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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British Heritage

Another way my beady eye / magpie tendencies are put to good use is with a joint vintage-venture with my ‘other half’.

We both love looking out for second hand clothes we like when we are out & about, but our wardrobes can only take so much! So we decided to buy all of the pieces we liked, and then sell them on at markets and pop up events.

Thus ‘ d’Burgin Fox Vintage ‘ was born.  Our range is essentially clothes we would wear ourselves, but we started to realise that we were both drawn to pieces / brands with a strong British Heritage.  For Fox it was the likes of Fred Perry, Ben Sherman and Lyle & Scott and for me it was lace blouses, tweed skirts, Jaegar, and good old M&S!

One of my favourite items is a long Jaegar pleated skirt, which was made in Great Britain, and has a beautifully luxurious heavy weight to it….. I am still yet to try it on, as if I do, I know I will want to keep it!

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I’d like to think that maybe in my wildest dreams I could achieve the nonchalant elegance of Carey Mulligan in this recent Harper’s Bazaar shoot……

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Pleated skirts sprang back into fashion from the depths of our mum’s wardrobes a couple of years ago with the ‘Carrie’ skirt from Whistles.  But remember, these connotations can only be lost when such a garment is worn effortlessly.  Just ask Carey or Keira Knightley for tips….

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These girls have both got what I like to think of as Brit-Style, not really a specific style as such, more a state of mind.

British made clothing reinforces this essence, and buying vintage often means that you can buy garments that were made in the UK, which is something of a rarity in the world of fashion these days.

If you are interested in what d’Burgin Fox are selling, and where, you can keep updated on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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