Vintage shopping: Nostalgia Queen Vintage

Nostalgia Queen Vintage

I chanced upon Nostalgia Queen Vintage last month on its third day of business and it is a real treat to have a vintage shop near my workplace.  The place is nicely done up with retro fittings and I feel right at home.

Tucked away in a nondescript corner of Sunshine Plaza, it’s the sort of vintage shop worth visiting on a regular basis.  The range is wide, stocks are updated regularly and prices are reasonable. Originally a by-appointment-only showroom at 92 Sophia Rd, Nostalgia Queen Vintage moved to Sunshine Plaza a month ago. Clearly, there is demand for vintage clothing and accessories. My favourite being vintage jewellery (no surprises there), you’ll probably see me there often because they have a wide selection!

Nostalgia Queen Vintage

Nostalgia Queen Vintage

Nostalgia Queen Vintage

Visit Nostalgia Queen Vintage at #01-75 Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen St. It is open 11am to 9pm daily, except Tuesday (closed) and Wednesday (half-day 4pm to 9pm).  Like its Facebook page for regular updates!

x Sybil

(Images provided by Nostalgia Queen Vintage)

Vintage and second-hand at HUMANA

Shopping in Europe isn’t always cheap, that’s why H&M is always crowded!  To find something different and continue my hunt for vintage and second-hand clothing, I went to HUMANA in both Milan and Berlin.  The prices are reasonable and if you dig deep enough, you’ll find steals like an ESCADA jacket for 39 euros.  The HUMANA in Berlin is amazing and I have some pictures to show for it!

First off, the place is crazy ass huge.  There are five levels.  The clothing are neatly arranged, coloured coded and pattern coded even.  This is no Salvation Army but to be fair, there are organised Salvation Army stores, just not in Singapore.  On the fifth level, vintage is organised by decades and from the 1920s onwards.  Aside from clothing, shoes, bags and accessories, there are even a few racks of costumes.  The selection here is beyond comprehensive.

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The only problem is most clothing come in average European sizes and it’s near impossible to find something in Asian petite size.  Nonetheless, it was an inspiring visit!

x Sybil

(Images by self)

Berlin fashion: BAGAZ

It’s time to introduce Berlin designers.  They’re not easy to find but thanks to concept shops like KONZEPT86, emerging fashion designers have a platform to showcase their collections.

From my recent visit, I discovered several Berlin labels and one of them is BAGAZ.  A young label, BAGAZ is founded by Yuliya Gröling and Veronika Filonova in 2011.  Yuliya studied art history and Veronika studied architecture, giving them a unique perception on fashion.  According to the two designers, BAGAZ is a symbiosis of Grunge and modern architecture, made for women who want to emphasise their individuality.  The intended look is fierce and powerful, in monochrome cotton, silk and woolen fabrics.  Winter is typically dark in Europe and in Berlin, you get a real sense of how the Germans mix layers of different fabrics in various dark hues for that cool winter chic look.

Titled Invention of Grey Reality, below are selected looks from BAGAZ’s Autumn Winter 2012 collection.

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It’s no wonder the only way to look good in so many layers is to go with dark colours.  The pieces are simple, minimal and structured, which makes layering for the winter effortless.

 

x Sybil

(Images from BAGAZ)

 

Dover Street Market and its magic

On this slow and lazy Monday, I’m going through some archives of news clippings I’ve kept for bedtime reading.  Well, better late than never because this piece of news gives me time to plan for my next vacation.  A seven storey Dover Street Market will open in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district in March 2012 and I want to be there!

It’s hard to believe that it was 41 years ago that Rei Kawakubo started Commes des Garçons because the brand is still ahead of many others.  It is forward-looking and remains so in today’s fashion landscape, which proves that Kawakubo’s theory of “creating something that didn’t exist before” hasn’t changed one bit.

One of the highlights of my London trip was my visit to Dover Street Market.  I’m surprised at the number of labels the store carries; from Alexander Wang to Yves Saint Laurent.  The store features both established fashion houses, as well as more experimental and younger labels, bringing true meaning to the term ‘market’.  It’s worth a visit when you are in London.

In Kawakubo’s words, “Fashion is something you attach to yourself, put on, and through that interaction the meaning of it is born. Without the wearing of it, it has no meaning…”  Ahhh, words that carry true meaning for anyone genuinely passionate about fashion.

X Sybil

(Images from Dover Street Market)

Lady Gaga Workshop: Barney’s New York

I laughed at Blake Lively’s comment about not knowing what to say if she meets Lady Gaga,  “She is like a piece of art come alive, so it would be strange to be, like, having a conversation with a painting.”

It’s funny, but probably true. In my opinion, Lady Gaga is someone who is the closest a person can get to an art piece. As an artiste who makes statements with shock techniques and outlandish outfits, she sure makes everyone sit up with her presence. What intrigued me is how commercial she can be with her latest collaboration Gaga Workshop, with Barney’s New York, under the supervision of Nicola Formichetti for a holiday range of limited edition items.


Lady Gaga in customized Chanel. (Photo by Lexie Moreland)

Some of the items on sale:


Spike Moto gloves


Swarovski teacup


Nail set by Lady Gaga’s manicurist, Naomi Yasuda


Avante Garde boot stocking.

In the mood for some christmas shopping to stuff up that avant garde boot stocking yet?

Shop here.

X Alex

(Image from Gagaworkshop , washington  post wwd. )

Tokyo: Keonji

One thing I absolutely love about Tokyo other than the energy is the character she possesses.  This character is reflected magnificently and visually in the streets, the people and of course the boutiques.

Everyone has a distinct sense of style and the owners use their shop spaces as a physical representation of who they are.  This trip, I managed to go to Keonji, a new territory for me and the shops blew me away. There’s just so much effort and individuality put into every shop.  You can find something unique in every corner, literally.

WARNING: Photos Avalanche ahead.

Street in Keonji, Tokyo.

Quaint hair salon along the streets. The bike is part of the shop’s display, I think.

Here’s what greets you and invites you into one of the shops!

A very theatrical green carpet grass vest.

Neon + leopard pattern patchwork lizard backpack.

The kitakore building that houses GARTER, ilil and dog.

Entrance to Garter.

Breath-taking isn’t it.

A closer view.

Gem it up!

And bling it up!

2nd floor to ILIL

Ken on display.  The calf muscles and the psychedelic shades go so well together…

Fitting room of the shop!

Display at DOG

Clothing at DOG.

Footwear at DOG.

If you’re in Tokyo, do drop by if you’re interested.

It’s at 104 kitakore-building, 3-4-13 keonji-kita
suginami-ku Tokyo 166-0002.

X Alex

(Images by self)

Shopping in Tokyo Shibuya

If you have watched the movie Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale about the true story about a dog’s devotion and love for his owner, you might be able to recognize the statue of the dog Hachi that is now mounted at the Shibuya train station.


Absolutely nothing to do with art or fashion but it serves as a good indicator of knowing you’re at Shibuya!

Otherwise the famous Shibuya cross junction could do the same!

The little street at Shibuya Jinnan Area along a slope.


Museum For Ships store. A Japanese brand that also has an online store.

( B1-3F, Jinnan 1-chome Bldg. 1-18-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-Ku 150-0041 Tokyo )


Another Japanese store Freak’s Store selling ‘clothes of the American Spirit’ – as quoted by them.

(1-13-1 2F Jinnan, Shibuya-Ku 150-0041 Tokyo )

You can also find many second hand clothing stores – menswear and womenswear alike:


The Primal Store selling 2nd hand clothing for men. Expect brands like Levis, Vans, Buttero, HTC and more!

(1-13-3 Jinnan, Shibuya-Ku 150-0041 Tokyo )


RAGTAG store- another 2nd hand clothing store around the area. Expect brands like Celine, Marni, Hermes and more!

(1-17-7 Jinnan, Shibuya-Ku 150-0041 Tokyo )

And finally, one of my favourite shops:


Rinkan brand. Unfortunately, it’s also the one store that I don’t have their website. It’s right across the G-star Raw shop (beside the Museum of Ships) so if you do drop by, you’ll know where to find it.


The store has quite a range of 2nd hand items of the more avant garde designers like Commes des garcon, Balmain, Balenciaga and even Alexander McQueen! Fabulous!

That’s all for now! Happy shopping if you are in Japan!

X Alex

(Images by self)

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