Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Celebrating London as the world's fashion hotspot - Brick Lane

Located in the East End, Brick Lane is a mix of cultures, where Asia meets young Brit, so not only does it boast the best curry houses (check out the 'curry mile') but also wonderful fabrics and textiles due to the many influences from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. And true to the young Brit culture, its also known for having superb vintage and quirky fashion shops, as well as great markets - so here are some of my favourites when looking for inspiration for and great for anyone visiting  Brick Lane.

Absolute Vintage
15 Handbury St,
London E1 6QR

A dream come true for vintage fashion lovers, endless choice means its possible to spend hours here; I have  friends who come from all over the country just to visit this shop.  It has a whole array of vintage handbags, dresses and belts, and have I mentioned the thousands of shoes and boots they stock! So if you’re looking for clothing for both men and women dating from 1930’s to 1980’s this is definitely the place to go.

This Shop Rocks
131 Brick Lane,
London E1 6SE
Tel: 020 7739 7667

This shop rocks for quality but prices are high as you might expect for handmade one-offs and customized/classic vintage pieces, as this is THE place to go.  This shop is unique and famous for its stunning window displays, so it's always worth passing by and popping when you've just been paid!

Beyond Retro
110-112 Cheshire St,
London E2 6EJ

It may look slightly unappealing at first glance, but once you go inside you will be in awe of the huge range they have of vintage clothing and at very reasonable prices.  Plus they sometimes have live local bands playing often on Sundays - love this quirky feature!

Brick Lane Market
Open 9am - 5pm on Sundays

Make a day of this traditional flea market, with so many bargains to be had and added fun thrown in with street performers and music, what more could you ask for?  If you feel slightly peckish (as I always do when shopping), then choose from a wide variety of food, as here you can definitely feel London's international vibe. 

Learn about Fashion in Brick Lane

Fashion Antidote provide a wide range of courses ranging from absolute beginners 'Learn to Sew', to industry level technical and creative fashion skills and everything in between. They also run courses and workshops on fashion business and how to set up your own company... and luckily they have a flexible approach with courses being run everyday and in evenings/weekends, so if you love fashion and want to get into the industry then this could be the place for you, especially with its superb location in a trendy part of London.

Whitechapel Art Gallery

Need a break from the shopping? Theres many different exhibtions which are either free or varly cheap, it has activities for all ages so you can bring your children along.The latest exhibtions include Thomas Struth Photographs 1978 - 2010 & Rothko In Britain.

Happy Vintage hunting!  Please suggest your ideas here too.

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