Tucked in a quiet corner on Bussorah Street lies an eccentric little shop filled with treasures from all over the world. This is World Savage, a vintage/ antique shop run by two very passionate owners who personally hunt for collectibles that might also be referred to as trash by most. It's true when they say one man's trash is another's treasure. What you see here is exclusive because photography is usually not allowed in the store. But the owner B was so generous to let me after we chatted and knowing how eager I was to document my experience and share with you.
|The Jealous Society - WS's own line of antique, fine jewelry|
The joy of visiting places like this is you'll never know what you might find. I'm pretty sure I spent a good hour or so admiring everything my eyes could possibly register. B was fantastic to talk to, I felt like I made a friend. During our casual conversation, she expressed her annoyance towards how terms like 'vintage' and 'antique' are used way too freely such that their true definitions have been diluted. Lost. So what exactly do they mean? Well, using the present as the relative measurement, vintage is anything from the past era; antique is anything older than 100 years; and retro refers to the 60s. But of course, time is not the only criteria to define what's vintage and what's not. Other elements such as a garment's enduring style and tailoring also come into consideration when you appreciate something of age.
There are many things to love about World Savage, I particularly loved their extensive collection of wedding rings from the Victorian era. I personally would prefer one over a brand new diamond ring. You will also discover unexpected home goods and artifacts that will leave you amazed. Philomel Clothing is a private brand for their vintage (and some reworked) garments made affordable by the owners. Majority of garments were sourced from Japan and it was shocking to realize how small people used to be in the past! A 23 inch waistline was common for a Japanese woman.
|A glass pendant containing a preserved moth|
|Random succulent plants I found nearby|
|Top - Sweet Drug | Leather skirt - ZARA | Pascal boots - Dr. Martens|
If you love vintage and rare things, I highly recommend paying World Savage a visit this weekend. And when you're there, be sure to ask questions and I promise you you'll learn something new from the owners. They are so passionate, insightful and know every inch of the space they built on their own. Yes, the price point is slightly higher but trust me, go there and you will understand why. It sure feels good to own a piece of history, right?
(pictures taken awhile ago, hence the long hair. do you miss it? i don't.)
Address: 70 Bussorah Street | Tel: 6563 8590