I met Oceanne as she was Couchsurfing at my friends’ place in Lisbon. Originating from here and there, travelling around the world with great style and on top of this she has a vintage swap project called Covert Candy. Oceanne is a true travelette and a great personality!

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1. What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Oceanne, I’m from all over. I was born in Australia, and lived there until the age of 11, then in France until the age of 23, then London until now! My father is American, my mother is French, I guess that makes me tri-national.

2. How is your life influenced by travelling?

I can’t imagine a life without it. Travelling doesn’t influence me, it’s who I am. I was well travelled at a young age, thanks to my parents. To me, it was the ultimate form of education, helping me learn not just about others, but about myself.
The professional orientation I am pursueing allows me to have plenty of time to travel. I couldn’t have it any other way.

3. What do you look for on your travels? Do you have some favourite destinations?

I lice life one day at a time, never really planning anything in advance. The magic of travelling is the feeling of freedom that it brings about, everyday is new – a new experience, a new place, a new feeling. I try and stay away from the big hotels, the tourist scenes, the package deals..
Usually a backpack, a good book, and a lot of curiosity.
I love Africa, I’m in love with Africa, it’s such a magical place. I love Europe for the culture and the food and Asia for its mysticism. And everyopne should see the United States, at least once in their lifetime..

4. Tell me a bit about Covert Candy. What is the idea behind it?

Covert Candy is a clothes exchange platform, and vintage clothes store.
It is commited to the concept of sustainable fashion and the ideology that second hand clothing is as good (if not better) than new items. Due to the rise in popularity of ‘swishing’ parties around the UK, there has been a large demand for a place to swap and exchange clothes online without excessive ‘high street’ price tags.
Vintage clothing has a story, a soul and we hope to export the idea to other countries asap.

5. As a vintage expert do you have any insider tips on vintage shopping?

The world of vintage clothing has gone through a lot of changes in the last few years..A real frenzy.. More and more vintage shops are opening all over big european cities. The items are not aways authentic vintage pieces and prices have gone through the roof in ther last 2 years. I don’t believe in expensive vintage clothing. The key is digging around. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, be it Salvation army, second hand stores, market places, established vintage stores, even Ebay, are great places to find that one unique piece for the right price. Oh and off course check out Covert Candy…
My favourite places are Guerisol in Paris, the Salvation army’s in the US, and Brick lane market in London. Berlin also has great markets on the weekends.

 

Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.