Today Naomi and I took Vintage Secret on location, to Tinsel Edward’s studio, next door to the amazing MC Motors warehouse. Frequently used by Voguey types for photoshoots, the space was being occupied by Print Club London for their summer screen-printed poster sale. One of Tinsel’s prints was in the show, so we sneakily snapped a few pics with the amazing props on site- think ejector seats, industrial fans, old elevators etc. The artist ladies’ photographer friend Matt worked his magic, as did lovely make-up artist Bella. Some of the shots are in Tinsel’s studio, where the pair posed with some of their work. If you like the look of the fabulous 1950s swimsuits they’re sporting, come see the girls wear them to DJ at the Dragon Bar on the 3rd July!
The weather is nice enough for a stroll down Oxford street, and prices are being slashed by the Summer Sale Samurai warrior, but still I find myself reluctant to spend my free time traipsing through crowds of bargain hunters, queuing for hours only to expose my pasty self to the evil changing room lighting that makes even me think that maybe fake tan could be my friend after all.My problem is that I’ve got too used to buying stuff online, and the chore of physically going shopping seems, well – just that; a chore.So I was happier than Larry when I got the Pedlars newsletter announcing their summer sale- this is one of my all time favourite web stores- lots of truly unnecessary things that you really don’t need. Their vintage stock is particularly desirable- anyone thinking of restyling your home a la vintage- this is for you.
Above:1930s portable gramophone- prices from £350
Not vintage, but of vintage ethos-graphic designer Gail Bryson was commissioned to develop these prints exclusively for Pedlars. They are produced in London by one of the handful of printers still employing traditional wood block techniques (so no two are exactly alike). Each print is signed, numbered and limited to an edition of 100.
Here’s the gorgeous flyer for artists Twinkle Troughton and Tinsel Edwards DJ night at The Dragon Bar, 3rd July. They’ll be playing some classic vintage tunes; from rockabilly to rock n roll, dressed in our finest 1950s swimsuits.
Miss the good old days of lindy-hopping, tea drinking and cake eating? Tea Party on the Piazza is a new venture from the Real Food Market in Covent Garden, launching this Thursday, 25th June 5-7pm.Expect fortunes tellers to read your tea leaves, and a traditional tea dance which you’re encouraged to join in.
The vintage tea dance will take place from 6:30pm –7.00pm, £5 for tea and cakes or £8 for Prosecco cocktails and cakes.
Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis from 4.00pm. Enjoy!
Wondering what to do with the rest of your Sunday? We have a stall at the vintage fair in the Boiler House on Brick Lane til 5pm today, come for a visit!
If you’re in the mood for some old school, vintage fete fun this weekend, then head to the Button Willow Bazaar.A wonderful array of stalls offering both handmade and vintage fayre; bags, jewellery, clothes, illustrations, prints,homeware,natural beauty products, books, fudge, chutney….
You can also expect the obligatory Tea and Cake, as well as all the retro glamour of a Tombola, Guess the weight of the cake, a Portable Photo Booth, Bat the Rat, Mystic Corner, The Reverend RPM Standish, Buy a kiss from a Miss, Celebrity Vegetable Competition and much more.
A special vintage pop-up market is also being held over the weekend, Saturday 11-6, Sunday 10-5 at the Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, and Vintage Secret will be there selling our wares and tempting you with delicious cake and styling tips!Do come and visit- we have a comfy sofa next to our stall, so pop along for a chinwag.
A couple of doors down at 150 Brick Lane are the new Tea Rooms, open Saturdays 11-6, Sundays 10-5. The space has recently been revamped into an Aladdin’s cave of furniture, collectibles and antiques as well as handmade homeware from quilts to cushion covers.Angel and Tai’s vintage tea service are on hand to refresh you with their fine blends. Prosecco and jasmine tea anyone?
After we posted the details of David Carter’s Bedtime Story nights at his fairytale, boutique hotel, he got in touch with Vintage Secret to let us know about a new series of unique couture events he’ll be hosting. The first night in on the 25th June and is right up our street;featuring vintage- inspired lingerie range Fred and Ginger.
Stylists, hairdressers and make-up artists who are normally found working at the Vogue headquarters will be on hand to give you all the latest style advice. For more details, click here.
We spent yesterday trying to help singer Tallulah Rendall find something to wear for her performance at the Jeff Buckley tribute concert in Paris this weekend. She dashed off to to play at 40 Winks for David Carter’s Bedtime Stories last night- what a small world!To see my interview with Tallulah, click here
We’ve just posted lots of lovely vintage or dressing up themed events on our site- whether its dancing at the vintage tea dance tent in Paradise Gardens, getting your hair done at Rock a Hula, donning a mask for a fairytale ball or throwing the cucumber sandwich discus at the Chap Olympiad, there’s bound to be something there for you.
In need of some vintage inspiration? Pop along to Proud galleries- they’re exhibiting Sam Shaw’s photographs of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe; arguably the most influential fashion icons of the 20th century. Expect everything from the iconic Subway grate image to never before seen shots of private moments with the leading ladies
Sorry you missed the 60s?Us too!Head down to Carnaby street this weekend to celebrate everything about the era. Photographer Philip Townsend will be jumping on the recent Pop-up shop bandwagon, exhibiting some of his classic 60′s images at 29 Foubert’s place. There’ll be limited edition posters and postcards of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Twiggy, and Philip will be signing his book from 11am on the 13th and 14th.