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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Vintage is the new black this London Fashion Week with Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair.

Vintage has always scored style points amongst the fashion crowd but Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair has seen a rising trend in converts to fashion that doesn’t merely reference modern fashion’s formative eras but are actually a part of it.

Thanks to the likes of Dawn O’Porter’s Channel 4 show ‘The Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show’ this summer which aims to show high street, fast fashion junkies that there’s a vintage style to suit everyone and that vintage shops aren’t dusty junk yards, vintage is the new black!

Certainly no second-hand tat market, The Vintage Collections at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair held every London Fashion Week is the definitive event to pick up designer vintage and on-trend pieces that have stood the test of time. Always attracting a crowd of international stylists, top fashion house design teams, models and bloggers who take time out of their busy London Fashion Week schedules, the event is also popular with our regulars and newcomers who want to celebrate the most important date in London’s fashion calendar. Unlike the exclusivity of London Fashion Week catwalks, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair has become a welcoming and well-loved event open to the public as well as building a fantastic reputation with the fashion industry.

Now in its fifth year, the Vintage Collections brings not only the finest womenswear, menswear and accessories from 1800s to 1980s but a traditional tearoom where you can put your feet up with a slice of delicious homemade cake and enjoy live music from our resident jazz chanteuse. Book yourself into our nail bar for a good old fashioned pampering and for that extra special touch, our on-the-spot alterations team can fix up the perfect fit on your new purchases too. Our regulars will tell you it’s easy to spend a whole day at the fair whether you’re new to the world of vintage fashion or a seasoned connoisseur!

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair’s Vintage Collections fair takes place on Sunday 14th September 2014 from 11am until 5pm at the Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebury Avenue, London, EC1R 4RP. Entry is £4 for public and £2 for students.


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I’m a huge fan of vintage weddings and the elegance and grace of the 20’s and 30’s is my favourite era.

Couples marrying at prestigious and exclusive Combermere Abbey are in for a unique gift to complement their choice of venue – the use of a beautiful and rare 1927 Crossley Motor Car, manufactured by the Abbey’s current owner’s great-grandfather, Sir Kenneth Crossley.

Sir Kenneth, had expanded the family engineering business in Manchester with the manufacture of motor cars at the turn of the last century. His family home was Combermere Abbey.

The Crossley was a match for more established high calibre marques, including Mercedes and Rolls Royce. In fact in 1906, one of his cars won the record for the ‘London-Monte Carlo’ rally, completing the journey in just over 37 hours. The Crossley Company went on to support the First World War effort and became the country’s second largest producer of aircraft.

It has been Sarah Callander Beckett’s dream to own one of his cars and at last after years of searching, a suitable model has been acquired from Ireland.

Sarah Callander Beckett, owner of Combermere Abbey, commented,

‘I’m thrilled to have a Crossley car made by my great-grandfather at the Abbey once more. It’s in great condition inside and out! It seems most fitting for our brides and grooms to have the use of such a beautiful classic car, especially with its links to the Abbey’s history’

The stunning 1927 Crossley Classic Car

With its classic design and gleaming navy blue bodywork, this rare and beautiful classic car will be used and wedding car for couples marrying or hosting their reception at this prestigious, award-winning venue. It is sure to bring many admiring glances from guests and will certainly complement photographs at this historic venue. This unique gift to couples will be available for weddings from 2015.

Combermere Abbey is a privately-owned estate on the Shropshire/Cheshire borders. The Abbey itself is a family home, exclusive weddings and events are hosted within the Walled Gardens; stylish and eco-friendly luxury accommodation for up to 49 guests is located in the converted stables and coach house.

The Walled Garden

The Glasshouse at Combermere Abbey

For more details on this beautiful venue visit the website, you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.