Since the opening of her Los Angeles vintage boutique The Way We Wore over 17 years ago, Doris Raymond has become THE arbiter of fashion not only locally but for an international clientele as well. For the last four decades Doris has made herself and her vast collection of vintage, antique and designer clothing available to a coterie of designers, celebrities and fashion insiders. The incredible success of The Way We Wore represents Doris' wide and far reaching influence on the world of contemporary fashion. She has worked with the vast majority of designers from high fashion as well as mass market labels and details culled from her collection have shown up on runways from New York to Milan.
Doris has also made a significant impact with museums, private collectors and high profile individuals with her valuable, one-of-a-kind items. The wide range of services she provides for an ever growing list of fashion and costume designers include supplying prints, embellishments, embroideries, applications and a vast array of other esoterica related to fashion and fashion history for inspiration. Doris has also educated a new generation of the fashion-obsessed during numerous classroom visits to the shop from fashion and art schools through her lectures and high-spirited conversations.
Her fashion journey in the late 1970's with her discovery of how fascinating and affordable vintage clothing could be. In 1981, she opened the doors to the very first location of The Way We Wore in San Francisco. After a long and successful run, the doors of that boutique were closed for good and Doris began to concentrate on costuming for film and television. She has supplied many a lauded costume picture with her rare and precious pieces.
In 2004, Doris decided to open the doors to a new The Way We Wore boutique in the heart of Hollywood. In the 17 years she has been in Los Angeles she has become known around the world as the "the fairy godmother of fashion inspiration". All of her hard work and experience in the field of fashion and fashion history has culminated in the ongoing production of her Smithsonian Channel documentary series (don't let her catch you saying "reality show"!) L.A. Frock Stars. That has pivoted to a YouTube channel that has an adoring audience with an appetite for fabulous fashion and historical context.