The London Vintage Awards 2014 - meet your winners!
For the fourth 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 over 2000 individual votes – thank you everyone for taking part. Here are your winners for 2014!
Best new vintage business
Winner: Little Nan’s
Behind an inconspicuous little blue door on run-of-the-mill high street Deptford Broadway, down a run-down corridor is Little Nan’s Bar, a heaven of nanna chic and granny retro. Its miss-matched chairs and tables, frilly cushions and chintzy lamp shades give this little basement cafe bar the feel of a retirement home ca 1990. To add to the retro feel, tea is served in big pots and vintage china cups, often with a royal theme.
With a killer cocktail menu featuring original recipes by owner Tristan’s nan and regular events such as vintage markets and cocktail specials, this is one cool new addition to the capital.
Runner-up: Bettina Scarlett Presents
One-woman powerhouse Bettina Scarlett has burst onto the London vintage scene with her agency for mid-century events and promotions. From organising fashion revues to promo shoots and promo girls, Bettina’s skill set has helped many vintage brands expand their reach, not to mention her own successful vintage fair, The Mid Century Market, which you voted for as runner up in this year’s best fair category.
Best vintage event
Winner: Park It In The Market
Park It In The Market is a classic car and motorcycle meet that takes place in Greenwich Market on the last Thursday of every month. Put together by The Mean Old-timers Car and Bike Club, in collaboration with Greenwich Market and many others, this is a real community event which brings together classic cars, live music, vintage DJs, Hula Girls and much more – all for free.
This event perfectly combines a love for classic cars with vintage music and entertainment while being completely inclusive, family friendly and community driven. What a worthy winner!
Runner-up: Classic Car Boot Sale
The brainchild of Wayne Hemmingway, the Classic Car Boot Sale regularly takes place at the Southbank, although it is making a guest appearance at the Olympic Park in September. Each event brings together over 100 vintage vehicles with traders operating from the boots of their classic cars. Add plenty of motorbikes and scooters, a DJ bus and a selection of food and drink stalls, this is a fun event with excellent bargain hunting possibilities.
Best vintage DJ or band
Winner: The Daisy Chains
This all-female rock’n’roll band has been vowing audiences with their musical talents – the girls play drums, guitar, bass, trumpet, tenor and baritone saxophones while singing as well of course.
With a passion for Fifties rock’n’roll, the girls have become a big hit at major events where they perform their versions of Fifties and early Sixties classics.
Runner-up: The Bluejays
Fifties rock’n’roll band The Bluejays has established itself as the go-to Fifties band in the UK. Its band members – all unsurprisingly obsessed with Fifties music – honed their performing skills on big West End shows such as Buddy, and their passion for the decade is naturally reflected in their excellent repertoire which includes classic by Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and many more.
Winner: Hula Boogie
Run by DJ Miss Aloha, this monthly club night has won best vintage event for four years in a row and is rightfully one of London’s favourites.
It features some of the best sounds of the 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: Deptford Does Disco
Never tiring in bringing the sounds of the Seventies to South East London, Deptford Does Disco is a regular club night that celebrates the best of disco from Donna Summer to Diana Ross. With a dedicated fan base that turns every event into a sell-out, this is one club night to watch.
Best vintage bar or cafe
Winner: Little Nan’s
Your favourite new business is also your top London vintage cafe bar. With teapots full of cocktails such as the Lady Diana (it involves Babycham of course) on offer and snacks based on Little Nan’s family recipes – do try her cheese straws and victoria sponge – Little Nan’s adds a whole new level of vintage cool to South East London.
Unpretentious and fun, this is a great place to meet friends, lounge around and get a bit tipsy.
Runner-up: Ace Cafe
Few places can claim to be part of British cultural history, but the Ace Cafe certainly can. In postwar Britain it quickly became a place where motorbike riders – the Ton-up boys – gathered. The Ace remained almost exclusively a Rocker hangout until it closed in the late Sixties to re-opened fully refurbished in 2001. It’s still a mecca for motorcyclists and Rockers from around the world who gather here to share stories. You don’t have to be into motorbikes however to enjoy a trip to the Ace. A great venue for rockabilly and other live music, enough history remains to make this a very special place indeed.
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 Forties and Fifties, Collectif make fun, vintage-inspired clothes for pin-ups and Fifties lovers, think skin-tight fitted dresses, sailor jackets or big Fifties prom gowns. Singer Imelda May is a huge fan – she’s worn her fitted Collectif dresses everywhere.
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, as part of 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
Based in Hoxton, this retro, rockabilly and vintage salon is the place to go for a drastic colour change or an update on your vintage style. The salon’s stylist Lucie and her team are experts in vintage looks – think Victory Rolls, glamorous up-dos or slick Don Draper-esque styles for the gents – and are 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
Winner in the best fair category for the second year running, 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 Mid Century Market
Specialising in all things Fifties, this fair really stands out with its hand-picked sellers and high-quality stock. With heaps of original vintage Fifties clothing and accessories on sale plus the odd high-quality repro brand, combined with rockabilly DJ sets, this is not only the go-to fair for Fifties lovers but also a great place to hang out and meet like-minded friends.
Best vintage homeware shop
Winner: Alfies Antique Market
Tucked away in a quiet residential area behind Marylebone Station, Alfies brings together over 70 sellers offering anything from vintage clothes, jewellery, posters, home deco items, furniture and much more,
Whatever your decade, you are guaranteed to find something here – Alfies has long been the secret of many a personal stylist and interior designer.
Runner-up: 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. The shops 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!
Best vintage womenswear shop
Winner: 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’s Scarlet Rage Vintage.
Runner-up in the best new business category in the 2013 London Vintage Awards, 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.
Runner-up: Can’t Buy Me Love
This little shop in Muswell Hill is a must-visit destination for the discerning vintage shopper in North London. Filled to the ceiling with mens and womenswear, home deco items, bric-a-brac and random finds, all prices are very un-Londonish so head there for real bargains!
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 fourth 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: Beyond Retro
This vintage institution has three shops across London from the East End to Dalston and Soho. With a wide selection of Forties to early Nineties vintage on offer, style-conscious male shoppers can choose from trend-lead pieces such as lumberjack shirts or baseball jackets to rarities like hand-painted ties and original Hawaiian shirts.
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: William Vintage
The William Vintage store, owned by William Banks-Blaney – dubbed ‘The Vintage King’ by Vogue – is filled with beautifully presented vintage clothing and haute couture that William has discovered around the world. Known for its Oscar-worthy gowns, William has carefully brought together a collection of beautiful and wearable pieces by fashion history’s greatest designers.