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Hope & Harlequin – the new store tour

1 November 2014 No Comment

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

Bursting at the seams of its previous Sydney Street shop, Hope & Harlequin’s collection of glamorous grown-up vintage has moved, but not too far. Just one door up from the address it’d called home since 2007, the new space is lighter, brighter and most importantly – bigger, with two rooms knocked through on the ground floor and the second storey housing the brand’s bridal studio.

Owner Louise Hill shows us around the new shop space and shares her plans for further expansion.

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

Tell us the story behind the shop name and location:

The vintage shop on my original shop site was called Harlequin and I wanted to retain some of the history of the site (plus the building was a haberdashers historically) and ‘hope’ is a long lost family name. Sydney Street fits the bohemian vibe of the store, and is an eclectic and individual street with a wealth of independent businesses. It has character; much like the special vintage that I sell.

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

What do you hope to be know for in Brighton?

For having special original pieces that are perfect for that big event in your life, whatever that may be. Plus things that delight and surprise you and you didn’t know you would love.

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

I love it when someone falls for a dress and the way people are often surprised at the way vintage fits and makes them feel. It’s about love, rather than need, with vintage and it’s far removed from our everyday high-street shopping experience. 

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

Why did you decide to move? 

We needed more room for the bridal collection, which is now housed in its own floor at the shop and is viewable by appointment and had been looking for the perfect venue for a while. Finding one right next door is very convenient!

The vintage collection also has more room to breathe. As the two experiences of looking for a vintage original treasure or searching for the perfect wedding dress are quite different, both collections now have the space they deserve.

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

We’ll eventually have our own cutting room at the top to produce our H&H ready-to-wear collection in-house, which is currently being expanded for a launch in December, and will even have a vintage vibes garden next year.

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

What are your current favourite pieces in the shop?

I have a divine pink and gold 1930s bias dress that is just dreamy – so quirky and of an era. Plus I adore a ‘70s suede collection of separates just in from a lady who used to run a perfumer in Paris. Very cool. We just sold the most exceptional Ossie Clark dress with a Celia Birtwell, that I loved. It went to New York for the next chapter of its glamorous life!

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

What’s next for Hope & Harlequin?

We are launching a capsule collection of H&H own brand ready-to-wear in early December; vintage shapes and dresses to take you to any special event, and are also developing some new stunning bridal pieces in our made-to-measure bridal collection.

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

We hope to expand and continue to offer the beautiful and cool vintage that we always have, while developing new pieces to take the store forward and keep it fresh and evolving – all in the precious new house to showcase the things we love and hope our fabulous special clients will enjoy.

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

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