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[16 Aug 2016 | 10 Comments]
How to buy vintage + win a vintage voucher

Fashion and Dress History graduate Gemma Cockshott turned her passion for vintage into a business last year when she set up Just Vintage Clothing Co, selling 1930s to 1980s womenswear online and at vintage fairs. Here she shares her top five tips on how to buy vintage and gives you the chance to win a £35 voucher so you can put your skills to the test.

Date from the detail: It’s not uncommon for styles to repeat themselves over time, for example did you know in the 1960s there was a resurgence of ‘20s style? There have been a few items over the years that have made me think twice about the dates and it’s always been the smallest details that have given the age away – a hemline or fastening.

Look for labels: When sourcing I look for labels as they tell me an awful lot about an item of clothing or even more if they don’t have one. But I am always keeping an eye out for quality, as a label-less dress if made by a gifted dressmaker is often better quality than I can find on the high street.

Study the social: The social impact of dress can help give you and any buyer respect for an item – it offers context. When dating an item it’s also really helpful to have an understanding of what a garment would have represent socially at the time. A prime example of this is fashion from the 1940s; if you remember that fabric was on ration, when you start looking at garments from this era you can see where the designer has made clever savings.

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[20 Jun 2016 | No Comment]
Emmaus revamps vintage Emporium

Social enterprise Emmaus has revamped its vintage Emporium in Portslade, selling vintage and retro furniture, homewares and clothes from a new space fitted out with up-cycled furniture and fittings.

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[16 Jun 2016 | 9 Comments]
Dolly & Dotty: Win a vintage-style dress

Founded on a love of 1950s glamour, Brighton-based retro fashion brand Dolly and Dotty create vintage inspired dresses with a flattering modern fit – and we have one to give away!

Events, Fashion, Featured »

[14 Jun 2016 | No Comment]
Thrift Social: Fashion Cities Africa

Nairobi-based, thrift-loving fashion bloggers 2manysiblings share style tips at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery as part of the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition.

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[8 Jun 2016 | 16 Comments]
Fen and Co – win vintage nature jewellery

Jeweller-maker Ria Wilson of Fen and Co creates necklaces, brooches and hair pins inspired by vintage nature postcard art. Find out how you could win a piece to update your summer wardrobe.

Events, Fashion, Featured »

[8 Jun 2016 | No Comment]
Vintage Kilo Sale: Vine Street Warehouse

There’s a new monthly vintage kilo sale in Brighton’s North Laine, selling dresses, skirts, shorts, jackets, knits, T-shirts, blouses and flannel shirts for just £15 per kilo and Swedish military jackets and shirts at £20 each.

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[15 May 2016 | No Comment]
My Vintage Brighton – Louise O’Mahony

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

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[18 Apr 2016 | No Comment]
Mini vintage – retro for kids picks

Dinosaur knits, He-Man tees and mini mod dresses – pass on your flair for vintage fashion to the mini ones with our pick of local retro kids clothes and accessories traders, all selling online.

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[31 Mar 2016 | No Comment]
Big Day Planning with Belle’s Events

Belle’s Events is under new management, and owner and wedding photographer Sue Kwiatkowska plans to build on a celebratory start with vintage wedding fairs in both spring and autumn.

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[3 Mar 2016 | No Comment]
East Grinstead vintage stock clearance

If you were disappointed to miss out on the vintage retirement sale that attracted so much attention in January, we have another tip off for local vintage traders…

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[20 Feb 2016 | No Comment]
Oh My Honey wedding dresses – we do!

An engagement marks the end of one search and the start of another; the hunt is on for the dress of your dreams. And Oh My Honey’s new spring wedding dress collection hopes to introduce vintage-loving brides to ‘the one’.

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[18 Feb 2016 | 2 Comments]
Fashion blogger opens Brighton vintage shop

A Brighton-based fashion blogger has opened a vintage “concept store” in the North Laine, mixing high-end vintage with independent designer fashion and accessories.

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[7 Feb 2016 | No Comment]
Crafty Creatives – Brighton Lace

Delicate, flirty and beautifully boho, Brighton Lace craft stretchy handmade lingerie to flatter all figures. Louisa Michel, one third of the talented team behind the brand, tells us more…

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[31 Jan 2016 | No Comment]
Clueless about the Nineties comeback?

Like it or not (and yes, it makes us feel old too), 1990s fashions are back En Vogue. So to find out which looks are once again powering girls (and guys), we clued up with two vintage traders who have truly embraced the trend.

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[3 Jan 2016 | 6 Comments]
Vintage trader sells up stock in retirement sale

Dodge the crush of the New Year sales and pick up a vintage bargain from just £1 this January as a local vintage fashion and haberdashery trader sells up her entire stock.