For the Love of Retro
With a style and glamour that could fit well with many decades over the past century, Bronwyn Davies is breathing new life into pre-loved treasures at her unique store in Devonport.
Viva La Vintage is the mother-daughter duo’s heartfelt motto, as well as the perfectly pitched name for their shop.
Bronwyn, who ran art galleries for over 25 years, said: “We love vintage! We both have an interest in fashion and we love to collect pieces from days gone by.”
Customers step back into an era of glamour and elegance when they set foot in the Devonport store, which sees clothing sit alongside homewares and artefacts from bygone eras.
A warm and inviting opening night saw friends and past customers visit the shop for champagne and canapés, and offer their best wishes for the new venture. It is clear the pair have endeared themselves to many with their pleasant, engaging demeanours and their flair for finding fascinating retro gems.
After previous relocations from Victoria Road, and then Cheltenham Road, this is third time lucky and, boy, have they picked a spot.
Bronwyn said: “It’s the best! It’s so nice to have this view and be right across from the water.”
Viva La Vintage looks set to become a destination store. Customers can peruse the vintage offerings, have a coffee next door, appreciate some artwork down the road, and enjoy a stroll along the waterfront. And with a retro hairstylist and milliners due to set up in the adjoining spaces, this makes a magic location for a spot of ‘me time’ for locals and visitors alike.
Amber is currently in the UK and will be sourcing yet more treasures to add to the colourful collection in their store, which is open six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday. And Bronwyn’s favourite era? “It would have to be the 1950s and 60s.”
Viva La Vintage we say!
Viva La Vintage, 35 King Edward Parade, Devonport. Phone: 09 445 2629 or