When I decided to become a mindful consumer last November and started to actually think about what and why I was buying, looking at vintage became a pretty obvious choice. The thing is, Russians are pretty much like the majority of Chinese, in that we have a strange relationship with vintage clothes. Maybe it comes from the fact that old clothes/hand downs are associated with poverty or maybe it's because both cultures are full of superstitions and old clothes are associated with dead people and spirits, or maybe as Sybil suggested yesterday, it's because the vintage clothes in the west come from the good times (roaring twenties, fun seventies, crazy 80's) as opposed to the depressing 70/80's in Russia.
Whatever the reason, growing up I never wore vintage, there were no vintage stores in Marbella in Spain either and even in my times of living in London I have to admit I had little interest in vintage. It was all about new clothes, Zara, Topshop and the various fashion stores on Kings Road and Notting Hill.
Last November, I decided it was time to give vintage a go. I came across Andy of Standard Vintage through the eponymous JJ of the Wanderlister and was really keen to come and check out his clothes, so a few weeks ago Andy, Kit Lee (our part-time London import and a vintage queen) and moi joined our forces on Sunday afternoon for a little photo shoot.
(Make sure to check out Kit's photos from the London fashion week wearing few of the Standard Vintage dresses)
So no vintage clothes do not smell, feel funny, nor do you see dead people when you wear them, the cuts are different to the ones we are used to and some styles can be a little too lady-like for the non elegant moi, but otherwise I love the experience of trying things made in a different era.
Best of all most of Standard Vintage pieces are handpicked Japanese dresses & accessories dated from the 60's to the 80's. The quality of each piece is outstanding and is as anti-fast fashion as it can be. Andy has an amazing eye for colour and detail and all pieces are very reasonably priced. So make sure to check out his online store, for some unique one-off pieces.
Dresses courtesy of Andy from standard vintage. Photos of me by Kit!