The best buys will last you a long time. But how long can a vintage buy last? Just last week I had an interview in some swanky Notting Hill media office and, as ever, I found myself reaching for my age-old tweed printed, pussy-bow X-girl blouse.
The very same day I went for a quick browse in Pippa Brooks’ hip boutique Shop, on Brewer Street, in London’s Soho. The shop assistant immediately recognised my blouse and commented on how well it had lasted.
Yes, it had. In fact the former owner of the blouse had bought it in this boutique some years ago. But Shop, one of X-girls only UK stockists doesn’t hoard the brand anymore because, despite being released by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon from New York, the brand is based in Japan and shipping and customs from Japan are just too expensive. That means today’s best way to buy X-girl, sister label to Beastie Boy Mike D’s X-large, is second-hand on ebay.
As the world’s largest retro store, ebay is also worth browsing for Sofia Coppola’s Milk Fed label too. Like Kim Gordon the daughter of film maverick Francis Ford also produces her label in Japan, making her cute, cotton pieces in tiny sizes, hard to come by at the best of times.
But find it you will, if you mooch on ebay. Just today I chanced a gorgeous, brown jumbo cord Milk Fed blazer with starting bids at just $9. From the same seller, on the same day, I unearthed a cotton bomber jacket in blue/white stripe with cute large pocket detailing, a snip with starting bids at $9 too.
Hysteric Glamour isn’t as tricky to find because so many fakes are available such is the demand for this Japan based, super cool brand favoured by the young and hip.
My favourite Hysteric Glamour piece is a nineties, cartoon camouflage shirtdress bought as “used” on ebay. It’s a classic piece loaded with wit and charm, in particular I love the small “kinky slick” label on the front pocket with HG’s logo morphed into a yellow/black smiley “acid” face. Perfect for the ongoing, underground “raver” trend.
Model: Erica Crompton