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Friday, 1 March 2013

Featuring....Tramp Vintage Boutique

I have the great pleasure in partnering up with Michelle from Tramp Vintage, to bring you a wonderful giveaway prize and interview.  She owns a gorgeous vintage boutique situated in Brighton's famous North Laine.  
The prize consists of 
70s chain mail bag
Mary Quant stockings
60s powder puff
80s Chain necklace
80s White sunglasses
plus 20% discount (in store only -  so this part of the prize is only open to UK residents)
To be in with a chance of winning this little goodie bag enter at the end of the interview.

And now, please meet Michelle, thank you so much for doing this interview.

My passion and love of vintage clothing spurred me to open Tramp, a vintage boutique in July 2010. Ever since I can remember I have loved fashion. When I was 9 years old I became obsessed by the movie Grease and begged my father to produce me an outfit, like the one Sandy wore, and customised it to my own liking. That was the start of a collaboration with my father and my passion for fashion grew and grew. I was also prone to rummaging around my glamorous grans wardrobes to see what I could find, and hopefully own with a little gentle persuasion.
When I left school I embarked on a modelling career which took me from Manchester to London, then Los Angeles and it was whilst I was living in Manchester that I became interested in 60s and 70s clothing and would tirelessly search for the best fitting pair of 501's or retro ski wear including tight fitting polyester alpine shirts, to wear with my denim. I'm still addicted to anything 70s, being my favourite era, and love floaty angle wing dresses and denim flares with clogs or platforms. 
Currently my stock ranges from the 40s to the 80s and one of my favourite pieces would have to be a stunning 80s Lycra hareem pants jumpsuit which looks nothing on the hanger but once on looks totally amazing. Very Debbie Harry! My guilty pleasure has to be the 80s, and most of my personal favourite pieces are from this era.

For anyone looking to start out with a vintage clothing business my advice would be to be to take extra care when buying vintage clothes. Many are damaged or marked and the smaller sizes often survive the test of time. Great if you have an 18inch waist but for modern women this can be frustrating.
If I were to learn something new it would be how to remove stains effectively from antique clothing, sometimes washing and dry cleaning can damage fabric. Its a gamble to clean a very old piece and that's the chance you have to take. 
My favourite place on earth has to be my shop, that's were I can let my imagination run riot. Finding a vintage piece that's completely unique and ageless and then watch as its sold and gets passed on to other generations, that's such a buzz. 

Pizza has to be pineapple and ham.

Pirate idea...I'm not much into pirates I'm afraid.

And the question I'd most like you to who's my favourite designer. Well that must be Mary Quant, of course!
Enter the giveaway here

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