The 2015 London Vintage Awards: here are your winners!
For the fifth 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 3500 individual votes – thank you everyone for taking part. Here are your winners for 2015!
Best new vintage business
Winner: The East London Vintage Fair
The latest edition to London’s vintage fair scene is already making a name for itself as one of the vintage fairs to attend. Held at the beautiful Clapton Round Chapel, the fair brings together music, food, vintage, craft, home-wares and more. Celebrities such as Clémence Poésy have been spotted browsing the rails.
A beautiful Art Deco bar in Stoke Newington, decked out with lovingly put together vintage details – that’s Fontaine’s. Owned by burlesque star Emerald Fontaine, the bar regularly features cabaret nights, swing dancing lessons and vintage nights.
Best vintage event
Winner: Classic Car Boot Sale
The brainchild of Wayne Hemmingway, the Classic Car Boot Sale regularly takes place at various places across London. 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.
Runner-up: The Chap Olympiad
Hosted by sartorial stronghold The Chap Magazine, the Chap Olympiad is a yearly event celebrating Britain’s lack of sporting talent. The sporting events are designed to complement, rather than insult, the contestants immaculate clothing. Take FreeFrom Breadbasket Ball for example, which tested the bread roll-tossing skills of the competitors, whose trajectory towards a bread basket held by a butler was blocked by a steward wearing a Gluten Free T-shirt and wielding a copy of The Manchester Guardian.
Best vintage band or musician
Winner: 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.
Runner-up: Benoit Viellefon and His Orchestra
London based French singer Benoit Viellefon and His Orchestra play 1920/1930/
Best Club Night
Winner: Mouthful O’Jam
On a mission to promote the music of the 20s to the 40s, Mouthful O’Jam organize events that celebrate the rip-roaringly riotous days of the Lindy Hop, the Charleston, the Shag, the Jitterbug, and Balboa dance styles by playing original 78 rpm swing recordings on vintage equipment. Top marks for authenticity and atmosphere.
Runner-up: Hubba Hubba
When it comes to Rock n Roll and Rockabilly, Hubba Hubba is THE club night to go. Held on the first Saturday of every month just behind Euston station, the Hubba Hubba nights always bring together a fantastic crowd and never fail to deliver the best of the genre.
Best vintage DJ
Winner: Miss Aloha
The woman who brought you Vintage Awards winning club night Hula Boogie remains one of London’s top vintage DJs. You can catch Miss Aloha on her regular Hula Boogie Radio show, and DJing at the best Fifties shows and weekenders the planet has the offer. She also regularly teaches jive and the Hukilau Hula.
Runner-up: Ginger Fizz
Ginger Fizz, aka Sadie Dogerty, has many talents. She paints bespoke retro fans, is the editor of The Vintage News and DJs as one half of the Ginslingers. Spinning the best 45s from the 50s and 60s – rhythm & blues, doo wop, r’n’r, popcorn, sleaze, beat, Northern soul, surf, garage and more, catch her at her regular club night at Fontaine’s.
Best vintage bar or cafe
Winner: Little Nan’s Cocktail Den
Book in for a two hour slot at Little Nan’s and receive as many tea cups full of luscious bespoke cocktails as you like. Cosy up on Nan’s uber kitsch furniture for a couple of hours and relax in old-lady style. One of East London’s best pop-up cocktail bars.
Runner-up: 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.
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.
Runner-up: Freddies Of Pinewood
Nobody does better Forties and Fifties casual wear than Freddies. Owners & designers Phil and Jo Whyte are both original denim obsessives and you can tell: their label is the ultimate in 40s and 50s denim repro. From 40s lounge pants to 50s rivet jean jackets, Freddies is the place to go.
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: Lucie Luella at Hula Nails
Whether it’s vintage styling, hair colouring or cuts, Lucie Luella will sort you out. A freelance hair stylist she’s based at Hula Nails when she’s down in London to see her clients. A passionate hair dresser through and through, her appointments book out in a flash because this girl does vintage hair like no one else.
Best vintage fair
Winner: Pop Up Vintage Fairs London
Winner in the best fair category for the third 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: Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Founded 10 years ago by Judy Berger, The Afforable Vintage Fair tours the UK with a mission to bring cool, affordable vintage fashion to the style hungry crowds. Budget friendly with well-selected stalls, one of the very first vintage fairs hasn’t lost any of its appeal a decade on.
Best vintage homeware shop
Winner: Past Caring
Situated on Islington’s Essex Road, Past Caring remains one of the few vintage homeware shops that aren’t curated to within an inch of their lives. Here you can rummage and have a little dig in the boxes and shelves housing numerous fantastic treasures, all at fantastic prices.
Runner-up: The Peanut Vendor
If mid-century furniture and interiors are your thing, then head to The Peanut Vendor in Newington Green. The shop stocks a fantastic and rather eclectic mix of one-off finds sourced at auctions and fairs. Top notch mid-century design!
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 and winner of Best Womenswear Shop 2014, 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: 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 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: Crazy Man Crazy
Crystal Palace’s Crazy Man Crazy is a mecca for lovers of the Forties and Fifties, offering an excellent mix of authentic vintage pieces and repro styles. Owner Paul has an exceptional eye for interesting pieces, and his selection of menswear – think Hawaiian shirts, original suits, denim and bomber jackets – is second to none. A must for mid-century gentlemen.
Best vintage designer shop
Winner: 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.
Samantha Hill started Miniola in 2009 when she began selling one off vintage pieces at fairs and events around the UK. Her carefully selected vintage designer pieces aim to compliment current trends and include labels such as Oscar De La Renta, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior.