I am excited to be doing my first proper fashion interview(hence the purple font!!). I met these ladies on a trip to Birm and I thought wow, thier clothes are........different! Its strange but I am not that adventorous when it comes to clothing and fashion, considering how daring I am with other stuff, so I always admire people, both regular and celebrities, that dare to stand out from the crowd.
This is where VINTAGE clothing and the virgos come in. Virgos Lounge is made up of three ladies Fioye, Nike and Oye and they specialise in sourcing vintage clothing, altering them and selling them for mere mortals like us. So I got together with Oye and asked her some essential questions-----
1)For those that dont know, what exactly is vintage clothing, i.e how can you tell what falls into that category?
Vintage clothing includes clothes from different eras, this usually ranges from the 20's to the 90's. They are not necessarily dated because they are from a different era because many clothes that are on trend now are inspred by vintage clothing.
2)How did you ladies get into it and why?
We got into selling vintage clothes simply as a result of our love for fashion particularly vintage. we decided to start because its something we enjoy and also because we find that many people like the idea of vintage clothes but detest the process involved so we make it easier for them.
3)What advice can you give to people like me that feel vintage is for the adventurous and dont feel we can pull it off?
Vintage is definitely not just for the adventurous. Some vintage dresses in particular are similar to the styles of many dresses on the high street but what makes them better is their unique nature and the likelihood that no one else would wear the same dress as you when you go out. However, you would often come across some adventurous pieces but some people like adventurous. It's safe to say that there is something for everyone
My faveourite piece
4)Another problem is that it seems such an effort to find them, any tips on how to source great pieces, any good stores or markets?
It's definitely tedious finding vintage pieces but thats where virgos lounge comes in, we do the sourcing and make it easier for others to buy vintage. A good place to buy vintage pieces is always camden market.
5)Who are your celebrity inspirations for vintage clothing?
Princess Diana is the ultimate vintage inspiration this is an obvious choice as she was an icon in the 80's and 90's. Celebrities at the moment that inspire usin terms of vintage fashion include Chloe Sevingy, Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung and the Olsen twins
6)What are your ultimate goals for virgo's lounge, and where do you see it in 10 years?
Our goals include to open concessions all over the world and also to open a huge store in Lagos selling vintage clothes amongst many other things. In 10 years virgos lounge would be a household name and the best in vintage clothing.
7)What about vintage accessories such as jewellry and shoes?
We would definitely be adding vintage accessories (bags, belts and jewellery) to our brand in the nearer future. However, vintage shoes are more difficult to source becuase they usually come in smaller sizes but its something we are also very interested in.
Their one of a kind pieces from this collection can be purchased at Virgos Lounge . Here are my faves---
Oye was recently featured on Bella (my role model) for her vintage style. I am proud of these ladies for being bold and different, like true fashionistas, and I will definately be rocking some of these vintage pieces myself!!!