It’s no secret that the fashion industry is preoccupied with shedding its image of being wasteful and environmentally-unfriendly. According to a BBC report last July, the world is expected to trash more than 134 million tonnes of textiles annually by 2030.
As the industry’s ambitions for circular fashion practices become more pronounced in recent years, the popularity of curated vintage items has also come into focus once again – and seen as being part of the solution.
But is not just independent speciality shops that are leading the charge towards creating a more sustainable wardrobe. Even luxury watch and jewellery houses like Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels are solidifying their efforts to retail legitimately vintage (read: not inspired) designs from the past which they have acquired from private collectors and institutions, authenticated and restored.
It’s a wise move when one considers how mining for gold is not exactly Earth-friendly. A report in the Smithsonian Magazine cited data which said that obtaining raw gold to produce a single ring sees 20 tons of rock and soil extracted and discarded. Often, this excavation pollutes waterways and damages ecosystems far downstream from the mine site.
Back in Singapore, the vintage retail scene – dominated by names like Deja Vu Vintage and A Vintage Tale who are known for their chic designer threads from the ’50s to the ’70s – have also been reinvigorated. Today, a handful of stores are run by millennial entrepreneurs with a knack for curating streetwear and fashionable fits that stretched back to the ’80s and up to the Y2K era.
Some have also taken a more novel way to keep shoppers’ interest piqued. Clasico Casa, for one, adopts a monthly pop-up format. Says co-founder Greg Tan: “This keeps the items different and the experience is not repetitive for those who visit us monthly.”
Ready to dig through the vintage rack for your next shopping trip? Ahead, we suss out five stores with their own USPs tomes to scouring for fashion from the past.