This week we speak with South Coast local, Gab Dillon! Gab has a fantastic eye for vintage pieces for the ingenue in us all, not to mention amazing hand-sewing skills herself. Her patchwork smocks are the perfect mix of town & country, and are clearly a labour of love. She owns vintage and hand sewn clothing label, Back Here, which she’s returning to this July after being on maternity leave. You can follow her on Insta @_backhere and buy her vintage pieces, stunning hand embroidered knits and patchwork dresses through her Etsy store.
Online or instore shopping?
Instore shopping (basically just op shops for me) but online for some very specific things.
Too many things! When I first started selling vintage I thrifted a ‘70s orange and brown paisley blouse and hot pants set. It was incredible, sold it for a steal and should’ve kept it for myself, but I thought at the time the pants were too cheeky to wear out of the house. I don’t feel that way anymore and wanna wear short shorts again.
Do you collect anything?
Fabric and boots. I’m a keen sewer, so there are piles of fabric all over the house, squirrelled away in places. I’m never gonna get around to using them all but they’re nice to have.
Oh so many! Late ‘60s Michelle Phillips, ‘70s Charlotte Rampling (pictured below London, 1968), and now, Benjamin Clementine (pictured below [New York Times, 2016 photograph by Craig McDean]), Subrina Heyink and my partner Frenchy.
What film can you watch over and over?
Love Story. I watch it as much for the story as Ali Macgraw’s clothes. I love her.
Words to live by…