Another Crystal Palace favourite: Vien
Crystal Palace is fast turning into one of London’s best vintage shopping destinations. Highlights include Vien, a small but well-stocked vintage shop selling fashion and accessories from the Twenties onwards up to last decade’s designer gear.
The selection of clothes on offer is great and yet still affordable. More importantly, the friendly assistants or Vivienne, owner of Vien, are on hand to give you some fashion advice and honest feedback.
Vivienne not only stocks a great range of vintage but also offers a bespoke design service using vintage fabrics “The great thing about vintage shops is that you can find unique pieces with a design and fabric that you will not find in the high street which sources mass market clothing. But what about the sizes?”
“I use vintage fabric to recreate the vintage look in a sizing that suits the customer. After a fitting, my tailor makes these at home and the customer collects within five days. I noticed a demand for modern designs but made from a better cut of cloth than that found in the chain stores. I have developed a range of modern vintage – modern designs using vintage fabric. It’s all about taking the best from the past and marrying this up with the present.”
79 Church Rd
Nearest Tube: Crystal Palace
Vintage rating [rating=4]