discovered another vintage shop, palette the other day, – a lovely selection of vintage clothes, a bit more pricier than the ones in the east end, but the choice is definitely more selected. you can find vintage ossie clark, azzedine, jean muir. one of my favourite pastimes is finding new vintage shops and discovering new things. here are a few of my finds. Deborah Woolf Vintage has a wonderful collection of handbags, dresses, jewelery and accesories, quite 1940’s and in very good condition. She is at 28 Church Street, London NW8. In the same area, there is Alfie’s Antique market, which is full of stalls, but you need a few hours for that. Fandango is a lovely vintage furniture shop in Cross Street, and close by in camden passage, vintage clothes from cloud cookoo land, fat faced cat vintage, decadent vintage and annies’ vintage. blackout vintage is also good for designer vintage, but more affordable.
formerly Judith michael, but now Gillian Anderson Price, has a lovely collection of tea set, glasses, frames and accesories, including bags and jewellery Beyond Retro on Cheshire street is another good shop, and Cheshire Street E2 itself is a good area to explore. expensive, but always beautiful, vintage emporium has very special vintage dresses. rokit in camden, is one of the cheaper places to find vintage clothes and accesories. you have to rummage a bit harder, but the prices are good and at least half the price of the vintage shops around spitalfields. for furniture and house accesories, 2 columbia road, is a good place to go. les couilles du chien is a wondrous and eclectic collection of antiques and interior decorative items that range from stuffed animals, butterflies in jars to venetian mirrors and interesting china.
My absolute must is Friday morning at Portobello Market, just under the flyover, but get there early, cos all the fashion stylists go to get their ideas. another event is the clerkenwell vintage fashion fair – sign up for information of the next one.
so glad that camden has decided to help small independent businesses by taking empty shops on the high street and turning them into collectives – the stalls are forever changing, so its always worth popping in. i found some lovely flower hair clips from ‘in with the old’ who makes quirky handmade things . they are at the back of the big collective store right next to marks and spencers on the high street.