Monday, 4 October 2010

London Vintage and Retro.

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.

London Vintage and Retro

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.

London Vintage and Retro

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!

London Vintage and Retro

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.

London Vintage and Retro

I tried to capture my fisherman moment. Christina, I know you'll love my cagoule.

London Vintage and Retro

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.

London Vintage and Retro

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.

London Vintage and Retro

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.

14 comments:

  1. I love this place and nearly all my secondhand coats come from there - including a Sherlock tweed cape that is too heavy to wear! Oooh, I need a rummage...

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  2. Wow love the jacket you bought, and I did rather like the fisherman's shirt very "Toast". I love a good vintage/charity shop xx

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  3. Love your jacket.. those crazy dress prices are why I never went back.
    Have you checked out the Nags Head car boot on a Sat/Sun, down the side of McDonalds? If you apply yourself, over a couple of weekends, there is fantastic stuff to be found, though it's not a sure thing x

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  4. the jacket you bought is so nice!

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  5. I have to go here! Love that fishermans top.

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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  6. Love the jacket you bought! I must take a trip down there soon.

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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  7. Dear Caroline, the cagoule cracked me up. I can't say anything as in this weather it's practical for riding a bike, as is the colour. I used to ride my bike everywhere until I was 16, such a long time ago. I fear I'd be a hazard on the road now!

    I fly around in my totally unsuitable clothing but as my friend says "my feet barely touch pavement" as I get into a cab so no need for anything waterproof. That's not entirely true though I do walk when it's not raining (not that often!) and get the odd bus.

    I like your new jacket and I think the shirt would work with tights and boots. I've been in that shop before and you're right you do have to have a rummage to get the good bits. Have a great week xx

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  8. Haha, thought you'd like that Christina. :) It is good for on the bike, I usually just grab it if it's absolutely chucking down. I swear everyone is jealous of me as I walk past. At least, I think it's jealousy in their eyes... ;p

    The coats are good aren't they, SD? Not as good as Beyond Retro though, but that's too far away.

    Thanks WildernessChic. I might have to go back and get the shirt. And change the buttons to something sparkly and cut off the little label. xx

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  9. Wow, why have I not been here? That little astrakhan collar jacket is a beauty. Getting a hankering for a rummage! x

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  10. That first dress is a dress for me! But £35 seems a little steep...

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  11. My post from earlier has vanished, I must have pressed wrong button. Just wanted to tell you about this fantastic offy just over the road from the clothes shop...not really, just wondered if you ever do battle with the Nags Head car boot, down the side of McDonalds at the start of Seven Sisters, you've probably been there but if not, it might be your thing..a load of hideous rubbish mixed in with some seriously great finds, but you do have to look, and it's best to do a Sat and a Sun rather than just the one. I bought about 5 vintage fake (sorry, 'faux') furs there last year, really nice ones, for about a fiver each, max. It's best to go when it's slightly drizzling and looks like it might get worse, as you can get everything really cheap. Oh and people take their dogs and prams there too, for an afternoon out even though the aisles are about 6 inches wide.x

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  12. Thanks ladies!

    J9, I did think that was a dress for you, actually! It was really amazing, you should come and try it on!

    Fiona, haha! (But seriously, is there a good offy around there?) Funny you should mention the carboot sale, I live really close to there and I've been meaning to go there to sell a load of stuff for seriously 6 months now. But I've always thought stuff would go for so little it wouldn't be worth it. I need to go and check it out one day. Good tip on the weather score, I'll go one day just as it starts tipping it down! x

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  13. The jackets are fab, channeling a bit of Peggy there C?

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  14. Some props for the cagoule from my husband (and me!).. I love your shopping tips and can't wait to be able to join you on a chazzing spree in London town x

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