London’s Christmas lights are twinkling brightly and it’s time to start making your list of friends and family who have been naughty and nice. If you have loved ones who have been sweet enough to deserve something truly special this year, don’t leave it until the last minute and panic with a gift on Christmas Eve that will end up going to someone else! This Sunday’s vintage fair is full of beautiful finds that make for thoughtful gifts for him and for her and a festive atmosphere that makes Christmas shopping enjoyable.
In the first of two parts on our blog this week, we pick our top vintage gifts for the flappers, land girls, Judies and mod girls in your life. Be inspired and stay tuned for our guide to gifts for him!
Juweel van Jewelste
Caroline Eschbach from Juweel Van Jewelste will be returning with her swoon-worthy collection of designer and authentic jewellery from Holland. If you’re looking for some Christmas sparkle to raise a smile we recommend the 1960s Josef Morton red wine coloured bracelet and clip on earring set with rose montées crystals. Josef Morton was the nephew of New York-based jewellery legend Miriam Haskell, whose design house still dresses the most glamorous celebrities, and this stunning set certainly feels inspired by the starlets of the decade.
A former model and stylist in Paris, Chantal Quinine began collecting vintage during her years there and specialises in French vintage. Her designer silk scarves, including some of the most sought after names like Hermès, are always a favourite at Christmas alongside gloves and millinery that have the ‘ooh la la’ factor.
Charm Vintage Jewellery
Another fabulous array of vintage gems, Charm Vintage will be on hand to advise you on the best pieces of costume jewellery from the Victorian era to the 1980s. The more affordable pieces make for ideal stocking fillers that are cute and quirky. We think a bold brooch is full of personality and will add sparkle to a number of outfits. Surprise her with something she isn’t expecting in her favourite colours.
We’re feeling spoilt for choice already with a sneak peak of the new items that have arrived in time for Christmas on the Divine Intervintage stand. For stylish ladies who like to stand out from the crowd, buy her a one-of-a-kind piece of vintage millinery. The 1940s black and white headpiece with net veil features a beautiful oversized contrast bow for ladylike decadence. Sourced from New York, you won’t find anything else quite like it under the tree this year.
You’re guaranteed to feel inspired for gifts at the fair with plenty more accessories, shoes, handbags and clothing on offer. Our top tip is to ask our traders for their tips on iconic pieces and the stories behind the fashion to share with the lucky lady you give your gift to and make it even more special.