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Spring fair preview

Spring is here, it’s Mother’s Day and you could get a free cocktail at the Courthouse Hotel; do you need more reasons to top up your wardrobe at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair this weekend?! Well, probably not, but we certainly have lots more to tell you about!

A few new names join our roster of handpicked, quality traders serving you womenswear, menswear, accessories and textiles.


Jules Palliser
has been trading for over 30 years selling women’s and men’s antique and costume jewellery and women’s accessories. Expect to discover some very fine (and rather quirky) pieces.


Cabinet 49 Vintage
will be coming up from Brighton with pieces sourced from Paris, Budapest and around the globe. With a dedication to finding amazing design, fabrics and styles, as opposed to focussing on any particular eras, Gail’s is vintage womenswear and menswear for the fashion-forward.

If you love the look of our mannequins as you arrive, head straight to Bimp Tulip’s stand who’ll be dressing them. With over 30 years’ experience, their menswear, womenswear and accessories dating from 1920s-1960s, including designer couture fur and American apparel, is the real deal.

If your wardrobe needs an injection of psychedelia, seek out Michail Grekas for a selection of womenswear, menswear and iconic handbags, sunglasses and scarves, all with a flavour of hippy-chic.

For ladies looking for something for their special day, regular trader London Vintage will have a rail of vintage wedding dresses. Peacock Vintage and House of Vintage should also be on your radar for some rare beauties for blushing brides.

There’s plenty from our regular traders to treat yourself or your mother too. Elaine Bernstein brings her rails of feminine prettiness from the 20s to the 60s and designer labels including YSL and Missoni, while Beauty in Utility is the perfect place for gorgeous textiles and fabulous kimonos, and Debbie Carniglia is your go-to stop for jewellery that’s as unique as your mum.

Sewn Right are on hand for alterations too to ensure the perfect fit of your new finds.

Perhaps you’re spending the day with your mum, in which case bring her along and treat her to more than just shopping.

We have Hula Nails offering mini manicures for just £10, or more intricate nail art for £20, with a beautiful array of colours and styles for everyone.

Entertaining you over lunch and cocktails, The Vintage Agency presents… Miss Elisabeth Valentine. Elisabeth is an award winning Danish singer and songwriter and delivers a toe-tapping, wolf-whistling mix of jazz, blues and swing.
If that wasn’t enough to lure you into the hotel brasserie, the hotel is offering 50% off lunch and dinner (ask the front desk for a flyer). And we hadn’t forgotten about that free cocktail either! Take a #CellSelfie in their converted jail cells in the brasserie with your cocktail and get your second cocktail for free when you upload it to Instagram, tagging your location and a friend you’d like to share one with next time!
It’s going to be a 5-star vintage Mother’s Day!