Louisa Amelia Jane is run by me, Joanne Thompson. I work from my home on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne. I selectively buy and sell vintage fashion items from Victorian times up to the best of the 1970s and 1980s. I have always loved clothes which told me stories and which were much more original and individual than mainstream fashion. Personally, I love to mix and match the best of vintage and modern pieces. I also love the quality of vintage pieces. The fabric and means of construction are usually superior to mass produced contemporary garments. I am having a wonderful time restoring old garments to wearable treasures.
I am a proud member of the Vintage Fashion Guild.
I also have an Etsy store for fashion and linen items - Louisa Amelia Jane on Etsy
and an Etsy store dedicated to vintage patterns and sewing supplies - Louisas Needle
Who is Louisa Amelia Jane?
The store is named after my grandmother, Louisa Amelia Jane Smith, but everyone called her Lou. I called her Nana. She was born in 1910. Here she is at about 6 months old.
She lived in Queensland until she and her sister ran away from their wicked step mother. As two teenagers, they hopped on a train and came to Melbourne, where the two sisters eventually married two brothers, and raised their families there. She married my grandfather, Lindsay Silva, in 1932.
Lou had a hard life raising her three children as my grandfather was away from home seeking work during much of the Depression and then fighting in the Air Force during World War 2. Her health also plagued her. She was devoted to her family and we all loved her dearly. She was never a fashion plate, all the money she had was spent on her family. My grandfather, even after being separated from her for 30 years, proudly told us that his children were always the best dressed children in the street, even though they had very little money.
The best dressed children - My mother, Lorraine, on the right, and her sister, Joyce, 1940-1941.
When I think of the the 1930s, 40s and 50s, I think of her, so it seemed appropriate to name the store after her. And I like the idea of paying homage to her.