To my wonderful customers,
My name is Laura and I am the founder of Transplant Vintage. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and have been in the vintage trade since I was 14 years old. The word ‘Transplant’, to move, relocate, has a special meaning to me. In 2018, I moved to California for the love of my life (now we are married and even have a puppy called Bug)! As I relocated my life to the other side of the world I became a transplant, a kiwi in Los Angeles.
Throughout high school, I sold vintage online from local flea markets. I fell in love with the unique silhouettes and fabrics of the 60s and 70s and became a full on vintage nerd. After I graduated, I decided to make vintage my full time job. I founded an online store at first. It grew and grew and grew until one day I found myself the owner of one of the largest vintage brands in the Southern Hemisphere, owner of a brick and mortar store on the main street of Auckland and an online store that shipped worldwide.
I sold my business in 2019 and began pursuing formal education, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at UCLA. I would love to work in politics eventually, fighting for reproductive rights, women and minority and immigrant communities - the communities that keep my home, Los Angeles, vibrant, colorful and unique.
I founded Transplant Vintage in 2020, hoping to continue my passion for vintage. Along with studying full time, Transplant Vintage allows me to treasure hunt throughout my favorite city in the world. Every piece that I curate for Transplant Vintage has a purpose, meaning, a story to tell. Clothing should be an expression of oneself and that is the beauty of one of a kind vintage.
I am so excited and proud to share my love and passion with you. I adore every piece on here and I hope you do too. Thank you so much for keeping my dream alive.
Love Laura xxx