Very Vintage Vendors: Mad Arab Industries

Very Vintage Vendors: Mad Arab Industries

The Very Vintage Day Out is bringing a little something for the gents this year… The Gentlemen’s Lounge!

One of the featured vendors of The Gentlemen’s Lounge is Mad Arab Industries. We asked Ayman from Mad Arab about their humble beginnings and what they’ll be bringing to VVDO.



“I grew up on a steady diet of punk rock, System of a Down and Bill Hicks- I was a kid who loved freedom, self expression and independence – I really hated being told what to do and I took the piss out of everything.

As soon as I left school I grew my hair out long and my beard even longer. My beard was a symbol of my liberty. My boss couldn’t persuade me to shave. Girls couldn’t tease or shame me into picking up a razor. I got called everything from a homeless person to a terrorist – I didn’t care, I was me.

I saw so many of my brothers -bearded or otherwise compromise who they were for work, for their partners or to just ‘fit in’ – a lot of them were depressed or on their way to depression. I wanted to encourage them to embrace who they actually were – to find their essence- to be authentic, unapologetic and most importantly I wanted them to take care of themselves and prioritise their growth and their happiness over pleasing others.

My signature product started as a simple Christmas present for my friends who’d grown their beards out like mine. A few of them had gone against their partner’s wishes in the process and I had to come up with a way to appease their ladies and give the guys something to turn their bristles into manes. My arsenal now includes: beard oils, balms, moustache waxes, pomades, aftershaves and shaving creams – all proudly handcrafted in New Zealand by yours truly – I only use natural ingredients because I’m a tree hugging hippie. My branding is all created by local artists – with each product uniquely packaged with puns, subversive humour and zany illustration.

The fruits of my labour over the past three years is a tightly knit community of brothers who‘ve got each other’s backs. We know how to have a laugh, we know how to look after ourselves and most importantly we’re empowered to be all that we can be(ard).”



Very Vintage Vendors: Scandinavian Skin Candy

Very Vintage Vendors: Scandinavian Skin Candy

The Very Vintage Day Out are excited to welcome Scandinavian Skin Candy to our list of vendors for 2017!

Scandinavian Skin CandyTM is not only hair removal but also skin care.

Their Candy is a professional xylitol enhanced sugaring brand all the way from Finland! Scandinavian Skin Candy serves all skin types, even the most sensitive (psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis sufferers)

Their epilation method is unique and requires no heating, no strips and is great for the environment.

All their patented pastes include Xylitol, an ingredient that makes the paste more effective, moisturizing, hygienic and also because of the anti-inflammatory properties, redness disappears from the skin much faster than a traditional wax!

  • Natural ingredients (biodegradable)
  • long lasting results
  • More comfortable treatment
  • Removes even the shortest body hair easily
  • Time between treatments can be longer
  • Less irritation and ingrown hairs
  • Hair growth decreases
  • Leaves the skin velvety smooth and sweet as candy
  • With repeat treatments pain is significantly reduced
  • Our Candy loves coarse hair!

They also have a fun range of retail products that includes a delicious Caramel Body Scrub and matching Caramel Lotion, Rose Water and Body BB Cream (their favorite) just to name a few!

Scandinavian Skin Candy was discovered and brought to New Zealand by Aimee Herman, Director of Eemia Ltd. Aimee has a passion for beauty products and fell in love with Skin Candy and what it stands for, as well as how fun and eye catching the branding is. Their Candy is only found in Europe and now is available here in little old New Zealand, in the future we will take it to Australia but for now, we have something very exciting to share.

“Hair removal doesn’t need to be so serious, get Candied! share the fun!” – Aimee

We can’t wait to see Scandinavian Skin Candy at VVDO – start saving your pennies now!

Very Vintage Vendors: Mr Bigglesworthy

Today’s Very Vintage Vendor is Mr Bigglesworthy!

Mr. Bigglesworthy is Auckland’s premier vintage design store. Owners Dan and Emma Eagle focus on rare and exceptional mid-century modern furniture, art and contemporary design. Pieces are sourced from right here in New Zealand and around the globe, with a focus on timeless design made to last a lifetime. For the Bigglesworthy team, “good design will always be relevant. It has the power to create a better world and transform everyday objects into inspired statements of form, function and beauty.”

Conservation is at the heart of the Mr. Bigglesworthy offering – every piece is thoroughly checked and lovingly restored. There is a focus on preserving the character and patina of the vintage items, while ensuring they will display beautifully in a contemporary interior. 

Restoration work is performed on site, by hand, in the team’s Kingsland workshop/studio. For advanced, museum-quality restoration, Bigglesworthy call on some of Auckland’s best restorers, who have worked on items for Te Papa and the Auckland Museum.

In addition to vintage products, Mr. Bigglesworthy is now the exclusive stockist for a series of legacy brands including Ercol and Rex Kralj.

Throughout their years of traveling, sourcing and collaborating with leading local and international auction houses, Dan and Emma have become experts in their field. Their Ponsonby Gallery showcases a wealth of knowledge and some of the most coveted modern and contemporary design.

“We’d love to invite anyone who loves vintage design to come along and take a look through our gallery. We’re also pleased to be offering a complimentary coffee thanks to our friends over at Café L’Affare”.


Book your hair and make up and WIN with Wigs and Make-up School!

We’re excited to welcome Wig and Make-Up School to their first #VVDO!

Wig and Make up School was started by Charlie Oswin.

Charlie moved from a small village in the UK where she studied for 5 years and worked for free to gain experience in the makeup and wig industry. Having worked mostly in the UK for 16 years, Charlie is a wealth of experience including many TV, film and stage productions, including, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Hairspray in the West End, Annie in NZ Disney’s Cinderella the movie, plus period dramas, loads of vintage events, weddings and photography shoots and is now the head of make-up and wig at NZ opera.

Charlie recently opened her own Wigs and Make-up School in Takapuna – the same as the business she had in the UK – and is excited to share her skills and experience with the NZ community! As well as her business in Takapuna, Charlie also runs her own online make-up business, promoting incredible high end, naturally based, cruelty-free makeup and skin care products called Make-Up by Charlie.


Most of all, Charlie can’t wait to share her skills, knowledge and experience to make all customers look and feel beautiful!

What Wig and Make-up School will be offering:

Visit Wigs & Make-up School at VVDO, have your hair done and be in to WIN a free vintage tea party!
– $20 vintage hairstyles
– $40 heated styles
– $40 for full make-up (redeem back in products )
– $20 Flick & lips (lipstick included )
– Vintage make-up sets will be available to purchase.
– Free wig and make up demos throughout the day
– Find out more about courses at the Wigs and Make-up school and book your place!

Book Now by calling/texting – 0220264680 or emailing

Tattooists at The Very Vintage Day Out 2017!

Tattooists at The Very Vintage Day Out 2017!

The Very Vintage Day Out 2017 will see more tattooists than ever before! This year’s event will see both VVDO veteran Amy Trouble and two tattooists from Sacred Tattoo.

Sacred Tattoo

With more than ten years experience, Steve Wood came to Sacred via his own shop ‘Ronin Tattoo’ backed with extensive travel done throughout the United States. Specialising in traditional tattooing, Steve’s style is bold and definitive.

Graeme Allan is particularly proficient in the traditional style of tattooing as is his preferred style, but his skilled illustrations and immaculate eye for detail will lend to any subject. 

For bookings at the Very Vintage Day Out or any other time contact Sacred Tattoo directly or call 09 365 1839

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Graeme Allan
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Steve Wood


Amy Trouble

Amy is one VVDO’s regulars, tattooing bright and beautiful designs. Amy works at College Hill tattoo and can be contacted for appointments via her Facebook – 

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Judges announcement for Miss Pinup New Zealand in association with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum!

Judges announcement for Miss Pinup New Zealand in association with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum!

We’re excited to announce our judges for Miss Pinup New Zealand in association with Sailor Jerry!

Michelle Parish is also known as Lady Kittyhawk was the winner of the first Very Vintage Day Out Pageant in 2012 then known as Miss Vintage. Michelle has been a Vintage styling enthusiast and purveyor of wicked vintage ‘do’s & vintage wedding makeovers. Lover of Rockabilly music, red lips and swaying hips she is a passionate body confidence advocate and enjoys teaching and mentoring ladies in her burlesque and curve confidence workshops.

For 25 years Doris de Pont worked as a fashion designer, achieving international recognition. Her designs have been collected by Auckland Museum, Te Papa and the NGV in Melbourne, Australia. With a vision to make the New Zealand fashion story more visible she established the world’s first online fashion museum She is a fashion curator and also writes about fashion with a number of books to her name. In January 2013 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Fashion.

Miss Victory Violet is a pin-up enthusiast, living and breathing the vintage style every day. She has modelled for international companies such as Pinup Girl Clothing, Voodoo Vixen, The Oblong Box Shop, Collectif Clothing and Glamour Bunny Clothing. Miss Victory Violet has also won several pin-up competitions including Miss Pinup New Zealand 2014 and Miss Viva Las Vegas 18 (2015). Check out her blog here –

Very Vintage Vendors: American Retro Furniture

Very Vintage Vendors: American Retro Furniture


American Retro Furniture is the sole importer and supplier of Classic “1950’s” Diner Furniture to New Zealand. Shipping directly from the manufacturer in the USA since 1997. Our furniture with Classic & Designer style commercial grade vinyl fabrics (large selection of colours in “Zodiac” Glitter), Chrome and High Gloss Retro Formica ( in the “Timeless” Cracked Ice and Boomerang styles) is designed to stand up to years of hard use (our American manufacturer has been manufacturing and supplying commercial grade furniture for nearly 90 years).

In addition to the furniture shown on our website we also offer custom furniture for diners, restaurants and residential use. From Chairs, Pub Tables/Leaners, Classic Booth Seating, Stools, to Custom sized Tables we have the answers to your Retro furniture needs. If you’re into a bit of DIY, we can also supply our  Aluminium Bumper Edge trim (as seen on our tables) which comes in two different sizes 2 ¼ in (57mm) and 1 ¼ in (32mm), both available in 12ft (3.6m) and is ideal for your Man or Ma’am Cave, Retro Caravan, table restoration or even new kitchen fit-out.

For the collector we can also supply Coke branded furniture, and our supplier can “Logo” brand furniture to clients requirements (min quantities apply). Although not all sizes, colours, styles may be available in stock, we are shipping 2 to 3 times a year from The USA.

American Retro Furniture is owned by Grant and Lesley Jacobs who have a background in furniture manufacture and restoration having owned Country Charm Furniture and Silverdale Furniture Restoration for the past several years. Both having a passion for their cars, Vintage Furniture and collectables

A small display/showroom is available to view at their premises at 23b Foundry Rd, Silverdale, Auckland. Ph 022 190 3354 

Check out their website:

Main Stage Acts Announced!

Main Stage Acts Announced!

Get your dancing shoes ready, we have a hot line up for #VVDO weekend! Here’s a taste of our main stage musical acts…

Boom! Boom! Deluxe will be on the main stage on Saturday at Very Vintage Day Out 2017.
A band playing Rock n’ Roll and Rockabilly music it will be time to dance at VVDO.
A mix of authentic 1950’s and 1960’s classics laced with clever re-workings of modern songs in the Rockabilly style. Fantastic fun and sure to fill the dancefloor!

Lyrca Productions are all about gorgeous old school glamour and style, reliving iconic moments from the 30s to the 50s. Performing on both Saturday and Sunday.

Rock N Roll Circus The award winning Rock n Roll Circus have successfully run a wide range of events in Auckland and Hamilton since 2012 and specialize in themed burlesque/cabaret events. RnRC will be gracing the stage at VVDO on Sunday 29th.

The Recliner Rockers are on the main stage on Sunday at Very Vintage Day Out 2017.
The rampaging rockabilly Kiwis. Colourful, energetic and immensely entertaining. Recliner Rockers have been described as a magic mix of showmanship and musical prowess, with a mixture of rootsy Rockabilly and blues with a dash of psychedelic spice thrown in. Expect a flying double bass called “Mr Horse”, ably ridden by Geoff Fitzpatrick, machine gun guitar toted by Al Lavis, obscene R18 drumming courtesy of Steve Rooney and a dash of smooth, smoky sax courtesy of Bruce French.

“Twistin” the Swing are performing on Sunday at Very Vintage Day Out. The repertoire of Twistin’ the Swing is a great mixture of world and gypsy swing music. They can do Django with their eyes closed (and the proverbial arm tied behind their backs), but get them to open at least one eye and you’ll hear some great Latin, American Jazz and European music rendered through their own interpretation!!!

Be sure to get your tickets now to see these acts and many more! 

Boom Boom Deluxe

Recliner Rockers

Twistin’ the Swing
Prize announcement for Miss Pinup New Zealand in association with Sailor Jerry

Prize announcement for Miss Pinup New Zealand in association with Sailor Jerry

If you needed another reason to enter Miss Pinup New Zealand in association with Sailor Jerry, here it is!

We’ve partnered with some incredible local and international companies to put together one of the best #MPUNZ prize packs that The Very Vintage Day Out has ever seen.

Without further ado…


Miss Pinup New Zealand 2017 will receive the following, valued at over $1,400

  • $400 voucher from REVIEW (supporting the day wear category)
  • $400 voucher from MAC (supporting make-up)
  • Custom-made swimwear piece to the value of $150 from Swanwear (supporting the beachwear category)
  • Evening purse from 19 Black (supporting the Evening wear category)
  • A photoshoot with Elizabeth J Photography to the value of $300
  • A Vintage Posy bouquet by Flourish Floral Designs

Miss Vintage NZ Runner up will receive the following, valued at over $ 900

  • $250 voucher from REVIEW (supporting the day wear category)
  • $150 voucher from MAC (supporting make-up)
  • Custom-made swimwear piece to the value of $150 from Swanwear (supporting the beachwear category)
  • Evening purse from 19 Black (supporting the Evening wear category)
  • A mini photo shoot with Elizabeth J Photography to the value of $200
  • A Vintage Posy bouquet by Flourish Floral Designs

Miss People’s Choice will receive the following, valued at over $550

  • $250 voucher from REVIEW (supporting the day wear category)
  • Custom-made swimwear piece to the value of $150 from Swanwear (supporting the beachwear category)
  • Evening purse from 19 Black (supporting the Evening wear category)
  • A Vintage Posy bouquet by Flourish Floral Designs

So what are you waiting for? Check out all you need to know about entering Miss Pinup New Zealand here (applications have been extended late August) and get your tickets now to watch the competition live at The Very Vintage Day Out!

Very Vintage Sponsors: REVIEW

We are excited to announce one of our Very Vintage sponsors who has recently joined for #VVDO2017!

Iconic Australian fashion retailer, REVIEW, offers women luxurious vintage-inspired fashion with a modern twist.

Proudly dressing Australian women for over 30 years, REVIEW’s ultra-feminine, romantic designs have become a staple in the modern woman’s wardrobe.

Founded in the mid-1980s, REVIEW’s unique prints and fabrics, vintage-inspired silhouettes and feminine detailing are a point of difference for consumers looking for quality garments that are designed to make women feel confident and feminine.

Influenced by the prints, craftsmanship and iconic fashion of the 1950s and 1960s, where ultra-feminine silhouettes dominated the trends, REVIEW remains loyal to this style today.

The dedicated REVIEW design team travel the globe visiting vintage stores and flea markets, searching for hidden gems that will inspire future collections. Renowned for its timeless style and eclectic prints, REVIEW produces its original designs and samples in-house at its Melbourne headquarters.

REVIEW will be contributing some great prizes to the Miss Pin-Up New Zealand 2017 Pageant that will be announced following the opening of applications on 31st May!

Check out REVIEW’s website and social media here: