Dec 2011

Beyond Retro

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Beyond Retro is a fabulous London based vintage store with two locations. One is nestled in the heart of Soho and the other is just a hop skip and a jump off of Brick Lane in East London. The latter is the larger of the two and the one I tend to frequent as the racks are packed with amazing finds. They carry men’s and women’s clothes, shoes & accessories, and everything is in mint condition. Definitely worth stopping by or even shopping online as their product assortment is fantastic.


Brick Lane location: 110-112 Cheshire St, London E2 6EJ

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm, Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday 11:30am to 6:00pm

Telephone: 020 7613 3636

Nov 2011

James Smith & Sons

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Living in London one must invest in a good umbrella. Gone are the days of being at the mercy of the wind and rain once you stop by James Smith & Sons. It is a family run business that has been in operation for the past 175 years and happens to still reside in their original Victorian store.  They stock a wide range of products and various umbrella prints ranging from classic black to stripes, checks and plaid.  For the more dapper look they have a variety of animal umbrella handles as well.  If an umbrella purchased through them happens to need repair (though not likely) they are happy to do so, and good news for those overseas as they ship internationally too!


Hazelwood House
53 New Oxford Street

Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:30am to 5:00pm, Tuesdays & Saturdays: 10:00am to 5:00pm and Thursday: 9:30am to 7:00pm.

Telephone: 0207 836 4731

Oct 2011

Pop Boutique

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This store is a great little discovery that I happened to stumble upon while walking around Covent Garden. Don’t let the small size of the shop fool you. It is filled to the brim with an array of womenswear, menswear, home trinkets, and my personal favourite: vintage pins! (Which is the easiest way to add your own signature to an outfit).  Definitely worth stopping by if you are in the neighbourhood!


Telephone: 0207 497 5262

Oct 2011

Blitz Vintage

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One of my favorite vintage stores in London is located on Hanbury St just off of Brick Lane in East London. The oh so spacious two floor layout, which was formerly a large Victorian warehouse, is overwhelmingly (in the best way possible) stocked with men’s & women’s clothing, accessories, jewellery, books, & furniture.  Where does one begin! The large selection is thoughtfully edited and all of the pieces are in stellar condition with an excellent price point to match. Expect to find leather skirts for £38 and gorgeous silk blouses for £25. (Two key pieces to help slowly ease the transition into your Fall wardrobe.)  It is the perfect place to spend an afternoon perusing through the racks while occasionally sipping on a latte provided by their in house coffee bar. Divine.

Blitz, 55-59 Hanbury Street, E1 5JP (020 7377 0730 or blitzlondon.co.uk).