Thursday, 21 March 2013

Handmade by You - The Home of Delightfully Quaint Craft and Easy Vintage Glamour

Handmade by You is a refreshing addition to London's make-it-yourself and vintage scene.

Opening in April 2013 in the iconic Alfies Antique Market, Marylebone, the studio is set to be an inspiring space filled with treasures and combining two passions; delightfully quaint craft and easy vintage glamour.

With whimsical designs, vintage materials and her unique take on crafting, Alice Hainsworth-Millar, a self confessed closet-crafter explains "For a long time, I yearned for a creative space where, after a long day, I could spend a couple of hours making something really beautiful, with everything provided for me. I love nifty craft projects that give stylish results, quickly and use pre-loved materials. I have always been attracted to vintage fashions and styling but in the beginning I didn't know where to start. My vision for the studio is that it makes both creativity and vintage glamour accessible for everyone”.

The Handmade by You studio offers an eclectic mix of craft and vintage-themed events including “Make me” sessions; offering a choice of exciting on-the-spot makes including 'Cross stitch an i-phone cover' and 'Make a vintage tea-cup pin cushion' with all materials sourced, tools provided and advice on hand if needed. A selection of quirky workshops and craft parties like 'Make your own lipstick' and 'Make vintage lace bunting' and a variety of vintage-themed events including pop-up sales, hair and make up and easy vintage styling. “On top of all of that” says Alice “we have lots of lovely treats to buy in the studio - it is my ultimate idea of happiness!"

For more information or to book your place visit

Handmade by You Studio
Room A, Alfies Antique Market
13-25 Church Street, NW8 8DT London


Friday, 15 March 2013

New Dealer: Angry-Agent

New dealers Bruce & Mula specialise in art, antiques and design, from 1850 to modern.

Please tell us about yourselves
We buy all over Europe and as far afield as Australia and USA. We have a vast collection of items which we will be putting in the shop and soon on our upcoming website:

What is the oldest item you have for sale?
We have a carved fragment of bone which we believe is Roman (?).

 Carved bone

Which item in your shop is the most interesting?
A glass mask by Max Ernst, made in Italy in 1966 with original frame, certificate and box.

Bottom left: Glass mask by Max Ernst

What is your favourite item you have for sale and why?
A large ceramic of a fisherman, circa 1920. The same figure is illustrated in metal by the Russian artist Artemoff. When we bought this sculpture we believed it to be English as there is the identical image in a Newlyn painting of the period.

Ceramic fisherman, c1920

Bruce and Mula have a wonderful selection of  interesting artifacts, visit their shop Angry-Agent on the second floor of Alfies, stand S007-009.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Jewellery Quarter at Alfies

At Alfies we have a wonderful area on the ground floor that has grown organically to house many of our jewellery dealers.  As it's Mother's Day on Sunday here are some suggestions for a special antique gift.

Sheila Cameron - Stand G070
Sheila has been at Alfies since 1985 and offers a fine selection of antique jewellery and accessories including Art Deco mesh bags.
Pair of 1940s 18ct gold earrings set with lapis lazuli. £350.

Connie Speight - Stands G070-71 & G073-74
Connie has been at Alfies for over 18 years.  She has a diverse range of stock including jewellery, accessories and decorative items from the 1920s and 30s.
Ladies diamond, ruby and gold pocket/pendant watch. Marked L&E Duchene

Gareth Brooks - Stand G079-80
Gareth Brooks is part of a family of jewellers with mother Naneen Brooks also based at Alfies.  Gareth stocks wide range of period jewellery including Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau & Art Deco.
Victorian gold brooch with lapis lazuli, coral and a small central diamond.

Naneen Brooks - Stand G052-053 & G058
Naneen has been established at Alfies for many years. Expect to find stunning antique pieces such as Victorian lockets and cameos, amber, jet, and coral pieces.

A delicate Edwardian diamond and pearl necklace

Kieran Reilly - G066
Kieran specialises in Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewellery and cuff links, however his stock ranges from the 1820s to the 1960s. Kieran was a longstanding dealer at Antiquarius before moving to Alfies.
Art Deco French onyx, gold & platinum jabot pin

Pari's Jewellery - Stands G043-46
Pari's Jewellery has been trading in fine jewellery from Alfies since 1976. They have a wide collection including diamond and fine gem set jewellery, South Sea and cultured pearls, and many Victorian and Art Deco pieces.
Edwardian pearl, diamond and sapphire brooch, set in platinum.

Zeeba Jewels -  Stand G088
Having been a long established dealer at Antiquarius, Sormeh now has a stunning stand on the ground floor at Alfies. She has a vast selection of exquisite antique and vintage fine jewellery with many one off, specially designed pieces.

1940s 18ct gold diamond and grey pearl brooch.

Tony Durante - G047-49
Tony has a fantastic collection of costume jewellery, handbags, perfume bottles, lighters and watches for collectors.
1960s Bakelite, galalite and brass necklace.
Pars Jewellery -
As well as selling antique jewellery and vintage watches, Moji also repairs both antique and modern jewellery, evaluates jewellery and designs and makes modern and old-style jewellery.

Victorian carved coral brooch.

Linetta Greco - G026/27
Linetta stocks a range of antiques and vintage pieces including fine jewellery, vintage furs, handbags and accessories.

Italian 18kt gold ring with blue topaz and diamonds.

Here is a handy map with the jewellery shops highlighted in green: 

This list is only a small selection of the 75 independent antique dealers that are currently trading at Alfies, there are many more to explore on all four floors.  Why not bring your mum in for a shopping trip this Saturday and treat her to afternoon tea at the Roof Top Kitchen!

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