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)

Vintage made new: HISTORY by Dylan

Everyone knows I’m big on vintage and even more so for vintage with a modern twist.  Korean fashion designer Dylan Ryu breathes new life into luxury vintage handbags with the label HISTORY by Dylan.  Using antique items, vintage materials and flea market finds, Dylan is able to customize and transform each vintage bag into something that truly reflects the owner.

If you need embellishment for your Birkin or 2.55, Dylan is the designer to go to.  You definitely can’t be a purist though.

Images from this month’s Le Chateau de Dylan at Pass the baton in Tokyo. Wish I could be there to see this!

Selected works by the designer:

Time to make another trip to Seoul to discover Korean talents again!

x Sybil

(Images from HISTORY by Dylan)

(UN)FASHION: Vintage leather shoes and bags

I’ve been shopping for shoes for about a year now.  Shoe shopping is a serious affair.  A pair of decent shoes can last you many many years and they should look better the more you wear them.  It’s a real pity some people see shoes as seasonal items these days.

On my Bangkok shopping list was a vintage leather shop, (UN) FASHION vintage collection.  It is located at Ekkamai 10, within a trendy neighbourhood populated by the young and hip in Bangkok.  The area is also filled with Japanese restaurants because of the Japanese expatriates living there.  Needless to say, some of the boutiques have adopted the Japanese look and feel for their shop ambience and it was definitely a refreshing and unexpected experience for me.  I enjoyed the area thoroughly.  In the evening, the place transformed into a vibrant night scene with cool pubs and bars, no different from Lan Kwai Fong area in Hong Kong.

A selection of vintage Ladies shoes

A selection of vintage Mens shoes

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The shop also carries a nice range of handbags, wallets and other small leather goods but I suspect you have to be a regular for them to bring out the good stuff.  Nonetheless, it’s definitely a place worth visiting in Bangkok.

x Sybil

(Images from (UN) FASHION vintage collection)

Vintage in London, Vintage in Singapore

For the first time, this year’s London Fashion Weekend features a vintage section!

From 22nd to 25th September, visitors can expect vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery from vintage dealers specially selected by Vintage by Hemingway.  Dealers include BlackDot World Archive, Fraubraun, Victory Vintage and many more, each unique in their speciality and merchandise.  It’s a festival of all things vintage; fashion, music and even hair and make-up!

Fraubraun features an eclectic mix of hand-picked, quality vintage pieces from the 1930s to the modern era, sourced by stylist and curator Stefanie Braun.

Hannah, Tallulah and Dixie, members of The Polka Dot Dolls, the toe-tapping close-part harmony swing group will perform live in the East Wing vintage area on Friday 23rd September.

It’s amazing that vintage has such a strong following in London and many other cities in the world and it’s a real pity that the scene is not as developed in Asia.

Nonetheless, for some harmless fun at a local flea market event here in Singapore, pop by Flea-tique tonight and visit the fashionartisan stall.  We would love to chat with our readers and share fashion tips and secrets.  I will also be selling a few vintage pieces from my wardrobe and some pre-loved Issey, Armani, Kenzo and Etro.  Come visit us and say hello!!!

X Sybil

(Image from London Fashion Weekend)

Vintage rules the day

Although experimental and avant-garde fashion get the stamp of approval from Alex and me, vintage is very close to our hearts. Personally, vintage makes up more than 50% of my wardrobe and with my latest shopping spree in Tokyo, I guess that pecentage just went up further!

Japan, especially Tokyo, Harajuku, is fabulous for used and vintage clothing at extremely reasonable pieces. To top the experience off, H&M and forever 21 are located just next door for some mix and match to complete a chic outfit.

At Chicago, clothing are categorised according to colours and patterns; stripes, polka dots, checks, Hawaiian prins, and all things white. This season, I am huge on patterns and have gone wild over polka dots having seen them all over Japan. A circle represents infinity and signifies finality for me. Just the outline of circles would be even more interesting, (forming a pattern of hollow dots) pity I did not find any this trip.

A MUST stop for me whenever I am in Japan is Kinji, where clothes are categorised by their themes; safari, nautica, cosplay, Disney, bohemian, etc and I am very happy with what I found this time! This season, on top of polka dots, I find myself looking at clothing that is form-fitting; dropping down two sizes from what I would usually wear. I guess I will be doing less draping, more experimenting with outlines and structure. Hmmm…. Alex’s previous entry on Irina Shaposhnikova’s Crystallographica collection comes to mind but how shall i solve the issue of sitting down…

Cowboy, country and a bit of folk style seems to be the main theme at Hug. I love vintage shoe shopping and they have some decent leather shoes, as well as really cutey cowboy boots and bohemian tops. They even provide styling tips on their website. Follow closely and you will look like you just stepped out of Harajuku, Jingu-mae!

Last but not least is HAIGHT&ASHBURY where vintage is referred to as ‘antique’. (what a delicate and elusive term for vintage clothing!) It is as refreshing as the Japanese’s obsession with all things French. They have two blogs; the other blog is here.

I will be updating on new clothes, cool boutiques and labels fom Tokyo soon. Stay tuned!

X Sybil

(Images taken by me and from websites of stores, all links included above)

Summer sale in the heat of summer

I was in Tokyo for the past week and the scorching summer sun was a real killer but nothing perks me up like a good sale. Truth be told, it is impossible to afford a wardrobe full of Lanvin, LIMI Feu, Paul Smith, Commes des garcons, etc, if not for the seasonal sales.

Sale can be found all over Japan during the end of July and early August period and are indeed for people who know what true value is. I was bowled over by the immense number of great buys in the malls and boutiques. Even second-hand and vintage shops carry items on sale. Some of you may be swearing at me now, especially if you are not in Japan at the moment but my friends, we live in the age of the World Wide Web where we can shop online!

Above is an image from Kind, a second-hand boutique with a string of outlets across Japan. They stock brands like Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Tsumori Chisato, Helmut Lang and many more at GREAT affordable prices! Click here for their online shop.

Images of what Kind store in harajuku looks like from inside

(Above: image taken in store, below: images from www.urahara.org)
X Sybil

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