Rockabilly & Pinup clothing, accessories & more!

Cape Town, South Africa

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Shop our in-house brands, Miss Happ, Boot Hill - all locally made in Cape Town (South Africa) by us at our factory!

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Last updated on Feb 28, 2019

SHOP OUR OFFICIAL ONLINE STORE WWW.RETROSPECTIVE.CO.ZA for even More products! We ship world wide.

Shop our in-house brands, Miss Happ, Boot Hill - all locally made in Cape Town (South Africa) by us at our factory!

Thank You for visiting our little shop & we hope to see you soon!


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About RetrospectiveSA

Sales 780
On Etsy since 2010

A little background to how Retrospective was born..

Ret ● ro ● spec ● tive

♥ looking back on the past
♥ fashion. recreated.

Retrospective takes us back to days gone by, to a time when cars were pink and rock ‘n roll was born. We aim to bring back the sparkle of an era where the hop was the place to be on a Friday night and things worked like they were supposed too. When it was all about drinking milkshakes at the diner, picking your favorite song on the jukebox, twirling hula hoops, making out at the drive-in, and looking swell.


Retrospective is about sourcing and recreating fashion inspired by the 1940, 1950’s and early 60s, inspiring women to feel feminine, sensuous and elegant the way only vintage and retro dresses can.

Retrospective celebrates a time when dressing up impeccably was a way of life, when fashion reflected a complicated mix of conservatism and glamour, a girl-next-door freshness as well as alluring femininity. Our mission is to make women feel beautiful no matter their shape or size. The beauty of fashion from this era is the way it enhances any woman's figure.

Retrospective has now expanded to now also include Men's, Boys and Girls clothing. Retrospective sells ladies and Men’s clothing classified as vintage, retro, vintage reproduction and rockabilly with accessories and grooming products to match.

We believe in good quality clothing made from great quality fabric. All our local brands are proudly made & designed in South Africa by incredibly talented and passionate designers, and our international name brands are imported directly from our suppliers in the UK and USA.

Retrospective is a woman run Business headed up by Mandy Milne (Cape Town). Mandy sums up perfectly what it is to be an all woman run small business today in South Africa. Mandy also designs and heads up the manufacturering of her own Rockabilly and Pinup clothing brands (Miss HApp & Boot Hill), as well as manages the Retrospective online and retail store.

With one shared vision we strive to make women feel glamorous by inspiring ladies to feel feminine, sensuous and elegant the way only vintage and retro clothing can.

At Retrospective we don’t want to define ourselves as antique, vintage, pin up, or rockabilly. We want to embrace all of these elements to create a brand where clothing, accessories, décor, and good times are built upon the desire to be feminine and beautiful.

So experience the best of the past and look fabulous in your future whilst having some good old fashioned fun....

Get dressed up with Retrospective!

Shop members

  • Maggie Bow

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a fashion designer by trade & worked in the fashion industry for 13 years, before starting up my own business in 2008. Today I run Retrospectyive online & design & run our inhouse factory where we manufacture our brands Miss Happ and Boot Hill.

  • Pat Martz


    Pat joined our team as a full-time seamstress in 2012 and has grown from strength to strength. She recently completed a pattern making course with us which she is very proud of - at the age of 50! Pat prides herself in her quality.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 28, 2019
*WE WILL BE CLOSING OUR ETSY STORE 1 DEC* BUT DO HEAD TO WWW.RETROSPECTIVE.CO.ZA to carry on shopping our official online store with all our in-house brands & more!

Shop our in-house brands, Miss Happ, Boot Hill - all locally made in Cape Town (South Africa) by us at our factory!

Thank You for visiting our little shop & we hope to see you soon! If you are a pin up or Rockabilly guy then you have come to the right shop! If you are anything like me and aren't afraid to be noticed then I hope you enjoy what I have on offer as much as I have enjoyed designing and making everything!

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If what you receive is not at all what you wanted, let me know. We try to be as accurate as possible when doing our listings so that there aren't any problems. if there is a problem, please message me so that we can further.

Please note, that I am not able to refund the shipping if a parcel goes missing/is damaged, or being returned if you have changed your mind and no longer want the item.

I am not able to accept returns on custom orders.

What if it does not fit?

We do provide all measurements for our items under the listing description and try to be as accurate as we can. If your item does not fit we are happy to exchange for another size, or something similar. If you need to exchange it for the same item or a different size send us an email at retrospective [!at] to reserve the item for you.

How do I return my item?

To return your product, you should mail your product via AIRMAIL with a tracking number to:

Red Hot Blue Design Concepts, Attention: 10 Marconi Crescent, Unit 2, Montague Gardens, Western Cape, 7441. Telephone number: 021 552 3878 - please email us the tracking number so that we can follow up on our side too.

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If the product is found to be defective based on an error from manufacturing we will cover the shipping cost to return it.

Alternatively if you are close to us you are welcome to pop into our offices/warehouse for an exchange. We are located in Cape Town, South Africa.

How does an exchange or refund work?

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.

If you are approved, then your refund will be processed - less the original postage charges and or any admin fees incurred and within 2-3 days of the returned items reaching our offices.

We issue your refund from our Pay Pal account to the full value of the item being returned (excludes shipping costs and or any admin fees incurred)

What are the Terms & Conditions of a return?

Our Returns Policy lasts 7 days. If 7 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we cannot offer you a refund or exchange.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it, with the original labels attached. It must also be in the original packaging in which your order was delivered with the original labels attached.

Alternatively, place the items inside a clean plastic bag and seal securely.

Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded.

The following items we will unfortunately not accept returns on:

Lingerie, Swimwear & hosiery
Make-up & Beauty Products
Sale items

Any other questions?

Please contact us retrospective [!at] or call us at +27 21 422 2202
We accept paypal for international and local customers.

We accept Pay Pal as a form of payment. For those who do not have a Paypal account, you can can still use Paypal to pay with a credit card so it's super easy!

All payments are due upon purchase. Once you select the item for purchase on Etsy, you will need to follow the steps that indicate 'Pay with Paypal'.

If you are a local south African customer and would prefer to do an ELECTRONIC TRANSFER (EFT), please message me and we can make an arrangement.

Please remember your little parcel is traveling far and International postage can take anywhere between 12 - 15 working days, but please note that the delivery time is also dependent upon your countries individual import/customs policies. It is up to you to follow up with your local post office once it has left South Africa.

We post all international parcels via NORMAL AIRMAIL. Please note that I do not cover any extra customs/taxes - that is for you own account.

We post all our international parcels WITHOUT A tracking number, unless you have selected the Tracking number option on check out. You can track parcels here===>

If you have selcted Tracking with your order, you can track parcels here===> until it enters the destination country whereupon it will be given a NEW TRACKING NUMBER from your (the buyer) LOCAL POSTAL SERVICE. They will then notify you via post when your parcel has arrived.

PLEASE NOTE ===> If a tracking number has been provided and the parcel has been recorded as having left South Africa I cannot be held responsible if a parcel goes missing/stolen once having left South Africa.

============POSTAGE WITHIN SOUTH AFRICA============

Normal Registered Econoparcel, 3-5 Working Days. All parcels are sent as a normal Registered parcel and will get a South African Post Office tracking number so that you can track your parcel and it's progress - FREE OF CHARGE. You can track parcels here===> / 0800 111

Please convo me. I wold be happy to arrange a courier to drop off at a physical address. Please note there is an extra charge for this service & a physical address (where somone is there to receive it) must be provided. Please message me for rates.

Please read our "Policies" page before you order, and feel free to CONVO me with any questions that you may have. Thank you!
Additional policies and FAQs
Color: please be aware that the color on your monitor may differ from the actual item as it is listed. If you would like to see other view options on the item you like, please message me and i will send other photos of the item

We measure in cm's, but please see below for measurement Guide lines:

1meter = 1.09Yard
1 yard = 91.4cm
1" = 2.54cm