It’s funny how people always say “I want to come back as soon as possible” when they visit a place, even before they have finished the trip. With London I have always had the averse feeling, couldn’t wait to get out of there. Even though I lived there 13 years ago and the experience changed my life for ever and for the better, any time I would come back there were a million things that bothered me: the foggy weather, the cold shoulders, the long travel distances, the gossip, the ridiculous prices… There wasn’t an excuse too finicky to smear this city.
About a month ago I was in town to cast Mark Fast’s SS11 show. And since I wasn’t going to Milan, I had a gap until I started my job in Paris the following week. So I decided to stay. It was cold, wet and lonely but to my surprise I rediscovered my love for London. Through vintage. What else.
London is a huge competitor with New York when it comes to vintage. I would almost say it’s better! When I lived here, I would always go to Portobello Market and Camden Town on the weekends, but while I was doing my research and asked connoisseurs for recommendations, I found so many other amazing places I couldn’t even get the complete picture anymore!
For the first half of my shopping day I had the pleasure of model/stylist Georgia Frost’s company. I’ve known Georgia for a few years now and even though she changes hair color like a chameleon, she’s always maintained that cool It-girl, English Rose demeanor. It was a joy to dress and photograph her. She brought that little something extra, through her own bohemian style and je-m’en-fou attitude. And she’s for hire! Check her blog.
First up was Annie’s in Angel. Annie is a sweet woman whose store is filled with delicate lace, fluffy cashmere and decorative accessories. Find more about her store here. On that same block you will find three other vintage stores, and a daily antiques market.
Georgia suggested we hit Bang Bang next, a cool consignment store where she finds most of her clothes. “It’s dangerous going in there! I always spend money.” You can find them on myspace.
It’s funny how people can change their minds. I definitely have to come back. As soon as possible!