VINTAGE fashion has given the high street in Solihull a run for its money of late, as the nostalgic style of dress becomes increasingly accessible to the town’s shoppers.
The Solihull Vintage and Arts Fair arrived at Solihull Methodist Church for the first time on Saturday May 21, attracting around 650 vintage lovers to the 30 different stalls organised by various small businesses. On offer was an array of vintage clothing, shoes and accessories, hand-made jewellery and homeware, tea and cupcakes served with beautiful antique crockery, and entertainment from jazz duo Eunice and the Wayman.
Fashion-lovers from all over the Midlands came in search of the perfect vintage find.
Sabina Gran, one of the organisers of the fair, said: “There was a great vibe. We believe that the people of Solihull are interested in supporting small businesses, handmade crafts and vintage fashion - we hope to spread the word more and put on another event in the future.”
Also represented at the fair was Toga+Loll, Solihull Town Centre’s only vintage clothing shop, which celebrates its first birthday in June. The owner, Rukhsana Sardar, also wants to get the word out about vintage style.
“My message is that you don’t always have to go the highstreet to find what you want. My garments are not mass-produced, and guarantee something unique.”
Another stall-holder, Kirsty Trangmar of Midlands-based ‘Aunt Sally’s Vintage’, noted the obvious popularity of Solihull’s busy highstreet retailers.
“I think a lot of people in Solihull rely on Touchwood, and don’t consider buying vintage as much. A lot of high street stores get inspiration from vintage clothes anyway.”
Vintage may not be the style choice on everyone’s mind, and Touchwood will most probably always reign the highstreet, but perhaps there’s something to be said for a little variety. Antique-Chic is on the rise.