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When I went to the opening of Blitz London back in September, they asked me if I’d like to work on an in-store installation. So last week I assembled a giant size version of one of my scrapbooks on their wall, along with some choice pieces of their vintage stock. I had Italy on the brain, hence the Paninaro-ish denim and bright sweatshirting along with Versace-esque scarf prints, downplayed with a bit of army surplus. Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to post these photos from the Blitz London launch for weeks. The store got the thumbs up from my fellow blogger attendees Discotheque Confusion, The Women’s Room and Bish Shops, who all agreed it was exciting, spacious and engaging. On my part, I enjoyed meeting the manager John Howlin, who immediately grabbed my vintage cheerleader’s jacket, studied the seams and proceeded to tell me its history. Continue reading
Does London need another vintage store? Hell yes when it’s Blitz London, a new 5-room ‘vintage department store’ in Hanbury Street, E1. The press release promises all sorts of riches, including new stock every day, an in-store cafe, upcycled furniture, blogger-friendly ‘account managers’ and a mix of reasonably priced and rare vintage finds (hello Swatch watches). Continue reading
I went to Vintage Festival yesterday and spent far too much time in the (free) Vintage Village snapping 1960s plan chests and dressing tables and not enough time in the main event. I have to say it was all excellently done. The Northern Soul music playing in the main hall set the tone beautifully while The Warehouse transported me straight back to the days of illegal warehouse raves in a haze of dry ice and nostalgia. Continue reading
As I have no trouble admitting, I don’t do festivals. Omnipresent mud, stinky toilets, itchy hair, overpriced veggie burgers, endless queues – all for the price of a week in Ibiza? No thanks. One person I know returned from Glastonbury with piles and a faceful of cold sores. How delightful. But Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage Festival promises to be a different sort of festival altogether; it’s in London for a start and on concrete. Continue reading
Watches and clutches – don’t they we go well together! I don’t know if it’s Tommy Ton’s attention to micro-styling or simply the breadth of choice out there, but I can’t help noticing how many people are coordinating their clutches to their watches. Even Garance is at it… Continue reading
I have been waiting for the right moment to mention photographer Koto Bolofo’s fashion collection and now seems a good time. Inspired by and utilising found objects, clothing and textiles, I discovered it on the Wonderland blog and love his description of it here:
“IT HAS A LOT OF RELEVANCE TO NOW IN THE SENSE THAT IN THIS “MODERN” WORLD ONE DOES NOT SEEM TO BE REALLY GOING FORWARD, BUT GOING FORWARD IN CREATING DISPOSABLE ART AND ITEMS, HERE TODAY GONE TODAY. I FEEL SOCIETY IS LED INTO NOT TAKING THEIR TIME IN LOOKING AT WHAT IS REALLY GOOD, BUT RUSHED INTO WHAT IS SO CALLED “NEXT”.
Check out these pictures:
Pics above: Wonderland
Lookbook images below via Chewing The Cud
While some vintage stores are bailing out, others are doing perfectly fine, thank you very much. The sublime but secretive Cassie Mercantile is a vintage clothing dealership with a showroom in genteel Holland Park. Owner Graham Cassie is a shy Scot who spends his days sourcing post-war Americana, love-worn army surplus and the odd spool of vintage haberdashery trim on his travels around the globe. He sells to upper-end designers on the lookout for inspiration as well as scooping up the perfect beat-up suitcases and just-threadbare-enough old flags to fashion into Japanese shop window displays. On my recent visit he wouldn’t let me get too snap-happy (frankly, he doesn’t need the publicity) but allowed these gems. Clearly, there’s some mileage in vintage threads yet.