Katie O'Neill's secret wardrobe source? A downtown vintage décor store.
Patina Décor’s incredible vintage clothing collection holds caftans for every taste, from rare midcentury Finnish textile art pieces to classic ‘70s Mrs. Roper extravaganzas.
As board chair of the new art museum at Symphony Park, Katie O’Neill is a prominent fixture in Vegas’s art scene. Great-granddaughter of casino mogul Benny Binion, her path was influenced by family friends like Steve Wynn (a fellow UPenn alumnus), who convinced a young O’Neill to switch her major from business to art history, a move that led her into the New York gallery world before returning home to Vegas in 2009.
She cuts a distinctive figure in public, effortlessly slipping into a rare mid-century-modern Finnish caftan for one event, and an “insane, ’80s times 10” YSL peach silk dress for her second baby’s shower. “It’s so easy now to buy head-to-toe designer outfits, but I find it so much more interesting when people style themselves with their own resources,” she says.
Enter Patina Décor’s owner Kate Aldrich, who is known for the high-end objets she sells on 1stdibs.com, but whose Main Street store is a glorious—and growing—source of vintage wear. Her “glam early-’60s” aesthetic attracted O’Neill. And Aldrich has built a devoted global following: “I have lists of things I’m hunting for people,” including CeeLo Green’s fiancée, Shani James (“She loves vintage, and she understands it”), and Melissa McCarthy. “Vintage shopping is like finding art,” O’Neill says. “The stories behind these pieces make them so much more meaningful.” Patina Décor, 1300 S. Main St. 702-776-6222