My life long love of vintage began in my teens when I’d spend hours at my granny’s house searching through the mountains of clothes that filled her attic. Bags of her old dresses, family heirlooms handed down the generations, charity shop finds and more. The thrill of discovering a total one off or just the dress you were looking for has never left me.
I started Retrouvé more than five years ago hosting vintage clothes parties at my home . Soon I was selling at events like Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, Dalston Department Store, Jumble & Pearls and The Stylist’s Rail. In November 2013 I opened a shop in Wilton Way and in September 2018 I opened a second in Broadway Market.
I hand pick everything myself, definitely no generic vintage stock. The clothes come from all over- French flea markets, private collection and designer clothes that friends and customers want to recycle.
I’m also a personal shopper, so I can go and hunt down special items by request, including vintage wedding dresses.
I’m passionate about the ethical and ecological side of vintage – it’s the antidote to disposable high-street fashion. Well made and well looked after clothes can last for decades and I love recycling these beautiful pieces.