My Vintage Brighton: Lady Jardin
Emma Collier, blogger at www.ladyjardin.blogspot.co.uk, answers our questions on all things Brighton and vintage and offers advice on where to pick up the best bargains…
Who are you? Hello! I’m Emma, aka Lady Jardin.
What do you do? I’m an office body by day, weekend vintage Blogger, crafty creative, sometime burlesquer, vintage lover and local history geek. Often found with my nose buried deep in old books reading up about my latest discoveries, I’ve been living in Brighton for the last five and a bit years and don’t think I can ever leave again. I blog about all things vintage; events, fashion, cars, hairstyling experiments, crafting and general goings on with the occasional vintage themed give-away.
What does vintage mean to you? I’ve been crafting away since a little ‘un. It runs in the family and I’ve picked up at least one skill from every creative member of the family. Teamed with a nerdy dad ensuring we spent many many hours in museums and galleries, I’ve always had a keen interest in the Arts and History.
Vintage perfectly combines the two. To me, it is not just about wearing a pretty dress but about having an appreciation for its past and understanding how it was made. I’ve amassed a bit of a library of vintage books, especially those on fashion and sewing. It’s about heritage, having a respect for our not so distant past, and trying to keep some of the traditions alive.
Brighton has a brilliant classic car and bike scene, any of you fellow Classic Car lovers should make your way up to Roedean Café on the third Friday of every month for a proper treat!
How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? I rummage through my wardrobe thinking from the bottom up. I usually pick an outfit based on my shoes and have all my go-to accessories out on display in some form of organised chaos. Evenings, however are another matter. Much hair coiffing, steaming of clothes and consulting with the Mister is involved. I’m turning into a bit of a hoarder – five years of buying has resulted in a collection of 40+ vintage dresses, not including the rest of the clothes. Bad Emma…
What’s your favourite decade for style? Somewhere between the 30s and late 50s. For me, this is the time where women’s fashion was most curvaceous and flattering to the female form. I love how feminine it makes me feel and how playful you can be with it! I don’t stick to a specific era, just choose what I feel suits me best and makes me most happy.
What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? That’s a hard one! My favourite dress came from Tramp Vintage for a very special occasion. Among my top favourite shops are To Be Worn Again, Bobby and Dandy and Rob the Dog. There are now also a couple of good vintage shops in Hassocks so I’d recommend a trip out to!
What’s your favourite online vintage shop? Does Etsy.com count? If not, it should do!
Have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? I will be going to Goodwood Revival and am also planning on attending an Afternoon Tea Dance at the Dome in December and My Swish’s next swap shop, my very first time!
Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? I normally like to hunt around car boots and flea markets to find the best bargains. I’d recommend the Marina Boot Fair as well as some further out towards Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath.
What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? A 1970’s floral maxi dress. I found it in the dressing up box in a charity shop in Eastbourne for the hefty price of £7. I did a little research online and found out it was worth over £300! Needless to say that one will be staying with me for some time. But my favourite and most worn has to be my 1950’s perfectly pastel pink tea dress. I feel like a magical marshmallow in this number!
What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? The history, architecture and landscape make Brighton a beautiful place to live, and it’s full of vibrant characters you could sit and people watch all day. The city is bursting with creativity and spurs me on to learn more and keep exploring. I will always love Brighton!
Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond? You have to enjoy the rummage, its all the more rewarding and exciting when you do eventually find that special something that’s been waiting for you!