, and more!



by Amy Cools

The Louise Dress, by AC Clothing and Bags

The Louise Dress is named for the lovely, vivacious, and trailblazing Louise Brooks.
These dresses feature the cropped length, clean, elegant lines, and easy fit of the mid ‘twenties. Sleeveless, loose-fitting, with dropped waist and a tie-topped scooped back and layered flared skirts, with a dainty vintage button where the upper skirt overlap meets the bodice. They’re constructed of light weight original vintage print fabrics, cut on the bias, finished with contrast cotton binding and dainty vintage button where the overskirt meets the dropped waist.

These dresses are made to order by request

Amy Cools
Amy Cools
Amy Cools


 Soft Sculpture Top, by AC Clothing and Bags

These softly fitted, oh-so-easy to wear tops are 

created from a variety of original vintage and 
contemporary knit fabrics. The center front and 
top back panels consist of a baby rib black cotton
knit, and the color blocks is an amalgam of colorful 
and print knits, vintage and contemporary. 

These tops are made to order by request


Sneak peek: new body wear and vintage print knit pieces by AC Clothing and Bags

These pieces will be available by special order:

you pick your fabric and specify your size

Body wear and knits by AC Clothing and Bags

* Vintage print long sleeve tees, in original vintage print fabrics from the 1960’s – 1980’s

* Leggings with wide flat elastic waistbands, in solids and stripes

* Print / solid panel shorts with wide flat elastic waistbands, in solids and stripes

Soon to arrive at http://www.etsy.com/shop/acafterglow
Send message AC thru the shop for details and pre-orders

afterglow’s Guide to Independent California Shopping

by Amy Cools

Hello friends! I’m going to resurrect my Guide to Independent California Shopping, and am seeking designers / shops / galleries to list (I discontinued work on the Guide when I returned to college to complete my degree)

It’ll begin as a page on my blog, and its website may be relaunched, depending on response

Here’s the bare bones of the new page for the Guide, with links to the old website pages, many of them still up, but some info may be out of date