[15 Mar 2016 | One Comment]
Brighton gets a photobooth emporium

A popular draw at retro venues and events, the retro photobooth is taking the the spotlight with its own premises in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine. Photomatic at 22 Gardner Street promises “spontaneous studio quality hijinx with an array of masks, backdrops and daft props”. Here founder Eddie Hepburne Scott makes the case for drawing the curtain on smartphone selfies…

I’ve always been enamoured by the immediacy and artistic possibilities of the photobooth and started making my own in 2012 for London’s Camden Market, All Star Lanes in Manchester and Brighton’s Snoopers’ Paradise. Previously I photographed the likes of Primal Scream and Spiritualized for Arena, The Face and i-D.

People have enjoyed photobooths as far back as the late 1800s, but in the 1990s the fun was lost when ID booths started offering one repeated image rather than four poses. Brighton is oozing with fun and creativity and people looking for a memory of their time here and the booths cater for all of those things.

Smartphones are great for capturing some things as they live in your pocket, but they almost never capture the decisive moment when photographing people. There is often a delay between pressing the shutter and the picture being taken so it’s easy to miss the action. Phone cameras are better than ever but they still don’t compare to the picture quality of professional studio equipment.

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[15 May 2016 | No Comment]
My Vintage Brighton – Louise O’Mahony

Fifties-inspired dress designer Louise O’Mahony creates wedding, bridesmaid and party frocks for local brand Oh My Honey. Here she shares her tips on all things vintage and Brighton…

Decor, Events, Featured »

[24 Apr 2016 | No Comment]
Vintage Airsteam bar comes to Hove Lawns

Events company Deco Noir is bringing a vintage Airstream bar to Brighton’s Foodies Festival in May, with cocktails and a photo booth served up inside an Art Deco-themed silver bullet trailer.

Fashion, Featured »

[18 Apr 2016 | No Comment]
Mini vintage – retro for kids picks

Dinosaur knits, He-Man tees and mini mod dresses – pass on your flair for vintage fashion to the mini ones with our pick of local retro kids clothes and accessories traders, all selling online.

Decor, Events, Fashion, Featured »

[31 Mar 2016 | No Comment]
Big Day Planning with Belle’s Events

Belle’s Events is under new management, and owner and wedding photographer Sue Kwiatkowska plans to build on a celebratory start with vintage wedding fairs in both spring and autumn.

Decor, Events, Headline »

[15 Mar 2016 | One Comment]
Brighton gets a photobooth emporium

A popular draw at retro venues and events, the retro photobooth is taking the the spotlight with its own premises in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine. Photomatic at 22 Gardner Street promises “spontaneous studio quality hijinx with an array of masks, backdrops and daft props”. Here founder Eddie Hepburne Scott makes the case for drawing the curtain on smartphone selfies…

I’ve always been enamoured by the immediacy and artistic possibilities of the photobooth and started making my own in 2012 for London’s Camden Market, All Star Lanes in Manchester and Brighton’s Snoopers’ Paradise. Previously I photographed the likes of Primal Scream and Spiritualized for Arena, The Face and i-D.

People have enjoyed photobooths as far back as the late 1800s, but in the 1990s the fun was lost when ID booths started offering one repeated image rather than four poses. Brighton is oozing with fun and creativity and people looking for a memory of their time here and the booths cater for all of those things.

Smartphones are great for capturing some things as they live in your pocket, but they almost never capture the decisive moment when photographing people. There is often a delay between pressing the shutter and the picture being taken so it’s easy to miss the action. Phone cameras are better than ever but they still don’t compare to the picture quality of professional studio equipment.

Events, Fashion, Featured »

[3 Mar 2016 | No Comment]
East Grinstead vintage stock clearance

If you were disappointed to miss out on the vintage retirement sale that attracted so much attention in January, we have another tip off for local vintage traders…

Fashion, Featured »

[20 Feb 2016 | No Comment]
Oh My Honey wedding dresses – we do!

An engagement marks the end of one search and the start of another; the hunt is on for the dress of your dreams. And Oh My Honey’s new spring wedding dress collection hopes to introduce vintage-loving brides to ‘the one’.

Events, Fashion, Featured »

[18 Feb 2016 | One Comment]
Fashion blogger opens Brighton vintage shop

A Brighton-based fashion blogger has opened a vintage “concept store” in the North Laine, mixing high-end vintage with independent designer fashion and accessories.

Events, Featured »

[16 Feb 2016 | No Comment]
Shhh, there’s a Speakeasy at Small Batch…

Mobsters and boozehounds have taken control of our city. That’s the scenario Polygon Pop-Up and mobile gin bar Gin & Bear it are serving up at their Small Batch Speakeasy experience this March.

Crafty creatives, Fashion, Featured »

[7 Feb 2016 | No Comment]
Crafty Creatives – Brighton Lace

Delicate, flirty and beautifully boho, Brighton Lace craft stretchy handmade lingerie to flatter all figures. Louisa Michel, one third of the talented team behind the brand, tells us more…

Fashion, Featured »

[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment]
Clueless about the Nineties comeback?

Like it or not (and yes, it makes us feel old too), 1990s fashions are back En Vogue. So to find out which looks are once again powering girls (and guys), we clued up with two vintage traders who have truly embraced the trend.