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My Vintage Brighton – Hayley Stella Browne

20 August 2013 No Comment

Brighton born and bred Hayley Stella Browne DJs at weekly club night Cotton Tail Club, blogs at www.vintagevessel.wordpress.com and contributes to www.vintagenews.tv. Here she answers our questions on all things Brighton and vintage

Who are you? Brighton born, history lover with a very healthy obsession with bamboo.

What do you do? I work as a freelance creative marketing and content consultant.

What does vintage mean to you? Vintage means prolonging the shelf life of items as long as you can & appreciating their existence previous to you.

Hayley Stella Browne

How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? My bedroom is a bit like a shop with rails and items hanging everywhere (sometimes three or four items deep) I like to play with different combinations of colours and I love pattern. I also have such a rubbish memory I forget what I have, so keeping it all on display is essential!

What I wear is always weather dependant. High waisted jeans are usually my go to paired with a Breton stripe cotton top and wool cardigan. I am terrible in the mornings and have been known to wear things inside out & backwards so I keep it simple and warm and use accessories to keep basics interesting.

What’s your favourite decade for style? If you’d have asked me this about four years ago I would have said the 1960s but now my hemline has dropped considerably so it would have to be the 1940s. Silhouettes were strong, hats had a sense of humour and ingenuity was rife.

Hayley Stella Browne

What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? I never ever fail to go weak at the knees when I visit Wolf & Gypsy. I also find sneaky items in Beyond Retro.

What’s your favourite online vintage shop? I usually shop on eBay for bits & pieces but Style me Betty is great for value.

Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things? Marwood’s Coffee is a regular haunt of mine as for many. I like Small Batch Coffee too – the staff have just started wearing selvedge denim aprons from my friends’ Dawson Denim range as their uniform. As for yummy places I enjoy a nice Sunday roast at my local pub The Good Companion on Seven Dials or noodles with friends at Pompoko. I am more of a cocktail gal though so bars are more my thing!

Hayley Stella Browne

Where do you like to go to listen to awesome music? Music is the other big passion of mine after vintage clothing. I run a cocktail night called Cotton Tail Club at Above Audio every Tuesday night from 9 till 1am. We play everything from Mambo, Rhythm & Blues, early Rock & Roll, Surf, Big band Swing to Jazz all from the 1930s to the late 1950s. The cocktails are all half price on the menu and we have our Big Silver screen playing movies all night.

The atmosphere is always great. I also have a fellow deejay for a boyfriend & he is involved in The Big Itch at the Green Door Store (last Saturday of the month), Paradiso at The Black Dove (first Saturday) & Hot Tamales at The Thomas Kemp (last Friday).

Have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? I recently went to The Chap Olympiad in London , which was my first! It was a beautiful day . It’s basically a school sports day for well-dressed ladies and gentleman with lot’s of gin involved. Amazing!

What are your favourite vintage hangouts? A lot of my friends have nights in London or Brighton so it’s great to go hang out and play records with them, practise 1960s dance crazes and drink cocktails. I would recommend the Ric Rac Club run by the lovely Vintage Mafia or any Stay Sick events for great bands. Many of the people I hang out with have a flair for dressing vintage, so I guess wherever we meet we make it unintentionally vintage.

Hayley Stella Browne

Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? Car boot sales. I grew up on going to car boot sales every Sunday with my family and I still love going.

What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? Gosh there has been so many over the years, that is a tough one. Probably my late 1950s vanity table for £5. I bought it without even thinking how I would get it home!

What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? Every time without fail I smile when I go past the Royal Pavillion. I absolutely love that place. If you haven’t been inside yet, shame on you – go!

Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond? If you love something, no matter how silly or whether you have room for it, buy it!

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