Voyage of a Discovery.

With a new magpie find, there is an immediate choice to be made.

Is it going to stick around?  Will it be heading straight to a free millimetre of space in my wardrobe, or a predetermined space in the flat?

Or will it be destined for the d’Burgin Fox Vintage event?

Buying things to sell on is a little bit strange upon reflection….it’s not like buying a gift, but that you know that it will never be yours either…..

But then there is the thrill of a ‘good find’ which is infinitely pleasing, whether you are keeping it or not.

And then what happens when it is time to let something go….

Recently, at Old Spitalfields Market we sold a beautiful, sheer embroidered Bolero to a guy from the States.  He had been in London on business for a couple of weeks, so was looking for presents to take home for his teenage kids.  He had been wondering around, and already passed our stall, and almost couldn’t find it again…

But he did, so now this already much-admired garment which had been picked up in Wiltshire, was off to the USA.  Our customer was really interested in the heritage of the piece, as he was keen to get something British for his daughter, but as there was not even a hint of a label inside, I couldn’t offer him any clues, other than that it was more than likely handmade….

BoleroSo after this, I really started appreciating that there was more than just the thrill of discovery, there was also the voyage ever onwards….

On a little tangent, the fabric and structure of the little Bolero, put me in mind of some of the Louis Vuitton dresses from S/S 2013.  Although quite different in style, the sheer peek-a-boo similarities cannot be denied….

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Kate Moss for British Vogue June 2013

I’m not generally a girl to follow big name designers, but I absolutely LOVE this collection…it’s so crisp and clean…a truly modern update on sixties style.

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So cute!

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What started it all…..

…or at least what really started me thinking about furniture and the whole look of a room was finding this 50′s / 60′s drinks cabinet.

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One person’s trash is another’s treasure, as they say, and this piece of treasure was waiting for me on Iliffe Street in South London (where 1930s London was briefly recreated back in 2009 to film some outdoor scenes for The King’s Speech) and couldn’t believe my eyes!
A friend came to the rescue and helped me get it home, and I found that after years of living in rented accommodation with pretty basic furniture, its arrival inspired me to take more pride my room, although my ‘interior-style’ was a bit of a mish-mash!
Years later, the cabinet resides in our slightly 60′s tinged living room, and everything has else has fallen into place.
Growing up, I always loved Del Boy’s drinks cabinet in his Peckham flat, and I’m quietly pleased that such an unlikely (but much loved) character from my childhood has influenced my grown-up style.

Incidentally, above ‘Del’ hangs a print from the amazing Dorothy collective – ‘The Colour of Popular Music’ which is essentially a colour chart naming 154 bands & artists  with a colour in their title.

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The graphic shape of the colour chart really fits in with the sixties essence in the room, and of course hints at our love of music.

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PS:  Earlier today I spotted their latest work, an astrological map of Hollywood stars and movies, and I absolutely love it, especially the ‘Golden Age’ limited edition version!

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It is both beautiful, and incredibly clever.