Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Hopped-Up - An event not to be missed!

We are mad about vintage, not much of a surprise there, but we are also into art, style and fun. All of these can be found here at Alfies, but there is also a new exhibition in town that will guarantee to satisfy you vintage lovers' need for all of the above.

From tonight you can extend your visit at Alfies by taking a short bus ride to Camden to see a new exhibition. The work shown is (partly previously unpublished) photographs by Berlin based photographer David Biene, who has spent the majority of the past few years travelling around Europe attending so called 'weekenders'.

His book 'Hopped-Up' is a portrait of the European scene of the Hot Rodding culture. David Biene uses fine art photography and sophisticated face-to-face interviews to present all the different facets of this subculture and some of its protagonists. This book is about real people and about personalities. It is about true enthusiasm and passion, about sweat and fun, about friendship and individuality. As well as about style and photography.

If you would like to see stunning evidence of a very much alive subculture inspired by the past, enjoy some music from a long gone era and meet the photographer himself you should RSVP to info@proudgalleries.co.uk now. The private opening will be between 6:30pm and 8:30pm followed by live music and the chance to explore 'Hopped-Up' a bit deeper 'til late. Should you not be able to make it tonight don't fret, the exhibition is on until early April.

For those of you who would like to look the part but don't have the wardrobe yet we recommend a little shopping spree to Alfies beforehand where you will definitely be able to find some stunning outfits. And to finish off the look we suggest you get on the phone to Nina's Vintage Hair Parlour and book an appointment to get a sleek hairdo. Oh yes, it will be a long night, so be sure to grab a bite to eat from our Rooftop Restaurant! Right, all set, what's stopping you?

Thursday, 18 February 2010

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week starts tomorrow! Forget Spring/Summer, we are now looking ahead to Autumn/Winter 2010 & 11, and what better place to start than in London. It's as almost as if we never escaped from Winter's frosty grasp as we get out the brollies to escape the rain!

Nylon-Lady from Empire Vintage

Looking forward to create future fashion quite often starts by looking back. Stylists and fashion and accessory designers are always visiting Alfies for inspiration to find the best design to develop into something show-stoppingly new. From Edwardian bustles to 1940s Hollywood Glamour there is nothing like taking a step back to reflect before creating something new.

If you are looking to design and make something truly unique, be it vintage inspired or something totally different, Alfies has a whole range of dealers and stock to help you.

A Selection of Antique & Vintage Textiles from June Victor

Visit the second floor for a whole range of beautiful fabrics, textiles, trimmings, and accessories. June Victor and Persiflage both have a huge range of stunning fabrics, antique lace, and buttons along with many beautiful trimmings such as cape fasteners and tassles.

Colourful Trimmings from June Victor

Art Deco Trim from Nigel Martin

1950s Buttons from Persiflage

Nigel Martin also on the second floor has been providing fabric and trimmings to costumers, tv and theatre for many years. Make sure to stop by and pick up beautiful one-off lengths of trim and decorative pieces to give your design an added edge.

If the task of making your well thought out design is a little too much then why not bring your ideas to Julie at Empire Vintage or Zoe Lloyd who both excel in making and customising stunning clothes and costumes.

Zoe Lloyd's Studio at Alfies

Whether you are a budding designer, looking to customise, start from scratch, modify or just get some inspiration Alfies is the perfect place to start!

P.S Look out for Alfies Antique Market in FILE, the official guide to London Fashion Week!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Vintage Valentines Part 2

Here is a second blog post to help you find the perfect vintage Valentine's gift at Alfies!

Beautiful heart shaped mosaic brooch from The Originals

Silver Charm bracelet from Marie Antiques

1950s Red Lace Bra from The Girl Can't Help It

Victoria Double Heart Silver Brooch with Seed Pearls & Moonstone from Peter and Naneen Brookes

Super cute vintage Valentines cards from East West Antiques and Books

Unusual Welsh Love Spoon, traditionally made by young men for the objects of their affection. From The Originals

Gift Vouchers at Nina's Hair Parlour

Nina's Hair Parlour offers gift vouchers that can be used for a new haircut, one of their amazing classes or even for Issidora's Boudoir, where you can have a number of pampering treatments. If you book before Valentine's Day you get 10% discount!

Alfies is open on Saturday from 10am - 6pm, perfect for a spot of last minute shopping!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Vintage Valentine's at Alfies

This Valentine's Day Alfies is on hand to help inspire you with some wonderful gift ideas. Move away from those chocolates and step back from those roses. They've all been done before! You need something as original and unique as your loved one... Try these stunning pieces on for size:

Heart-shaped Stool

Vintage Valentine's Cards

Limoges Heart Box and Scent Box

1940s Ronson Table Lighter with Seascape Motif

Silver Heart-shaped Picture Frame, Birmingham 1896

French Art Nouveau 18ct Gold Heart Locket with Rose-cut Diamonds

Or a trip to Alfies could be your Valentine's gift! Pop along the day before with your lucky partner and let them choose something from the 75 plus dealers, exploring the market hand in hand. Once you've found their perfect piece then head upstairs to the Rooftop Restaurant and enjoy a romantic lunch or afternoon tea with some delicious homemade food. Perfect!

For more inspiration check out our Valentine's page on Flickr

And of course there are always our beautiful gift certificates that would put a smile on anyone's face this Valentine's Day:

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