Friday, 21 February 2014

Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2014

The eagerly awaited confirmation of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year awards 2014 can now be revealed! The team behind this fast growing and now very high profile movement, designed to promote members of the antiques trade, aged 39 and under, George Johnson, Mark Hill and editor of Antiques News and Fairs Gail McLeod, are delighted to announce that the awards ceremony and party will take place on Friday 4 July 2014 and will be hosted here at Alfies Antiques Market!

Winner – The Antiques Young Gun 2013 – Timothy Medhurst.
From left: Organiser George Johnson, celebrity designer Nicky Haslam, Timothy Medhurst, Mark Hill

We are delighted to be hosting the awards this year and fully support the campaign. Last year we welcomed Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie to Alfies for two months as part of the special Judge's Prize.  

Bennie Gray - who opened Alfies in 1976 - told Antiques News & Fairs: "These days the politicians are all saying it’s the entrepreneurial spirit that will save our economy. Which I think is true - of course the antiques trade has always been one of the most fertile breeding grounds for entrepreneurs, especially those with a fine eye for design. So it is a great privilege and a great pleasure for our antique markets to welcome and support the Young Guns. We wish them well.”
The awards ceremony and party will take place in the Rooftop Kitchen when the organisers will announce not only the winners and runners up but also which winning Young Gun will be matched with which of the twelve mentors, aka Antiques Heavy Artillery.

The names of the Antiques Heavy Artillery will be announced at the party to celebrate the 25th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair on Thursday 6 March 2014.

This group of twelve has been drawn from the most experienced and well known members of the trade across all sectors, aged 40 and over, and each has agreed to donate at least three days of their time over a twelve month period, from 4 July, to mentor one winning Antiques Young Gun.

Details of the prize package and how to get involved will be released at The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair.

Visit the Antique Young Guns website and follow the updates at:

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Pretty Pastels

Alfies is a vintage fashion destination for those in the know. Past trends that are currently enjoying a revival can usually be found in our vintage fashion dealers stands. Spring/Summer 2014 is all about icy pastels, muted blush and pretty pink. We spotted a few dresses in Alfies that wouldn't look out of place on the catwalk.

1930s Silk handmade nightdress offered by Carole Collier

1920's/30's Chiffon dress offered by Carole Collier

Silk handstitched nightdress offered by Carole Collier

Lace couture dress by Mignon, Paris/New York offered by Velvet Atelier

1930s silk satin evening gown offered by Tin Tin Collectables

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