Airline is a brand of electric and acoustic guitars originally made in the United States from 1958-68 by the Valco Manufacturing Company. Today, original Valco guitars are played by a host of celebrities including David Bowie, The Cure, Kurt Cobain, and Jack White of The White Stripes.
Sam Moore, Auckland based proprietor of Moore Guitars and a guitarist who describes his style as 'psychedelic noise rock with hints of surf guitar, had been interested in Airline guitars since 2012 when he was looking for a new guitar. At the time he was listening to PJ Harvey who uses an Airline and loved the way they looked and sounded. He discovered that a company called Eastwood had acquired the rights to the Airline brand in the early noughties and was reproducing the classic guitars with modern componentry, making them sound better than the originals and easier to play.
As luck would have it, he was going for a vacation in the US and could get one shipped to a relative in that part of the world to save on postage. On arrival, the instrument was everything he imagined it might be and he began using it at gigs. Members of the audience would ask him about it all the time and this interest got him thinking about setting up a business to sell the Airline in New Zealand.
Mid way through 2015 he moved from thinking about the business to discussing the idea with friends, none of whom thought it was crazy, and in October he mustered up the courage to email Mike Robinson, the head of Eastwood. He told Mike that he thought there was a market in New Zealand for the Airline and Mike agreed. Sam was suddenly their dealer in the territory.
For Sam there is nothing better than opening the case of a brand new guitar and smelling that "fresh guitar" smell. He plans to cater for the musician who wants something a bit different, someone looking for a classically stylish instrument with a great sound that is well made and solidly constructed. In essence he wants to provide the 'certain something' that he was looking for 3 years ago.
If you're interested in finding our more about these special guitars, you can have a look at Sam's website or his Facebook page but he is also happy for people to contact him directly and arrange a test drive on any of the guitars he has in stock. You could also check out this extensive, science based guide to choosing a guitar penned by Ray Beck at Beginner Guitar HQ.
Another of Sam's musical inspirations is Ripley Johnson of Woodenshjips and late last year Eastwood/Airline got together with Johnson, who has been using the '59 3P for many years to work out how to make the guitar even better.
Ripley said, "The '59 Airline is the most versatile guitar that I've ever owned. The three pickups, 5-way switch, and Bigsby give me such an infinite range of tones and sounds. It's perfect for any situation, in the studio or on stage. Plus, and this is especially important to me on the road, it is durable as hell. To take the playability to another level, we could simplify it - master tone and volume controls only - but then blow everyone away with the addition of a built-in preamp boost. I would love to really push my amps with the simple flick of a switch - to get some really rich, burning tones. And it would be perfect for leads. I can't really imagine it getting any better than that!"
Eastwood listened and Sam has the result, the '59 3P "Ripley" Custom featuring the proprietary Transwarp Drive, in stock now. You can find out more or buy it here.
You can also listen to the way it might sound in your hands by listening to Ripley playing the instrument on the Woodenshjips track, For So Long. Enjoy!
End of year paperwork getting you down and struggling to find the time to look for the perfect festive season outfit? One of our favourite vintage inspired fashion brands, Vivien of Holloway, is here to help! We asked them for their top five festive pieces from their gorgeous collection to help you out and even better, anyone who has a copy of our latest issue will find a very generous 10% discount voucher code inside! Read on to find out their recommendations...
1950s Halterneck Red Duchess Dress
Our luxurious satin circle dresses have a famously flattering cut based on classic 1950s style gowns, all designed to accentuate your feminine shape. The supportive bodice gently moulds your bust into a perfect pin-up bullet shape, neatly nipping in your waist while the full skirt skims your hips. Perfect for brides, bridesmaids, red carpet, black tie or just that fun party.
Grace Chocolate Lace Bust Chocolate Duchess Dress
This dress has a wrap top which flatters any size bust and a full circle skirt. Show off your curves in this classy dress. And as the skirt is a full circle, you can even wear a Petticoat underneath for a full, frothy effect!
This range of Grace Wrap Circle Dresses we know you're going to love as much as we do and as this a Limited Edition Print make sure you don't miss out!
This heavy and luxurious Duchess Satin fabric is the essential for evening elegance, and has a beautiful shine.
Jezebel Red Leopard Bust Dress
This dress has a wrap top which flatters any size bust and a slinky pencil skirt to put a wiggle in your walk. Vivien has added authentic touches such as the half peplum on the side and the elegant V-shaped back, to give that extra touch of old Hollywood glamour! This range of pencil dresses we know you're going to love as much as we do.
This is a limited edition and won't be back so don't hang about!
Gypsy Top Classic Green Lace and Pedal Pushers
We just redesigned our famous Gypsy Tops to make them even better with more generous sizing! Based on an authentic late 1940s, early 1950s design, they have been recut and now fit true to size. Made from cool, crisp cotton in a variety of colours, prints and trims they're easy to wear with everything from swing trousers to skirts. With fitted waist to showcase your curves, and an elasticated neckline and sleeves, wear it high up for a demure look, or off-the-shoulder for maximum va-va-voom. Team with one of our cinch belts for an enviable hourglass look that's sure to bewitch all the boys. All our gypsy tops are made in the UK.
Slightly re-modelled and in authentic fabrics, our Pedal Pushers are back! With our trademark high-waist, a rivet button and side zip, and with a delicate side slit at the ankle, these gorgeous slimline pants are wonderfully flattering- making the most of your curves! They are wonderful teamed with a Halterneck Top or one of our new Blouses, or even with a cashmere sweater for that Jayne Mansfield look.
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Do you know someone that likes to keep life organised but doesn't want to be bored to tears by a blank diary? Get them a Classics Museum 2016 Calendar! This 12 month wall calendar features gorgeous New Zealand pinups paired with equally gorgeous cars from the Classics Museum collection. At only $30 for 365 days worth of gorgeousness, how could you say no?
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On the Telegram today, we get to meet Tash and Mark from Retro Addiction - the newest vintage and retro store to open in Auckland. We called by the day before they opened and were so blown away by the range of stock and the amazing prices that we wouldn't be surprised if all the items that we photographed have already sold out! Read more about the treasures that they have uncovered to fill their new store.
Hi Tash and Mark! What is your background? Were you involved in interiors or something completely different before starting Retro Addiction?
Before Retro Addiction I was working for a facilities company travelling around the country educating staff about workplace H&S. In the weekends I’d be fossicking around markets, op-shops and fairs any chance I could. Mark spent many years working at a cabinetmakers, which has allowed him to appreciate the craftsmanship involved in 20th century furniture.
Have you always collected retro and vintage? Did you get dragged around garage sales as a kid or is it a recent passion?
Funnily enough, the house I grew up in had white shag pile carpet, textured ceilings. The kitchen was red & white with black & white checkered floor, furniture was orange & brown velour! My earliest memories would be around the age of 7 at a local "flea market" with my Aunty Dolly, rummaging through a mountain of flower power dresses, I thought I was in heaven! My passion began initially with secondhand clothing & progressed into furniture when I went flatting.
When did you start Retro Addiction?
We started retro addiction in 2013 in our garage after many years of collecting I had filled up our house with retro stuff & then started filling the garage up, it all got a bit much for Mark as we only had a small house & so he suggested we start a business & Retro Addiction was born!
Why do you love vintage and retro?
There are so many reasons. The design & craftsmanship, things were made to last, the attention to detail, the beautiful bright colours used, especially with textiles.
You have just opened a new store, what do you love about having a bricks and mortar shop?
We love seeing the look on peoples faces when they find that piece they fall in love with!
There is a great little hub in Mt Albert where your new shop is - what are the other things going on in your area?
It's a great destination being next to Design Store good thing & Sprout cafe. On Friday night there is a night market where you can find wood fired pizza, ice cream sorbet & organic wine. On Saturday we have a great farmers market.
If someone is new to vintage and retro, what pieces would you suggest they purchase to dip their toes into the water?
This is a hard one! To start with perhaps a nice tea cup & saucer, art glass or a mirror.
Do you source specific pieces for people?
Yes we do!
How often do you get new stock in?
We are getting new stock in weekly.
What is the best piece you have ever found?
Recently I found an Industrial Anaesthetist trolley from the 1920’s - 1940’s in a vet's skip bin, they were renovating, All I could see was one wheel sticking up but I knew it would be something cool so I went & asked them to help me lift it out & was blown away that they were actually throwing it away! We decided to auction it on trademe & donate proceeds to SPCA & the trolley sold for over $400, SPCA were happy & the winner of the auction was too!
Keen to see what new must-have pieces Retro Addiction has in store? Visit them at 849 New North Rd, Mt Albert in Auckland, call on 021 656 316 or follow them on facebook here. We would recommend Friday night or Saturday morning so you can catch the food market at the same time!
If you're not based in Auckland, fear not! You can still buy online through their website.
Does anyone else wish they could go back in time to the Jet Set era, when air travel was a glamorous affair that included caviar and crayfish being served on flights and the bar was so good that people didn't want to leave the plane? Creative Director, Rose Jackson, looks back fondly at the golden age of travel via the latest Auckland Museum exhibition to take flight: Air New Zealand 75 Years - Our nation. The world. Connected.
Air New Zealand’s 75th anniversary exhibition Air New Zealand: Our Nation. The World. Connected at Auckland War Memorial Museum launched recently, after building on its successful showing at Te Papa in Wellington.
Lynette Townsend, Curator History at Te Papa Tongarewa, wrote a piece for our Exotica issue on the Coral Route, that forms part of the exhibition, which was one of the world's most exotic holiday packages in the 1950s. Buy your copy here to read more about this luxurious tour of stunning Pacific Islands back in the day.
Pictured above: Of course one of the Glory Days team had an original Coral Route brochure in their vintage ephemera hoard!
The Air New Zealand exhibition has been further developed by Auckland Museum using its expertise and collections, and now features a number of new sections including the addition of a replica DC-8 cabin.
I was lucky enough to get a preview of the exhibition before it opened to the public, and was very impressed with the trip I was taken on as I walked through the well laid out spaces that chart the course of New Zealand's aviation history.
I'm a sucker for uniforms, so the line up of flight attendant garb past and present was a real treat to be welcomed with. It was wonderful to see them placed in chronological order and note how wildly styles have varied from the very military inspired first outfits of the 1940s, to the thigh-grazing minidresses in the 1960s, to the modern day bright prints and pared back suiting.
Our friends at the New Zealand Fashion Museum have delved deep into the history of the Air New Zealand uniforms in one of their clever online exhibitions. You can read all about the history and stories behind them by clicking here!
Pictured above: Air NZ uniforms including the Dior darling!
I was lucky enough to meet one of the original flight attendants (pictured with Air NZ bag on the wall and present day at the bottom of the image below) that started with TEAL (as they were originally named) and kept working for the airline when they changed to Air New Zealand.
As I rounded the corner of the exhibition after taking in all the gorgeous details on the uniforms, I was treated to a New Zealand aviation journey through time - from the brave original pilots who risked their lives in untested planes, to Jean Batten's epic flights, to TEAL and the Solent flying boats that took off just down the road from the Auckland Museum in Mechanics Bay, to the replica DC-8 cabin and on to the future of flight with an immersive virtual reality experience.
Pictured above: Scenes from the exhibition
Aside from uniforms, I adore vintage travel posters that were used to promote New Zealand to the world and this exhibition has a veritable feast of them posted to the walls. I could have sat for hours taking in all the details!
Peter Alsop, who featured in our Exotica issue, is an expert in historical advertising and travel posters in New Zealand and we were lucky enough to have him on the Telegram recently as well, talking about these commercial works of art. You can read more about them here.
In fact, we here at Glory Days love that vintage style of advertising so much, we ended up designing an advert for Pacific Trailways in the style of these original posters. For all of you aviation buffs out there, you will be very pleased to know that Pacific Trailways still fly DC-3's around the country, where the lower altitude and sedate speed of this style of plane are perfect for taking in the country at a leisurely pace!
Their tours for February and March next year are sold out, but make sure you follow them on facebook to find out about their new tours and stay tuned to Glory Days as there may just be a very special DC-3 experience that we will reveal next year!
Even if you are not a plane buff, I would thoroughly recommend catching the Air New Zealand exhibition. It was very interesting to see how a commercial entity developed and grew over time to become such a huge part of the social fabric of our country.
Perhaps it is because we are at the bottom of the world and they allowed our our pioneering spirit to be set free or perhaps it is simply because they are so good at getting us from place to place?
Whatever the reason, Air New Zealand and this exhibition is guaranteed to take you on an exciting journey through time and space!
Keen to take the next flight to the Auckland Museum for the Air New Zealand exhibition? Find out all the details here!
At Glory Days, we love to meet women who create businesses that are borne out of personal passion and a love of vintage style! On the Telegram today, we catch up with one of those wonderful women, Suzanne, owner of Vintage Addiction, on the eve of her new store's Welcome Day to be held this Sunday 6th December from 11am - 2pm, in Onehunga, Auckland. We wanted to find out the reasons behind her move into retail and why she loves vintage style...
Hi Suzanne! What is your background? Were you in fashion or something completely different?
I have worked in retail all of my life, specialising in jewellery before deciding to follow my passion for vintage clothes and launch Vintage Addiction.
When did you start Vintage Addiction?
I started the business in September 2014 - so only 15 months ago - it has simply blossomed from the start with such fantastic customer feedback about the quality, price and how we do 'made to measure' clothes.
What prompted you to start making vintage style clothing?
I had bought vintage clothes in New Zealand and on holiday in Europe; so many people complimented me on my individual style. I was looking for the best opportunity to combine my passion for vintage clothes with my sales buying and retail experience.
Suzanne playing matchy-matchy with her gorgeous daughter!
Why do you love vintage style?
I just love the way they make me feel; feminine and beautiful - the style fits a lot of women's figures too so its accessible for so many women. The patterns are so colourful and bright - a real breath of fresh air - and people really notice a woman in vintage clothes. A sense of individual style as opposed to following mainstream fashion.
Do you make to measure?
Absolutely! If you try one of my dresses on in store but you want it in a different fabric or perhaps a longer sleeve length, then I can take your measurements and have a new one made.
Can people choose styles of dress and fabric when they get a dress made?
We have a great range of fabrics in store that you can see already made into dresses and dress styles from the 1950s and have launched a range of dresses from the 1920s to 1940s.
Do you get new fabrics in often?
Vintage Addiction specialises in having short fabric runs so that we keep the dresses as individual as possible. We get new fabrics in all of the time, so its always worth popping into the store.
What is your size range?
We do 'made to measure' so we can do a dress for anyone - many of my clients struggle to find dresses that suit them and find Vintage Addiction dresses so flattering to their figures and make them feel feminine and confident in their appearance.
Do you offer an alterations service?
Only for our dresses and fabrics - we are not a full tailoring service!
You have just opened a new store, what do you love about having a bricks and mortar shop?
I love to meet new and current customers - seeing somebody try vintage clothes for the first time and see how happy it makes her is a real buzz - once they get a taste they keep coming back! May be I am old fashioned (well this is vintage!), but there is nothing like trying on clothes before buying. Its great to be part of the Onehunga community as it becomes an even better place to shop. I am confident this will be the first of many Vintage Addiction stores!
Suzanne would like to invite everyone to the Vintage Addiction Welcome Day this Sunday 6th December 11am - 2pm, at 354 Onehunga Mall Rd, Onehunga in Auckland.
Come along and enjoy complimentary bubbles and cupcakes, free mini vintage makeovers from Decadia Vintage, discounts and a chance to win your money back on your purchase!
It may not be the capital, but Auckland is the biggest, most populated city in New Zealand. For the vintage aficionado, Auckland boasts a plethora of historic buildings and plenty of destination vintage shopping. However, due to the city’s sprawling size, a lot of best sights and shops are a good distance away so we recommend hiring a car.
For this reason This Vintage Town Auckland will appear in two parts. First up: Auckland CBD!
This guide was kindly curated by Glory Days contributor Danielle Gardner from Devel Men & Women and first featured in our Home Issue. If you would like to purchase a paper and ink copy, CLICK HERE.
The Civic Theatre is a palace of golden opulence, and a cinematic landmark of awe and wonder. It opened in 1929, and is one of the last seven cinemas in the world in the atmospheric style, in which lights and design make it feel as if you’re seated in an outdoor auditorium at night.
Restorations took place in the late 1990s and it boasts extravagent Indian influences; including Buddhas, domed ceilings, turrets, lattice work, and an elephant frieze at the foyer entrance. The ceilings are magnificent; painted to look like the richest, deepest sky you have ever seen, including twinkling stars that appear when the lights go down. Time your visit for when a big stage show is on, so you can view all the way inside, otherwise you can only view the foyer.
Corner of Queen St and Wellesley St, Auckland CBD
Tango has been sitting pretty in Little High Street for 16 years (previously it had a shopfront in K’Rd’s iconic Saint Kevin’s Arcade). It takes pride in its high-end vintage designer collection, mainly sourced from Europe and New Zealand. Many of the items haven’t been worn more than twice, and have only ever been dry-cleaned, so they're fresh and ready to wear. Eras range from Victorian to modern and contemporary. Owner/collector Driss Lambaraa can give you a detailed history of each piece. The level of quality and class is astounding, making Tango a must-visit.
55 Little High St, an arcade off of Durham St, Auckland CBD
This dusky little blue shop, based in downtown Auckland, offers a cornucopia of vintage clothing for your perusing pleasure. CouCou stocks vintage pieces from mid-century onwards, alongside new ranges from international brands. Vintage items are sourced from the United States, Japan and Korea, so you’ll find lots of smaller sizes here. The range is festive; think prints, bold colours and beaded dresses. You’ll even find a 90s-vintage Mickey Mouse sweatshirt or two, if that’s your bag.
30 Customs St E, Auckland CBD
Rita Sue Clothing
The Rita Sue Pin Up Beauty Boutique is a one-stop shop for international and local vintage reproduction clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and everything in between. If you hanker for the classy vintage style of days gone by, but your vintage shopping comes up short in terms of wearable sizes, then vintage-inspired could be for you. Local labels include accessories by Pop That Cassette, and clothing by Rita Sue and Devel Women, and international highlights include Pin Up Girl Clothing, the Bernie Dexter label and Erstwilder accessories.
179 Karangahape Rd, St Kevin’s Arcade, Auckland CBD
K’Rd Op Shops
K’Rd is home to myriad op shops, ranging from recent second-hand to rare vintage pieces. If you’re looking for a one-stop vintage shopping area, then K’Rd is the place. Vintage stores include Metro, Paperbag Princess, Thriftworthy, Red Cross, Cheap as Chips, White Elephant, Bread & Butter Letter, The Corset Shop, Aunty Mavis and many more.
Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
Vixen No 8
A long-standing vintage fixture of the bohemian K’Rd scene, Vixen offers a substantial menswear section, exciting fake fur and sequinned pieces for the ladies, casual tees and cut-off jeans, vintage shoes, and LOTS of cowboy boots. The stock is sourced from Dallas, Texas, which helps explain owner Alison Rothville's penchant for spangly items, boots and the odd authentic vintage cheerleader uniform.
185 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
Real Time Retro
Real Time Retro opened 40 years ago, and has since been a mainstay of Ponsonby Road. It started as part of a whole stretch of second-hand shops along Ponsonby Road, but is the last remaining vintage shop from that era. However, a new scene has begun to blossom again. The stock in Real Time Retro includes reasonable-condition home items, collected from the 1960s to the 1990s. Lighting and light-fittings are a specialty, but there are also stereos, furniture, cookware, toys and magazines. The collection is described by the long-time owner as “items that capture the imagination and light up the room”. The expansive collection of light fittings is definitely worth a look, but be warned, this shop is not a place for claustrophobics, as it’s packed to the hilt.
74 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland
Flotsam & Jetsam
Flotsam & Jetsam is the new kid on the block. Its look and feel is completely rustic and industrial, and it stocks a mix of old and new. Vintage items such as old wooden toys, bowling pins, industrial baskets and storage, buttons and good-condition display cases are mixed with old-style metal plates, serving dishes, mugs and jugs, fit for a diner or old farmhouse atmosphere. As a delicious bonus: fresh delivery of Little & Friday donuts each Saturday morning.
84 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland
Located on the industrial border of Grey Lynn, just down from Ponsonby Rd, Mr Bigglesworthy is a colourful surprise. Its stocks refurbished mid-century furniture in beautiful styles and like-new condition. There is plenty of eye-candy on offer here; from re-covered couches in rich and bright colours, full sets of immaculate 1960s crockery, retro stereos, brightly painted wooden chairs and stunning retro stand-lamps, alongside locally made contemporary jewellery.
15 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Karakter (Furniture, Parnell)
Tucked behind a fancy Italian market and eatery in Parnell, Karakter specialises in refurbished mid-century furniture and design. The pieces showcase beautiful styles and condition. Re-covered furniture pieces are shown in earthy colours and dark leathers, and the collection also includes complementary modern art pieces for your wall.
Suite G03, 100 Parnell Rd, Auckland (Garfield St entrance)
War Memorial Museum and Wintergardens (Domain)
The Auckland Museum moved to the War Memorial building in 1929. Its Greco-Roman style is intentionally bold and noble, to commemorate the New Zealand soldiers lost in World War I. It was extended after World War II to include memorials to the soldiers lost in that conflict. The exterior of the building depicts portraits and scenes of our heroic soldiers of the past, and the bronze doors at the front are decorated with poppies, the commemorative flowers of war. Inside are collections showcasing vintage design; these include clothing, furniture, pottery, literature, toys and other lifestyle items.
The Wintergardens in the surrounding Auckland Domain were constructed after World War I to fancy up the grounds, and to give people something to do in winter. The two large glasshouses are home to some of the most exotic plants and flowers in Auckland, and there are plenty of 1920s marble baroque statues dotted around the gardens to keep a still-life artist busy all afternoon.
The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Stay tuned for part two of this series: This Vintage Town – Greater Auckland coming up in a future edition.