Why buy vintage childrenswear?
Just touching and seeing how clothes used to be tailored and finished gives me so much joy, and hunting for a gemstone amongst the rough is so much more thrilling than trawling through a store filled with rails of the same garment produced en masse. What do I look for when I'm shopping for vintage clothes? I'm looking for a quality and style that isn't available now at an affordable price. Some of the garments to me are akin now only to standard available when shopping designer brands. Beautiful fabrics, prints and even colours that now just aren't as refined as they used to be. Dresses that flow and don't skimp on fabric, hems that allow you to lengthen them as your child grows, fabric finished buttons on coats with velvet and wool trim.
I have always been an absolute sucker for tailoring, hence my obsession with coats.
With the hunt for beautiful vintage clothing comes the reward of individuality, and a sense of reminiscence that can spark stories of our past. Admittedly it can be a wee bit hard to part with some of the lovely pieces that come my way, but I consider myself lucky to find them and to be able to photograph them in a fun way and send them on the next stage of their journey. Seeing the pieces on and reviving them, sharing them with others, and often triggering childhood memories is priceless.
Garments from as far back as the 1920s and '30s and even into the '80s have all these qualities that will only become more precious are rare in time. Hopefully, they will become heirlooms again and be a glimpse into the past for our children's families.