There are very few things that can make the vintage gal feel more glamourous than using a pretty powder compact. Forget trawling eBay and markets; VanRoe Compacts is the place to go.
VanRoe have a vast and constantly changing selection of vintage compacts available, ranging from the 1930s all the way up to the 80s, suitable for either pressed or loose powder. They also supply the right powder and the all important puff to fit your new pride & joy, and the whole package will arrive at your door beautifully wrapped.
Prices vary - this Flying Ducks compact from the mid 50s is £36. Find out more from the VanRoe Compacts website.
Selling everything from clothes & homewares to music & books, Blitz is an impressive 9000 sq foot warehouse near East London's über-hip Brick Lane. Every item on sale at Blitz is vetted by the owners to make sure it's of the best quality, so don't expect to find any of the stains, holes and scratches you would normally discover.
Dating from 1950, this Italian sofa and chair have all the classic angular features of the era. They've been fully restored and re-upholstered in an eye-catching blue Bute wool which would add a modern edge to a retro room.
The set is available from Circus Antiques, a wonderful treasure trove of furniture and interiors objects from the 19th and 20th centuries on Chamberlayne Road in Kensal Rise, London.
The sofa and chair cost £2200 and you can find out more on the Circus Antiques site here.
The pineapple takes centre stage, flanked on either side with an elegant candle holder. The metallic brass finish is particularly well set off by the turquoise candles pictured above. Measuring a substantial 52cm x 42cm x 15cm it would make a great feature for a retro lounge or hallway.
The Wall Sconce is yours for £89 - if you can't make it to the shop then you can buy it here.
Beyond Fabric stock a huge range of fantastic retro-look material and not only that, they can also teach you what to do with it. They have a range of classes including "Sewing Machines for Terrified People" and "1950's Apron Workshop."
To celebrate the launch of their new Sewing Room they are holding a special event this Saturday, April 23rd, at their Columbia Rd studio in London. Join owners Silvana and Eduardo for tea, coffee and cakes and find out more about their range of upcoming sewing workshops. You can also buy fabrics from their extensive range and try a taster class. For more info and to check availability of the taster classes, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the Beyond Fabrics site here.
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