Mix & Match Vintage
The situation with vintage stores in Moscow is still not very successful: despite the fact that they seem to be there, few know about them, and only a few go around. Many, in turn, do not see any difference between vintage items and regular second-hand.
Life around talked with the founder of the showroom of vintage dresses and overalls Mix & Match Vintage Katya Borisova and found out what can actually be considered vintage, where to look for it and what to choose.
Vintage differs from second-hand in that it is clothing that has gone through a fairly rigid selection system. Vintage things should have certain parameters: be at least 30 years old (although now the bar has dropped to 20), have the characteristic features of the time when they were made, but at the same time remain relevant. Those items that are more than a hundred years old are considered antiques and unsuitable for everyday wear.
Best of all, clothes of 1970-1980 come to our days, mainly due to the popular at that time durable synthetic and mixed fabrics, as well as costume items from earlier years that the previous owners carefully stored and rarely wore.
Good vintage stores can be found all over the world. In Europe, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Stockholm are famous for excellent vintage showrooms and flea markets. And in any European city you will find several good vintage shops. Europeans have a different attitude to used and old things, in contrast to Muscovites, who are still wary of the idea of buying a thing that someone already wore before you. Japanese vintage is quite common in Southeast Asia, in Hong Kong or Bangkok. Until the mid-40s, kimonos were used as casual clothes in Japan, and Western-style clothing began to appear in Japanese everyday life only after the Second World War. Japanese dresses are very feminine and elegant. Most of them were made of polyester, as it is easier to care for and durable.
How long the vintage item lasts for you depends on many factors: the degree of wear and material, how and where this item was stored. For example, synthetic and mixed fabrics are better preserved than clothing made from natural materials. Thin, natural fabrics become more vulnerable over time, and wool products often suffer from moths. Of course, if clothes were little worn before and stored carefully, then it can reach our days in its original form and, with proper care, will last a long time.
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