I love clothes – this is no secret. I also love finding a brand and instantly falling in love with them, which is what happened when I went to an event and was introduced to Vintage Zionist a couple of months ago.
I asked them to let me showcase my favourite ways to wear some of their pieces, and I’m so crazy happy with the way the pics came out.
Vintage Zionist is made up of Mandy Newman and Oscar Ncube. Mandy met Oscar when he was selling at Kitcheners in Braam, and was so inspired by his creations that they formed a team, with Oscar working as the designer and Mandy working as the stylist. Since their official launch in April, they’ve gone from strength to strength, and I can only see this brand continuing to grow.
The VZ tagline is ‘The Rebirth of Apparel’ which is not only a great slogan, but also a perfect description of what they do. Once I got talking to Oscar, it turns out that there’s loads of leather out there that once made up the trousers and jackets of the wonderful 80s, and which he now buys up and imports from overseas. Given a new lease on life, this leather (and suede, and occasionally fur) is made into beautiful items of clothing and sold by Vintage Zionist. They specialise in leather and suede jackets, but they also make really great branded Ts, vests, jerseys, waistcoats – basically, you name it, they make it in a beautiful grunge rock version.
Vintage Zionist black leather and suede jacket
Vintage Zionist black and camel suede jacket and ‘Whole lot of BULL’ T-shirt
I love how versatile these clothes are. Some days I wake up and want to look super business-y, others I’m far more boho and sometimes I just want to put on loads of black eyeliner and try and do a full on rock look. My VZ leather jacket works with all of these looks.
Vintage Zionist cropped fringed black suede jacket
You can visit them at 204A Melrose Place, WillowBrook Close in Melrose North by appointment only. Otherwise, catch their beautiful clothes at:
Neighbourgoods Market every Saturday from 9am to 3pm
Dakota Lee on Appel Road in Kramerville
Premium V.N.T.G in Melrose Arch
Call: 0832862254 Email: email@example.com
Vintage Zionist Nirvana tank and black leather-fringed cover-up
Thank you for the amazing people behind this lovely shoot – Nicole Olwagen from Beyond the Clouds Photography for snapping these gorgeous pics, the amazing Alice Slab from Wyatt for helping with the styling, and the super talented Ross Maxwell and Ant for adding their creative eyes. You guys are the greatest.
The greatest team x