Do you ever feel like traveling back in time? As for someone like me who feels like she was born at the wrong era, I’ve always wanted to. History and antique gems always make me feel nostalgic. Good thing I don’t need a time machine anymore (though most of the time I want to have one). A store in Cubao Expo can transport you in another place and in another era.
Cubao Expo is formerly known as Marikina Shoe Expo, nestled at the heart of Cubao. Today, Cubao Expo or more popularly known as “Cubao X” is a place for anyone who is into art and the night scene. Cubao X is a home for art galleries, vintage shops, bars, and cafes. One very interesting place to visit is the UVLA store, alongside other vintage shops and cafes.
If there is one thing that I am completely in love with, that would be history and anything vintage. UVLA stands for “Unique, Vintage and Lost Art” and is owned by Mr. and Ms. Yu and their charming daughter Eva Christine Yu. Upon entering the store, you’ll find all sorts of vintage items—from jewellery, toys, sewing machines, books, bottles, and photographs. The delight that comes from the scent, look and feel of vintage items can really bring you back in time and make you feel nostalgic even though most of the items within the store are older than you.
Vintage bottles and lamps! My favorite shelf from UVLA!
What only started from a family hobby of collecting vintage toys, their collection grew until they decided to open a shop. Ms. Yu states that she and her husband are avid collectors of vintage items. Her husband often restores most of the things that they sell and oftentimes clients ask them to look for certain items. Their search for hidden treasures has already brought them to various places like Cebu, Batangas and Vigan. Ms. Yu is the usual shopkeeper but the owner of the store is her daughter, Eva Christine.
UVLA started within the months of December 2010 to January 2011. Their first products were handmade bags and vintage toys. Eventually, their shop grew until they decided to open another shop upstairs. Eva Christine usually stays on the second floor of their shop where she does her dressmaking. Since Eva is a graduate of Fashion Design and Merchandising at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, she designs wallets, clothes and bags which she features on their store. She says that they wanted to divide their store into two: A vintage kiosk and an art space. On the second floor is where she plans to showcase artworks, paintings, handmade bags, and other crafts made by her and her friends. There you’ll find some items from their tie-up with Polarities, Forever Ugly, and her own works.
The charming Miss Eva Christine.
If you’re looking for a place to escape to when the hustle and bustle of the city stresses you, visit UVLA store and travel back in time. You can spend hours just walking around trying to relax and reminisce. No doubt, this little adventure would help you escape for a moment.