For those of you who are reminiscent and eager to fill your homes with relics of American-inspired vintage, consider The HighBoy your online time-transcending shop. Starting as a small e-commerce company in 2014, The HighBoy’s curated antiques and fine art marketplace has already attracted hundreds of dealers. Their focus, as described by Ruth Graham of the Wall Street Journal, is to “refurbish the antiques industry, making it more accessible to potential new consumers, and easier for dealers to reach them.”
The website, in all its fashionable qualities, creates an ambience of a museum, in which one can buy the items on display. With thirteen different styles to shop by (baroque, impressionism, realism, and rococo, to name a few) and twenty-two categories of antiques to peruse, the curator’s tools are readily available to the customer. With specifically selected antique dealers vetted through a vigorous application process, rest assured that the pieces on sale are authentic and of quality.
The HighBoy’s most refreshing feature is their exceptionally young appearance and ethos despite dealing in vintage style. Their Instagram account has a persona of museum-like display enlivened with timeless styles of the 20th century still fashionable today, mixing contemporary vintage rooms, oil-canvass paintings, and exquisite photos of beloved icons ranging from Audrey Hepburn to Pablo Picasso. One of the founders, Douglas Scott, aims for the company’s persona to be seen as “a little raggedy, but sexy and fun and appeals to a broad audience.”
The HighBoy was founded by husband and wife Douglas Scott and Olga Granda-Scott. Olga originates from a family of antique dealers in Florida, continuing her father’s business after traveling through the world to different vintage markets and later studying language and art history studies in France and Italy. Douglas began as a strategic consultant until joining the Olga family in the hopes of bringing their showroom selection to the connected world of the web. The company currently lists eleven employees on their site and three advisors, and continues to grow with energetic success.