There are three types of vintage collector - 'The Hardened Addict', if a 'new' or high-street item entered the wardrobe, it would of course be a mistake and would be promptly removed! 'The Dabbler', who loves the idea and essence of vintage but also adores new present designers or high-street. Then last but not least 'The Secret Lover', who never buys vintage but would steel all her mothers vintage Hermes scarfs and Chanel dresses!
I have to admit, I am actually the last one 'The Secret Lover' but this will be soon changing now that I've discovered a little gem of a vintage store!
Please may I introduce you to Elvira Vintage!
Elvira Vintage is a unique store in which every single item has been carefully selected by its extremely style savvy owners Tori Steinberg, and Sophie Scrimgeour. Both Central St Martins graduates, spent time in New York City, where they found mutual admiration for all things vintage and later came back to start their first business venture together, Elvira Vintage.
Handpicked vintage items include designers such as, Balmain, Celine, Alaia, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. The wonderful thing is the prices are far from designer and the items are practically brand new.
Talking to Sophie and Tori, it is evident that they have expressed themselves through their vintage brand, it oozes a trendy and fun atmosphere!
“One thing we noticed about vintage shops in London is that they are scarcely edited. We want our collection to be pieced together based on styles that are vintage but also run parallel to current trends and contemporary living”
With New Year Eve approaching a dashed into the store to pick out some of my favourite items, before this very special pop-up store closed!
In the end I fell in love with these vintage silk Balmain trousers and leather quilted waistcoat, which soon found their way into my shopping bag! Sadly the store has now closed but all the items if not already sold are still available for purchase.
You may remember back in November I attended their awesome launch party with the likes of Tracey Emin and Clara Paget. I had a feeling that this was definitely one to watch and sure enough I was right, with talks of the next store possibly in the Chelsea area, Elvira is set to become a vintage favourite amongst fashion loving individuals!
The beautiful thing about something vintage is that not only is it totally unique, it holds an unknown history, a mother may have been given a vintage jacket from her mother and maybe she will pass it on to her daughter one day. This I think works when the items are high quality and possibly designer, as I said before, I'm not a massive vintage collector but I really do adore one off old designer pieces, like my mothers 1970s Burberry suit (which a similar design went down the runway two seasons ago) or her Hermes scarves which will always be 'forever' items. Elvira offers these types of pieces!
This was Tori and Sophie's debut pop up store and I'm delighted to hear that the next one is not to far away - for update follow them on twitter.
If any of the items have caught your style savvy eye, it's worth checking if they are still available; email:
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