Being a total newbie to the whole blogging/ online store/ twitter world, we were feeling rather overwhelmed and under equipped to handle the intricacies that come with it. We started developing a style that rather mimicked other blogs, the more ‘A-list’ kind, and in the meantime kind of lost the point of why we started this whole thing in the first place!
So again, let me refresh your memory, my dear friends, why we actually DID jump on this wonderful www.com roller coaster! As all of you know Ahka Vintage is a vintage ebay store (like the other 4 million out there) but we are actually a sister team. I, the blogger, face-booker, hunter and gatherer of delectable vintage; and Lara, the creative director, photographer and general
Add to that Steph, who has absolutely nothing to do with the stores, however supplies us with yummy cakes to keep us going – as she has just discovered her talent for cake making and has been making quite a variety of things – think R2D2, x-box, trains, barbies – and crafting them out of sponge cake. She’s the little ‘un of the family and often gives us the needed 3rd party advice when we can’t agree!
Lara is actually the founder Ahka Vintage – being that she loved waking up at 2.30 am (weird) and rummaging through flea markets and auction houses waaaaayyyy before the crowds came to find all sorts of goodies. She kind of just fell into vintage because she’s always been a hoarder of too many clothes, shoes and bags, and vintage seemed to be the most desired by (me) all her friends. So after a stint working for a handbag designer as their run around gal – she started dabbling in selling off some of her excess wardrobe with surprising results. The real cheese came when one of her friends bought a vintage chest that was full of vintage theater costumes. Not knowing what the heck to do with them (as dressing up as Juliet from Shakespeare is not appropriate attire for a run to the shops to get milk) her and said friend/s dressed up - took a few pics - listed them on eBay and; surprise surprise, sold them.
Then came me. The middle sister. I travel a lot. I love to rattle on even when no body is listening *cough* like right now *cough* and have a particular interest in what I wear. I love art – and think that how we dress is an expression of how we feel at different times. It’s like wearable canvas. Some companies try to mould you into looking like you are individual when really you are just Mr Brainwash and not Banksy. (shameless street art plug to make me look like I know what I'm talking about)
One of the reasons we both love vintage is that we both WEAR it in our everyday life. It’s not mass produced, it’s unique, and we can mold it our way because generally it crosses fashion borders. Classic vintage style is like a blank white canvas. It can be arranged and dressed in such a way that it makes you feel good, relaxed and happy with the result. Sometimes you don’t quite get the colour mix you intended, other times you get it spot on.
Now as I read back I know this blog seems to be a confusing mix of themes and ideas (welcome to my head) but I guess what I’m trying to let you know is that we are actually people behind the stores. We are not mass market kind of people. We are developing and really just loving the ride that goes along with it. We both have a passion for vintage;
a) because we look totally hot in it; and
b) because it’s something we really think is beneficial. It’s a sustainable industry.
So I guess this blog post is more a thank you and a who are we… thank you to those of you who made yourselves known to us and supported us in our venture, and an introduction to the rest of you who might think that we are just another vintage seller.
For the Love of Vintage
Love Lara & Tura xx
A picture of us in the early 90's - because we haven't gotten used to growing old gracefully yet - and want you to know us as how we still feel - young!