About us

Welcome back! Now we are in Covid 19 Alert Level 1 our stores are open!

And we are excited to see you back in store! Please use our Contact Tracer QR Code to check in and we have plenty of hand sanitiser available in stores! If you would rather order online- with the increased demand for online shopping and the extra safety measures we’ve got in place to keep our team safe, combined with the extra pressure on our courier partners, we ask that our customers please be patient. We expect orders will take longer than usual to reach you, but we’ll continue to do our best to deliver your order as quickly as possible. is a New Zealand owned and operated family business. We have been in the gift business for many years operating online only.

19 Black was an idea originally gleaned from our love of all things American, a trip to "Vegas" and a quirky USA tee shirt line. Tee shirts kept us busy in the Summer but by Winter we were adding other gift lines to our catalogue and before long we were operating a gift store! After 5 years of operating as a mainstream online gift store 2014 has brought big changes and we have decided to return to our roots- USA, Vintage and Retro 'Inspired' Clothing, Footwear, Gifts and Accessories. This is where we started and this is what we love.

So we are not mainstream any more. We were one of the first authorised retailers of Hot Chocolate Design 'Chocolatica' shoes in New Zealand and quickly fell in love with their gorgeous designs and extreme comfort.

We love 50's inspired and are now authorised retailers so many top quality brands including of Lola Ramona, Bettie Page, Unique Vintage, USA Pinup Couture, Retrospec'd, Sourpuss, Bait Footwear, USA Steady Clothing, Australian Company Bonsai Kitten and UK Banned Apparel, Hell Bunny and Voodoo Vixen. We are always adding to our clothing and footwear lines and will let you know who is joining us next. USA Besame Cosmetics, 1930's screen glamour makeup has been recently added as is our growing lines of menswear.

We also specialise in retro and vintage 'inspired' gifts for our fellow lovers of this era. 

Quality is very important to us at 19 Black and we will only stock items and brands that constantly meet our quality expectations.

We want your online shopping experience to be enjoyable, quick and efficient. We are happy to ship internationally but please contact us first for a shipping quote.

We are always out and about at Festivals, large markets and Expos. When you see us at an event it will be 'me' or one or more of my wonderful family and friends. If you email, phone, text or message on Facebook it will be 'me' you speak with.

In 2015 we opened our first retail shop in Hamilton in one of the oldest but very chic suburbs in Hamilton East. You will find us on the main street, at 421 Grey Street. In early 2018 we opened our second store in the lovely South town of Timaru. Our Timaru store is located at 302 Stafford St and you will find 3 lovely local ladies, Ella, April and Suzi in store there. We welcome your visit and you will find a full range of our clothing and footwear in both stores.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Judy and the team at 19 Black



Online Retro and Vintage Inspired Clothing Gifts and Accessories.