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[22 Oct 2017 | No Comment]
How to sell at vintage fairs, markets & festivals

Taking the step from shopper to trader can seem a natural one for many vintage fashion fans – especially if your home is groaning under the weight of your magpie finds. And while eBay, Depop and Etsy let you set-up shop from the comfort of your sofa; vintage markets, fairs and events offer a different kind of lure. If you want to shift stock at volume, minus the hassle of P&P and plus the personal rewards that face-to-face trading can bring, market trading could add up for you. So where do you start and what do you have to consider before you book your first stall? Always best to ask the experts…

Audrey Taylor, owns of All About Aud vintage boutique in Brighton’s North Laine, selling boho-style vintage and handmade clothing and accessories every Saturday at Upper Gardner Street Market as well as seasonally at local vintage events and festivals including Love Supreme, Wilderness, Bestival, Glastonbury, Isle of White, Secret Garden Party and V Fest.

Gemma Cockshott, founder of Just Vintage Clothing, sells vintage clothing and accessories regularly at fairs in Brighton and London, as well as at events such as Goodwood Revival and War and Peace Revival. Here they share their experiences:

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[14 Nov 2016 | 2 Comments]
Worthing Vintage Shops Guide

Far from its reputation as a sleepy retirement town, Worthing’s vibrant arts and independent shopping scene have breathed new life into its rich cultural and architectural heritage over the past few years. Here, owner of Pin-Up boutique Retro Daisy, Shar Daws explains why she’s in good company with a run down of five must-visit Worthing vintage shops.

Retro Daisy

Worthing’s One Stop Bombshell Shop, stocking reproduction vintage clothing from across the globe, including Vivien of Holloway and House of Foxy, all manufactured in the UK, Pin Up Girl Clothing from the USA and Miss Candyfloss from Sweden. In sizes 6 to 26, prices start from just £15.99 for a dress.

Encore Antiques & Vintage

Encore Antiques & Vintage is a heaven for fans of Art Deco and Art Nouveau details so evident in many beautiful buildings throughout the town. Owned by a second-generation antiques dealer, it boasts a wide range of items spanning the 1800s right up to the 1960s, including beautiful vanity sets and dressing tables.

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[1 Nov 2014 | No Comment]
Hope & Harlequin – the new store tour

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 had called home since 2007, the new space is lighter, brighter and most importantly – bigger.

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[18 Jun 2014 | One Comment]
Ed’s Easy Diner to open in Churchill Square

Churchill Square may not be the vintage-lover’s natural habitat, but Ed’s Easy Diner gives Fifties’ fans good reason to visit when it opens in the centre on 1 July.

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[18 May 2014 | No Comment]
Breton stripes & Petit Bateau’s vintage spirit

If I had to choose just one style to wear every summer, it would be the Breton stripe.

Reading between the lines, it says nonchalantly: “I couldn’t be bothered to think too much about my outfit today”. (Whilst blowing cigarette smoke seductively, if we’re going all out with the anthropomorphism).

Not because the wearer’s attitude to dressing resembles that of a teenage boy, but rather you have better things to do with your time, you know what looks good and don’t have to try hard to get it right.

The question I have more difficulty with is which stripes in particular should accompany me on annual jollies to Cornwall and France.

To choose from are several boat-neck cotton tops from French brands APC, Comptoir de Cotonniers, Crique Privee, Captain Corsaire and Armor Lux – contrasting white with blue, yellow, red and purple – a sailor tunic from J Crew finished with anchor motif, a drop-waist Topshop dress and cute little shorts from Gap.

To make it easier, I usually just take them all. The light three-quarter-length tops to wear with denim cut-offs in the day, weightier cotton pullovers with jeans on chilly evenings and dresses and shorts down to the beach.

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[1 Apr 2014 | No Comment]
Daywear for Dames by Frantic About Frances

Pin-up lingerie brand Frantic About Frances has launched its first ever daywear fashion collection, inspired by 1940s to early ‘60s patterns.

The new Daywear for Dames range consists of six pieces, which can be mixed and matched to create four separate outfits.

“The collection is authentic to the post-war era, is wearable and comfortable and uses modern fabrics with an eye to vintage detailing” designer Jenny Mearns explains.

“Each item has been adapted from original vintage patterns and – as there is so much variation in women’s clothing sizes – is made-to-measure to ensure a perfect fit for every individual customer.”

Jenny plans to add capri pants and high-waist shorts to the range for summer and also offers a ‘bring your own’ service, turning customer’s favourite fabrics into dream dresses.

Here she talks us through the new collection…

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[15 Feb 2014 | No Comment]
Cath Kidston launches Brighton collection

Cath Kidston has launched a range of clothes and accessories based on Brighton postcard prints. Inspired by the British summertime, the ‘Brighten up your Day’ collection includes a sundress and skirt, chunky bangle, bags, stationary and more – all featuring sketches of the city’s best-loved landmarks.

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[2 Feb 2014 | 12 Comments]
Brighton bloggers – be a Bésame reviewer

To celebrate becoming the sole European Distributor for Bésame Cosmetics, Vintage Hair Lounge is offering Brighton bloggers the chance to try one the vintage makeup company’s brand new products!

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[18 Jan 2014 | 2 Comments]
Shoreham-by-Sea – day trip diary

A 15 minute train ride along the coast and at under £5 for an off-peak adult return, the estuary town of Shoreham-by-Sea is a must-visit for lovers of vintage, stunning scenery and interesting architecture. See what we got up to on our visit in this visual diary…

The new footbridge allows easy access over the River Adur to the coastal side of the town, where mid-century beach-front houses sit streets away from an eclectic collection of houseboats and you can enjoy views over to the imposing Lancing College.

This side of the estuary is also home to Shoreham’s Art Deco Airport, the oldest licensed airfield in the UK.

As well as a 1960s German minesweeper, concrete barge and landing crafts, the community of houseboats includes those transformed by their handy owners, such as this sculptural pair – modified with parts of an old bus, three-wheeler and bath among other salvaged items.

As all good small towns should, Shoreham boasts several charity shops, with three large stores on the central East Street alone. Vintage-lovers should make a beeline for Cancer Research, which has a dedicated section of men’s and women’s vintage, as well as interesting books, crockery and accessories.

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[17 Nov 2013 | No Comment]
Christmas shop window competition

Because we love the festive season almost as much as second-hand stuff, we’re on the hunt to find Brighton’s best vintage shop Christmas window, with a fantastic promotional package for the winner!

We’re looking for stunning Christmas window displays from vintage, second-hand, repro and charity shops in Brighton & Hove and will be putting all submissions to Vintage Brighton Facebook fans to decide which is the most enticing. The winner will be awarded a promotional post on www.vintagebrighton.com as well as one month’s free side-bar advertising on the site during January to help give business a kick start in 2014.

All entrants will also be featured on the Vintage Brighton Facebook page and the best, as judged by Vintage Brighton editor Jo-ann Fortune, will be featured in a round-up post on the site.

If you want to show off your window display, simply e-mail a photograph to vintagebrighton@gmail.com with ‘Christmas window’ in the subject line by midday Sunday 8 December. Your image must be at least 575 pixels wide and you must own the copyright.

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[13 Nov 2013 | No Comment]
Alma’s Alterations – a dress that fits

While the very allure of the style for many, the one-off nature of vintage can also cause a major source of frustration for fashion-lovers. How often have you come across the perfect dress only to find that it won’t zip up or on conversely that it swamps you?

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[27 Oct 2013 | One Comment]
Paper to Perspex – Lou Taylor brooches

Earlier this month Tatty Devine launched an intricate fine jewellery range in collaboration with papercutter Rob Ryan, for which artistic director Harriet Vine explained that she made tiny paper models of each piece to get the scale right. It’s a way of working that’s familiar to Brighton’s very own papercutter Lou Taylor, who has also added accessories to her artistic offering.

Lou first saw the potential in transforming her paper art into Perspex when working with jewellery designer Jennifer Loiselle over the summer. Having created a limited edition run of lipstick brooches based on Lou’s ‘Lipstick City’ cut, the pair are now expanding the range to include other dressing table essentials.

In direct contrast to the mini make-up pieces and her summery fruit and flamingo prints, Lou’s new ‘Sky Safari’ collection – consisting miniature versions of “everything you need for a night’s star gazing” – has more of a masculine and cold-weather feel.

Lazer-cut by Brighton & Hove Plastics, Lou explains that the paper to Perspex process drew on the similarities between the materials: “Paper and perspex both have their weaknesses – paper is fragile and tears easily and perspex is brittle and snaps easily so it’s important to test out designs to see what works.”

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[22 Sep 2013 | 7 Comments]
Brighton’s home-grown Tiki bars

With the summer drawing to a close, there is one type of drinking establishment that aims to keep that holiday vibe alive throughout the colder months – welcome to the Tiki bar.

Themed around South Pacific decoration, with bamboo furniture, wooden Tiki god carvings and serving rum-based tropical cocktails, these hut-style bars became popular in California in the post-war years and have such become associated with the Americana culture celebrated at numerous annual events in the UK as well as the USA.

It was at such meet-ups that Brighton-based Tiki carver Trader Tark first fell in love with the style. “I’ve been going to Hot Rod and American car shows for many years and Tiki culture seems to go hand-in-hand with Kustom Cars and Hot Rods, mainly because of the Southern Californian association”, Tark explains.

With Tiki bars somewhat thin on the ground in Brighton – the city has only the chain Lola Lo, a club that is popular among students and Bali Brasserie’s Tropical Bar, which has changed little since the 1980s – Tark decided to build his own.

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[22 Jul 2013 | No Comment]
The Blackout Party comes to Chichester

Organisers of The Blackout Party are bringing their 1940s-themed party to Chichester to coincide with Goodwood Revival this September.

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[30 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments]
Betty magazine – our new best friend

While we greatly value the freedom and timeliness that online publishing affords, there remains something so romantic about curling up with a beautiful magazine.

Despite protestations to the contrary, print is still very much alive and kicking in many quarters and is a particularly treasured affordable luxury among those who love independent design and alternative lifestyles.

Regular reads at Vintage Brighton HQ include Midcentury magazine for interiors, Mollie Makes for craft and Vintagexplorer for news. But for fashion and styling, Betty is our new best friend.

Creators of the bi-annual magazine, Charlotte Jacklin and Charlotte Melling, champion independent designers and cult favourites, putting their own spin on current trends and by-passing the high street giants. The result is beautifully styled shoots that manage to be aspirational yet entirely relatable and realistic.

Alongside fabulous fashion features sit mouthwatering recipes, interviews with inspirational creatives and tips on everything from life skills to travel, all packaged up with original illustrations and distinctive design details that make us proud to call ourselves Bettettes.