Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Our 4th birthday special - Feburary 7th and 8th!

Thanks so much to all of you who came to our first ever Hatfield fair last weekend - it was a roaring success with over 800 vintage enthusiasts through the doors, we hope to return soon for more!

For now, we're thrilled to announce that we turn 4 years old in just 10 days time - we can't quite believe we've had almost 20,000 visitors since 2011! To celebrate, we'll be holding a special edition of our market on Saturday February 7th from 10-5pm and Sunday February 8th from 1-5pm back in our usual venue of St Mary's Parish Hall, Crouch End!

We'll have a number of exciting things on the day, including a free raffle for all visitors with the chance to win items from stalls, a range of special amazing birthday cakes and treats in our on-site cafe, a pop-up vintage hair and make-up salon perfect for creating vintage themed looks as well as swing dance demos and lessons outside on the Saturday!

We'll also have a fantastic line-up of vintage traders for you on each day, with a different mix over the Saturday and Sunday, with all sorts of eclectic items for your home and wardrobe including furniture, homewares, ceramics, fabrics, lighting, kitchenalia, prints, clothing, jewellery, curiosities and so much more form the early 1900's all the way to the 1970's!

We're hugely grateful to all the support we've had over the past 4 years, and really value all our loyal customers, amazing regular stallholders and the friendly Crouch End community we're part of - we'd love it if you could join us to celebrate on February 7th and 8th! Hope to see you there!

Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to date info, stall previews and lots more! Hope you can join us for the celebrations!

Monday, January 5, 2015

North London Vintage Market at the Stable Yard, Hatfield House!

Happy New Year everybody! We're excited to kick off 2015 with a fair at a brand new location on Sunday January 25th! We're thrilled to be invited by The Stable Yard at the stunning Hatfield House in Hertfordshire to have a satellite event where we get to bring our excellent traders to a countryside setting well in reach of the capital as well as the surrounds of Hertfordshire.

Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. The Estate has been in the Cecil family for 400 years with superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship.

The newly refurbished Stable Yard complex adjacent to the house is home to a variety of independent retailers.  Hosting a variety of functions and weddings, the Stable Yard events venue is a beautiful, airy space with huge amounts of room, meaning we're excited be be able to fit in over 30 of our superb traders on the day! 

With our usual eclectic mix of vintage homewares, furniture, furnishings, kitchenalia, fabrics, lighting, prints, ceramics and curiosities from the early 1900's to the 1970's, as well as a large designated section of the very best vintage clothing, jewellery, accessories traders in the South East, we can't wait to bring our amazing handpicked vendors to Hertfordshire!

With lots of free parking on-site, FREE entry and some great shops and food outlets to discover in the Stable Yard complex, it should be a great way to blow away the January cobwebs as well as getting some fresh countryside air!

Make a day of it - hope to see you there from 10-4pm on Sunday January 25th 2015!

North London Vintage Market at The Stable Yard, Hatfield House
The Stable Yard
Hatfield House

Sunday January 25th 10-4pm
Free entry
Parking on-site
Stable Yard Website / further event info here 
Event info: 0779 307 2966 / 01707 287010

Entrance: George's Gate which leads to The Stableyard shops

Getting there:

By Road:

Hatfield House is 21 miles from Central London, 7 miles North of the M25 motorway (junction 23) and 2 miles East of the A1(M) (junction 4). Exit the A1(M) at junction 4 (after the Hatfield Tunnel if travelling from the South) and follow the brown leisure signs for Hatfield House via the A414 and A1000. For Sat Nav please use AL9 5HX.

By Train:

The pedestrian entrance to Hatfield Park is opposite Hatfield railway station. The fast train from Kings Cross to Hatfield takes 20 minutes. There are London Underground links with this mainline at Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria lines). Local bus services regular drop off at Hatfield railway station.

Don't forget we're also back in our usual Crouch End venue, St Mary's Parish Hall for an amazing 4th Birthday Vintage Weekender on February 7th and 8th 2015 - more details soon!

Follow us on Twitter under @NLvintagemarket and Facebook for up to date info about our forthcoming events!  Hope to see you soon!

Vintage Fashion Complete

We came across this brilliant new resource for lovers of vintage recently - Vintage Fashion Complete by Nicky Albrechtsen and published by Thames and Hudson.  It's a beautiful publication with some stunning examples of prime pieces from across the eras - a real definitive guide to style throughout the 20th century and an incredible reference for anybody interested in vintage fashion and design.

The book is clearly split into decades, which gives a comprehensive overview of styles and trends from each era - from pattern design and graphics to fastenings, collars and hemlines, there are some phenomenal images of some of the defining and iconic styles of each era, all the way up to the 1980's.

                                      1930's capes
       1940's tea dresses

                        Striking 1940's frock

                      1950's floral prints

Decade by decade pattern design 

                          1950's necklines and fitted shapes

1960's technicolour & pop art sensibilities

There are also some great archival photographs of some fantastically chic women

    1920's Flapper style

The book also goes on to break down vintage fashion into individual elements, and has some excellent reference guides to everything from hats, gloves, handbags, knitwear and swimsuits across the decades.
                      Glamorous 1940's housecoats

                           Bold and colourful mid-century swimwear

                          Knitwear trends across the decades

Written and compiled by vintage fashion specialist Nicky Albrechsten who also runs Vintage Labels Studio in East London, an exhaustive archive of vintage fashions and well worth a look for stylists and designers.

Nicky was also behind another great vintage resource book we love, Scarves documenting  neck-scarf design across the 20th century with some beautiful examples of key textile designers, patterns and surface design.  Nicky co-wrote this with fellow vintage fashion expert Fola Solanke who we are thrilled to sometimes welcome at NLVM as a stallholder, bringing with her amazing original textiles, scarves and clothing from the 1920's onwards.  Keep an eye on our Twitter feed to see when she's next in attendance!

Vintage Fashion Complete is in our opinion the only guide out there covering vintage style with such depth, invaluable to anybody with a passion for fashion of the past! More info about the title here

Vintage Fashion Complete, ISBN 9780500517611, 432pp, 1300 illustrations, 30.80 x 24.00 cm. Thames and Hudson 2014.