Interview & Giveaway Time

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Do you have a beautiful shop or an inspiring business that you think I should feature?  Email me with your details.  Each featured sponsor's banner is displayed for a month and the rates are really affordable.

I hope you enjoy this interview and giveaway.  Lady Jane Vintage is truly a lovely shop.
Visit the shop:
Shop 217B
La Lucia Mall - 90 William Campbell Drive - Durban
*Add it to your 'Durban To Do List' if you are visiting.

Tell us about Lady Jane Vintage...who do you stock and what is the shop all about?  

Lady Jane Vintage is a store where shoppers can find real vintage clothing and quality, exclusive vintage inspired clothing and pieces.  Lady Jane is about a feeling, about a trip down memory lane, about keeping all that is stylish and glamorous alive. We are not what you’d expect of a vintage store. I think most people think of vintage shops as drab and cluttered – Lady Jane is nothing like that. The space we’ve created is feminine, inviting and full of nostalgic charm. I’ve handpicked vintage and vintage inspired pieces from South Africa and across the globe.  We have one off items, Victorian inspired lace parasols, gloves, hand fans, gorgeous vintage inspired dresses, our own range of shoes and so much more. At this stage we produce clothing exclusively for ourselves and bring in pieces from other designers, such as jewellery from Genevieve Motley; reworked vintage from Moth Clothing in Cape Town; handmade jewellery from Brehan Todd; vintage clothing from the states to name a few. We currently have two stores stocking our shoes: Mary Mandy in Ballito and Rock Paper Scissors in Cape Town.

When sourcing vintage for the shop do you travel to find the best treasures?  

I am always on the lookout wherever I go, for pieces that I think would work in the store. When travelling overseas I'll be on the lookout for interesting finds, but locally too you can pick up beautiful things, if you know what to look for.

What is your favourite era? 

My favourite eras would be the 20's to 50's. I can't get enough of the 20's drop waist and flapper looks and I love the elegance of a 50's knee length dress with a circle cut skirt, so ladylike. These days most of us just throw anything together but a feminine and polished outfit can make anyone feel powerful and sexy.

 What are you top vintage care tips? 

Wear vintage items with care and ALWAYS check the wash care labels. Vintage items are delicate and should never be put in a washing machine. Washing by hand in a mild detergent is safest and I usually hang my vintage garments over the bath to dry, away from direct sunlight.

How did you decide to open a vintage shop?  What was your inspiration?

In creating Lady Jane I have drawn inspiration from everything I have seen and experienced in my life. I just let my imagination run wild and I slowly began picking ideas from there.  I came up with the idea for Lady Jane because I love vintage and wanted to create the kind of store that I would love to shop at. In the UK and America everyone shops at vintage stores, there is so much to choose from overseas. I wanted to try and recreate a shopping experience like that here in Durban. When I was growing up I used to love going through my gran’s wardrobe. I always loved that she would wear a matching bag and shoes with any outfit and her signature red lipstick is a favourite with me today. I think in some way when I came up with the idea for Lady Jane I wanted to bring back that sense of glamour that I remember seeing in my gran. But there is so much more to the store too. I wanted the glamour of the 40's but I also wanted the store to be fresh and appealing to today's women too so it had to have a funky and modern twist.

If you could dress any old Hollywood screen siren who would it be?

If I could dress any old Hollywood screen siren it would have to be Ava Gardner, she had such presence. And there is one other person...she's not an old screen siren but the beautiful and feminine Dita Von Teese always manages to look like she's stepped out of a 1940s film set. I just love her look.

Lady Jane Vintage is sponsoring a lovely giveaway.  You can win a MOR lip gloss and a pair of Genevieve Motley earrings.

To Enter:
Like the Lady Jane Vintage Facebook Group (please confirm that you have in comment).
Leave a comment telling me who your favourite old Hollywood screen siren is.
For an extra entry just Tweet about the giveaway or blog about it - please mention this when you comment.
Giveaway closes:  17 October.

This is a local giveaway.

Good luck!