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Joy Venturini Bianchi

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San Francisco–based fashion fixture Joy Bianchi is known for her bold sense of style — she's rarely seen without her signature black-rimmed eyeglasses — and dedication to the developmentally disabled. Volunteering for the San Francisco-based charity Helper's since its inception in 1953, Bianchi founded Helper’s House of Couture, in 2008, with all proceeds benefitting the cause. Named one of the 10 best fashion stores by Vogue in 2010, this showroom boutique houses high-end designer garments donated by stylish individuals and celebrities from around the world. In addition to founding Helpers House of Couture, Bianchi has during her 62-years with the charity, opened three residential homes for the developmentally disabled and a workshop in San Franciso's Ghirardelli Square. In celebration of her commitment, a retrospective will be held honoring Bianchi and her personal collection of timeless, museum-quality garments — including pieces by Alaia, Balenciagia, Dior and Valentino — which she has promised to bequeath to Helpers at the end of her life. Scroll to shop a collection of Joy's favorite finds, including a number of vintage garments from her storefront on 1stdibs.
Pair of Michael Taylor Cast Aluminum Klismos Chairs
Pair of Michael Taylor Cast Aluminum Klismos Chairs
Offered by Downtown
Dimensions: H 35 in. W 20 in. D 29 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Aluminum
Untitled
Cy TwomblyUntitled,1969
Offered by Susan Sheehan Gallery
Dimensions: H 25.4 in. W 25.4 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Medium: Screen Print
Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci
Offered by Marlene Wetherell Vintage Fashion
Ralph Rucci
Offered by Marlene Wetherell Vintage Fashion
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Rare Ingo Maurer "Uchiwa" Wall Sconce
Rare Ingo Maurer "Uchiwa" Wall Sconce
Offered by Aaron Mapp
Dimensions: H 39 in. W 36 in. D 7 in.
Dealer Location: Miami, FL - New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Metal, Paper
English Art Deco Shagreen Photograph Frame
English Art Deco Shagreen Photograph Frame
Offered by Kelly Gallery
Dimensions: H 6.25 in. W 4.75 in. D 1 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Shagreen
Klini Chaise by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis
Klini Chaise by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis
Offered by LUNA modern
Dimensions: H 33.5 in. W 25.75 in. D 4 ft. 10 in.
Dealer Location: Providence, RI
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Walnut
Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy
Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy
Offered by Hampton Antiques
Dimensions: H 4.75 in. W 7.5 in. D 4 in.
Dealer Location: Northampton, GB
Materials & Techniques: Tortoise Shell, Ivory
Barcelona Daybed Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, circa 1970s
Barcelona Daybed Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, circa 1970s
Offered by Modern Drama
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 6 ft. D 40 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Leather, Stainless Steel, Walnut
Syrian Mother of Pearl Inlay Chest of Drawers
Syrian Mother of Pearl Inlay Chest of Drawers
Offered by Mosaik
Dimensions: H 35 in. W 45 in. D 22 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Bone, Mother-of-Pearl
Alaia
Alaia
Offered by Resurrection
Alaia
Offered by Resurrection
Size: Small NA
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Cartier gold barbell cufflinks
Cartier Gold Barbell Cufflinks
Offered by Pierre/Famille
Dimensions: W 0.5 in.
Dealer Location: Aspen, CO
Metal: 14k Gold
Beautiful Set of Four Mother-of-Pearl Boxes
Beautiful Set of Four Mother-of-Pearl Boxes
Offered by Pegaso Gallery Design
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Wood, Mother-of-Pearl
Signed John Dickinson Table
Signed John Dickinson Table
Offered by Marymont Plantation Antiques
Signed John Dickinson Table
Offered by Marymont Plantation Antiques
Dimensions: H 24 in. W 27 in. D 27 in.
Dealer Location: Nashville, TN
Materials & Techniques: Brass
2007 Balenciaga "Spy" Sunglasses
2007 Balenciaga "spy" Sunglasses
Offered by Helpers House of Couture
Dimensions: H 2.25 in. W 8 in.
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Pair of Large Brass Sconces by Christophe Gevers
Pair of Large Brass Sconces by Christophe Gevers
Offered by Galerie Pierre Mahaux
Dimensions: H 7.87 in. W 15.75 in. D 4.72 in.
Dealer Location: Brussels, BE
Materials & Techniques: Brass
Pair of Brass Benches by Charles Hollis Jones #HR-84, Signed
Pair of Brass Benches by Charles Hollis Jones #HR-84, Signed
Offered by Cain Modern
Dimensions: H 21 in. W 25 in. D 15.5 in.
Dealer Location: West Hollywood, CA
Materials & Techniques: Brass, Naugahyde
John Dickenson Plaster Table
John Dickenson Plaster Table
Offered by Niall Smith Antiques
Dimensions: H 23.5 in. W 31 in. D 21.5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Plaster
Alaia Luscious Zebra Skirt
Alaia Luscious Zebra Skirt
Offered by Helpers House of Couture
Alaia Luscious Zebra Skirt
Offered by Helpers House of Couture
Size: 36 XS EU
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Pair of Slipper Chairs by Billy Baldwin, American, 1950s
Pair of Slipper Chairs by Billy Baldwin, American, 1950s
Offered by Alan Moss
Dimensions: H 28 in. W 17 in. D 28 in.
Dealer Location: Hoboken, NJ
Materials & Techniques: Upholstery
Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci
Offered by Marlene Wetherell Vintage Fashion
Ralph Rucci
Offered by Marlene Wetherell Vintage Fashion
Dealer Location: New York, NY
T. Ford & W. Sofield Prototype Settee
T. Ford & W. Sofield Prototype Settee
Offered by Little Paris Antiques
Dimensions: H 27 in. W 5 ft. 1 in. D 32 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: PVC, Stainless Steel
Cartier Toi et Moi Ring
Cartier Toi Et Moi Ring
Offered by Global Gems
Dimensions: H 1.06 in. W 1.06 in.
Dealer Location: Idar-Oberstein, DE
Metal: 18k Gold
Upholstered Slipper Chair by Billy Baldwin
Upholstered Slipper Chair by Billy Baldwin
Offered by Alan Moss
Dimensions: H 31.5 in. W 31 in. D 29 in.
Dealer Location: Hoboken, NJ
Materials & Techniques: Upholstery