I do know quite a few people who share my vintage problem – most of them the most stylish women I know – but it is also often a shopping habit that needs some explanation. Many don’t understand why I would want to wear something that is not new and has been worn before me, by a complete stranger.
To be honest, those are not thoughts that enter the vintage shopper’s mind. Instead, I relish the delight of sifting through a clothes rail, knowing that sooner or later I’ll come across a dress, a jacket or a pair of pants that are perfectly me and that are nothing like the dozens of identical garments hanging in the high street store down the road.
Mixing it up has always been the signature of a vintage shopper’s style: High street jeans with vintage Tod’s and a designer jacket over a Trenery top is probably my idea of the perfect high-low get up. I’ve seen some of my fellow vintage lovers in similar combinations – where the season’s latest looks sit comfortably alongside vintage finds to create perfect individual style.
My love of vintage meant it was a no-brainer when a friend, Leigh Ord, suggested we start a charity event, selling once loved clothing to raise money for education.
Leigh always jokes that the first sale was supposed to happen in her garage, but my gracious partner would never have allowed it to be anything less than 100% stylish.
Enter the forum company and Glynis Hyslop, who lends us her beautiful venue at the Dimension Data campus to create the elegant weekend pop up you see in the images accompanying this column.