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Hats of Distinction
Fancy Dress Ball specialises in Fancy Dress and is run by
Paul Howcroft who is passionate about Fancy Dress and
ensuring customers get good advice as well as fun costumes.
Here Digger talks to Paul about the history of the business
and what's on offer.
Digger talked to Phil Whyte at Freddies of Pinewood
who have a big reputation in the vintage world for their
good-looking and hard-wearing reproduction authentic-look
forties and fifties-style clothing. So authentic and so
popular, it's even worn in Hollywood!
Digger talked to John at The Haslemere Wardrobe -The UK's
Best Costume Provider. Haslemere Wardrobe offers costume
hire from a huge range - 40,000+ high quality costumes. They
are the UK's leading costume provider. For every type of
event and party then hire from the costume experts.
Haslemere Wardrobe for costume hire on-line delivered
anywhere in the UK to you.
Here, Digger talks to Valerie Thornton, proprietor of
Iconic, a vintage/retro shop nestling below the beautiful
Edinburgh Castle in The Grassmarket, about her, and partner
Robert's, love of curios, antiques, jewellery, glass,
ceramics, quirky collectables and retro items.
Digger talked to Sam at Alternative Footwear -
Europe's largest stiletto high heels and sexy shoes and
thigh high boots specialist
Digger talked to Neil at 80s Casual Classics which
has become the largest store of its kind, offering 80s
casual classic clothing originals and relaunched designs
from some of the most well-known designers and brands.
Adidas, Fila, Tacchini, Ellesse, Nike, Kickers, Farah,
Hummel and many others.
Lindy Bop - Vintage Inspired Dresses; 50s Style Dresses &
40s Style Dresses including Pin Up Dresses, Swing Dresses,
Wiggle Dresses & Pencil Dresses. Here we talk to Tim
at Lindybop to find out more about what makes Lindybop
Top Hats and bowlers are very much part of the British
tradition, top hats most notably at Royal Ascot. And the
bowler has been made iconic by generations of City Gents
through to the sartorial John Steed. Digger talked to
Martin Ellis Jones, 'The Top Hat Man', about his
business providing Top Hat and Bowlers to the Great and the
Here the owner of Phaze, Jackie Reynolds, talked
about her diverse alternative clothing business which caters
for aficionados of a number of genres, cults and styles
including Punk, Goth and Metal with some fifties-style polka
dots thrown in.
Welcome to Retro Styling – Buyers & suppliers of vintage
clothing from 1920′s to the 1980′s, all available for you to
hand pick and buy on a piece by piece basis. Here Digger
talks to Nick Beswick about the business.
Digger talked to Urte Perry who runs Style of 69 in
Germany, selling retro style to a worldwide Internet market. Urte offers the best
of Scooterist, Skinhead, Mod and Northern Soul clothing and
accessories for sale.
Digger talked to John at DJTees about his thriving
T-Shirts business established in 2002. DJTees now offer a
multiplicity of designs in numerous genres and sizes, from
cult comedians to icons of rock.
Digger talks to Robert Burnside at 19-60
Winklepickers, who is continuing a fine British footwear
tradition - the winklepicker, and who has some new takes on
a classic design...
Says Dress Up
Here Digger talks to Gemma at Burlesque, fun and
fantasy clothing specialists Simon Says Dress up. Now in
their fourth year of business as an Online store, Simon Says
Dress Up are committed to providing the most exquisite
costumes on the market.
ATOM RETRO: Men's and Women's Retro, Mod and Indie Clothing
and Heritage Fashion. Other guys imitate us, but the
original is still the greatest...
Rocket Originals - vintage clothing from the 1940's and
1950's. With a genuine excitement for what they are doing
that only comes from a real passion, Martin and Kaye
offer fabulous authentic-looking clothing and footwear for
those with an eye for vintage style.
Here Digger talks to Susan Letts about Sue's Nylons,
where worldwide brands of stockings, tights, hold ups,
suspenders and retro-style lingerie are all available under
one roof. The ethos of the site is simple - to appeal to
people who love these styles and offer them at affordable
Digger talked to Mark at Dressed 2 Frill, a major
presence on The Web for sixties and seventies fancy dress.
For costumes, outfits, wigs and footwear for your sixties
and seventies-themed events, Mark has got it covered.
Digger talked to Lydia Cato at O'tis Vintage who,
like all the best vintage businesses, started from a passion
for the genre. Lydia offers clothes, glassware, toys,
homeware, collectables, jewellery, ceramics, figurines,
shoes, bags and accessories for those who love handpicked
items from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Digger talked to Jennie who custom makes beautiful
and authentic-looking clothes replicating the styles of the
forties and fifties. Jennie and her creations, proudly made
in the UK, can be seen around the UK at a number of vintage
and retro events. Or at her website Custom Clothes
Lynndy Loo talks to Digger about these modern day
corsets which are proving very popular with a wide spectrum
of clients. Lovers of burlesque, brides and waist trainers
amongst them, there is even a rapidly-growing male
Digger talks to Andy
at Unicorn 50s Designs - a
leading supplier of fifties rock 'n roll wear. This includes
authentic drapes, drainpipes and creepers for the cats and
fifties-style tops and skirts for the kittens. Andy and wife
Betty are passionate about the fifties, about rock 'n roll
and about the business they have relatively recently taken
over. They are keen to advance the Unicorn business and its
already enviable reputation with fans of the rock and roll
Here Digger talks to Lynda Case, who runs vintage
business Rock Follies. Lynda is already a prominent presence
on the vintage fairs circuit. Reworking Vintage fabrics into
new pieces, sourcing original items for their collection and
creating Vintage craft, Lynda and daughter Alys are inspired
by yesterdays beautiful fabrics, design and quality.
Here Digger talks to Caroline Horrocks
recently-formed Pinup Polly. Caroline
and, having established a family, Caroline
create an online boutique that brings together some of the
lesser-known vintage brands from around the world. Many of
these 40s and 50s designs are exclusive to Pinup Polly...
Vintage Vanity - Vintage Clothing for UK Online Purchase
Including Mod and Vintage 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s
Clothing. Owner Tessa's love of fifties style and
clothes has resulted in her running the Vintage Vanity
business as well as finding a partner with a similar passion
for Mod and sixties. Here Digger talks to Tessa at
Musician David Preston was inspired to make
custom-made Chelsea Boots when he couldn't find anybody
making his favourite footwear in the UK. Now with an
impressive celebrity customer-base and clients worldwide,
David tailors these shoes to your specific requirements and
Suits and Boots
Bow & Crossbones offers Vintage, Retro and Rockin Jewellery
- 1940s, 1950s, Rockabilly, Kitsch, Jewellery, Tattoos,
Hotrod, Dresses & Skirts, Accessories, Vintage Clothing.
Here Digger talks to founder Cam about the Bow &
Digger talks to Celia at Nottingham-based Celia's Vintage Clothing.
This business has been established for over thirty years. Celia has seen
trends come and go in the 'antiques and retro world' but one trend that has
consistently & steadily been on the increase is that for quality vintage
clothing and accessories.
Face Clothing Company
Here Digger talks to Stuart at the Ace Face Clothing Company
specialising in Tonic Suits. These days Ace Face are the company of choice for
Mods and Skinheads, musicians and celebrities and, indeed, anyone looking for
a smart, eye-catching yet subtle alternative to an ordinary run-of-the-mill
Digger talks to Paul Simons of John Simons about the Ivy League and Mod
culture-inspired shop founded by his Dad back in the day. Today, Paul and John
are still providing quality clothing to the design and image-conscious via
their shop in London's W1, a stone's throw from Marylebone.
Digger Barnes talks to Jo Barnes (no relation) at Jo
Barnes Vintage. Jo created her very own bridal bouquet and
headdress using her Grandmothers treasured jewels and that's how
Jo Barnes began... Her love of vintage and passion for the glitz
and glamour of bygone eras has inspired Jo to create her
beautiful collection of headdresses and accessories.
The Team Pixie website is the retail outlet for Pixiedust fireworks and party
company based just outside Bristol in north Somerset, United Kingdom. Team
Pixie are a leading supplier of quality professional makeup and face paints as
well as fancy dress, costumes, accessories and vintage clothing. Here Digger
talks to Lindsay Smith about this 'shining example' of a vintage web-based
business where the customer always comes first.
Saratoga Trunk is Scotland's largest vintage clothing shop & has been
established in business for thirty years. Their warehouse contains original
vintage clothing, costume jewellery and props from the Victorian age through
every decade to the 1990's. Saratoga Trunk are open to members of the
public & professionals in the theatre, television, and film trade.
Vintage Kitty are Retro and Vintage costume jewellery and accessories
specialists. They have a fabulous and exciting assortment of vintage, retro and
antique jewellery; necklaces, parures (jewellery sets), rings, bracelets,
bangles, brooches, handbags, clothing, collectibles and more. Here Digger talks
to Jennifer Rigby-Allen.
Nylon Dreams Hosiery and Lingerie Online brings you the latest exciting
collections of hosiery, nylons, pantyhose, tights, nylon stockings, fully
fashioned stockings, quality suspender belts, garter belts and Designer
Lingerie for that special occasion or just to "Dress To Impress".
Here Digger talks to Steve about this flourishing web-based business
with manufacture from the UK.
Here Digger talks to Rowena Howie at Revival Retro. Born out of Rowena's
passion for swing dance and the golden age of Hollywood, Revival Retro offers
reproduction 20s, 30s and 40s clothing and dance shoes as well as a number of
MOD Ties and Silk Scarves from Peckham Rye London. Digger talks to Martin at
Peckham Rye London who have a long and proud family tradition in the clothing
trade, supplying numerous celebrities, military regiments, clubs and corporates
as well as the public.
A Mod Thing
Digger talked to Mike Ritson at It's a Mod Thing. Mike simply
loves everything Mod and believes it was the coolest youth subculture
movement to ever emerge. It's A Mod Thing offer everything a self-respecting
Mod could ask for, including Harringtons, Parkas, Fred Perry shoes, Flight
Jackets and Wolf Fur Hoods..
footwear & clothing
Mazeys are the leading provider of pop culture-related footwear, clothing and
accessories. Punk, Mod, 2-Tone, Cowboy and Desert boots, even Retro Gola and
Dunlop bags, it's all here... Digger talked to Dave Sedman who runs
Mazeys about the history of the business and what Mazeys offer today.
Francheska - Specializing in Antique and Vintage Costume Jewellery and
History. Digger talked to Lorraine Evans who runs a thriving Internet-based costume
jewellery business with customers coming from all over the world.
With The In Crowd
Digger spoke to Melissa at In With The In Crowd about the vintage-style
business she runs focusing on Mod and sixties designs. For an authentic Quant,
Shrimpton, Deneuve, Twiggy or Hepburn look, Melissa has the styles that will
Shirts from Kaboo World
Digger met up with Roger Cliss and Darren Russell & discussed
Roger and Darren's Mod clothing, accessories and greetings card business
Kookskleek. The web-based business is attracting Mods from all over the world.
They are also running a Mod event for London & the south-east.
Nakal Clothing's crazy suits are perfect for any fancy dress occasion, sports
tour or stag party. Outrageous colours, animal prints, flags or custom-made
designs. Here Digger talks to Alex, the young entrepreneur who has founded this
colourful and fun business...
Here Digger talks to Moira Teale about her Edinburgh-based costume
jewellery and art deco-inspired business. Moira caters for clients who like
affordable costume jewellery and accessories as well as those who like to
collect the higher end brands. These items are all original vintage and period
pieces. Whatever your choice, they are sure to be Chic & Unique.
Old Glasses Shop
Digger talks to Graham at The Old Glasses Shop. These days Vintage and
Retro glasses are more popular than ever. If you want to make a vintage fashion
statement with your eyewear or are searching for a replacement to those frames
you knew and loved, then The Old Glasses Shop is the place to visit.
Digger talks to Dan at William Lennon, the traditional men's boot
makers. William Lennon are manufacturers and distributors of men's industrial,
agricultural and country footwear. With an extensive range of steel toe cap,
safety boots, safety shoes, work boots and rigger boots, including some
specialist items such as large sizes, vegetarian and vegan styles and
lightweight composite toe boots. The firm started in the1890's and continues to
this day very much in its original form
Digger talks to Clare who runs 20th Century Foxy. Selected
by true lovers of all things from the1930s, 1940s & 1950s,
20th Century Foxy.com aims to supply the best of the retro and
vintage reproduction clothing market including rockabilly &
discountoasis4u offers retro-style clothing with a distinctly sixties and
seventies feel. With dye effect leggings, hippie-inspired unisex waistcoats and
funky shirts and a whole lot more, all at discounted prices.
Walking Sticks & Canes
Digger talks to Dawn at Scotties Walking Sticks & Canes
about her business which supplies new, vintage and antique walking
sticks and canes.
Annieth Wollery runs a very successful online vintage
handbags business specialising in sourcing rare Chanel and other
handbags. The business thrives because of its commitment to
customer satisfaction and Annieth's keenness to provide
value and service. Here, Digger talks to Annieth about the
David Burridge at Karmakula offers a large selection of
Hawaiian, Seventies tailored and Bowling Shirts to bring a little
colour into your life.
Digger talked to Darren Manion about his business offering
a selection of vintage glasses and retro spectacles from the 1850s
to the 1970s.
Digger talks to Graham Stuart Johnson who runs Union Jack
Wear. Here it is possible to get just about every conceivable item
emblazoned with a Union Jack. A great way of Celebrating
Northern Costume Hire
Digger talks to Margaret at Northern Costume Hire which specialises
in providing the theatrical and TV production companies around the
UK with costumes for their shows. In addition, all manner of fancy
dress and costumes are on offer for your events and parties.
British fashion has a funny way of going full circle. For
instance, 60's fashion, 70's fashion & 80's fashion vintage
clothing is now more popular than ever with many fashionistas.
Modern men want something unique and different. Tweedmans Vintage
(formerly Vintage Whistles)
is a leading online British supplier of genuine 2 & 3 piece
men's vintage suits, classic Harris Tweed jackets, vintage clothes
& accessories. Here Digger asks Denise, the owner of
Tweedmans Vintage, about her vintage men's clothing business.
1940s and 50s Clothing Company
Here, Digger talks to Malcolm Wagner who runs The 1940s and
50s Clothing Company. Malcolm's vintage business started as a
hobby, as they invariably do, and now he runs an online shop
selling the clothes he loves to customers he often counts as
friends. When not running the business, Malcolm can be seen at
various 40s-themed events around the country.
Robert Roope Vintage is an online vintage eyewear
optical store selling vintage eyewear designed in the 1950's,
1960's, 1970's and 1980's. Here, we find out from the founder
Robert Roope what inspired him to enter into the world of
Here, Digger talks to Mike Berman at Vintage Years about
his Costume Hire business. Vintage Years was established in the
1970s and is going even stronger today as a result of The
Here, Digger talks to Steve Cranie at JohnLennonSunglasses.com.
The John Lennon Sunglasses Collection offers a wide range high
quality round shades. The Classic designs come in two sizes and in
a choice of twelve lens and frame colour combinations.
Boots and Shoes
Pennangalan sell a wide range of distinctive, high-quality boots
and shoes with exciting platforms, myriad buckles and laces, to
suit almost any occasion. Winklepickers, Beatles-style Cuban heels
amongst them. Here, proprietor Dok tells us about this
Corina Vintage and Pre-Loved Designer Fashion
Digger talks to Ella Myles at Corina Corina - The Midlands'
most chic dress agency. Astounding pre-loved designer garments,
extraordinarily well-cared for footwear and accessories, and
unique vintage finds, available to buy, sell or hire.
Kiss Me Deadly is a vintage inspired lingerie brand designed for
femme fatales; glamorous, sensual and intelligent women with just
a hint of danger.
Andrew Frost tells us about Stockings & Romance, the new brand
of lingerie combining Burlesque and Pin Up lingerie with Retro and
Costume Hire London
Brian Parsonage-Kelly can provide you with costumes and
accessories from any decade and almost any genre. From 20th
century to medieval, from fancy dress to formal wear. Corsets,
braces, hats and more. Vintage costumes and accessories for parties
and special events.
We look at London Boots.com. The UK's number one retailer of
rock 'n roll clothing, rock n roll footwear, retro clothing,
baseball jackets, bowling shirts and all stage wear.
The world of Vintage and Retro clothing is a booming one. Antony
Antoniou, founder of Trashy Flowers, leaders in the field,
explains how he got into the Vintage fashion business, why Vintage
clothing is so popular and why it pays, environmentally and
fashionably as well as financially, to shop Vintage.
Remember the stylish airline bags that used to be given to
passengers on airlines like Pan-Am, T.W.A, B.O.A.C and B.E.A? Well,
now you can bag yourself one of these retro bags, thanks to pilot
Patrick Nandu who has turned his interest into a blossoming
Dennis Alexander, the founding member of Chickenshop.co.uk Ltd,
has been in the fancy dress and party business for over 15 years. The
website has been going now for more than ten years which means that it
is one of the oldest fancy dress and party supply sites on the
Internet supplying everything from period costumes to 20th century pop
The use of Neon has truly stood the test of time, with the first neon sign being
sold to a Paris barber in 1912. Here, we look at Neon, the straight glass
tube which is transformed by the use of a flame into stunning and
eye-catching curves, letters, and logos.