The London Vintage Awards 2013 - the winners are...
For the third year running, vintage loving Londoners have cast their vote in the London Vintage Awards to vote for their favourite vintage businesses.
This year’s final round saw a whopping 1800 individual votes – thank you everyone for taking part! Here are your winners for 2013!
Best new vintage business
Winner: Rockalily Cuts
Rockalily Cuts is a his and hers hair salon specialising in vintage and rockabilly cuts and styling on Kingsland Road.
The salon, which is decked out in neutral grey with plenty of vintage touches like art deco dressing tables and pictures of owner ReeRee’s grandparents, is adding a much needed touch of retro cool to the area.
Runner-up: Scarlet Rage Vintage
If you’ve ever needed a shop to prove that it is in fact possible to sell high-quality, pre-Eighties vintage in London at reasonable prices, then head to Crouch End newcomer Scarlet Rage Vintage.
Opened about a year ago, Scarlet Rage has established itself as a real contender for one of North London’s best vintage shops, with an excellent selection of womenswear from the Twenties to the late Sixties.
Best vintage event or club night
Winner: Hula Boogie
Run by Miss Aloha, this monthly club night has won best vintage event for three years in a row and is obviously one of London’s favourites.
It features some of the best sounds of the Thirties, Forties and Fifties. Held at Kennington’s South London Pacific Bar, and with its original Hawaiian Hukilau Hula dance class opener, there’s a definite Tiki feel that has been keeping Hula Boogie one of London’s top vintage jive dancing nights for years.
Runner-up: Diamond Jive
The Diamond Jive Club is a community of dancers from London dedicated to bringing back to life the jive and rock’n’roll clubs of the Fifties.
Join them for weekly drop in jive classes and monthly clubs across London.
Best vintage DJ
Winner: El Nino
The driving force behind London’s first retro club night – The Lady Luck Club – record collector, DJ and event promoter El Nino was the first to connect rare vintage vinyl with a wider audience.
Many found their love for vintage after going to one of his legendary DJ sets or ground-breaking club nights such as The Black Cotton Club, which he launched in 2006.
In partnership with his wife, Lady Kamikaze, El Nino has shaped the London vintage scene like few others. A true hep cat, his style and sound have left a lasting legacy not to be forgotten.
El Nino passed away on 26 June 2013 aged 50.
Runner-up: Miss Aloha
The resident DJ at London’s South Pacific Tiki Bar, Miss Aloha is the creator of best event winner, Hula Boogie. With a huge passion for the sounds of the Forties and Fifties, Miss Aloha not only regularly brings some of the best retro bands back to London, but also DJs around the world. She also regularly teaches jive and the Hukilau Hula.
Best vintage bar or cafe
Winner: The Vintage Emporium
This Victorian style tea room serves delicious period delicacies and a huge selection of teas and herbal drinks so you can recover from your shopping spree at the vintage boutique downstairs, which houses some of the finest in vintage Edwardian to early Fifties clothing you will find in London.
If the immaculate Twenties flapper dresses and bias-cut silk gowns don’t tempt you, the resolutely British cakes and treats are well worth a visit too.
Runner-up: Paper Dress Vintage
Bar, cafe, boutique, event space – Paper Dress Vintage does it all, and very well indeed! Sip a coffee, tea, beer or cocktails while casting your eye over vintage clothing from 1900 to the Eighties, or ask their personal shopper to pull out some suggestion for you. Regular in-house events like band nights or DJ sets add further fun.
Best repro brand
Winner: Vivien of Holloway
Known for her Fifties and Forties-inspired clothes, Vivien of Holloway has become the go-to brand for re-creating a mid-century period look.
Everyone from Imelda May to Paloma Faith has been seen wearing her Forties sarong dresses or Fifties full-circle gowns. With a shop on Holloway Road and stockists around the world, Vivien of Holloway has won best repro brand every year since the launch of the London Vintage Awards in 2011.
Specialising in repro clothing from the Thirties to the Fifties, Heyday! produces some of the most authentic looking vintage-inspired clothes around. A stickler for details, owner Shona researches and tests each garment until it is perfect, from wartime skirt suits to limited-edition wrap dresses made out of vintage fabric.
Best vintage hair & make-up
Winner: Lipstick and Curls
Specialising in hair and make-up from the Twenties to the Sixties, Amanda and her girls from Lipstick & Curls can transform you into a jazz era flapper girl, a starlet from Hollywood’s golden age, a rock n roll pin-up or a Mad Men sex kitten.
Friendly and approachable, they are available for one-to-one sessions, parties, weddings or corporate events. Their vintage masterclasses, which are held regularly around London, are a fun girls night in and include live demonstrations, hints and tips as well as expert help.
Runner-up: Rockalily Cuts
The winner of best new vintage business is also the runner-up for best vintage hair and make-up. The salon’s stylist Lucie is an expert in vintage looks – think Victory Rolls, glamorous up-dos or slick Don Draper-esque styles for the gents – and is also on hand to help you find the perfect vintage hair colour, be it a Sixties Joan Holloway red or modern Rockabilly rainbow hues.
Best vintage fair
Winner: Pop Up Vintage Fairs London
Launched in 2011, Pop Up Vintage Fairs London regularly comes to a range of locations across London from Islington to Old Spitalfields Market.
With live vintage-style singers, a pop-up tea room and a vintage beauty parlour, the fair specialises in vintage from the Twenties to the Eighties bringing together some fab stalls selling anything from clothing to accessories and homeware.
Runner-up: The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
One of London’s longer running fairs, and a real pioneer of adding entertainment and extra services to the fair experience, The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair has fast become a favourite with vintage lovers, stylists and fashion fiends. With its excellent selection of sellers, beautiful Art Nouveau location and additional features such as tea room and alterations booth, this really is one fair you shouldn’t miss.
Best vintage homeware shop
Winner: Little Paris
North London’s Crouch End and Islington’s Upper Street are home to a bit of Paris in the middle of London.
The two branches of the Little Paris Vintage Store offer a fantastic selection of vintage home deco items and interiors all sourced in France for that bit of je ne sais quoi. While the shops also stock some contemporary French designers, the main focus is on vintage interiors, think an eclectic mix of Gallic wares from crockery to tables, chairs and French Nouvelle Vague film posters. Tres bon!
Runner-up: Drink, Shop & Do
Everything in this King’s Cross shop, which is housed in a Victorian bathhouse, is for sale: from designer crafts, vintage tea sets, Fifties dressers and unusual tables and chairs, to hand-made cakes, ice creams, specialty teas, kitsch finger sandwiches, bottled beers and cocktails. There are also regular fun craft nights like making a Lionel Richie figurine out of clay.
Best vintage womenswear shop
Winner: Paper Dress Vintage
Paper Dress isn’t just one of your favourite bars, it’s also top when it comes to vintage womenswear. Opened in 2007, the boutique offers a range of in-house services such as an alterations team and personal shopper.
With the likes of Adam Ant, Public Service Broadcasting and The Noisettes appearing to perform on the shop’s stage, Paper Dress is one of the go-to places for womenswear from 1900 to the Eighties.
Runner-up: Hunky Dory
With its handpicked Fifties to Seventies dresses, skirts and outerwear, Hunky Dory is a haven for anyone after a late Fifties and Sixties look. The excellent hats, gloves and handbags are worth checking out alone, and the owners have such a brilliant eye for detail, they’ll help you put together a whole outfit in no time.
Best vintage menswear shop
Winner: Hunky Dory
Specialising in womens and menswear from the Forties to the Eighties, Hunky Dory is undoubtedly one of Brick Lane’s vintage highlights and your top choice in this category for the third year running.
What sets the shop apart is its excellent selection of mid-century European designs, especially when it comes to menswear. The hand-picked Fifties jackets, sharply-tailored French mod suits and Seventies shirts are much thought-after by many, including a certain Jarvis Cocker.
Runner-up: Radio Days
Well worth the trip to Waterloo, Radio Days boasts cabinets full of gloves, ties and suspenders, rows of Forties coats and Thirties trench coats as well as an excellent selection of hats and suits. If classic styling is your thing, this shop is a must.
Best vintage designer shop
Winner: Lucy in Disguise
Set up by Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen, Lucy in Disguise specialises in high-end vintage and designers such as Ossie Clark, Givenchy or Alice Pollock.
The Soho shop also features a hair and make-up salon specialising in vintage looks and an event space which can be booked for themed parties. 60s Go-Go party anyone?
Runner-up: Deborah Woolf Vintage
Stocking items from the Victorian era to the Seventies, the small shop is bursting with carefully selected clothes and accessories.
The shop specialises in unique prints – be it a Forties Rayon print dress or a Sixties Jean Muir – folklore items and Sixties and Seventies statement jewellery.
Sixties designer dresses (including Ossie Clark, Biba and Cardin) are just a few highlights, explaining why designers and stylists regularly come here for inspiration.