You may know we here at FW Towers are committed to finding the best independent retailers and designers out there for you, and we have found one we love.
A few weeks back I was tweeting about wanting to get out to a new vintage fair and Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair invited me to come down. I thought to myself why not, their date was tied in with LFW and so it fitted perfectly into my diary. So last Sunday I found myself in the incredibly beautiful Old Finsbury Town Hall, (yeah buildings geek I’ll admit).
As you know I like to stay anonymous so I can experience things as you my readers would, so after introducing myself at the entrance I made my way upstairs where none of the 50 traders would know who I was or what I was up to. Thats the FW way, we want to see it as it is. The fair is spread over 3 large rooms and has a tea room in addition. (the tea was great and was served in a china cup for that touch of vintage glam.) Each room had music playing and the aforementioned tea room even had a live performer to make this a great shopping experience.
As for the retailers, as I say there are 50 of them selling womens, mens, accessories, homewares and lots of other bits with a really good spread of prices to suit any budget, I saw stalls offering things from a pound right up to other stalls selling high end products at a couple of hundred pounds, so there will be a price bracket for anyone.There were some great bargains on offer as well, vintage Missoni for £20, or 1960’s original watches for £7 are a couple of examples that spring to mind.
Each trader I spoke to was the best mix of passion, knowledge and exemplary customer service, something that is increasingly missing from High Streets and Shopping Centres. More than once I saw customer service that really went all out, trying to help the customer find the best items, offering to help repack bags bulging with buys, and offering advice on future care and preservation of pieces.
I highly recommend heading down there for any of their events as they run ll the way through the year, I know I’ll be going back. Tickets are £4 and its well worth it, as the amazing setting and quality traders make it a great day out.
Also after visiting I got back in touch with the organisers and they would like to extend an offer to all of you readers, if you quote “FashionWorked” on the door you can get 2 for 1 on tickets.
Future dates are . . .
All details about Clerkenwell Vintage Fair can be found on their website.