One of the things I love about vintage fashion is that there is always a story associated with it. Vintage items from Melbourne’s Circa Vintage are no exception. Last week I had the privilege to spend some time with Nicole Jenkins, founder and owner of Circa Vintage, at her pop-up store at Westfield Southland. Not only is Nicole an absolute delight to talk to, she is a wealth of knowledge on all things fashion and vintage.
Nicole started Circa Vintage eight years ago in Gertrude St, Fitzroy. Since then she has written an award-winning book called Love Vintage, opened an online store and is currently in the process of moving Circa Vintage to new premises in the city.
What makes Nicole different to many other vintage specialists, and even regular fashion store owners, is her passion to share not only the history of the garment, but also tips on how to make sounds decisions when buying vintage (for regular tips, make sure you check out Circa Vintage’s blog).
In my time with Nicole, she shared the history of the actual garments and when unknown, the style of the period and how it would have been worn, as well as suggestions for how to mix and match today’s pieces with vintage items. I was fascinated and had I not had another engagement, I would have probably stayed for many more hours.
Each garment at Circa Vintage is carefully selected, checked over and over again, and any flaws carefully repaired to almost original condition. Nicole will not sell items that are damaged, or stained, because as she says, it is rare that they will come out, particularly in more delicate fabrics.
‘Pucci’-esque gown, previously owned by an ex-model, Melbourne socialite
Circa Vintage pop-up store at Westfield Southland is live for another week and I strongly encourage you to ‘pop’ in, say hello to Nicole and the girls to discover how you can incorporate vintage into your modern-day wardrobe. Be sure to check out the free Vintage Eveningwear Workshops on Saturday 26 May (tomorrow) at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.
And, to ignite, or reignite, your passion for vintage, Westfield have kindly donated two $50 vouchers for you my dear readers. All you have to do to win one of the two vouchers is tell us (in the comments section of this post) how you came to own your favourite item of vintage clothing, accessory or jewellery, and its history.
Entries must be submitted by 8pm on Tuesday 29 May 2012. I will then announce the winner that night and share with you the winning entry and my own favourite vintage item. Good luck! (Sorry, this competition is for Australian readers only.)
Images by House of Turtle