My Vintage London: Naomi Thompson - founder of Vintage Secret
This week Naomi Thompson, founder of Vintage Secret, personal shopper and vintage stylist, shares her top London vintage tips.
The Vintage Guide to London: Who are you, and what do you do?
Naomi Thompson (pictured far left): My name is Naomi Thompson, I am the founder of www. vintagesecret.com. We offer styling advice, personal vintage shopping tours, discounts and industry news via our blog, and an events page so people can keep up to date with vintage events in the UK. We used to be purveyors of fine vintage but now it’s all about the knowledge!
The Vintage Guide to London: Why do you like vintage – or in other words, what does vintage mean to you?
Naomi Thompson: Vintage is the excitement of finding old clothes and designs and not knowing if that is the only example of that garment or how long it has been since someone loved and cherished it. For me it’s like infinite fashion treasure hunt, and the possibilities are endless.
The Vintage Guide to London: What are your favourite London vintage shops?
Naomi Thompson: I love Vintage Heaven for interiors at the top of Columbia Road. For clothes I like Hunky Dory Vintage in Brick Lane as the owners are so lovely and the dresses are still reasonable. I also adore The Vintage Emporium and Tea Rooms. For really lovely high end, you can’t go wrong with Circa Vintage on Fulham Road – Marianne, who owns it, is full of wonderful stories of her life in London.
The Vintage Guide to London: Do you ever go to vintage events? If so, which ones would you recommend?
Naomi Thompson: I do, though I like to go to a mixture. I used to really only do Forties and Fifties but I recently went to a mod club with my cousin which I greatly enjoyed. Polly Betton’s White Black Bird Series at Stoke place always have an excellent ‘Bright young things’ vibe. I also enjoy the Candlelight Club, The Big 10 Inch – last time I went there was a great Skiffle band – and I also enjoy the odd really dirty Eighties night.
The Vintage Guide to London: What are your favourite vintage places in London?
Naomi Thompson: Apart from Brick Lane for the clothes, I love the old vestiges of London, so areas that go a bit further back than ‘vintage’: Borough Market for the amazing Victorian iron work and yummy food. Abney Park Cemetery for the Gothic wilderness, Greenwich for walking around and gawking at the architecture. I also love simply just crossing London bridges. Especially in a black cab at sundown going somewhere glamorous.
The Vintage Guide to London: What’s the one vintage thing one has to do in London?
Naomi Thompson: The Chap Olympiad if you are in London at the right weekend. Without a doubt. If not a, a vintage shopping tour with me.