We heart Vintage Brighton

18 Jan

Brighton, as I’m sure you already know is literally brimming with vintage. You can’t turn a corner without being faced with another kooky little vintage store (we for one, are not complaining!) So it’ll come as no surprise that one lovely lady has decided to take her love of vintage in Brighton and turn it into a one stop shop for all you vintage lovers out there.

We met up with founder of Vintage Brighton, Jo-ann Fortune to pick her brains on all things vintage.

Tell us a little bit about Vintage Brighton…

VintageBrighton.com is an online resource for vintage lovers in Brighton and beyond. As well as a shop directory and event listings, there are regular posts on everything vintage – from fashion trends to event reviews – written by those in the vintage know.

Can you tell us how the idea for starting Vintage Brighton came about?

I set-up VintageBrighton.com because I realised that there was so much going on in the vintage scene in Brighton, but no online hub for it. I wanted to create a place to bring that community together. I was also personally interested in finding out more about local vintage business and ventures and meeting like-minded people through the website.

Where are your favourite vintage hangouts?

I love Tic Toc in the Lanes – the interior is inspired by the eclectic look of Amsterdam cafes, and I love Amsterdam! I’m also a fan of the Rock Ola 1950s diner in the North Laine, especially the way you can come to it by accident when wandering through the back of the second-hand book and record shop next door.

What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton?

It’s a difficult one – there’s so much choice – but I think it’d have to be Kate & Aud: They have some really quality pieces in there and it’s affordable too. Of course it helps that Kate & Aud themselves are lovely and the shop is so cute: it’s like a big dressing up box. I bought a cream cable knit jumper from there before Christmas and it’s kept me warm all winter. I’m also spend a lot of time rooting around for gems in charity shops – Oxfam on Western Road is my local favourite and i’m in charity shop heaven on George Street in Hove.

Where’s your favourite place to go in Brighton?

Again, there’s so much choice: The beach is gorgeous when it’s sunny and I’m very happy taking a stroll along Hove seafront with my husband. I always enjoy wandering aimlessly through the North Laine – popping into Snoopers and browsing the stalls at the Upper Gardner Street Market on a Saturday. Devil’s Dyke is great for summer day trips and Hove is lovely when you want to escape the bustle of Brighton.

How would you spend your perfect day in our fair city?

Spending time in a mixture of the above places, and enjoying great food and drink along the way.

Who or what inspires you the most?

People who work hard to get what they want, but who remain modest, kind and loyal.

What does vintage mean to you?

Vintage is the freedom to play with fashion history: to pick and choose pieces from different decades and create a unique style with a story behind it.

Do you have any tips or recommendations for fellow vintage lovers?

Read VintageBrighton.com! You’ll come across new vintage shops, events, interesting people and stories just by browsing the site.

What’s your favourite decade for style?

The 1960s, without a doubt. I’d have loved to have been around when London was swinging. I would have also loved to have done a bit of swinging with The Beatles…

How would you describe your style in 3 words?

Charity shop chic

What has been your best ever vintage find?

A Dolce & Gabbana LBD which I bought for £40 in Oxfam on Western Road, and a pillar-box red Aquascutum coat that was just £5 in a charity shop on George Street.

What fashion statement do you love/hate?

I hate Uggs, especially the cheap fake ones that make people walk on sides of their soles – not a good look and terrible for your feet. And I love Peter Pan collars – as does everyone at the moment!

You can also follow Vintage Brighton on Twitter at @vintagebrighton

One Response to “We heart Vintage Brighton”

  1. TheBigForest January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    What is particularly good in Brighton is that there is lots of mens vintage too! Speaking as a bloke you understand…..Good blog, we will be following you now………TheBigForest

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