About Us

Welcome to Circa Vintage.

Circa is a retail and online vintage clothing shop owned and run by Nicole Jenkins and based in Melbourne, Australia.

Since 2004 Circa has focused on good quality original mens and ladies garments and accessories from 200 years of Australian fashion.

Salon Feb 2013

Nicole is internationally recognised for her fashion history expertise and has been buying and selling vintage clothing since 1980.

She managed Sydney shop “Albert and Gladys” in the ’80s and has also worked in costume, make-up, film, television, theatre and fashion here in Australia and in the UK after studying costume design and construction at Perth Technical College and the WA Academy of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University).

“My mission” says Nicole “Is to preserve and promote an appreciation of vintage clothing”. It’s a calling.

Nicole’s first book “Love Vintage” was published by Carter’s in 2009 and won a bronze medal in the International Independent Publisher’s Awards, and is now out of print.

She’s currently writing a second book about fashion and style for Melbourne University Press and it should be due out later this year.

Nicole is also available by arrangement – see here for a list of some of the ways she can be of service. Recent events can be found here.

Most vintage garments and accessories at Circa have been cleaned and restored to their original glory so they are ready to wear. Some older garments are not cleaned due to their antique or fragile nature, as they are more suitable for collecting than wearing. In addition, we stock a small number of new reproduction accessories and lingerie, when it is difficult to find the originals in good condition and appropriate sizes.

All original images and text (unless otherwise indicated) remain the property of Circa Vintage. Please request permission before using any images or text. Thank you.

Website administration by Tim Hamilton. Web design by Red Pepper Graphics.

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