London Fashion Week kicks off on Friday and we’re delighted to be serving up designer vintage and unique inspiration pieces for the industry and fashion followers alike this Sunday at our first fair of 2017!
Whether you’re scouting for something special to wear to the shows or sourcing for your next photoshoot, or you’re simply feeling inspired by the city’s stylish buzz at the moment and want to update your wardrobe, we look forward to welcoming you to Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch. Come and see us in our new home on Old Street and discover over 50 knowledgeable traders with decades of combined experience including product development for major fashion houses, costume design for theatre, film and television, and styling for fashion, film and television.
With British vintage having such a moment right now thanks to Gucci’s homage to our eccentric history and period dramas such as The Crown influencing fashion, there’s no better time to visit one of the go-to resources for design houses and production companies that’s open to all!
To set the mood, Paula Roberedo Rondon, one of our traders and the stylist behind our 2017 campaign imagery, will be dressing our mannequins in the foyer with a little help from the students at Istituto Marangoni. Paula and her husband own one of São Paulo’s trendiest vintage hangouts selling vintage to the creative industry and the city’s trend setters. As a stylist and consultant to retail brands, Paula has an excellent eye for making historical pieces look fresh and on-trend so be sure to stop by her stand to get originals of this season’s trends.
Fair regular Miniola Vintage will be returning fresh from a trip to Premier Vision in Paris providing ‘print inspiration’ to global design teams too. While Ann Taylor and Jacqueline Crocker will be taking us back to the 1920s and 1930s with their collections of rare finds. Likewise, Charm Vintage has something for lovers of Victorian and Georgian jewellery and clothing.
For those with a penchant for more recent iconic labels that you can’t buy in the shops today, Lady Jane’s Vintage Bandwagon is the spot for Biba, Bus Stop, Ossie Clark and 1970’s boutique labels like Mushroom. If the French take your fancy, Alison Mills specialises in designer names such as Courrèges, Dior, and Pierre Cardin. Finish off your ensemble with statement jewellery from Debbie Carniglia and you’ll be catwalk-ready.
For the men, Silk and Rope are our highlight this season for having Shoreditch style bottled with military, Barbour, and vintage denim.
Some new names are joining our roster too.
Honeykins Vintage promise pieces from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in unusual prints that haven’t lost their style credentials over the years.
Squirrel Vintage bring womenswear and accessories predominantly from the 1960s and 1970s, the decades-du-jour in fashion right now!
Popping up the road from their store just off Brick Lane, House of Vintage offer an eclectic mix of menswear and womenswear from 1900s – 1970s for those with individual style and bridalwear for those hunting for something special for their big day.
With a distinctly elegant eye, Forgotten Tales Vintage puts the romance back in clothing with their selection of handpicked, true vintage available for your perusal this Sunday.
And finally, we’re excited to be hosting Neil’s Books who specialise in fashion tomes, many of which are now out of print and highly collectable. Brush up on your knowledge of the designer’s you discover at the fair!
Don’t forget the Brasserie at the Courthouse Hotel is open all day too for coffees, afternoon tea, lunch and cocktails!
Besides delicious food and drink, you’ll also find the fabulous Madeleine Rose Witney singing her heart out with her band just for you! Having just headlined a packed show at Jazz Café, she’s fast becoming a name to watch on London’s jazz scene. Previous performances include legendary venues Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Albert Hall and Nivikov, so this is an exciting opportunity to see her in an intimate setting.
Pre-booked tickets to this Sunday’s fair are now sold out so make sure you arrive early to get first dibs!
When: Sunday 19th February 11am – 5pm
Where: Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, 335-337 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LL
How much: £4 (Students £2)
For a sneak peek at some of the fabulous pieces coming on Sunday, see our Facebook event page.