I spent a few days in Brooklyn, NY with my 18 year old son. I have wanted hang out here for a while, soak up the vibe and find some new shops and inspiration. Brooklyn its self is not dissimilar to where we live in SW London, just a lot bigger and more sprawling. My son Rafe is a thrift king and can spot a 90’s sportswear from a distance. He is also a graffiti artist so although I appreciate the difference in street art and tags I have to say the street art is mighty impressive but I was also impressed with Rafes ability to read the language of the street through graffiti.
Cool finds started with Mr Throwback, 428 East 9th Street. This was a last stop and the end of a long afternoon of sourcing and following a morning at MOMA. Somewhat wearly eyed and tired legs I flopped in chair whilst Rafe got to know the guy in the shop. Quite a chip off the old block if I say so myself. Mr Throw back sells sports jackets from the 80’s and 90’s. American sport jackets and hats. What I loved was that they have restyled garments in their own name and now have their own range of clothes inspired by the era. Bright colour blocked joggers and jackets which are a lot of fun and stylish. Rafe is posting pictures on instagram of himself wearing Mr Throwback tee shirts here in London to spread their word and intern they can see his fabulous art work. The collaborations that come from connections are what inspires me to blog and just get out there and do what you love. The ability to share is great.
My favourite find has to be Legacy, 109 Thompson street. I would have loved to stay all day chatting to the owner about London fashion and collecting. It was here that I was reintroduced to Antoni and Alison, London design due whom I bought from the they first launched and regret not keeping their funky slogan tee shirts from the late 80’s. I expect I wore mine to shreds.
Another great find and the best vintage shop without a doubt is L-train vintage. We enjoyed a good hour or so in here and got the best value for our money here with old school retro sweat shirts, dungarees and adidas tracksuit tops and funky printed shirts
Staying warm for winter in these new finds from across the Atlantic. Always fun.
One of the things that I love about buying at auction is the preview days where you have the opportunity to handle some fabulous garments. Many vintage clothes shops don’t like you touching the items much where at auction you can try it on and get a feel of the era as well as understand the structure in detail. I don’t know anywhere else where you can get such a detailed close up of period clothing. This can be from victorian frocks heading to a museum, garments that you are unlikely to see on the open market again. Famous peoples clothes, clothes that have contemporary value from designers as recent as the 1990’s, punk garments from the 1970’s along side clothes from glamorous eras and movie stars.
My love for clothes holds no time, I tend to collect garments that I can wear, sell on or just enjoy. Some of my garments are used for props in film and TV.
There is a thrill of buying at auction and getting to know other collectors are buying. My collection is somewhat random, I tend to get a look in on more eclectic lots as I am up against collectors who are going to buy certain designers whatever the price is so therefore there is no point pushing the price up over what they are likely to pay.
Here are photos of some of my collection, it changes over time. Some pieces are for sale and some are often on loan. Please email me for any info @ lisaaskem.me.com
I also source garments for clients.
Everything but the dog is the name of this is a very cool new venture started by Hannah and George along with their dog Billy a very handsome Shar Pei who sits in the shop window bottom. Whilst I was there he attracted a crowd of young people outside the shop, which is always a good advertisement for any business. Hannah and George have an eye for a good piece of mid century furniture, ceramics and lighting. They recently took over a shop space on Chatsworth rd, Hackney, London E5 and have created a clean Scandinavian vibe to show their wares.
I can never resist a shop selling mid century wears and I just happened to be passing by the weekend that they had opened. We were greeted with an enthusiastic welcome and I am not surprised that things were selling fast. They have some interesting pieces dated from the 1960’s and 70’s alongside some new items, pieces that are made locally but fit in with their scheme. This seemed like a great opportunity to introduce my vintage textiles re worked into cushions and I am thrilled to say these are now accessorizing their reupholstered Ercol furniture. Feels like a meeting of like minded souls but I am also keen to see this shop thrive.
Over the past three years Chatsworth rd has changed. Like many areas in this part of London the gentrification is obvious but here the owners of the shops, cafes and restaurants here have lifted a shabby and run down street into something vibrant for the local community to enjoy. And they do. The restaurants are full and the Sunday street market is rated as one of the best markets that’s Londoners go to. There is always a new pop up shop happening. New food outlets, no big names, just locals nurturing the area. The old and the new are making a living side by side. The street is under the radar of magazines such as Elle decoration and is featured in time out.
I buy interesting gifts from here, made by local product designers, along with handmade soap, cheese, bread, and of course cake. Which London market doesn’t offer cake? The restaurants are great value and full of energy. There is often a pop up art exhibition in what’s known as the dentist shop. A recent addition is the Hackney draper which for me as a textiles geek is heaven. Offering curtain making, haberdashery and selling fabric along with some home accessories and African textiles.
The street is a friendly creative hub, highly recommended for a Sunday stroll. Sometimes your stroll will be accompanied with live music, and a lot of laughter.