Sunday morning delivered us a surprise that our fashion editor Pepper has kept hush hush – a fab cover for Vanguard Allure weekly magazine lensed by no other than one of our FAB contributors Reze Bonna. Inside in a four page feature decorated with more imagery by Reze, Pepper, the FAB lady behind Lagos’s first vintage boutique Retrospective talks about the rise of vintage in Nigeria, African fashion and returning to Nigeria.
Here are the images of our stunning fashion editor and snippets of her interview:
On Opening a Vintage Boutique
“Basically, we grew up in an eclectic home. My uncle, he is late now, was a vintage connoisseur. So he spent pretty much of his life collecting vintage pieces. I remember when I used to go to his house, I just felt like I was in a museum. He had all sorts of peculiar things and it was amazing to be there. He even had things like traffic light from the ’40s. And my mum s like a fanatic for jewellery, especially odd things. So we gre up that way and when we travelled, we always found ourselves in random markets picking up old curiosities.”
Plans for the Vintage Industry in Nigeria
“I just want to expose people to vintage. Some people have this idea that I can’t wear something second hand. Vintage is for you to embrace and enjoy. You can dress in jeans and t-shirt and throw in one vintage piece and you’re good to go.
I have plans to expand the Retrospective brand to offer retro and vintage home and lifestyle products too. We also plan to start sustainable clothing projects, where the individuals can be innovatively resourceful for themselves. For now we will continue to make Retrospective the first and best place for vintage lovers and for men and women in Nigeria who seek unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.”
On Her Personal Style
“My style is an eclectic mix of all things that run against the tide. I love my colours and my prints but then, I also like to keep it clean and simple. I like to think of myself as a new age African gypsy who wanders around collecting and referencing different pieces that inspire me, make me smile or have a great story behind them. My mum brought us up on ‘quality not quantity’ so I love to invest in good quality pieces but on a good day, you’d never know that my whole outfit cost less than a meal at Nandos!
You can read the rest of the interview conducted by Jemi Ekunkunbor here.
If you are in Lagos or happen to be travel there, make sure you check out Retrospective at 2 Aderibigbe Street, Ikate, Surulere, Off Alhaji Masha Street, near Ogosco bus stop, Lagos, Nigeria.