After years of cycling past on the way to work, I finally made it to London Vintage and Retro. It's just on the wrong part of Holloway Road for me; whenever I'm in that part of town I'm usually hurrying to get home or where I'm going, it's not really a place to stop. Anyway, yesterday I decided to check it out.
It's big. I knew I was going to be in there a while. I'm looking for long dresses and skirts, silk blouses, nice cashmere or wool for winter, perhaps a new coat and, as ever, that perfect leather bag, going for a song. (Well, might as well aim high.) This 1960s dress was lovely thick cotton crepe, really good quality and still vividly bright. I can't rock those colours, though. Shame.
This little wool jacket came home with me. It has an astrakhan collar, woven vintage buttons, is in perfect condition and was a mere £15. Yay!
I quite liked this really heavy cotton vintage German fisherman's shirt and thought maybe it'd look good with just tights? They had a whole rail of these. But I wasn't sure and thought maybe because I was wearing my fisherman's cagoule I'd got a bit confused.
I tried to capture my fisherman moment. Christina, I know you'll love my cagoule.
Crap photo, but this was a handmade, silk-lined, crushed black velvet bolero, all edged in sequins. Only £10! The shop has a strange pricing policy, you'd find bargains like this but then a quite tatty vintage dresses would be £40 or £50. It's definitely a place you have to rummage.
Loved the colours on this pink and grey knitted jacket, but thought I should only take one jacket home. This was £10, too. And behind it peeking out is a fantastic bright yellow chiffon shift dress, with big silver embroidered spots. It was amazing, but a huge size.
All in all I thought it was a great shop, not amazing stock but definitely worth a rummage because you might just find a bit of gold. And strangely inconsistent pricing. The shop is huge, so give yourself a good hour to get involved.
London Vintage and Retro. Address: 162 Holloway Road, London. Contact telephone: 020 700 2354.