And A Happy New Year!
And A Happy New Year!
Something romantic happens when flowers and vintage come together – whether it’s old Hollywood glamour or rock festival hippy chic. Spring has hardly sprung yet the city is vibrant with a kaleidoscope of floral colour. Here, we’ve done some colour matching around town. Everything featured is from a local vintage or op shop.
Since it’s 2014, these poppies remind us of all the young men who lost their lives for the cause of freedom between 1914 and 1918. We would like to mention two in particular. Firstly, our second cousin Albert Alfred Sammons who was killed in action on 25 April 1915 while serving with the Royal Fusiliers. Also, Morgan Morris (our great grandfather’s brother) of the 9th Battalion Welsh Regiment. He was 27 years old when he died on 1st February 1917 following an enemy gas attack.
It’s great to see how well New Zealand’s doing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – currently in sixth position with 14 gold medals (what an exciting netball match between NZ and England!). So, we thought we should celebrate Dunedin’s Scottish heritage with a fresh take on tartan.
Dunners has many Edinburgh connections. But, one of our most stunning gothic buildings, the University of Otago clocktower complex, bears a strong resemblance to the University of Glasgow. Our obliging model, Grace Coddington (supermodel and creative director of American Vogue), posed on campus wearing as many Scottish-inspired pieces as we could find.
The last few weeks have been surreal and exciting. Now it’s back down to earth with some bargains!
As usual, Two Squirrels Vintage in Milton has come up trumps with another lovely vintage dress, this time from the early 1940s. Closer to home, Maher shoes (in Wall Street Mall) really impresses with their unique and affordable footwear. New Zealander Glen Maher owns the company and designs all the shoes which includes the best men’s shoes around. The re-vamped and re-opened Dunedin Paper Bag Princess store is now run by a local and it shows! There’s some great bargains to be found for both vintage and designer lovers.
We have lots to shout about in Dunedin from our beautiful suburbs to our innovative creative talent. This showcases both plus a few extra things we’ve picked up along the way. Thanks to Ross Creek for being a great photographic location.
Two Squirrels Vintage in Milton has only been open for just over a month and we’ve already been there three times – we just can’t keep away! Warren and Vanessa’s vintage clothing and collectibles are second to none for quality, originality, condition and especially price. They really go the extra mile which is why their carefully selected pieces just fly out the shop! As you can see, it’s impossible for us to come away empty handed.
It only takes about 35 minutes to drive from Dunedin to Milton (at a legal speed). The opening of Warren and Vanessa’s new shop, Two Squirrels Vintage, was the perfect excuse to head there at the weekend. When we arrived, the town was buzzing with activity with both a market and a church fair bringing in the crowds. As well as Two Squirrels, there are several other antique/collectible shops well worth a visit. Two Squirrels was amazing with the best rack of affordable vintage dresses we have seen in a long time including a beauty from the late 1930s! Luckily it happened to fit too. We can’t wait for our next visit to Two Squirrels!
We love mixing vintage with contemporary pieces, especially accessories. It’s a great way to create a unique and timeless look.
Sixties swing, seventies psychedelia, 80s grunge, Madonnaesque power dressing – it was all there at the old Lone Star (Princes Street) last Saturday when The Vintage Roundup returned. And the crowds came! Once again, this spectacular event was organised by Tannia Lee of Most Wanted Vintage. We had so much fun foraging for goodies from stallholders whose interests were diverse and eclectic. As usual, most of them were Dunedinites but a few came from further afield.
Warren and Vanessa from Two Squirrels came all the way from the fringe of Central Otago. They moved there from Christchurch after the earthquakes destroyed one of their shops and put the other in the red zone. On a positive note, their new shop in Milton has its grand opening weekend on 5-6 October. We can’t wait!
It was lovely to see Liz King of King’s Emporium (Herbert, North Otago) here again. She has a great eye for beautiful dresses – we couldn’t resist buying another one! She’s also a bit of a sewer on the side.
Daisy, from Little Moon Designs, is based in Dunedin. Her eco-clothing line for children is inspired by her six year old daughter. She also loves hat making, especially since she finds it frustrating when hats don’t fit or spoil hair styles.
It was exciting to see the unveiling of Swish in the City which Tannia Lee has helped organise. It will be Dunedin’s first official clothing swap on Saturday 5 October at the Dunedin Railway Station! It promises to be an amazing event with live entertainment, spot prizes and a complimentary drink.
The weather was so incredible that vintage lovers spilled out onto Princes Street creating a hub of activity and excitement. It was very convenient having Purple Rain Cafe practically next door, giving shoppers the opportunity to grab a quick cup of coffee between purchases. Colourful, quirky mannequins lined the street and we were even entertained by a retro busker, who recited limericks.
Thanks so much Tannia – you’ve done it again!
Why wear vintage? There’s lots of good reasons. Quality, originality, affordability, nostalgia and indulging in your secret sartorial fantasy. We are lucky in Dunedin; there’s lots of good vintage to be found. This is what we bagged at the recent Vintage Roundup at Queens.