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'Mad Men': Here are the SoCal purveyors that supplied the show's vintage props, clothes




Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Katherine Garrova
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Vintage styles are separated by decade at Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Wanda Soileau (and Tiger Lily) of Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Playclothes in Burbank supplied wardobe and props to 'Mad Men.'
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
A restored refrigerator at Carolina's Appliances in East Los Angeles -- where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Katherine Garrova
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
A 'Mad Men'-esque hat at Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank, CA.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Necklaces at Playclothes in Burbank.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Vintage fashions at Playclothes in Burbank. 'Mad Men' shopped here.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Vintage earrings at Playclothes in Burbank.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Vintage fashions at Playclothes in Burbank.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Bow ties at Playclothes in Burbank.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
A restored O'Keefe & Merritt range at Carolina's Appliances in East Los Angeles.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
A shiny green Coldspot fridge at Carolina's Appliances in East Los Angeles.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
A working classic American fridge at Carolina's Appliances in East Los Angeles. 'Mad Men' set decorators rarely looked for restored appliances when they shopped here -- they wanted 'original cosmetic condition.'
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
A restored stove at Carolina's Appliances in East Los Angeles.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Any of those white General Electric fridges look familiar? You might have seen a similar one in Betty Draper's kitchen on 'Mad Men.'
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
A classic General Electric refrigerator.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Carolina's Appliances in East Los Angeles is a splash of color.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Signage at Carolina's Appliances in East Los Angeles.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Old Focals' South Pasadena location. Owner Russ Campbell provided 'Mad Men' with vintage eyewear and expertise.
Katherine Garrova
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Vintage 'Mad Men'-esque frames at Old Focals' South Pasadena location.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Vintage frames (and typewriter) at Old Focals' South Pasadena location.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Vintage eyewear supplier Old Focals' South Pasadena location. Owner Russ Campbell provided 'Mad Men' with vintage frames -- and expertise.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Pink frames at Old Focals' South Pasadena location.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Vintage eyewear stock at Old Focals' South Pasadena location.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Colored lenses at Old Focals in South Pasadena.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Old Focals owner Russ Campbell shows off a pair of his glasses.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Vintage eyewear supplier Old Focals' South Pasadena location.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
The Pasadena Antique Center was a regular stop for the set decorators, wardrobe people and prop masters who worked on 'Mad Men.'
Katherine Garrova
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
'Mad Men'-esque gloves at the Pasadena Antique Center.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Johnny Agnew of Funky Junk farms rented classic cars and travel trailers for 'Mad Men' shoots.
Katherine Garrova
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
On the lot at Funky Junk Farms. Owner Johnny Agnew rents vintage cars and travel trailers for movie shoots and TV shows like 'Mad Men.'
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
On the lot at Funky Junk Farms in Altadena.
Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank — where 'Mad Men' shopped.
Johnny Agnew of Funky Junk Farms. He rented out some of his vintage cars and travel trailers for 'Mad Men' filming.


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“Mad Men,” the lauded AMC show that’s been a big part of what many call the latest golden age of television, wraps its story on Sunday after taking viewers on a nostalgic trip through the 1960s and early 1970s. 

Millions of viewers have been seduced not just by the show’s sophisticated writing and too-good-for-TV performances, but also by all that ‘60s ... well, stuff: The cars, the clothes, the sets, the props that conjure the style, look and feel of an American era.

It may surprise fans to learn that many of those things are real, not knockoffs — and they're sourced right here in Southern California, where the show is produced (though it's set in New York). Dozens of businesses all over Southern California became regular stops for the set decorators, wardrobe people and prop masters who work on the show.

Want to duplicate "Mad Men's" look? Here's where to go.

Classic cars

Johnny Agnew of Funky Junk Farms 

“Now if you go on eBay, the keywords for a lot of, particularly fashion — even cars and travel trailers, which is what I’m into — they always use 'Mad Men,'" says Johnny Agnew of Funky Junk Farms. "It’s definitely iconic for sure."

Agnew rents out vintage cars and travel trailers for movie shoots, and TV shows like “Mad Men.” If you come across a ‘66 Oldsmobile four-door sedan in a “Mad Men” episode, it might be his.

Don Draper's office

“The very first thing that I recognized was a big blue pillow that was in Don Draper’s office,” says Susan Kotora, who has a shop at the Pasadena Antique Center and sold several items to the show.

Kotora says "Mad Men" crew members were welcome customers.

“These guys came in, and it really was a shot in the arm,” she says. “It kind of boosted sales. Because I think so much of the economy in L.A. has been affected — we’ve lost so much of the film industry here.”

Vintage fashions

Wanda Soileau, who runs Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Burbank, got the “Mad Men” bump, too. But she says you can’t always see some of the pieces she sold to the show.

“One of the interesting things is the undergarments,” Soileau says. “Maybe they’d put an actress in a girdle with stockings so that the actress would feel the part and feel like she was from that era instead of having pantyhose on like women wear today.”

Household appliances

Carolina Mendez provided some of the vintage household appliances you’ve seen in “Mad Men.”

“I’m a good finder when it comes to someone looking for something that I don’t have in my inventory,” Mendez says. “Most of the time I find exactly what they’re looking for.”

Mendez's showroom for Carolina’s Appliances in East L.A. is a splash of color, with bright red refrigerators and glossy, teal-enameled ranges. But Mendez says the “Mad Men” crew were usually looking for something a little more worn in.

“Most of the time they’re looking for something in the original cosmetic condition,” Mendez says. “They rarely look for something fully restored.”

Vintage frames

Russ Campbell, owner of vintage eyewear supplier Old Focals, is no stranger to the TV and film industry. But, thanks in part to “Mad Men,” Campbell has seen interest in his business spread globally.

“‘Mad Men’ was responsible for us getting picked up in French tourism books,” Campbell says.

An early supporter of the show, Campbell provided “Mad Men” prop masters with not only antique frames, but also with historically accurate information on the eyewear styles of the '60s and '70s.

If Campbell’s name is familiar, it might be because you’ve see it in the show’s credits. Back before “Mad Men” was a household name, Campbell would provide his services in exchange for a credit instead of money.  

“Every year they would give me the longest credit in Hollywood, saying ‘Eyewear provided by Russ Campbell at Old Focals in Pasadena, California,’” Campbell says.

But, Campbell says, even after the final credits roll for the final episode, “Mad Men” will linger on.

“I don’t think it’s ever gonna be over. Because if you’ve got seven years of a series like this, let’s just say it won’t get lost in space,” says Campbell “I think it’s always gonna be with us.”

The series finale of "Mad Men" airs on AMC Sunday at 10 p.m. 



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