Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Haberdashery Happiness

This Friday the 6th of December my Zeitgeist Boutique Winter Collection will be appearing at the Haberdashery on Middle Lane, Crouch End as part of the cool Crouch End Barboot Christmas evening of shopping with a drink in your hand! here is the flyer......

See you down there browsing through the lovely vintage clothing and accessories.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Vintage Van

The Zeitgeist vintage collection is still without a home.....for the time being the search for a premises to host the Zeitgeist Boutique continues. There are though lots of new and exciting possibilities and so it is only a matter of time. On my travels I did come across this vintage van and pondered over the idea of a travelling shop!.....

Model Of The Moment

Daisy my Schnauzer doggy modelling part of the Winter Zeitgeist Collection which includes this wonderfully warm vintage angora beret.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Zeitgeist Beer

When the Zeitgeist vintage shop finds a new home we will celebrate with our customers and treat them to a ZEITGEIST black beer. This lager is brewed by Scotlands largest independent brewery named BrewDog. I haven't tasted it yet but I am intrigued.

My Lovely Lopapeysa

The winter of 2013 is around the corner and as essential vintage item is a traditional Icelandic jumper. Lopapeysa or Icelandic jumper is an Icelandic style of jumper originating around or before the 1950's. It is believed that the jumpers are patterned on Greenlandic women's costume. The yarn used, lopi, is made from the wool of Icelandic sheep and contains both wind hairs and fleece. Wear one of these jumpers this winter and you will be forever warm!

House Hunting!

The Zeitgeist vintage pop-up shop is looking for a home! Our lovely venue the Ramblin' Rose in Crouch End, London N8 has ended for the time being and we are homeless.....if anyone knows of a suitable spot then speak out!!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

William Burrell And His Collection

This week I headed up the M1 and beyond to where I was brought Glasgow. During my stay I always visit the Burrell Collection which as a building was awarded A-listed status by Historic Scotland in February 2013 in recognition of its position as one of the country’s finest examples of 1970s architectural design. This building houses just a small part of the eclectic collection which was acquired over many years by Sir William Burrell, a wealthy Glaswegian shipping magnate and art collector, who then gave it to the city of Glasgow Corporation in 1944. The trustees spent over 20 years trying to find a suitable 'home' for the collection, one which met all the criteria set out in the Trust Deed, without success. Eventually, when the Pollok Estate was gifted to the city in 1967, the Trustees had certain terms of the deed waived, which allowed the current site to be used. A design competition for the museum building in 1971 was won by the architect Barry Gasson. The museum was opened in 1983, and was named as Scotland's second greatest post-war building after Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's St Peter's Seminary. I had a fantastic adventure visiting this now sadly derelict Seminary in Cardross last year with Ben. It is a tricky place to find but once you do it is definitely worth it.

Monday, 21 October 2013

My Deer Bambi.....

What have Givenchy done to you Bambi for this seasons "must have"?!

The house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 by the designer Hubert de Givenchy and he was known for creating modern and ladylike fashion styles. Since Hubert retired John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julian McDonald have all been integral forces behind the Givenchy name and look. Now in charge since 2005 is Riccardo Tisci. Tisci has created this Bambi mania and thus has made the most confusing and strange image on this now sell-out sweatshirt of the season and added a relatively cheap Givenchy price tag of £750 considering most of their garments cost anything up to £5000. It has made it apparently more possible for fashionistas to own Givenchy for a lesser price but I am doubtful this is akin with Givenchy's style and sophistication. And in memory of the cute and charming little Prince......

I won't be adding my name to the Givenchy sweatshirt waiting list.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Barbour versus Burberry

taking place every weekend at the Zeitgeist vintage pop-up.

Twit Twoo!

A cool little vintage owl ceramic candle to brighten up the darker nights, see it and others at the Zeitgeist vintage pop-up shop, Ramblin Rose, 153 Crouch Hill, London N8. Saturdays and Sundays 1-6.30pm.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Too Cool For School

Today was Sunday and I went back to attend the inspirational Midcentury Modern interiors show called MIDCENTURY EAST which was held in the fantastic location of Haggerston School, Hackney, London and the only secondary school to be designed by Erno Goldfinger. The school has recently been refurbished by Fiona Lamb of Avanti Architects and it was stunning to be viewing the abundance of cool Danish vintage sofas, German ceramics and 1960's rosewood furniture in these surroundings. It would have been perfectly possible to spend thousands of pounds there today had my bank manager allowed it!
I fell in love with this striking and very stylish Panton rocking chair.....

.......Verner Panton (13 February 1926 – 5 September 1998) is considered one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers and his rocking chair is now on my Wish List!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Last Night I Was In Heaven.....

....seeing the fabulous folktronica band Tunng. They played in Heaven which is usually known for being a gay nightclub and is a very established venue built in 1979 under the arches of Charing Cross, London. I had a happy time in heaven!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

It's Handbag Heaven!

Vintage Vinyl

it is amazing what you find in your garage! This amazing stack of vinyl will be on sale at the Zeigeist shop this weekend at 153 Crouch Hill, London N8....come down and have a listen to this collection owned by Benge. I have already put my name on Fleetwood Mac and The Undertones, many more left but be quick as we are a busy little shop these days!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Pretty Cool

My pretty cool pop-up shop has now been open for business every weekend for the last month. To mark the occasion here are some photos to tell the story so far .....

Ten Leather Gloves

It was a busy weekend down at the Zeitgeist pop-up and rainy too with only one vintage umbrella remaining! This week it is all about keeping your hands warm and stylish in a pair of leather vintage is my collection to be tried and tested this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ramblin Rose.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Pop-Up Pics

This weekend at the Zeitgeist Market pop-up in Crouch End the following will be appearing to inspire and entice the slow transition into Autumn 2013.....

Vintage Givenchy tie, leather and fur coat,retro film poster, leather brogues, vintage umbrellas.......

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Creative Coffee Culture

This is the Zeitgeist brand new mug being used by the very creative and cultured musician Benge for his morning coffee. The mugs will be available soon down at the Crouch End pop-up for others to be equally cultured.

Summer Has Flown Away......

It seems summer is over and this is the last photo I took while the warmth was still in the air. Hello to Lucy as she smiled for me wearing her vintage dress looking like she was still in Crete instead of London NW6. Now it is time to wrap up and watch my blog for wonderful ways to do this the vintage way this winter. Think of cashmere, fur, leather and sparkle. Then we can welcome winter with warm arms!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Burberry Beauties

This weekends pop-up vintage market will feature amongst other delights my collection of vintage Burberry Macs for the ladies and gents of London. The Burberry trench is a design classic and picked up its name because it was standard issue for the service-men heading for the trenches during the First World War. This stylish item was invented by Basingstoke draper's assistant Thomas Burberry, who created a waterproof fabric called gabardine for local farm workers. The trench then followed and endless varieties have been made - including the single-breasted version worn by Michael Caine in Alfie. My favourite and the one I am still seeking in my size is the double-breasted version designed for the British Forces. In the 1920's the distinctive "novacheck" lining was added and needless to say has been much copied. However the Burberry trench is the best! Classic, understated and chic.......

All items will feature at this weekends vintage pop-up.

It's Good To Share

At last weeks pop-up shop we had fun with this 1980's knitted jumper! Here are the photos of staff, customers and Daisy the dog wearing it in there own way! Let me know who you think looks the best and wears it well?!
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....and lastly sultry Setareh

Vintage Vogue

I worked in New York for a design studio in the summer of 1990 and I have kept this Vogue Italia as a memory of my time there. Not being fluent in Italian I could never read the magazine but instead I always loved the photographs. Shown above is Cindy Crawford who at the time was in a relationship with Richard Gere. Also featured are Madonna, David Bowie, Naomi Campbell and some brilliant fashion. Watch my blog for more featured pages!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

One Third

Today was the exciting first of three days of the Bank Holiday weekend Zeitgeist Market pop-up. Here are some pics of all things vintage....

Vintage 60's print by Vernon Ward, part of Zeitgeist Girl's collection

Vintage vinyl collection owned by Phil Winters

Very 80's - glitter and geometrics!

Collectable shades owned by sun lover Benge.