Belle Époque

BAZAAR talks to Lone Friis Larsen, co-founder of lux­ury vin­tage bou­tique Vin­ter Vin­tage on the al­lure of “the story” and how to pick out an in­cred­i­ble piece. By Amy Yas­mine.

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What is the ap­peal of vin­tage fash­ion?

For me, it’s the story that comes to­gether with the clothes. I think it’s amaz­ing how fash­ion can go be­yond van­ity and ob­ses­sion. Through fash­ion, we re­flect the world at a par­tic­u­lar mo­ment in time – so­cially, po­lit­i­cally or eco­nom­i­cally.

What do you usu­ally look out for when it comes to pick­ing out vin­tage pieces?

Time­less­ness, wear­a­bil­ity, and qual­ity. It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand that not ev­ery vin­tage item is of good qual­ity, but it is that ex­act flaw that makes it so spe­cial. Each piece tells a dif­fer­ent story.

Your favourite era?

It de­pends what it’s for. The ’20s was a fun decade, although the ’30s was in­sane be­cause they had amaz­ing gowns. The ’50s, on the other hand, is a very ideal look; its old-school clas­sic style be­ing very wear­able. But if you’re look­ing for some­thing very com­fort­able, the ’70s is your best bet.

Your tips for pur­chas­ing a great vin­tage piece?

Al­ways do your re­search and know which decade suits you best. Each decade has its own dis­tinct style and cut.

What is your style phi­los­o­phy when it comes to vin­tage pieces?

There are no rules at all! A great ex­am­ple is Lexie Ro­driguez, who did a shoot for her blog re­cently, and paired this 1912 cro­cheted lace top with a ’70s leather skirt. It cre­ated a whole new look de­spite it com­ing from dif­fer­ent eras, and looked so per­fect to­gether. What sets a great vin­tage item apart from a good one? To vin­tage con­nois­seurs, the “holy grail” would be a piece of vin­tage cloth­ing from when a de­signer was still alive. If not, per­haps when a piece is as good as new. At the same time, pieces with marks or any signs of wear have a cer­tain charm to it. For ex­am­ple, an em­bel­lished dress from the ’20s and ’30s would most def­i­nitely have a story to it, just be­cause paillettes at that time melted eas­ily. That, to me, is a trea­sure, but to oth­ers, it may be a bro­ken dress. You never know, that dress could’ve told an amaz­ing story about a cou­ple, a fam­ily, or a piece of his­tory. Vin­ter Vin­tage, C-3A-13, Em­pire Da­mansara Soho 1, Jalan PJU 8/8A, Da­mansara Perdana. Tel: 016-260 1708

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