Present and Correct are a perennial favourite of these pages thanks to their ability to source covetable stationery. One of their latest finds is this set of Vintage Lyra Pencils.
Lyra is a German brand, 200 years old, and this set is a part of a cache of original stock from the 1960's. The pencils come in pleasing colour combinations that will add some real style to your desk and inspire creativity in a way that a chewed biro just can't do.
The pencils are in working order and come packaged in a box of 36. They cost £29.50 here
It's Italian in origin and dates from 1950, embodying all of the typical style characteristics of the era; classic fins, bubble windscreens front and rear and colourful atomic-style paintwork with great chrome detailing.
It seats four and measures 1.8 metres long, so it's a pretty substantial little vehicle.
It's currently in the sale, down from £4300 to £2800 - you can admire it from multiple angles and purchase it here.
While there may be increasing numbers of vintage shops dotted around the UK's major cities, dedicated and desirable retro boutiques are still a rare and exciting find. For Edinburgh dwellers, Miss Dixiebelle Boutique is one of those few that might just jump to the top of some must-see lists.
Stocking some of Retro To Go's favourite UK brands, including What Katie Did and Tara Starlet, there's something for every vintage glamourpuss at the Bruntsfield Place location. Completing the full pin-up look, Miss Dixiebelle carries lingerie, dresses and accessories assuring no detail is left uncared for.
To find out more about the boutique, as well as the classes in hair, beauty and wellness, check out the Miss Dixiebelle website.
Lulu Bright, a new online store specialising in mid-century Scandinavian furniture and accessories, is celebrating its launch with a ten day pop-up store in Clerkenwell London.
The store features the classics (and accompanying price tags) you'd expect from the likes of Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner. A nice touch is 'The Bright Finds' section, featuring a more affordable range of vintage and contemporary finds, selected because of their mid-century aesthetic. Prices in this section start at £5 for a set of postcards.
The pop-up store is open until 11 September and can be found at 97-99 Clerkenwell Road.
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If you like simple, retro-inspired goods that do what they are meant to, then Utility in Brighton may be your ideal shop.
It's named after the Second World War scheme that produced everyday products under rationing and their aim is to stock no frills, hard wearing goods from all eras. These include some products that are made in-house such as the 1940s inspired linen and cotton tea towels pictured above which cost £9.50 to £10. They also source a wide range of products encompassing hardware and other household goods, as well as a selection of second hand homeware.
At the moment their web shop isn't up and running but you can browse the website and order anything you'd like via phone, email or the old fashioned way of popping into the shop.
Utility is found on North Road Brighton or online here.
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