Design a la Downton Abbey-ish

At Svaneholm Castle in south of Sweden you will now be able to enjoy beautiful designs a la Downton Abbey. The cloths were owned by Swedish ladies that have lived at the castle between 1860 to 1947. The cloths were bought in Copenhagen and Stockholm, for example the M. Bendix. The castle and its surroundings are beautiful and the exhibition nice. Don’t miss out if you have the opportunity.

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Uniqueness of Vintage 

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Maria Lindblom’s Katja of Sweden dress sold at Tradera, Photos: Maria Lindblom 

A lot of people collect vintage. It is a way of buying a beautiful unique piece that will express a personal side of yourself. Maria Lindblom sold the above Katja of Sweden dress at Tradera. She bought the dress 7-8 years ago:

‘I found this dress in a vintage store and noticed its quality. I rarely buy expensive cloths and this wasn’t expensive. However, I felt that this one was special with its colours and print.’

It is an exciting dress Maria now have sold. It may be from Katja of Sweden’s ‘The African Line’ collection and the print may be designed by textile designer Sven Fristedt. Africa must have been the inspiration for the designer anyway, see the print above.

I recently bought the dress below, also at Tradera. It is a more ordinary Katja of Sweden dress with a rather simple design but at the same time a colourful pattern and with great quality. 

Katja of Sweden dress owned by Sagamodellen. Photo: Sagamodellen 

A much more important reason to buy vintage is not only for the unique treasure you get hold of but also because of the sustainability issue. To buy less cloths but cloths that last for longer period of time will be essential for the future. Buying vintage is therefore part of being sustainable. 

Source: Interview with Maria Lindblom