It was a great night hanging out and drinking with such glamorous Vintagites (I'm coining that one Charlotte ;-)) as Charlotte, Fiona, Charly, Gemma, Margaret, Shona, Hannah, Claire & Lena to name but a few.
But enough of that... we all had a great night and most of them have blogged about it by now.
During the afternoon before the event I had some time to kill so I went off on a bit of a shopping adventure around Shoreditch, based roughly around the Brick Lane area.
Now before I start I'd just like to get something off my chest... why, oh WHY is it that no vintage seller bother to take the time to size anything up?!? I'm a big fella and the majority of vintage clothing just isn't going to fit me, so to not waste my time it would be great if I could at least narrow down my search to a smaller selection of clothing rather than the whole shop!
I know my measurements off the top-of-my-head... you have to, and although some people do usefully put both chest sizes on tops and waist sizes on trousers this is only half the information! I would really like to see sleeve length on jackets... or at the very least inside leg measurements on trousers!
Come on people! C- More effort required.
Anyway back to the shopping.
Shoreditch Vintage Fair
I managed to pick up an excellent green tweed sports jacket (which gave me something great to wear that evening!).
Vintage Guide to London
Next head South down Brick Lane and a quick duck right into Bacon St (mmmm bacon) gets you to The Vintage Emporium which houses a lovely Victorian styled tea rooms and a basement filled with Vintage curiosities. Lot's of amazing and delicate women's wear but not much menswear, there are however a few hats and plenty of leather satchels, doctors bags and suitcases.
Heading south again on Brick Lane gets you to the vintage packed Cheshire Street.
Across the road is House of Vintage - again a good mix of men's and women's clothing but a bit too modern for my tastes.
Two doors down is Levison's - a great little vintage menswear store with a lot of REALLY nice suits to be had (again sadly not my size) as well as shirts, jackets, jumpers and waistcoats.
Heading further east along Cheshire street (for what seems like an absolute age!) you'll finally reach Beyond Retro. Usual fair here... LOADS of stuff... a whole arch full of nothing but suits, trousers and jackets! Unfortunately Beyond Retro get the prize for the most UNHELPFUL sizing ever, but categorising clothing into Small, Medium, Large and Extra large (and here's the kicker) without actually explaining what these sizes mean!
Head back along Cheshire street, turn left onto Brick lane and head south until you reach Rokit! Once again, like Beyond Retro, there is vast amounts of stuff here, but just as unhelpfully they don't size anything at all! Which means the great brown pin-stripe double-breasted jacket I found had zero chance of fitting me.
Head further south on Brick lane until you reach Hanbury Street.
Now we've nearly reached the limits of Shoreditch has to offer us, but there are two last ports of call;
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Heading left (that's East) along Hanbury Street you'll reach the newly opened Blitz Vintage Department Store. A lot of interesting things to be found here and the place is spread out over two floors and about four rooms. Head downstairs for the menswear - again an unfortunate lack of sizing on anything.
And that's it! Once you've finished having a rummage in Blitz drop yourselves down into one of their Chesterfield sofas and grab a coffee and a slice of cake from their in-store café (with the most amazing espresso machines I've ever seen!)
Just to make things easier for you i've put together this handy Google Map showing the locations of all the shops listed above. Here you are: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&gl=uk&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=210556250582264320481.0004b917bb229cabb6fcb
Don't say I never give you anything! ;-)
Special thanks to Lena at The Vintage Guide to London for her original list of places to check out for Men's wear.