Friday, 31 May 2013

Vintage Industrial Furniture at Alfies

If you love vintage industrial furniture, then a visit to Steven Lazarus shop on the first floor will make your heart beat faster. Steven specialises in 20th century lighting and furniture with a strong focus on industrial pieces from the 1920s and 1930s. Find true collector's pieces in his little treasure trove such as Singer factory stools, large theater lights, Jielde lamps, comfy leather chairs and other rare decorative pieces. Last week, he expanded his collection with some fabulous new pieces...

Set of 8 cartridge cases in silver and brass plus 6 large glove hands. Originally moulds for making gloves. 

An industrial table on wheels from Pottery Factory with wooden top. In style of Piet Hein Eek.

1950s coffee table with wood surround and black ebonised legs and a starburst top

A French restaurant sign with blackboard

Rare copper search light on stand

Selection of Jielde Lamps


Find Steven Lazarus on the first floor in unit F017 or visit his website for more stock.



Thursday, 16 May 2013

Instant Outfit

Stuck for something glam to wear this weekend? Here's a quick vintage fix for you.  Find all these great pieces from Carole Collier and June Victor on the second floor at Alfies.

1960s sequin embellished top with zip at the back, £50.


Vintage baby crocodile handbag by Mappin & Webb, £125.

1950s black bullet bra. £25.
1950s hand-embroidered shoes UK size 4.5-5, £60.
Alfies has many vintage dealers with exceptional stock to choose from including Carole Collier, June Victor, Tin Tin Collectables, Tony Durante, Velvet Atelier and Deborah Woolf Vintage.  We even have an in-house dressmaker!  Visit us this Saturday from 10am-6pm and find something unique.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Young Guns Judges Prize Winner Nanadobbie Opens Summer Shop at Alfies

The winning Young Guns of the Antiques Trade were announced last week at the Battersea Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair with the judge's award going to Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie. The prize was a stand at Alfies for two months in June and July.



'I am amazed to have won a stand at Alfies. Some describe it as the aficionado for mid century design, and I am honoured that I will be a part of it'. - Alys Dobbie

The Young Guns of the Antiques Trade were set up to promote younger members of the trade as well as to highlight the green credentials of antiques. The overall winner was 21 year old Timothy Medhurst, a numismatic auctioneer and valuer who beat an incredible shortlist of twelve.




Alys Dobbie opened her first shop in Cornwall in 2006 after regularly selling vintage and retro goods at Spitalfields Market and in Clapham in London. Once the shop was established Alys went back to university and achieved a first class honours degree at Buckinghamshire Chiltern's University in furniture restoration. After graduating she opened a shop in London before moving to Brighton in 2010, taking the business with her. Since then Nanadobbie has gone from strength to strength winning Best Vintage Shop in the Homes and Antiques Awards 2012.

Another Young Gun, Robyn Alston from On the Wall Antiques will also be displaying some mirrors in Alys's new shop.

Grand opening 8th June, come and visit Alys Dobbie in her new shop at Alfies on the second floor.



Saturday, 4 May 2013

Alfies Customers


Leonie, 31 and Katie, 23

How did you hear about Alfies?
L: I live down the road.

Are you looking for anything specific?
L: No, we came here for breakfast, but I usually look for prints and furniture.



Rajiv Pattini, 23 from London  

How did you hear about Alfies?
I was studying at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, I came here in January for a project and was looking for antique props.

Are you looking for anything specific?
I'm the assistant stage manager for a show called The City of Angels, I'm looking for 1940s props for the show.

How has your experience in Alfies been so far?
Pretty great!



Paul Verbruggen, 60 from London 

How did you hear about Alfies?
I've been coming here for many years, about twenty to thirty years.

Are you looking for anything specific?
No, I saw an article in today's Guardian about 'London's best vintage shops', Alfies was mentioned so I just decided to visit again.

How has your experience at Alfies been so far?
Great, it's nice to see the stands are well stocked.

Tom from London & Mercedes from Yorkshire, both 27

How did you hear about Alfies?
T: I live around the corner.

Are you looking for anything specific?
T: We're just browsing, I'm a metalworker so i'm just looking around for inspiration.

How was your experience at Alfies?
M: Good, we didn't realise how big it was.



Natalie, 27 and Paul, 31 from Hammersmith

How did you hear about Alfies?
N: I saw an article in Time Out.

Are you looking for anything specific?
P: Furniture more than anything but just browsing.

How has your experience at Alfies been so far?
N: Really good, it has a nice atmosphere.



Verspu├┐, 50, husband & wife from Amsterdam

How did you hear about Alfies?
From a book called 100% Londen.

Are you looking for anything specific?
No we just like antiques, just looking around. We really wanted to see the vintage clothes of the 1920s.

How was your experience at Alfies?
Amazing, beautiful! We didn't think it would be so big.

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