Slow Living through the lens of Lina Hamer

A wonderful day at our country hide-away the Lemelerberg Lodge. Photographed by Lina Hamer, founder of Moonshine Vintage. With her conscious fashion label Lina curates a collection of unique vintage clothing that she captures with her analog camera. All with an anecdote because she shops everything herself, such as western shirts, bohemian dresses, Afghan jackets and jumpsuits from the 1970s. Lina spent some days at the Lemelerberg lodge together with her love Luka, to shoot the new collection.  
Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Lina, I am 26 years old and live with my friend Luka in a nice house in Utrecht. I am the proud owner of Moonshine Vintage, a vintage clothing webshop with clothing from the 60s / 70s and handmade straps of vintage straps and fabrics.

What makes vintage interesting?
The quality, the fit but especially the stories that garments carry with them. I recently bought a dress from a lady of over 70 years old. A beautiful long red pink cotton dress from India, with embroidered flowers and mirrors. She once bought the dress in Oxford street, London, late 1960s. Straight from the hippie era! I've been chatting with her for a while, and we're trying to keep in touch. I find that very valuable. I also recently bought my first designer dress from England, an Ossie Clark from the 70s. A pearl of a dress made of crepe fabric with a deep neck and a beautiful fit. It came with a note from the owner, she wrote: "I bought the dress in Sept 1973. This dress and I have enjoyed many good parties together, so it comes with lots of gossip." I love to fantasize about this. Garments are linked to memories, I cherish that. It has much more value than a new garment from a major retail chain. I invest in that, with all my love.
Lina Hamer Moonshine Vintage By Mölle Lemelerberg Lodge
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I grew up with self-made clothes by my mother and Oilily dresses from flea markets. My parents have always inspired me to be creative, even in times with less money. Actually a very sustainable education, without saying this. This creativity and sustainability is the basis of Moonshine Vintage. And I am blessed with a warm, creative family and friends around me. I get inspiration from that every day and I am very grateful for that.

Can you tell us something about your bedroom makeover?
We have a lovely bedroom with patio doors to the garden. When we came to live here last year, we painted the entire room in a terracotta color, but that color made me so restless. We have now painted everything in soft gray and Luka has built a kind of wall-to-wall headboard at the back of the bed. This serves as a bedside table, and the ugly heating is also hidden in it. The By Mölle bed linen finishes it off. I particularly liked the color honey in combination with blush and hazel.

What do you like about natural materials such as linen?
It is soft, just a bit heavier than cotton and lasts a long time. You actually never want to get out of bed again when you sleep under linen sheets.

What does slow living mean to you?
I dream of a house in nature, with a large vegetable garden and chickens. Now I like to cycle around the city early in the morning, before the crowds start. Collecting vintage is also my therapy in this fast-paced world. I think everyone needs a form of 'Slow living' to be able to switch off.
What lies ahead for Moonshine Vintage?
Hopefully even more beautiful vintage clothing, beautiful stories and dear customers. I have now been able to outsource the production of our straps, it was a step for me to let it go, but in the end it gives me more freedom to grow.

What did you find special about the Lemelerberg Lodge.
One of the most special places I slept in the Netherlands. The environment, the tranquility, the old sliding doors (that disappear into the wall!) To the veranda where you can wake up with a cup of tea, the large linen sofa by the wood stove, but especially the beautiful surrounding nature. Everything was correct. I also found it so special that the house was built from a kit that came to the Netherlands by train from Austria almost a hundred years ago. I hope to be able to sleep some nights soon.

Looking for some relaxing time off in nature at the Lemelerberg Lodge?
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