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  •  It's less than one month until Christmas and we're far from ready for facing the end of the year, let alone buying Christmas presents for everyone and their nan (and our nans.) To try and stick to our ethos of keeping retail eco friendly, we wanted to give our gorgeous customers some ideas to make their gifts vintage this year. 

    Maybe it is notoriously hard to buy clothes for Christmas presents - and have them like it anyway - but with our top tips here's hoping that you can snag a prezzie that is adored by the person who receives it. And if not? Here's our Christmas returns policy

    Whether you're panicking about purchasing before December hits or you're taking it slow with gift getting this year, our vintage gift guide will hopefully inspire at least a couple of ideas for the loved ones in your life. 

    1. A Classic Jumper

    You can't always be sure with a Christmas sweater or a snazzy 80's jumper, but a quality bit of classic knit is almost universally adored. Plus, unlike it's Christmas jumper cousin, you can actually wear it for more than just one week a year. 

     

    2. One of a Kind Custom

    Take your pick from our latest line of Custom clothing, all customised by hand with tools like airbrushing, screen printing, bleaching and more to make one of a kind garments you cannot get anywhere else. A fav for the environmentally conscious, our Custom line saves damaged garments from getting chucked away. 

    So if you're shopping for the more quirky among us, we'd definitely recommend putting the pennies towards a Custom item.

     3. Reworked Best Sellers

    Take your pick from our rework range that also takes damaged vintage and turns it into new (and less out-there) pieces. More specifically, the Ollie dress is an almost guaranteed hit as one of our best selling products, handmade from Ralph Lauren shirts into a strappy slip dress. 

    If you're not convinced by the Ollie in particular, you can check out our other rework styles that have been our trademark for years - especially the Ralph Lauren rework items.

    4. Vintage Denim

    Whether you're glam, goth or grunge, a classic bit of denim will never go amiss - especially a denim jacket that will go with every look. If you know your Secret Santa recipient well enough, it might be worth looking into our Custom denim or reworked denim styles but if not? A classic denim jacket is a staple in any wardrobe and will always be welcomed.

    5. Champion Sweaters

    You don't need us to tell ya, a Champion sweater (or any plain sweater, really) is a fan favourite. High quality and comfy af, if you haven't nicked one from a partner at one point in your life, we're sure your partner has pinched one from you. Give the gift of warmth with one of our colour block sweaters this season.

    6. Jewellery

    We'll be the first to admit maybe we could provide more in the way of vintage accessories - maybe our 2020 New Years resolution? - but you have to give it to us, these chokers made from salvaged hardwear are hard to pass up. The right jewellery will always make a thoughtful gift to the right person.

    7. Gift Vouchers

    We can't be the only ones who think gift cards get a bad rap considering the freedom they give a person. Let your loved one choose their perfect present with less stress for you and more freedom for them! We're offering online vouchers and in store gift vouchers for y'all this season (and all year around too.)

    So what are you waiting for? Get shopping for the best vintage gifts out there before someone else nabs your perfect prezzie. 

    OUR VINTAGE GIFT GUIDE

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    Keeping an eye on the trends for this autumn led us to shooting an entire 70s vintage collection and campaign to give out statement looks into the colder months. After weeks of planning, conceptualising and late night mood boards we finally brought the gang together to put out our best campaign shoot yet. 

    Check out the film photos of behind the scenes on our latest shoot to see how we pull together a campaign for our vintage brand. 

     

    BTS: TEENAGE KICKS

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  • Our little angels in the rework department have been rustling up handmade clothes in all our UK stores from vintage fabrics, all in support of sustainability and our eCow promise. Instead of binning the leftover fabric from our own line garms, our rework team has spun the scraps into one of a kind scrunchies to sell in our stores. 

    As well as making hair accessories from vintage fabric to match our retro clothes, the gals in our Manchester store gave us a little tutorial on how to make your own scrunchie from any old or vintage scraps ya might have yourself. 

    1. MEASURE IT OUT

    Even though we're using scraps of vintage fabric for the scrunchie, you still need to have the right amount of fabric cut out for this to work. Martha measured a 50cm by 10cm strip of fabric, as well as 20cm of elastic to use later. 

    2. FOLD

    Take your strip of fabric and fold it in half, making sure the pattern, colour or best side of the material is facing the inside. 

    3. STITCH DOWN ONE SIDE

    Next, stitch down the side of the folded fabric that is open and this will create a tube. Can you start to see how this is becoming a hair scrunchie? While we used one of our machines, you can totally do this with a hand stitch.

    TOP TIP: leave 1cm of fabric next to the seam, this is called a seam allowance.

    4. PULL THROUGH

    Now you have to turn your tube inside out so the pattern is back on the outside. Just choose one end and pull the fabric through to itself until you have a lovely little tube. 

    5. FOLD (AGAIN)

    Choose one end of your tube and fold it into the tube, so it's not a raw seam but a folded one! 

    TOP TIP: Iron this fold down to keep it in place more easily.

    6. ADD THE ELASTIC

    Find your strip of elastic from the beginning of this journey and feed it through the fabric tube you've made. To make this a little easier, Martha attached a safety pin to one end to ease it through.

    7. KNOT IT

    A simple step! Tie the two ends of elastic together in a double knot. Make sure it's strong and secure.

     8. THE FINAL STITCH

    Tuck the raw seam on one end into the folded end of your tube, and sew them together to secure your new scrunchie!

    9. PUT IT IN! 

    Probably the best step in the whole process - throw your hair up into a 90s style with your brand new vintage scrunchie. 

    Hopefully this picture guide will be helpful in getting more time out of older clothes and promote a more sustainable type of accessorising. Be sure to let us know if ya want us to stock some scrunchies on the site and double make sure to send us any scrunchies ya make yourself!

    HOW TO MAKE A SCRUNCHIE

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    A wardrobe staple for everyone, a quality vintage shirt in a flannel check is perfect for buttoning up to go anywhere requiring a smart-casual look.


    Once you've got one, realising the layering potential of the vintage staple will change your wardrobe a million times over (or, as we're showing you, at least four ways.)

    Whether you're getting bored of your own clothes or need a reason to justify buying another shirt, this styling blog has you covered. Go nuts buying more check patterns, because here's four ways to wear a shirt that will never go out of style. 

    UNBUTTONED

    What can we say - it's a classic! Unbutton the shirt and pair it with your fav band tee, plain white tee or whatever happens to be clean. Shop our selection of vintage t-shirts here.

    OVER A HOODIE

    A more winter friendly on the unbuttoned shirt look, popping your favourite vintage shirt over a comfy sweater adds a grunge edge to the usual hoodie and jeans style. You can buy the yellow Champion hoodie Mitchell is wearing here.

    UNDER DUNGAREES

    Traditionally worn with a tee underneath, we've updated your overalls with a shirt underneath to give a more adult vibe. As we speed towards winter, a flannel shirt is so much warmer under your dungarees than a plain tee. Shop our selection of mens dungarees here.

    UNDER A TEE 

    SSo you've heard of wearing a shirt over a tee, what about wearing your vintage shirt under your fav t-shirt. We know, it's genius. This style was found everywhere during 90's grunge and can be your new look too. Shop our selection of sick vintage t-shirts here.

    4 WAYS TO STYLE A FLANNEL SHIRT

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