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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.

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Pair of Michael Taylor Cast Aluminum Klismos Chairs
Pair of Michael Taylor Cast Aluminum Klismos Ch...
Michael Taylor
Vintage 1980s American Dining Room Chairs
Aluminum
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Cy Twombly
1960s Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Screen
Large Pair Of Italian Murano Glass And Bronze Sconces  20.5" H
Large Pair Of Italian Murano Glass And Bronze S...
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Ralph Rucci

Ralph Rucci

By Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci
21st Century and Contemporary Evening Gowns
Rare Ingo Maurer "Uchiwa" Wall Sconce
Ingo Maurer
Late 20th Century German Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Rare John Dickinson Plaster Twig Lamp
John Dickinson
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Charlotte Perriand, Bench "Cansado" Steph Simon...
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Benches
Metal
English Victorian Mother-of-Pearl Veneered Tea ...
Antique 1850s British Victorian Tea Caddies
Pair of Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Side Tables, Syrian
20th Century End Tables
New Tom Ford Mother-of-Pearl Jacket
Tom Ford
21st Century and Contemporary Jackets
English Art Deco Shagreen Photograph Frame
Unknown
Early 20th Century British Art Deco Desk Accessories
Shagreen
Patrick Kelly Leopard Print Ruched Dress
Patrick Kelly
1980s Day Dresses
Pair of Faux Bronze Metal Hand-Painted Klismos ...
20th Century Italian Neoclassical Side Chairs
Early Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos Chair for Saridis
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1960s Greek Slipper Chairs
A Large-Scaled French Art Deco Mahogany Circula...
Vintage 1930s French Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bill Blass Baroque and Leopard Print Gown
Bill Blass
Late 20th Century Evening Gowns
Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy
Antique 19th Century British Boxes
Tortoise Shell, Ivory
Iconic 1970s John Dickinson Plaster "Africa" En...
John Dickinson
Vintage 1970s American End Tables
ICONIC TOM FORD for YVES SAINT LAURENT FALL 200...
Tom Ford
21st Century and Contemporary Coats
Barcelona Daybed Mies van der Rohe for Knoll, c...
Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Stainless Steel
Syrian Mother of Pearl Inlay Chest of Drawers
20th Century Syrian Moorish Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Bone, Mother-of-Pearl

Alaia

By Azzedine Alaïa
Alaia
Azzedine Alaïa
1990s Gloves
Stylish Pair of French Mid-Century Oak Club Cha...
Vintage 1950s French Club Chairs
Whimsical French Fiberglass 'Drapery' Table wit...
Vintage 1960s French Side Tables
Cartier Rare Limited Edition "Crash" Watch 1991
Cartier
1990s Modernist Wrist Watches
18k Gold
Geoffrey Beene Silk Jumpsuit
Geoffrey Beene
Late 20th Century Jumpsuits
Large-Scaled English Victorian Wooden Tray-on-S...
Antique 19th Century English Tray Tables
Cartier gold barbell cufflinks
Cartier
20th Century Contemporary Cufflinks
14k Gold
Beautiful Set of Four Mother-of-Pearl Boxes
Vintage 1940s French Boxes
Wood, Mother-of-Pearl

Signed John Dickinson Table

By John Dickenson Vii
Signed John Dickinson Table
John Dickenson Vii
Vintage 1960s American Side Tables
Brass
Pair of Large Brass Sconces by Christophe Gevers
Christophe Gevers
Vintage 1970s Belgian Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass
Pair of Brass Benches by Charles Hollis Jones #...
Charles Hollis Jones
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass
John Dickenson Plaster Table
John Dickinson
20th Century American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Plaster

Ralph Rucci

By Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci
Ralph Rucci
21st Century and Contemporary Evening Gowns
T. Ford & W. Sofield Prototype Settee
Yves Saint Laurent, D & W. Sofield, Unknown
Late 20th Century American Settees
Stainless Steel
Cartier Onyx Gold Panthere Collection Bracelet
Cartier
21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Bangles
Garnet, Onyx, 18k Gold
Pair of Mid-Century Modern X-Base Billy Baldwin...
Billy Baldwin
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
1940s Cartier Paris Gold Ink Pen and Platinum F...
Cartier
Vintage 1940s Desk Accessories
Yellow Gold, Platinum
Cartier Toi et Moi Ring
Cartier
1990s Cocktail Rings
18k Gold
Azzedine Alaia Jacket Motorcycle Baby Calf Red ...
Azzedine Alaïa
21st Century and Contemporary Jackets
Yves Saint Laurent Tartan Plaid Tweed Hat
Yves Saint Laurent
1970s Hats
Fall 2013's TOM FORD Size 6 Zebra Tinsel Silk P...
Tom Ford
21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Dresses
Shapely Pair of English Regency-Inspired Mahoga...
Vintage 1940s English Armchairs