*NEW* FOR 2012!
This year the Vintage Festival has rallied a top bunch of bloggers from all around the UK to become our smokin' hot team of Vintage Correspondents. They'll keep us bang up to date with all that's happening on the vintage scene from Cape Wrath to Cornwall by scouring their regions for the very best local events featuring music, fashion, film, art, design and food which celebrate the last 7 decades.
Let's meet the team!
South East Vintage Correspondent
Vintage style blogger 'She's called Claire' aka Claire Culley lives in Brighton and is one half of newly opened Creative Hub Super+Super in the South Laines. She likes nothing more than a cup of tea (gin) and a piece of cake and can regularly be found throwing questionable shapes in the darkest corners of her favourite Brighton haunts. Claire basically resembles 90s TV star Blossom - but with a few amazing vintage frocks thrown in here and there.
London Vintage Correspondent
Carrie is a compulsive bric-a-brac-er, self-confessed vintage mag hag and old time country music fan. A devotee to what she lovingly refers to as 'granny chic', she rather enjoys teaming her twinset with a nice comfy pair of elasticated waist trousers. One half of vintage daft DIY duo, Made in the Shade, Carrie has recently uprooted her Glasgow-based business and relocated to East London. Her blog, Carrie Not The Kind Of Girl You'd Marry, launched last year and documents her misadventures in fashion, craft, cookery and, um... life.
Local Northampton Vintage Correspondent
Trevor resides in the hometown of our all new venue Boughton House and hosts the popular Northampton Vintage Fair, where you can usually find him at the door meeting and greeting until he loses his voice. With a love for old suits, sleeveless sweaters, cricket, afternoon tea and all things vintage, Trevor regularly blogs about his vintage finds. He also organises vintage fairs in the neighbouring towns of Olney, Buckingham, Market Harborough and Stamford.
North West Vintage Correspondents
LUCIE & GRACE
Lucie and Grace are both recent fashion graduates who have just set up their own vintage boutique Thriftette in Manchester's bohemian Northern Quarter. With their joint love of fashion and branding, they have created a haven of vintage and also make their own range of on trend clothing and accessories. The keen duo are looking to put their own stamp on Manchester's vintage scene and love collaborating with the local creatives.
Scottish Vintage Correspondent
Zoë M Pearson
Zoë from Conversation Pieces is an award-winning copywriter, blogger and freelance writer. A car boot sale addict, she blogs about pretty things and thrifty finds. Zoë’s happiest when rummaging in a junk shop or at a vintage market – especially if they’re selling cake on the side. Her favourite ever finds are a 50s gold brocade cocktail dress, her super cosy black and white cape and her vintage tin globes.
Yorkshire Vintage Correspondent
Kathryn is a freelance journalist and copywriter. Having lived in London for more than a decade, she has now settled back in her home town of Harrogate. She will often be found rummaging in charity shops and car boot fairs and, as a thrifty northerner, was doing this long before it became fashionable. While she's no stranger to the great British high street, Kathryn is also a devotee of all things handmade and secondhand. She started her blog Kat got the Cream as a place to share her favourite finds, creative projects and personal style. She also blogs for the likes of Laura Ashley and Oxfam.
East Anglian Vintage Correspondent
Style blogger Emily Lawrence (aka Emily Divine) lives in a sleepy town in the heart of East Anglia and should have been born five decades earlier. She has an adoration for vintage fashion, loves tack and hates taste. Emily blogs about what she wears and about the vintage bargains she finds. Win her over with red lipstick, stupidly high heels and a nice cup of tea.
East Midlands Vintage Correspondent
resides in Nottingham with her ever-growing selection of 60s dresses & her slowly expanding collection of 60s vinyl. She loves a beehive and can be found on a mod dance floor or scouring local charity shops. Her love of vintage came from a childhood listening to 60s records, a mum who regaled with stories from her mod heydays and a father who was an antique dealer. Suffering from a mild obsession with the girlfriends of the rolling stones, she can occasionally be found DJing vinyl at 60s club nights, taking the money on the door of The Chitlin’ Circuit Mod Club or organising The Nottingham Vintage Flea.
West Midlands Vintage Correspondent
Rebecca runs her own independent graphic design and print studio One Sugar Please with an aim to make a positive ethical, social and environmental difference. Alongside her blog on interiors, crafts, charity shop finds and food, she also organises a local craft and baking group called Makes and Bakes. Rebecca also sells her hand-cut recycled paper and vintage buttoned cards, and loves vintage homewares and cooking.
Home Counties Vintage Correspondent
Cambridge residing, Colleen spent many years as a policy wonk and in early 2011 decided to leave behind the world of grey blazers, skinny, wet, lattes and clock watching to pursue her passion for printed fabrics, kitsch teapots and vintage clothing. In late 2011, Girl Vintage blog alongside her Etsy shop were launched to simply explore, share and document her passion for all that is bold, daring and vintage.
South West and Wales Vintage Correspondents
JOEL AND LUCY FROM MADE IN BRISTOL
Joel is primarily a writer of fiction, lyrics and music journalism. His interest in vintage fashion stems from a broader interest in cultural trends, and an eye for aesthetic quality. His studies of music allow him to understand, and generally appreciate the relationship that the arts have long held with fashion. He has a fondness for classic cuts and enjoys nothing more than snuggling up in his Norwegian wool. Lucy resides in Bristol and strives on the scene there. Since being a child wearing hand me downs from the 70s a love of collecting all things vintage has become some what of a passion. 'My new 30's drinks cabinet and sofa is perfect for a Sunday pink gin with the papers!'