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Pre-Loved Podcast with Emily Stochl

Oct 9, 2023

Pre-Loved Podcast is a weekly vintage fashion interview show, with guests you’ll want to go thrifting with! For more Pre-Loved Podcast, subscribe to our Patreon!

Today’s episode is with Janet Mandell, the founder of the Janet Mandell luxury vintage rental service with studios in Los Angeles, Chicago and – most recently! – New York City. From red carpet gowns to statement accessories, Janet Mandell’s collection of designer pieces makes it easy for clients to find the perfect outfit fit for any occasion.  

In this episode we chat about renting pieces for everything from the Met Gala to Gigi Hadid’s Halloween costume, so let’s dive right into it! 


  • [4:56] Janet’s vintage collecting began with vintage handbags and designer shoes. 
  • [7:33] How Janet got into the world of renting designer pieces to celebrity stylist clients, after she opened her Los Angeles studio. 
  • [10:02] Why she’s after the most influential 90s designer pieces. 
  • [17:47] Finding the perfect pieces for Gigi Hadid’s Halloween costume – she went as Mary Poppins to Taylor Swift’s Halloween party! 
  • [23:40] The heartbreak of renting a one-of-a-kind piece and having it come back damaged.
  • [32:09] The wild story of putting together a vintage Chanel look after party look for Natasha Poonawalla for the 2023 Met Gala. 
  • [40:11] And Kendall Jenner’s Met Gala after-party look. 
  • [44:11] The Gianni Versace pieces that Janet cherishes from a historical perspective – including the Elizabeth Hurley safety pin dress and a red leopard print moment that Hurley wore to a Versace party. 




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