Set in a two-storey shophouse in the middle of an HBD estate near Telok Blangah, Dustbunny Vintage’s slightly obscure location lends it a unique charm all of its own.
Once a provisions store, the adorable shop front of Dustbunny Vintage has been beautifully renovated, maintaining the traditional open shutters from the exterior of the original shop, whilst extending the window display area forward to add a modern twist. Situated right next door to a neighbourhood coffee shop, I was struck by Dustbunny’s quaint and humble feel.
As you step into Dustbunny, what is most notable is the thoughtful and creative curating of their pieces. From the store design and layout, to her stock, it is clear shop owner Pia possesses an eye for detail.
According to Pia, to make it into store, all vintage pieces must fulfil a number of criteria. For one, items must be wearable with an interesting twist, and in good quality condition. They must also be weather appropriate for the Singaporean climate. Her vintage pieces are sourced exclusively from the US & Japan. What’s more, the shop offers an exceedingly accommodating size range of 0 – 16.
The typical Dustbunny customer is looking for a distinct and quality piece, be it for a one-off purchase or a special event. Their dresses have become increasingly popular for photo shoots as well as bridal-wear, for which she stocks some truly exquisite and varied formal pieces. Overall, designs range from chic and structured to flirty and whimsical with frills galore. Additionally, there is only one of each piece stocked at any given time, so you can safely consider each purchase a pretty exclusive one.
As well as a range of assorted jewellery, accessories and clothing, Dustbunny stocks second-hand designer bags. Spotted in store were brands such as Dior, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. If and where necessary, Dustbunny renovates their designer pieces to ensure only the best pre-owned quality. They also offer a personalised tailoring service for their customers.
Pia’s story is an inspiring one. Starting off selling vintage handbags by appointment only, increasing demand arose for her to offer more pieces and she steadily expanded to clothes, shoes and accessories. Soon struggling to juggle a full-time job as well as a growing business, Pia eventually made the decision to quit and concentrate her efforts full-time on her shop instead. Her advice for aspiring retailers? To be dedicated, follow your passions and learn to take risks.
Undoubtedly, a lot of passion & thought has been put into the store and this is felt through the shopping experience it offers – you can easily lose yourself for an hour in this dreamy vintage wardrobe. As I walked through the front door, I felt as though I had just time travelled from a local Singaporean estate to the 80’s. Indeed, the beauty of vintage pieces are their power to transport you to another time & place. I say let Dustbunny be your tardis.
Prices for Dresses range from S$70-250 dollars, Bags S$25-2000 (that would be the vintage Chanel!), and Jewellery, S$15-100 plus.
Written by A Fashionable Leo