My Vintage London - Katie Antoniou PR and writer
The Vintage Guide to London: What are you favourite London vintage shops?
Katie Antoniou: My Sugarland is like an Aladdin’s cave, but unfortunately completely out of my price range! For really show stopping pieces I’ll usually look online first; Juno Says Hello (pictured left) have amazing designer pieces in stock that you can then see and try on at the sales they hold regularly in their London studio, and you can also hire pieces for one off events. Otherwise I tend to just rummage: charity shops, markets and car boot sales are the best.
There are loads of shops with great stock in well-known vintage shopping havens but the prices tend to get marked up for tourists. The lesser known markets have the best gems for reasonable prices. Some of the pop up markets are great too, like Frock Me!.
Caravan has the most gorgeous interiors, as does the totally decadent Maison Trois Garcons om Shoreditch from the guys behind the amazing restaurant ‘Les Trois Garcons’. But some of the best vintage interiors pieces I’ve found have come from tips or have been freecycled as people often just think of them as old rubbish.
The Vintage Guide to London: Which vintage events do you go to?
Katie Antoniou: I love the White Blackbird events which often have a vintage theme and happen in a beautiful hotel just outside London, they take there you on a bus. All the Blitz and Prohibition nights are great fun too; Bourne and Hollingsworth is a really cute speak- easy style bar to go to even when there isn’t an event on. I really enjoyed the recent drive-in cinema created just off Brick Lane, showing classics like Dirty Dancing with waitresses on rollerskates and a vintage airstreamer. London’s great for stuff like this; you can never get bored as someone’s always thinking of a wonderful new way of bringing vintage to life.