Yesterday I went up to London for a bit of Vintage Shop scouting. Following on from my London’s Best Charity Shops article for Ms Wandas Wardrobe, I had been asked to write a similar piece on London’s Best Vintage Shops. You will have to wait for the final blog to be published on Ms Wandas for my top picks but here are some of the highlights from my afternoon.
London is fantastic for both charity and vintage shops; the only downside is their spatial distribution (to use geography speak). My feet still hurt now as I write and I lost count of how many tubes I jumped on to find the very best of the best. There’s a massive difference between what you will find in Camden town and what you’ll find in Notting Hill. I can proudly say I displayed full self-discipline and didn’t buy a single thing, mind fully focused on the job at hand of course.
I ended the day at the special evening opening of the Gathering Goddess, a beautiful vintage boutique in Notting Hill. Founded by Wilma Mae in 1992, the Gathering Goddess has spent many a year selling online before opening this store just a couple of months ago on Westbourne Park Road. They stock the very best vintage pieces and designer labels, making life easier for the discerning client. Wilma is a joy to speak to, hugely knowledgeable on fashion history and designers. In-house skilled seamstress Adrianna ensures that each piece realizes its full potential, as well as offering an alterations and restorations service. A must visit.