Sometimes, securing great – and credible – vintage buys boils down to where you look. And any discerning collector know that’s no easy feat in this little red dot. That, or you’ve not heard of The Fifth Collection. For the past two years, the online portal has been our go-to source for its selection of luxury French brands – in particular Chanel, Christian Lacroix and Hermes – as well as its extensive range of costume jewellery.
But if you’re the sort who prefer the experience of shopping at a brick-and-mortar store, then its founder Nejla Matam-Finn has come up with a brilliant idea. Starting today, a 40-piece collection of apparel, accessories and paraphernalia will be sold at multi-label boutique Manifesto (#02-19 Capitol Piazza), capping off a year’s work of sourcing and tracking down rare vintage buys.
“When it comes to purchasing vintage designer wares, it’s not like walking into a store and buying it off the rack,” she says. “You must already hold a stellar reputation in order to access close-door auctions, and foster close bonds with vintage dealers to come into amazing articles of value, stories and interest. Selecting the right pieces also means we need to know our collectors.”
With provenance and historical significance forming the major part of the criteria of her curation here, just what made the final edit? Among them: A rare Hermes bag from ’88 which is said to be the minimalist cousin of the Haut a Courroies, as well as a rare Louis Vuitton Vintage Equator poster, an automobile event co-organised by the Malaysia and Singapore Vintage Car Register almost 25 years ago.
We highlight 10 great finds from the capsule collection here: