This weekend saw the arrival of a new music and fashion festival, Vintage at Goodwood, which took place from 13th-15th August and was the first of what will be an annual event that celebrates creative British cool spanning the 40’s to the 80’s. Created by Wayne Hemingway, designer and founder of Red or Dead, it’s said to have been the largest collection of vintage stalls the country has ever seen.
Generally speaking for something to be vintage it has to be around 20-25 years old but for a while it became a watered down label applied to anything second hand. Vintage shops are springing up everywhere and even high-street stores like Topshop and Urban Outfitters are getting in on the action. So how did wearing cast-offs become cool, well I’m sure fashion icons like Kate Moss and Alexa Chung sporting vintage dresses didn’t hurt the vintage cause.
I love vintage. I feel excited when I find a one off item that I know I’m not going to see anyone else wearing. Unfortunately I was unable to attend, Vintage at Goodwood, which is regrettable but in the spirit of celebrating all things vintage I thought I would introduce you to some great boutiques and travelling exhibitors I have stumbled across recently.
I visited Oh So Retro’s cute little stand at the Clothes Show London back in June and there was a really nice collection of 70’s shoes which I thought were great. The owner Caroline Dill doesn’t have a shop or an online shopping site but you can catch her at events and exhibitions throughout the year. Oh So Retro was at Vintage at Goodwood but if you missed the stall there, you can keep up with Caroline’s movements at www.carriesvintagefinds.blogspot.com.
Sally Stanton owns an online jewellery store where you can buy the most gorgeous antique and vintage jewellery, you may even be able pick up the odd bag or dress. Sally exhibits at different events across the country, today she is at the Startford Craft Market (waterside) but if you can’t make it there check out the website to find out where Sally’s Jewellery will be next.
These two fabulous ladies are from Besty & Lola a quirky online vintage store. I also met them at the Clothes Show London, and purchased this beautiful faux croc skin bag which was a steel at just £10. Aswell as being a great place for vintage lovers to shop, Betsy & Lola also provide a service that allows the press to rent or borrow items for photo shoots.
All these sellers stock gorgeous vintage treasures that won’t cost you and arm and a leg, that’s why Hannah loves it (or them as the case may be).