My Vintage London: Colin Reed - The Vintage Style Doctor
The Vintage Guide to London: Who are you, and what do you do?
Colin Reed: My name is Colin Reed and from now on I am also Vintage Style Doctor. I am an actor, with credits in movies, global commercials, plays in London and theatre tours throughout Europe. As The Doc, I am now also London’s first vintage personal shopper and style consultant for men.
The Vintage Guide to London: Why do you like vintage – or in other words, what does vintage mean to you?
Colin Reed: One of the reasons I act is that I love the costumes. Not just for aesthetic purposes, but also for the way they can make me feel. I feel like a totally different person with short Forties hair, neatly trimmed moustache and a Dinner Jacket to how I might feel with long hair, a beard and flares. Variety and versatility are what I look for in my roles and in my clothes.
Colin Reed: I am terrible with the names of shops. I have worked for Rokit(in store and in the warehouse) for years, mostly in the Brick Lane store. There are many other shops in the area that I love, but few that I can name. For excellent Mod repro though, I can definitely recommend Mendoza.
The Vintage Guide to London: Do you ever go to vintage events? If so, which ones would you recommend?
Colin Reed: Vintage events are something I am still quite new to. I love old looks and old styles, but I have always found it a little fetishist when people try to live out the past. I am in a process of revising that view at the moment. I attended Vintage at Goodwood last year and although I don’t think they quite hit the mark, it did open my eyes to a number of possibilities as to how these things can be done both authentically but without excluding those with more of a passing interest.
The Vintage Guide to London: What are your favourite vintage places in London?
Colin Reed: Cheesy as it is, London itself is my favourite vintage place. On almost any street, there is incredible architecture from a variety of eras to be seen. It amazes me every time I raise my eyes above the sign on a brand new Tesco or Gamezone or Phoneshop to see the wonderful old building above it.
The Vintage Guide to London: What’s the one vintage thing one should do in London?
Colin Reed: As much as people say it has lost its appeal and isn’t what it used to be, The Stables Market in Camden still has to be seen by first-time visitors. It is also well worth veterans popping back occasionally, because there are still some wonderful traders there selling excellent vintage.