Australian Stylist and Vintage Lover Dee Jenner Has an Eye for Details
‘details.’ is a passion project turned thriving business created by Sidney-based freelance stylist Dee Jenner. For Make it last, she shares the story behind the opening of her first online vintage store and exclusive images of her latest capsule collection.
Through her extensive world travels, stylist Dee Jenner has been able to build a unique and curated collection of pre-owned fashion and homeware selling through online store ‘details.’, which launched only last year. No doubt her taste mirrors ours, with a classic yet contemporary wardrobe selection of oversized shirts, relaxed suiting and heirloom coats coming in soft, natural colorways – vintage Chloé being an constant point of reference. The easy menswear inspired look is beautifully captured in her fifth capsule collection titled ‘the Gentle Woman’, which Dee is kindly sharing with us here, proving once again the relevance and beauty in making the past part of the present.
Tell us a bit about yourself – who is behind ‘details.’?
– I’m Dee, an Australian freelance stylist with no fixed address. By that I mean, my boyfriend and I have spent the past six months house sitting for friends and family, and been lucky enough to enjoy extended stays in beautiful homes dotted along the east coast of Australia. It’s cost-effective, takes us to new places and is sustainable too – we only own what we truly need.
What’s the story behind the online vintage store?
– After a decade spent working as a fashion editor, most recently at ELLE Australia, I decided to take a career break and spent six months travelling with my boyfriend. Our first stop was Tokyo! Then we flew to Iceland and drove around the entire country in a campervan before taking a month to travel through Europe and Morocco. After that, we spent two months in the US and Central America, heading down through Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Finally, we visited Peru, where time spent in the Amazon got me thinking about sustainability.
– I’d been dreaming about ‘details.’ for a while – though back then, it didn’t have a name – so in each of the places we visited, I took time to explore local vintage stores and interesting retail spaces for inspiration, curating a small selection of special pieces that could fit in my carry-on bag. They became the first capsule, which launched in May 2017 after returning to Sydney.
What is your relationship to vintage and second-hand fashion and objects?
– My grandmother was a glamorous woman who loved antiques and dressing up. As a child I remember accompanying her on trips to second-hand stores. In my late teens and early twenties I found myself turning again to vintage as my own sense of style developed – I loved wearing ’80s prom dresses out dancing on a Friday night! I even bought some beautiful vintage fabric to sew into dresses, but soon realized my talents are better utilized in styling.
Why do you think more people should invest in pre-owned things?
– I’m drawn to the character of second-hand pieces. Everything has lived a life before you; I find the possibility of those stories so intriguing. Plus it’s great for the environment and usually for your bank account too.
How do you source the items for your shop, and what things are you looking for?
– I’m at my happiest when I’m rummaging, so local op shops (the Australian term for “thrift store”) and markets are my favorite places to source. Having moved around so much lately, I’ve been able to explore small towns that I might not otherwise have stopped in and I think that’s where you find the best stuff. I gravitate towards linen, wool and silk pieces in neutral colors, as well as unique homewares – at the moment I’m loving ’70s amber glassware from France, Japanese ceramics and pink dinner sets. Actually anything pink. And baskets – I can’t get enough!
How do you relate to sustainability in life and work?
– Sustainability is something that I am always conscious of; I see it as lots of small, everyday decisions that add up. I’m on a constant journey of trying to reduce the amount of waste I produce. At home, I recycle and compost food scraps. When I’m out and about, I take a Keep Cup, drink bottle and canvas tote with me. I also make my own beauty products where possible – I’ve found great recipes for toothpaste, face oil and body butter.
– I’m nowhere near being zero waste, and to be honest, I don’t know if it will ever be possible, but it’s nice to always have this in mind: how can I leave the smallest footprint? Sustainability is the true focus of my business selling second-hand goods. All ‘details.’ orders are packaged in 100% recyclable materials too.
Tell us about the ‘capsule 5’ edit – what’s the inspiration, and how did it come about?
– Each capsule is created quite organically. As my collection of pieces grows, I begin to notice trends or moods that I’m being drawn to at that point in time. Capsule five is beautiful and classic; filled with oversized shirts, relaxed suiting and heirloom coats. Chloé is a constant point of reference for me, and together with the photographer – the talented Tāne Coffin – we conceived a shoot that would pay tribute to Peter Lindbergh images from the ’90s.
What’s on the horizon for you and ‘details.’?
– So much! This all started as a passion project, but as the business has taken off, I’m beginning to work on ways to expand it – that means kidswear and menswear capsules, more homewares, regular product drops and a zine.
Images courtesy of details.
Photographer Tāne Coffin
Stylist Dee Jenner
Hair & Makeup Jasmin Lo
Model Zhoe Trotter at Kult
Photo Assistant Patrick Mackey
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