Fashionistas and vintage lovers of Coventry crowded the St. Mary’s Guildhall this afternoon sampling over thirty stall with an eclectic mix of vintage clothing, home ware, shoes, handmade jewellery, scarf’s, retro sweets and many more.
Vintage has become increasing popular because of its affordability and unique style. It is popular with both genders but especially women.
When not manning her ‘Prettiest Things’ stall at vintage fairs or running her website, Jenny Simpson, designs handmade kitsch and vintage jewellery. A lot of her ideas are based on childhood memories, tea party themes, cartoon characters and Pin-up girls.
“I never grew out of playing with plasticine.” she shares.
Harriet Mohaze of ‘Day Tripper Vintage’ has also just started running her own vintage line, an interest she always wanted to pursue.
“I have been working in vintage for six years but the guy I worked for does a lot of men’s style. So I branched out and did a lot of 60’s to 80’s style clothing. I keep it cheap and affordable as that is what I look for when I go vintage shopping”
Laura Keogh who has just launched “LauraLovesboutique” travel’s around the country doing vintage fairs with her sister. She also makes jewellery from new and recycled materials.
“I have been doing this for years and I really enjoy it. Well I work part-time too but vintage is something I very much consider doing full time in the future” she said
The vintage collection are mostly pre 1980’s or before. Items are sourced from charity shops, eBay and also from suppliers all over the country.
Becki Lynch of ‘lovemevintage.com’, who also designs vinyl clocks, gave up her teaching job to run her vintage line. Becky Vaughan owner of ‘Get retro’ also design jewellery and run vintage fairs all over the country.
The Vintage Fair which first started in Sheffield holds vintage fashion events in over 20 majors cities in the UK. Astounded by the success when it started in Sheffield, they subsequently hosted fairs in Birmingham and Manchester in 2009.
The national demand for vintage fairs has rocketed and as of 2010 they have become UK’s largest vintage fair with Vintage Hair salon as their newest addition.
Check them out;
Harriet Mohaze: http://daytrippervintage.tumblr.com/
Laura Keogh: http://lauralovesboutique.com/index.htm
Becki Lynch: http://lovemedovintage.com/