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Mid-Century Modern Style

A fan of the Mid-Century Modern style from the 1950’s and 60’s, I’d never considered where the phrase came from. Journalist Laura Fenton explains ‘Author Cara Greenberg coined the phrase “midcentury modern” as the title for her 1984 book, Midcentury Modern: Furniture of the 1950s’. Fenton goes on to theorise why the style is increasingly popular.  Head to…

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Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams – The stories behind the dresses

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams opens this weekend at the V&A in London. A continuation of the exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the London edition displays 500 Dior Haute Couture pieces, each one of them hand made with 60 percent new content from the Paris show. As a member of the V&A, I…

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Thinking Back to Christmas Past

Christmas was a magical time at Olive Road, the street where my grandparents lived and the place my vintage fabric shop is named after. My Nana Mary would cover every inch of their tiny house with Christmas paraphernalia. ‘It is for the children’ Nan would reply to our giggles when Father Christmas ho-ho-hoed every time we entered the front room.…

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Vintage Stories: 1960’s Saucer Chair

My favourite thing about running an Etsy shop is the people that I get to chat to from all over the world including vintage fabric fan and designer-maker Eileen from Brisbane in Australia. Eileen has her own Etsy store, Touch Wood Design, selling beautiful cushions that she makes in her studio. She bought some unique 1950’s…

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Vintage Shopping in New York

Planning a shopping trip to New York? Vintage shopping fan and Journalist Victoria Briggs shares with us her favourite New York vintage shops during one of her frequent visits to the city…. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market Every Saturday and Sunday, behind the Lincoln Tunnel, a small army of vendors take over a block in Hell’s…

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Vintage Stories: A Vanity Case of Memories

It was the first time my husband visited my grandparent’s house at Olive Road that I realised my family’s greeting to each other was unusual. ‘What’s ooo-oooh?’ Craig asked smirking. A pebble dashed house on the edge of a London suburban housing estate, I always entered around the back and sang out ‘ooo-oooh’ as we…

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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 Dad and being beyond bored with wandering around looking at “old stuff”. I can’t walk…

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