A week on the street!

Greetings vintage fans!

It’s Friday – HOORAY! Before we head off to prepare for DURHAM, NORWICH & SOUTHAMPTON [you say prepare, we say drink gin – potato, pot-a-to] we thought we’d share with you a rather STYLISH week on the streets. Here’s who we’ve found…

xVVx

A cheeky chat with Vintage Norwich!

Greetings vintage fans!

The loquatious creatures that we are [clearly got ‘word of the day’ loo roll for Christmas, or have watched too much Frasier] it’s probably no surprise that we love a good chat!

This week on our virtual sofa, we sat down with the lovely Gemma of Vintage Norwich, ahead of her slot as a guest judge at this Sunday’s Norwich Affordable Vintage Fair [giving out medals to best-dressed guests – yikes!] Gemma, the floor is yours…

How did Vintage Norwich come to be?

“I’ve lived in Norwich for nearly 10 years, and I was writing a lot about events in Norwich, and listing dates of events on my blog Retro Chick (http://www.retrochick.co.uk), obviously these weren’t always of interest to all my readers who lived elsewhere, so I decided to start a separate site for the local information and in March 2011 Vintage Norwich was born!”

Do you have any links to the other ‘Vintage’ regionals out there? [like ‘Vintage London,’ ‘Vintage Manchester’] – is it a big ol’ vintage family?

“I’m actually part of a network, set up at the beginning of the year, with 3 other “Vintage” regional sites. We’re called the Vintage City Network (http://www.vintagecitynetwork.com/) and the sites involved are The Vintage Guide to London (http://www.thevintageguidetolondon.com/) Vintage Brighton(http://vintagebrighton.com) and Vintage Manchester(http://www.vintagemanchester.com/)”

Although you can’t be biased online,  which era are you all about?

“My favourite era is the 1930s. I love the glamour and decadence of 1930s Fashions. I also have a soft spot for the make do and mend ethos of the 1940s, and 1950s styles seem to be what suits me best!”

Is there any wardrobe advice you would give shoppers coming to the fair on Sunday? What’s going to earn them a medal?

“I like people who dress with style and panache. Smartly dressed, elegant, people who’ve made a real effort will likely catch my eye and earn themself a medal!”

The 70s was back last summer, the 50s and 60s are constantly in and now the 90s has reared its head – is there an era or item that you HOPE stays firmly in the past?

“I think most people can agree that the return of the shell suit would never be a good thing. I can’t think of a more unflattering or uncomfortable garment.”

Finally, it’s the Vintage Norwich awards this coming Monday – if you could get an award for anything, what would it be and why?

“Well if it can’t be for world peace or curing cancer, then maybe I’d like an award just for being a Jolly Nice Person. Or maybe I’ll settle for having good hair.”

A beautiful barnet – isn’t that the dream? For all wanting to see Gemma in all of her gold-medal glory, head down to St Andrews Hall on Sunday from 12pm. As for that award for being ‘jolly nice, Gemma you’ve already got it in the bag!

 

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Cool Kilo Customers!

We had an absolute blast in Edinburgh this weekend!!! The Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale in Leith was visited by over 900 style savvy customers and these folk kindly paused shopping to pose for our street-style team. What a well-dressed bunch you are! 

For more snaps from the Kilo, click here.

The Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale is returning to Out of the Blue Drill Hall (just off Leith Walk) Edinburgh on the 6th October… see you there!!

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<3 New Trader Crush <3

Greetings vintage fans

When Jeniffer Paige sang that sexy late 90s/ early 00’s [‘naughties’ – lol, how appropes!] song ‘Crush,’ never for one second did we imagine her singing about furniture.

That was until today, when an email from new trader, RETROWOMBLE [you had me at Wimbledon!] revealed these shots in anticipation of YORK’S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR next week [22nd]

For once, we’re going to let them do the talking. But they are totally crush-worthy [we’ll be scribbling their initials in our notebooks before you know it.]

Hubba-hubba!

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V V cool! [the V V stands for ‘very very’]

Greetings vintage fans!

Like moths to a glossy flame, we are drawn to those most papped of our people…celebrities. Florence Welch, Daisy Lowe, Chloe Sevigny, George Lamb – all people who have graced our markets [gratuitous name drop there] – some have let us take their picture, oggle their wares and stare dumbfounded as the power of speech escaped us [soz Floz! I’m working on my people skills!] but never, vintage fans, NEVER has one asked to have a stall!

Imagine our amazement when glamour-puss V V Brown gets on the wire, wanting a stall at Spitalfields – *Insert comedy swoon here!

With bezza and business partner Lola, V V rocked-up to launch her new collection VVVintage and we [finding our voicebox along the way] had a little chat…

How did you get into vintage?

“Vintage has always been a part of my life. It began with not having enough money to buy designer wear and once I discovered vintage, I realised that it was a lot more fun and creative. It grew into a lifestyle as I began to read more about sustainability and the ethical side of the fashion industry leading to this business [VVVintage].”

What would your advice be to people who never really veer from the Highstreet?

“Be aware of the ethical impact of high street fashion and the conditions within the factories that make these clothes. The people who make them often do not feel the benefits. The idea of sustainability takes into consideration the ethics of the human being who created the item.”

What pieces can you not live without?

“Anything Black. My black rain coat is something I wear all the time even when there is sun. Black is so chic and timeless.”

What’s the WORST outfit you’ve had to wear? Any couture skeletons in the closet?

“The worst outfit was a dress I wore to the Shopaholic premiere. I couldn’t breath and I took it off in the Addison Lee taxi. It was a designer dress. Beautiful but uncomfortable. Never again.”

And there we have it – veni, vidi, VV! The proverbial cherry on the cake, the lovely folks from ITV came down to film it for the news. To check out VV’s collection click here, or to see it face to face, take a look at this clip here.

Missed out? Never fear. We’ll be back at the Old Spitalfields Market for the May Bank Holiday for more capital hijinx [so be sure to pencil it in!]

 

xVVx [Vintage Vulture, not VV Brown]