Welcome to the exhilarating world of Nine Lives Bazaar. We’re Rose Sadleir and Vanessa Satchwell, co-owners and creators who also happen to be soul sisters, 1970s aficionados, and straight up lovers of life.
Based on the coast of sunny south east Queensland, we romanticise the idea that everyone is entitled to their own utopia … it’s just a matter of finding your bliss and following your heart. In 2012 our holy grail found us, and the basis of Nine Lives Bazaar was born. We are so mesmerised with bygone eras that we wanted to bring back some good ol’ 1970s love, namely in the form of freedom, expression and good times.
Both fossickers at heart, we get a buzz out of finding a one-off thrifted treasure. The fact that each piece has come from an unknown owner leaves a mysterious story entwined in every thread. Imagine the stories old clothes and shoes have to tell! The places they have danced; the gorgeous bums they have held. Those untold stories send tingles down our spines.
Since we can remember we’ve been addicted to op shopping. We’ve packed up our cars and headed up and down the coast to see what treasures we can unearth. As the years go by, the supply of thrift store golden finds seems to diminish. That’s where our vintage inspired collections fit in. We look to the past to re-create our favourite old-school styles. We make sure that this time around they fit a little better, feel a little softer and make your heart sing a little bit brighter.
Together, we are both poetic old souls who drink a lot of red wine and find inspiration all around us. Our wardrobes are both exploding with glorious pieces and we feel it’s time to share some of that magic with you. We wear clothes that suit us to the core and believe that everyone should have fun with the way they dress. Style should be a reflection of your personality. We want to share that outlook with you.
As for where we got the name Nine Lives ~ it represents the types of clothes, trinkets and treasures that we create. They are the kind of pieces that will outlive our generation and be adored by your grandchildren. The kind of timeless items that will outlast nine pairs of hands; and therefore have nine lives.
So far it’s been one hell of an amazing adventure. Nine Lives truly speaks from our hearts. It’s not a traditional business in the sense of how much soul we put into everything we do. We believe life should be a fun, colourful, stylish journey and we are constantly reminding people to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Don’t forget to follow your heart, and remember, the universe has got your back.
Ness and Rose
Photo by Nat McComas