Seller Story: George Kotsiopoulos, Los Angeles, CA


“When I’m shopping for myself, I have to ask myself, “Self, where are you wearing this?” I might love something but if I have no answer, I don’t buy it. So if you’re shopping for things in a home you ask, “Where am I going to put this?” And if there’s no place to put it, you can’t buy it. Which is sad. Normally I would hold onto things, but there’s only so much space one has. And then what? One thing I learned from decorating my first apartment was that once I was done, there was nothing else to buy. It was no fun.

The skeleton was strapped in the backseat of my car for a while–which valet drivers appreciated–but it came from the 2011 MOCA gala directed by artist, Marina Abramovic. Her installation consisted of naked women rotating on these big round lazy susans in the middle of the dinner table, draped in life-sized skeletons. It was twisted, it was insane, it was really cool. We all had to wear these white lab coats, so everyone was on the same level; everyone was equal, which I’m sure was infuriating to the women who paid thousands of dollars for their gowns that evening.

The vintage Moroccan shag rug is from a chic gallery in Tangier, where I purchased all the fabric for the drapery of my new home. I planned to use the rug in this house, as wall art or on the floor, but I just couldn’t find a place for it. It was one of those things where I figured I should just sell it because I knew I was going to want to go back to Tangier and buy more things.

There’s a vintage dentist’s cabinet in the sale that I got from my friend Lorca Cohen’s shop 15 years ago. I had it stained three different colors and added the lucite panels. It was in the dining room of my apartment, and then moved to my Laurel Canyon home, and now that I’ve moved into my new house, it’s just sitting in a garage. I figure it’s had enough of a life with me, I’ve loved it a long time, and while I could keep it in storage, I’d rather let someone else enjoy and give new life to it.”

A portion of the proceeds from the George Kotsiopoulos sale will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign.

Seller Story: George Kotsiopoulos, Los Angeles, CA
Seller Story: George Kotsiopoulos, Los Angeles, CA
Dagne Dover Royal Blue Leather Card Case

Dagne Dover Royal Blue Leather Card Case

Final Bid:
$40
Men's Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garcons T-Shirt

Men's Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garcons T-Shirt

Final Bid:
$50
"TV" Decorative Wall Letters

"TV" Decorative Wall Letters

Final Bid:
$65
Chanel VIP Tent Keychain and Collectibles

Chanel VIP Tent Keychain and Collectibles

Final Bid:
$45
Swarovski Crystal Star Studded Dome Ring

Swarovski Crystal Star Studded Dome Ring

Final Bid:
$121
Swarovski Crystal Edith Bangle

Swarovski Crystal Edith Bangle

Final Bid:
$96
Saloma Tropic Sunglasses by CRAP Eyewear

Saloma Tropic Sunglasses by CRAP Eyewear

Final Bid:
$70
Men's Opening Ceremony Knit Cardigan

Men's Opening Ceremony Knit Cardigan

Final Bid:
$66
Pair of Two Guys Bow Ties

Pair of Two Guys Bow Ties

Final Bid:
$36
Black Fleece by Thom Browne Blazer, Sweater Vest, and Tie Set

Black Fleece by Thom Browne Blazer, Sweater Vest, and Tie Set

Final Bid:
$84
Women's Vintage Fashion Gloves

Women's Vintage Fashion Gloves

Final Bid:
$30
Vintage Moroccan Ceiling Lamp

Vintage Moroccan Ceiling Lamp

Final Bid:
$125
Etro Stainless Steel and Enamel Cufflinks

Etro Stainless Steel and Enamel Cufflinks

Final Bid:
$83
Men's Black Fleece by Thom Browne Blue Suede Saddle Oxford Shoes

Men's Black Fleece by Thom Browne Blue Suede Saddle Oxford Shoes

Final Bid:
$110
Collection of Men's Skinny Ties

Collection of Men's Skinny Ties

Final Bid:
$75
Men's Toms Sunglasses

Men's Toms Sunglasses

Final Bid:
$112
Hermès Arlequin Pencil

Hermès Arlequin Pencil

Final Bid:
$61
Oil on Canvas Portrait of Woman

Oil on Canvas Portrait of Woman

Final Bid:
$95
Men's Vintage Gianni Barbato Snakeskin and Leather Boots

Men's Vintage Gianni Barbato Snakeskin and Leather Boots

Final Bid:
$95
Missoni Decorative Pillows

Missoni Decorative Pillows

Final Bid:
$55
Pair of Men's Printed Blazers

Pair of Men's Printed Blazers

Final Bid:
$110
Louis Vuitton Envelope

Louis Vuitton Envelope

Final Bid:
$220
Vintage Weight Lifting Leather Waist Belt

Vintage Weight Lifting Leather Waist Belt

Final Bid:
$73
Handcrafted Alexis Bittar Dog Brooch

Handcrafted Alexis Bittar Dog Brooch

Final Bid:
$75
Sanrio Swarovski Crystal Hello Kitty Necklace

Sanrio Swarovski Crystal Hello Kitty Necklace

Final Bid:
$114
Sergio Rossi Pink High Heel Shoes

Sergio Rossi Pink High Heel Shoes

Final Bid:
$42
Vintage Crystal Handled Walking Cane

Vintage Crystal Handled Walking Cane

Final Bid:
$85
Men's Christian Louboutin Leather Wallet

Men's Christian Louboutin Leather Wallet

Final Bid:
$350
Antora Sterling Silver, Quartz Crystal and Sapphire Cufflinks

Antora Sterling Silver, Quartz Crystal and Sapphire Cufflinks

Final Bid:
$270
Balenciaga Black Turtleneck Dress

Balenciaga Black Turtleneck Dress

Final Bid:
$205
Burberry Mohair and Wool Pillow

Burberry Mohair and Wool Pillow

Final Bid:
$210
Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Purse

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Purse

Final Bid:
$150
Collection of Vintage Louis Marx & Co. Female Figurines

Collection of Vintage Louis Marx & Co. Female Figurines

Final Bid:
$90
Etro Designer Neckties

Etro Designer Neckties

Final Bid:
$60
George Kotsiopoulos's Monogrammed Pillow Case from the Show "Fashion Police"

George Kotsiopoulos's Monogrammed Pillow Case from the Show "Fashion Police"

Final Bid:
$120
Valentino High Heel Sandals

Valentino High Heel Sandals

Final Bid:
$200
Louis Vuitton Garment Bag

Louis Vuitton Garment Bag

Final Bid:
$700
Antique Mahjong Set

Antique Mahjong Set

Final Bid:
$170
Men's Johnston & Murphy Oxford Shoes

Men's Johnston & Murphy Oxford Shoes

Final Bid:
$97
Men's Gucci Sun Visor

Men's Gucci Sun Visor

Final Bid:
$35
Mont Blanc Fountain Pen

Mont Blanc Fountain Pen

Final Bid:
$317
Men's Vintage Versace Oversized Striped Blazer

Men's Vintage Versace Oversized Striped Blazer

Final Bid:
$67
Kailis Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

Kailis Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

Final Bid:
$91
Case Study Wire Chair Dowel Bar Stool

Case Study Wire Chair Dowel Bar Stool

Final Bid:
$110
Kailis 18K Yellow Gold and Cultured Pearl Tie Tack with COA

Kailis 18K Yellow Gold and Cultured Pearl Tie Tack with COA

Final Bid:
$110
Parvez Taj Steve McQueen Print On Wood

Parvez Taj Steve McQueen Print On Wood

Final Bid:
$575
Tory Burch Black Lucite Cuff

Tory Burch Black Lucite Cuff

Final Bid:
$105
Men's Johnston & Murphy Oxford Shoes

Men's Johnston & Murphy Oxford Shoes

Final Bid:
$66
Salvatore Ferragamo High Heel Sandals

Salvatore Ferragamo High Heel Sandals

Final Bid:
$84
Helmut Lang Draped Dress

Helmut Lang Draped Dress

Final Bid:
$85
Dylanlex for Rachel Zoe Collaboration Necklace

Dylanlex for Rachel Zoe Collaboration Necklace

Final Bid:
$125
Chanel No. 5 L'Eau Perfume for Women

Chanel No. 5 L'Eau Perfume for Women

Final Bid:
$120
Men's Movado Heritage Series Calendoplan Chronograph Wristwatch

Men's Movado Heritage Series Calendoplan Chronograph Wristwatch

Final Bid:
$485
Pair of Herman Miller Eames Shell Chairs

Pair of Herman Miller Eames Shell Chairs

Final Bid:
$150
Men's Vintage Snakeskin Leather Roper Boots

Men's Vintage Snakeskin Leather Roper Boots

Final Bid:
$110
Dolce & Gabbana Leopord Print Leather iPad Cover

Dolce & Gabbana Leopord Print Leather iPad Cover

Final Bid:
$125
Men's Louis Vuitton Oxford Shoes

Men's Louis Vuitton Oxford Shoes

Final Bid:
$364
10K White Gold and Diamond "K" Pendant Necklace

10K White Gold and Diamond "K" Pendant Necklace

Final Bid:
$375
Unisex Prada Aviator Sunglasses

Unisex Prada Aviator Sunglasses

Final Bid:
$140
Sequined Richere Bag by Walborg

Sequined Richere Bag by Walborg

Final Bid:
$50
Abstract Metallic Art Piece

Abstract Metallic Art Piece

Final Bid:
$150
Modern Style Floor Lamp by Casella

Modern Style Floor Lamp by Casella

Final Bid:
$70
Two Pairs of Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Two Pairs of Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Final Bid:
$100
Oscar de la Renta Leather Boots

Oscar de la Renta Leather Boots

Final Bid:
$31
Men's Dolce & Gabbana V-Neck Cashmere Sweater

Men's Dolce & Gabbana V-Neck Cashmere Sweater

Final Bid:
$75
Louis Vuitton Turquoise Vernis Leather Bracelet

Louis Vuitton Turquoise Vernis Leather Bracelet

Final Bid:
$151
Mid-Century Velvet Side Chair

Mid-Century Velvet Side Chair

Final Bid:
$160
Coach and Tony Duquette Beetle Stick Pin with Semi-Precious Stones

Coach and Tony Duquette Beetle Stick Pin with Semi-Precious Stones

Final Bid:
$150
Green Lucite Link Necklace

Green Lucite Link Necklace

Final Bid:
$79
Pair of Lia Sophia Floral Statement Rings

Pair of Lia Sophia Floral Statement Rings

Final Bid:
$50
Tinted Glass Tumblers

Tinted Glass Tumblers

Final Bid:
$56
Men's Salvatore Ferragamo Oxford Shoes

Men's Salvatore Ferragamo Oxford Shoes

Final Bid:
$46
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Seller Story: George Kotsiopoulos, Los Angeles, CA

How do you know what to keep and what to sell?

For me, it’s all about how much I will regret getting rid of it, or how much space it takes up. With clothes, that’s always difficult because I try things on and if it’s nice, it fits and looks good on me, why would I get rid of it? Editing is really hard with clothes. With furniture, it’s easier because if there’s no space for it, there’s nowhere to put it.

What’s the rule of thumb for splurging on home décor? What items are worth it?

You’re not doing yourself any favors by buying a super inexpensive sofa. It won’t hold up. You can buy a vintage or antique sofa and spend a lot getting it reupholstered. I splurged on custom pillows for my house. You’re buying really expensive fabric but you don’t need to buy a ton of it, so it elevates the furniture pieces they accent.

After your sale, what are you shopping for?

I found an awesome 1960s Italian modern table for a great deal and then spent a lot having it refurbished. There are two huge wingback chairs and three industrial stools in front of it so it looks more like a cozy seating area for two. But I want to have dinner parties! The table has leaves that make it really big, so I just need like eight ballroom chairs to convert it to a big dining situation. I also don’t wear glasses but I want vintage pince-nez eyeglasses, the kind that have no arms and pinch onto your nose. They’ll live in my suit handkerchief pocket with a chain attached to the buttonhole. I’m not bringing reading glasses out to a restaurant to read the menu because that’s ridiculous, I’m sorry.