Every vintage piece has a story to tell. And so does Green Door Vintage! Here’s a glimpse into the journey that led me to start Green Door and why vintage just happens to be my numero uno love.
As the youngest of a bunch of cousins living in small town New Zealand, I was the recipient (read: victim) of an endless supply of terrible hand-me-downs. This naturally had me lusting over anything new and shiny as a kid, until I reached my teenage years, discovered the glory of op-shopping and developed a newfound appreciation for the beauty and value of good quality second-hand treasures.
Fast-forward a few years and I’m living in London in the 90s, surrounded by some of the best markets in the world. Vintage bounty everywhere… I was hooked! And what started as a love of finding stylish, one-off fashion pieces and quirky trinkets and treasures soon evolved into an appreciation of the way vintage allows us to consume in a slow, sustainable and creative way.
After a trip to LA in 2012 where I came across the most incredible vintage flea markets, I knew I wanted to share these amazing finds with the world (plus, my closet and home was filled to the brim, so I really didn’t have a choice…)
You know what happened next. Green Door Vintage was born!
After being chained to a desk most of my working life, Green Door Vintage is the creative outlet I never knew I needed. Vintage hunting at markets, garage sales and rifling through friends’ closets, photo-shoot styling and the endless kick I get out of helping stylish ladies find rad, one-off pieces that make them stand out from the crowd. Just can’t beat it.
Here’s why vintage is my number one love (sorry hubby!)
It’s got soul, baby…
Vintage fashion is history, art, and style all rolled into one—it’s playful, soulful and full of the stories of those who have come before us. I love the character of vintage clothing and homeware, the whimsy, the statement, the chance to channel some of that funk and sass from bygone eras like the 60s and 70s.
It’s damn cool
Because things don’t have to be new or ‘trendy’ to be stylish. It’s about mixing eclectic, vintage pieces with contemporary ones and helping people find their signature style—in what they wear, and how they decorate their home. I love showing how old pieces can be used today in playful, creative ways. Vintage lets your inner glam gal, 50s mod queen or rock n roll child shine.
It’s good for the planet
Right now, we’re living in a throwaway culture that cares more about convenience and newness than our environment. Here in Australia, we throw away six tonnes of textiles and clothing every 10 minutes. To be honest, it’s pretty effing nuts and it’s time to shrink our fashion footprints. Buying vintage saves clothes from landfill and gives us an ethical way of satisfying a lust for new clothes. It’s a fashion movement that allows for expression and creativity, without being a total jerk to the planet.
What’s in a name?
We all have those formative times and places that stick with us forever. When you find your people and grow in the direction of who you are going to be. For me, it was a tiny studio with a green door when I lived in London back in the 90s, forever to be known as ‘The Green Door’ by all who lived there and all who went through the door.
From wild parties and losing our collective sh*t together on a tiny dancefloor (aka the lounge room floor), to friendships that saw us through romances, travel plans, shit jobs and everything in between, the flat was there for it all.
So I always knew I wanted to have a business called ‘Green Door’ to pay homage to that whirlwind, unforgettable time. And what better way to honour the flat than a vintage store filled with cool, one-of-a-kind pieces that let the wearer become exactly who they want to be?
Meant to be, right?
Visit our online store to view the latest vintage ♥️ you can also find us at Clem’s Cargo Marketplace, 38 Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads NSW. Open 10am – 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.