Blurb from the author: I really like the look of vintage clothing, but I don't think I can do it. However, I am chasing some people online who take lifestyle quite seriously, although I have never met anyone who is on the other side of the picture: those who restore these vintage garments.
Jackie Heng and Wendy Neoh are a mother-daughter duo that runs Heritasia Crafts, a home business where they essentially restore vintage dresses, skirts, and more to their former heyday, to sell to those who bought the vintage Live fashion lifestyle.
What we're talking about
This is real vintage clothing, not just vintage or vintage style
Dress. But how do you recognize the difference?
“So that clothing is taken into account
As a vintage, you must be at least 20 years old. Our vintage dresses are
Mostly from the 1970s to the 80s and some also in the 90s. In order to
That means our clothes can be up to 50 years old, ”Wendy told Vulcan Post.
After I did that
For years she has been learning some traitors to determine the authenticity of
a vintage piece:
- The way the clothing labels are printed, their material and brand names,
- Vintage clothing is usually of superior quality (workmanship and fabric) and is made to last.
- Design features like pin-tucking, smocking, pleated, lace and embroidery, and sometimes they come with matching belts and buckles.
- The types and designs of the accessories (buckles and buttons) supplied with the clothing,
- The overall aesthetics of the clothes are based on their shape / silhouette.
The clothing with which Heritasia Crafts works is sourced both overseas and on site, whether on their own trips or through contacts. "
"We are on the lookout
for all thrift stores (including the Salvation Army, charity shops, etc.),
Vintage / antique shops, even for selling car boots or someone's old wardrobe! "Wendy
Find a fix
Despite the fact that Wendy mentioned that vintage clothing is usually designed to last, some parts will undoubtedly fall victim to external factors.
While she and she
Mother is not afraid of challenging and time-consuming restorations / repairs
To work, they still have to reconcile their passion for vintage clothing with business
Side of things.
"Sometimes we find
We bite more than we can handle – we have had some cases where we
brought back pieces that we thought we could restore, but not in the end, ”said Wendy
"That is the risk that
We are ready (or have to) as a vintage seller. We feel compelled to be creative
in our process. "
If you’re creative,
They turned dresses into skirts and shortened long sleeves to short ones
those if they find holes or insect bites on the fabric.
- Before and after a blue clothing restoration / Photo credit: Heritasia Crafts
- Before and after a transformation / Photo credit: Heritasia Crafts
However, they limit these transformations as much as possible and will only do so if only one piece can be saved.
This is where Jackie's over 40 years of experience as a seamstress comes in to save the day and allow them to take a higher risk when buying vintage pieces.
After the purchase
The recovery process starts with a good wash (and surprisingly, you would wash yourself
Vintage clothing with the same precautions as modern clothing)
before hanging the item to dry.
Next is the stain removal check and a quality check to confirm what needs to be done.
Some of the most
The usual repair work includes changing the elastic waistbands, replacing buttons,
Buckles, zippers and rivets as well as newly hemmed skirts and collars, to name just a few.
Some of the belts and buckles / Photo credit: Heritasia Crafts
This entire process takes 3 to 4 hours each, without the time required for procurement, washing, and steam ironing.
Wendy shared that too
In addition to repairs, they try to add value to clothing.
For example, they could make belts for some of the dresses, and while these are additional costs to the overall process, they make the parts ready to wear and are often valued by their customers.
Keep the love of
Except for the sale
With their selected pieces online, they set up stands in markets and bazaars where
You can talk to customers personally about vintage clothing. So far a
The majority of their customers are women in their mid-20s and mid-40s.
Rachel, a Heritasia Craft customer, designs some of her pieces / Image Credit: Heritasia Crafts
Wendy and Jackie are
also transparent about the shortcomings that some of her pieces might have
Despite all efforts and in most cases, customers fully accept these shortcomings
as part of authentic vintage pieces.
The prices for tops,
Jackets, skirts and pants start at RM 29, while dresses usually cost RM 89
Some examples of her restored clothes / Photo credit: Heritasia Crafts
Whenever they are addressed
from people who ask why their pieces tend to be more expensive than others
Seller, Wendy will explain the process of making these vintage pieces
“Rent for pop-up
The stands have also grown steadily over the years. These are some of the hidden ones
Costs that people or our customers don't see / think, ”she said
The procurement of vintage clothing and accessories is also increasing
Behind holding the
Wendy loves and lives vintage clothes and sees what they do
part of keeping textile waste away from landfills.
"It's like that
wonderful feeling of being able to bring these pieces back to their glory days
once again enjoyed and loved again, ”she said. The great response they get
Customers also make every effort to go the extra mile worth it.
admitted that business was not always rosy. In the early stages they had
to understand the preferences of the local market and to be able to estimate which pieces would do this
appeal to them and sell.
Despite more people
They are beginning to understand vintage clothing and still meet people who are
against the idea of wearing clothes worn by others.
"So it's important
To keep the discussion going, we hope that more and more people will say no
fast fashion and opt for past fashion instead! "Said Wendy.
Bottom line: I have no doubt that this is vintage restoration
hard work – for me it's even an art. Sometimes I think to fix something
can be a lot more difficult than starting from scratch, especially if
They try to keep the original essence of the work.
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Selected image source: Heritasia Crafts