Welcome to On the Sunny Side!
My name is Sunny van Zijst. I am a costume designer and got into designing vintage style menswear through music. I have played saxophone since I was 14 and have always loved big band. We started playing at Lindy hop parties and that inspired me to start making 30's and 40's style clothing. It didn't take long before I was full time occupied with making swing trousers. After making 100 trousers by hand (I know because I bought a box with 100 trouser hooks) I decided I needed help with executing. Together with Arnhem Fashion factory I found a small factory in Romania that now executes my designs. I make the patterns and the first samples and then it all goes to Romania where miss Diana skillfully makes the pieces. Not an easy task, because I am very 'picky' on details and pre-war menswear has a lot of them. Little watch pockets, adjustment straps, piped pockets, welt pockets all have to be perfect. I source all the materials myself, so I am sure of the quality. For the trousers and waistcoats we use beautiful 100%wool all made in the EU. Sometimes I am lucky to find the absolute top quality tweeds that I use for custom orders.