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My Vintage Brighton – Louise O’Mahony

15 May 2016 No Comment

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

Louise O'Mahony - Oh My Honey wedding dresses

Who are you? Louise O’Mahony, designer and making for Brighton based brand Oh My Honey.

What do you do? I design 1950s-inspired dresses that are all handmade in our studios in Brighton.

How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? When I go to the studio I need to be practical and comfortable, so it is usually some high-waisted jeans and a sweater, but if I’m going into town, fabric shopping or meeting friends for a coffee, I like to wear tea dresses or wiggle skirts and a blouse. For the evening I like to go all out so it’s petticoats and victory rolls all the way!

Louise O'Mahony - Oh My Honey wedding dresses

What’s your favourite decade for style? The 1950s, hands down. I just think that the clothes from that era are really flattering and really fun to wear.

What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? Brighton is famous for its fantastic vintage shops, so it’s really hard to choose, but I really like the selection of dresses in Wolf and Gypsy and Hope & Harlequin on Sydney Street.

What’s your favourite online vintage shop? I don’t really shop for vintage online, as I feel you really need to see the condition of the item and feel the fabric, and because the sizes are so different, trying them on is essential. Saying that, I have got some great things from Etsy and Ebay. As long as the seller lists the measurements of the item properly.

Louise O'Mahony - Oh My Honey wedding dresses

For vintage-inspired and vintage reproduction there are just too many to list. But I would always choose places that use beautiful fabrics, have great shapes, and vintage styling, not those that are just making reproduction for the sake of cashing in on the trend.

Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things in Brighton? I recently moved my studio into the London Road area, and in doing so have discovered some great places. The Emporium is a pretty fantastic building – they do great lunches and have a theatre in the back – and I also love going to Presuming Ed’s for coffee or meetings.

What are your favourite vintage hangouts? And have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? I really enjoy going to the Mesmerist on nights out – it has a great vibe, the live music is always excellent and there is often swing dancing and performers on.

Louise O'Mahony - Oh My Honey wedding dresses

Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? There are lots of great charity shops on London Road. You do need to rummage, be persistent and patient though!

What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? I would say the best vintage shopping I have ever done was in Austin in Texas. There were just so many shops with countless incredible pieces in, at really good prices too. I went crazy and bought belts, a ‘40s and ‘50s suit, dresses from the ‘20s through to the ‘80s, as well as hats and other accessories. I had to post the whole day’s shopping home because it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase! So it wasn’t that cheap after all!

Louise O'Mahony - Oh My Honey wedding dresses

What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? The whole vibe and the feel of the place. I love how free it is, and the people that make it that way. It’s a fun-loving town where you can wear whatever you want. I grew up in a place where people would think you looked ridiculous if you had colourful hair and wore a ‘50s dress. When I moved here, people were literally running across the street to tell me they loved my outfit!

Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond?
Head away from the main streets and check out markets at the weekend – the Marina Sunday car boot sale is awesome.

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