I don’t usually believe in magic, except for when we’re talking about vintage fashion. I find it impossible to describe the feeling of finding the one, the ultimate piece you never knew you absolutely needed, without using words that end up referring back to the mystical world. Supernatural, enchanting, a miracle… To be fair, there is plenty of scientific evidence that can relay this feeling of euphoria back to hormonal releases of endorphins and dopamine caused by the tap of a credit card. But I’ve always been more interested in the emotional connection only a vintage garment can bring. Whether it’s yearning for the one that got away or being surprised by stumbling upon something completely unexpected, shopping for vintage pieces can be an absolute rollercoaster of feelings and that’s exactly why I can never get enough of it.
My love affair started back when I was a teenager with a limited budget and an unlimited appetite for power suiting. Seeking out late 1980s blazers with structured shoulders and wide lapels became a hobby, as I made my bid to become the premier Peter Byrne impersonator in my hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. Most people simply cocked their heads to one side and questioned my style choices, but I remained unphased and taught myself how to trace a jacket’s linings back to a specific tailor or brand even if the label was missing. Exploring my love of vintage clothes made me learn about design and truly understand its real value. This connection evolved over the years as I discovered how and where to shop, therefore leaning into the never-ending search for the next best piece that is unique, special and owned by only me.
So you can imagine the excitement when KOIBIRD generously asked me to immerse myself into their rails and rails of wonderful objects that made me go ‘oooh’, ‘ahhh’ and ‘OMG I NEED THIS’. Join me on this journey of discovery as I share six of my favourite pieces you can currently shop via KOIBIRD’s newly launched vintage edit. As all of the pieces are one-offs, consider this your final warning: buy now or regret later.