Very Vintage Vendors: Strangely Normal

Today’s Very Vintage Vendor is Strangely Normal!

40 years ago Strangely Normal thought why not create vintage now. This could possibly be before a lot of vintage lovers were born!  Claire Dutton and Michael Cox were selling  1940s -1960s clothing and noticed quality men’s vintage clothing had started to dry up. They got to work pulling apart old garments, studying the construction and teaching themselves how to sew and everything else related to the garment industry. All garments bearing our label are made right here in New Zealand.                                                            

The Strangely Normal store is in O’Connell St in Auckland CBD.  There literally is something for everyone and when you walk into the store you realize there’s so much more to menswear than what you may have experienced. Another thing you get is you can just enjoy the space, take in the colours and ambience, not necessarily buy anything but walk away a little richer for the experience with the knowledge that if there’s a certain thing you need you’ll be sure to return to make a satisfying purchase. Accessories range from hats to spats!    

Strangely Normal has been long famous for their outstanding shirts. If you want to make your mark, win friends, influence or even alienate people (if this be your wish!) you can achieve this in a shirt selected from the range of dynamic prints. Fabrics range from small foulards & paisleys through to Day of the Dead & Frida Kahlo prints.

40 years in the industry means the pair can draw from their tailoring knowledge which has led to some interesting film projects where they’ve tailored for sir Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Laurie, Danny Houston, Tommy Lee Jones and Martin Clunes but arguably the  most challenging  was making  and fitting 200  x 3 piece suits for  tech mogul, Sean Parker’s wedding guests and himself .

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).”



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

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: