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Vintage Stories

I’m fascinated by history, whether that is the history of an item of clothing, a historic building or an iconic person. This is a collection of histories that I have discovered so far…..

Vintage Stories: City Thrifter and the Bohemian Bag

Olive Road London talks to City Thrifter about her love for vintage shopping and her vintage story… ‘I’m unsure where my love for all things vintage began. I have really early memories of being dragged into antique shops by my… Continue reading →

Vintage Stories: When the stars align

Louise from Shoreditch Design Rooms shares her vintage story with Olive Road. Gliding seamlessly from studying astro physics to setting up a successful upholstery school isn’t the most obvious of career paths but Louise from the Shoreditch Design Rooms did just… Continue reading →

Vintage Stories: A Filigree Find

Savitri Coleman, Founder of Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair shares the story of the beautiful vintage dress she is wearing along with her her top ten tips on shopping for the ultimate vintage style. The story starts with the enlarged Portuguese Filigree… Continue reading →

How to buy a vintage wedding dress

‘I only came here to get ideas’ Bride-to-be Sarah confesses to me at the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair in May. Despite this, she has found the dress she wasn’t even looking for, a 1940’s vintage wedding dress from Peacock Vintage, one… Continue reading →

Vintage Stories: A Vintage Dress Made for a Wedding

My friend Cathy married Matt in the most beautiful vintage dress in 2008. I know from experience how difficult it is to find a vintage wedding dress to fit so I asked Cathy to share the story of her dress. … Continue reading →

Sew Amazing

‘I hate throwing away old machines’ sewing machine engineer and Sew Amazing Ltd. owner Robb Myers tells me as he shows me an early Bradbury sewing machine. His stock room is full of over 40 antique machines from his personal… Continue reading →

The Story of a Wedding Dress

Beneath the hum of the traffic on London Wall, the archives of the Museum of London sprawl in identical stacked rows. There are over 100 wedding dresses neatly packed in acid free boxes here; a collection that would excite fashion… Continue reading →

Vintage Stories: India via New York

I caught up with Karen from Vintage Love Affair at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair earlier this year. This turquoise jewelled coloured dress caught my eye and I asked her where she bought it. She told me that around 13 years… Continue reading →

A Little Piece of Eastbourne

‘I found them in a carrier bag’ Jinny says to me as she proudly shows off the bright floral curtains hanging in her otherwise white walled studio. ‘My mum was helping my auntie Rose move into a sheltered flat and… Continue reading →

Changing Communities

Earlier this year I’d spent a frosty Tuesday in the docks of East London keeping warm and toasty in the University of East London’s archive library. Bracing the bitter wind, looking out over this Easterly stretch of the Thames, I… Continue reading →

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