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My Vintage Brighton – Iva Moutelikova

14 December 2015 No Comment

Bright-haired blogger Iva Moutelikova, who models for local indie brand Tallulah’s Threads, shares her tips on all things Brighton and vintage…

Iva Moutelikova by Nicholas Kauf

Who are you? My name is Iva and I moved here from the Czech Republic two years ago. I fell in love in Brighton straight away and decided to start a blog at www.eivapoppins.blogspot.co.uk. I am a chocolate lover, coffee addict and a slow fashion lover.

What do you do? I work as a Support Worker by day and a professional sleeper at night.

What does vintage mean to you? For me it means an appreciation of a certain idea or vision established in the last century excluding the most recent 20 years or so. Vintage also means having respect for something of a very high quality, that isn’t mass-produced and therefore is more likely to be unique.

Iva Moutelikova by Nicholas Kauf

How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? I’m not a morning person at all. In my head I know what I want to wear but I’m not very organised so to be completely honest I just try to find any clean clothes. Really I’m more focused on getting coffee as soon as possible rather than my look which is why I admire all the women who do their hair and makeup everyday. It’s a good day if I look like a human and not a hot mess but I tend to make more effort in the evenings when I go out. In Brighton you always need to be ready for rain, cold and wind and I never am.

What’s your favourite decade for style? My favourite decade must be 1910-1920 when during the First World War female fashion in Europe changed drastically thanks to the suffragette movement. I do love fashion of the ‘20s as well as the ‘80s.

Iva Moutelikova by Nicholas Kauf

What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? Is has to be To Be Worn Again on Sydney Street, especially on the weekends where lots of stuff goes on sale. I’ve bought many of my most favourite skirts and shirts from there.

What’s your favourite online vintage shop? Beyond Retro full stop.

Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things in Brighton? I’m a regular customer in Small Batch but I occasionally go to Marwoods, Presuming Ed, Bond St and Pelicano for my coffee. I think the best slices of cake are from Choccywoccydoodah while the best cupcakes are made in Cloud 9. My favourite place to get a breakfast is Wai Kika Moo Kau whilst lunch is split between We Love Falafel on Sydney St and Grubbs burgers. My favourite places to drink are Twisted Lemon and White Rabbit but I’m not big in the drinking game.

Iva Moutelikova

What are your favourite vintage hangouts? And have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? I go to the Unitarian Church and the Open Market quite often for different fairs. I just went to Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair last week at Brighton Dome and I have also been to few clothes swaps.

Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? The Sunday street market in the North Laine. London Road and St James street charity shops are also good if you don’t mind a rummage.

What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? I made a friend in one of Brighton’s vintage shops. She’s my best find to date.

Iva Moutelikova

What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? Easy access to Domino’s, all the tiny dogs in the streets, and the sea when it’s foggy and nobody’s around.

Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond? Pop-up shops can be great for finding one off and unique pieces, particularly the pop-up shop on Gloucester Road in the North Laine called It Is What It Is, which changes every week.

Top three images by Nicholas Kauf

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