A Vintage Column – Clerkenwell Vintage Fair Reviewed



You may remember back in feb I reviewed Clerkenwell Vintage Fair, (which you can read here) and as I’m still a huge fan, I thought where better to start the new monthly vintage section. During LFW I made yet another purchase from there, a beautiful 1964 Lanco watch which I will feature in next months post on my fave vintage finds.



As a passionate advocate of not only vintage but also indie retailers and events I still maintain this is one of the best events in London. Posing as a shopper, being an anonymous, and not that successful blogger allows me that, I’ve continued to look at a few different aspects. The service, friendliness and passion of all the traders shines through. I recently spent a very happy time discussing the amazing nature of 1960’s Italian glasses frames with one of them (look out for next weeks review of that retailer, and when I’m there I always find something new and exciting to bring you.



It’s also a good place to dispel the myth that vintage is expensive, the watch I mentioned before came in at under £40. For such an amazing time piece new I would have been looking at a budget of £100 new. Looking through the racks you can see it’s not only a great way to find unique style, but vintage is also a great way to add to existing wardrobes on a budget.



Set in the beautiful setting of a historic building the fair really does feel like your stepping back in time, surrounded by all the hits of the past, a collection of not just Europe’s greatest fashion moments on the hangers, but items from across the globe. From Flappers to Kimonos it really is all there, and as any good vintage digger knows it’s all the better when you’re looking through those racks to have real choice.


Of course it’s not just about the shopping, the ambiance is set for a real day out, get your nails done, enjoy live music from performers in the cafe, I really like that this is an event that revels in its love of the past, and giving a great experience. CVF9 SONY DSC

Oh yeah there’s a cafe, with proper cups of tea, cake and a range of tasty treats, as a man who should have a Phd in Tea I can tell you that it’s a very good cup in deed.


So there we go, if your either a vintage lover already, or looking to start collecting or building outfits this really is a place you have to go. In a city that offers event after event, and new fairs all the time its a testament to CVF that I return every time. Thats why it seemed such a good place to start this running feature, somewhere I could offer up to let you share my passion for the past, that still makes style today.


I’d like to thank Clerkenwell Vintage Fair for the pics, I’ve used ones from them as they are much better than mine.

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments


  1. They really go all out to re-create the atmosphere by the looks of it.

  2. Oooh this vintage fair looks great!! I wish there was one closer to me Gisforgingers xx

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