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Here is an article written by Sara Colohan for Londoncalling.com about London’s current Vintage scene:
DRYCLEANING FOR VINTAGE:
SMARTYPANTS – Dry Cleaners – Bethnal Green Road 222, ph 07986699369
These cleaners specialise in vintage dry cleaning – so if you have some prized vintage clothing and you are afraid to take a chance with your local people – maybe try Smartypants – they do all drycleaning for the vintage shops on Brick Lane and they are also The Tassel Club’s chosen cleaners.
Tips for buying vintage: Never hang vintage on metal hangers – use padded hangers to spread he weight of the garment. It your item is particularly delicate, wrap in acid free tissue and store flat. Store out of direct sunlight! Don’t store near radiators – it dries out fabrics. Please add your comments and shopping suggestions to this page! Here are a few of ours….
The best of 1940′s & 50′s reproduction clothing making the world a more glamorous place!Don’t be surprised to see the loveliest of Burlesque beauties working behind the counter in this mecca for all burlesque lovers
PH 02076098754 www.vivienofholloway.com
Shopping on line: We bought lots of corsets recently from corsets-uk.com and can’t recommend them enough – beautiful finish, steel boned, buy 2 get third one free special on at the moment – quick delivery and very friendly and prompt staff – can’t really do better than that. (And no, we don’t have shares in the company, more’s the pity! They were genuinely that impressive)
Highly recommended TELL THESE SHOPS YOU HEARD OF THEM THROUGH THE TASSEL CLUB SITE PLEASE!
WEDDINGS! Getting married and looking for vintage dress and suits? Check for the upcoming fairs on www.londonvintageweddingfair.co.uk
General Fashion stores:
www.absolutevintage.co.uk “voted one of the top 100 stores you must visit in the world.” Retail Week and London Evening Standard August 2006.
“The best vintage shop in London” by In style Magazine 2008.
They also own Blondie,
Unit 2, 114-118 Commercial Street
London E1 6NF
Open Mon-Sun 11am – 7pm
0207 247 0050
Commercial Road East London – 3 minutes from Brick Lane
RETROMANIA - just behind the train station in Victoria. here for more on Retromania
RADIO DAYS www.radiodaysvintage.co.uk
Vintage clothing store Lower Marsh Rd Waterloo London SE1 7ab Love this shop – Vintage magazines,records, sheet music and of course mens and womens clothes.
Brick Lane is full of vintage shops –
This Shop Rocks,
Beyond Retro, Blitz Department store, Vintage Emporium, Hunky Dory – so many.
www.relliklondon.co.uk Close to Portabello market where the owners met, lovely Kate Moss and John Galliano are regular visitors… 8 Golborne Rd. London W10 5 NW Tel/Fax +44 (0)20 8962 0089
Love Miss Daisy www.lovemissdaisy.com PO Box 270 York YO42 9AA
From high end collectables to affordable dresses and shoes (wedding dresses too!) Great website and huge range.
Pop Boutique www.pop-boutique.com Pop, London Monmouth St Pop, Manchester Oldham St Flagship store is in Manchester (with another in Liverpool, Leeds and London) it houses its own label of reworked vintage as well as lots of genuine vintage.
www.supermarketsarah.com Sarah decided to leave the corporate world behind her and has set up shop in her own home. Her home, round the corner from Portobello Market where she has a stall, is now overflowing with treasures and delights and she welcomes visitors with tea and cakes. AMAZING idea – point- click -buy – easy.
FAIRS: London Vintage Fashion Fair Hammersmith Town Hall, Kings St London W6 9JU
pa-antiques.co.uk The most established vintage fair (since 1999)Usually over 100 stalls selling variety of vintage. It happens ever 4 – 5 weeks.
Judy’s Vintage Fairs are probably the most widespread and impressive fairs currently on offer.