Welcome to our new VFG Blog series featuring members of the VFGteam at Etsy!
You will be introduced to a different Team member in each new post. Please check out our Team Gallery page here.
Today's featured seller is Louise and you can visit her shop Catwalk Creative Vintage here.
I first became interested in vintage fashion when I discovered the bright lights of Manchester as a teenager. There was a huge rockabilly revival going on at the time (1980s), with loads of nightclubs catering to that particular style of music. Fashion went hand-in-hand with the music, and I was hooked!
2. Do you regularly wear vintage?
I think it's important to support the vintage community so yes I do wear vintage regularly. I don't wear it head-to-toe every day - it really depends on what I'm doing. I'm eagerly awaiting delivery of two rather splendid day dresses, both dating c.1950s. I'm sure they'll be a regular fixture in my summer wardrobe this year. I'm also planning a shopping trip to Liverpool with my sister this weekend and have a fab 1970s dress that I'll team with boots and a vintage scarf. And I always wear vintage jewellery and accessories when I go out. I'm never short of a compliment or two!
3. Do you have a Holy Grail?
Anything by Jean Muir.
4. If you could visit the atelier of any fashion designer (dead or alive), who would it be?
Ohhh, that's such a difficult one. There are so many incredible designers past and present. However, as I love the Sixties so much, I guess it's got to be Mary Quant. I think her dynamic personality would have been a wonder to behold. And what an exciting time for fashion!
5. What do you see as the future of vintage?
Generally speaking, people will always resonate towards quality and craftsmanship, so I think the future of vintage is very safe indeed. People have always loved to wear and collect 'old stuff' for many a decade, so there's absolutely no reason that should change. There are now very serious collectors of fine vintage attire and my only hope is that the younger generation appreciate how special vintage it is.
6. What is your favorite item in your shop?
Dollyrockers floral maxi dress c.1960s. I especially love the colour and the little added extras like the plastic flower buttons, belt buckle and purple velvet trim.
Here are a few more items from Louise's shop:
Small Metal Evening Bag c.1950s
Laura Ashley English Country Roses Dress c.1980s
Jean Allen Pant Suit with Long Jacket c.1960s