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From Blitz to Shoreditch Vintage Festival 2012

13 Aug

It’s no secret that I am one of the most unashamed consumers going, but abreast of that – I do love a good bargain! Hence, thrift shopping is the ideal pass time.

Held at Shoreditch town hall there were tea & cakes to be had, shortly after you’d been primed and preened at the grooming parlour where you could have dated do’s and make-up. The entire hall was absolutely bursting with all types of Brit nostalgia and fashion from high-end to bargain bucket to apparel and up-cycle.

My favourite rummaging spot was the photograph stall. Stacked with pouting models and in everything from Moschino to Mary Quant. I could’ve spent the whole day there, but musky vintage waits for no woman alone.

All-in-all my purchases largely consisted of brooches & jewellery, although there was the odd nautical bowling shirt, 50 mechanical heart-shaped alarm clock, virginal white sun dress, and of course a silk tie for the papa.

Here are some snaps from my day there:


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It’s ‘All Bless’ on the eastern front – statement jewellery with a conscience

3 Aug

Last Saturday during a jaunt around the capitals’ trendy London Fields district I stumbled across Netil market, a hidden haven of vintage art books, retro clothing, live music and character-filled jewels.

Netil Market 'not another chuffin' market'

The ‘All Bless’ ladies, Gen, Anne and Lita are the faces behind the new hippie inspired jewellery brand with a heart, their mixture of Swarovski crystals, precious & semi-precious stones and forraged materials – come together to create statement pieces that look pretty – and make you feel good.

All Bless jewels

One particular range that caught my eye, were the leather feathers. Anne assures me: “We make sure that it’s all recycled or second hand.” Adding “we also make sure there’s no child labour involved.”

All Bless leather feather earrings

The name sums up what the team is all about. ‘Bless’, ‘a street term that states that everything is cool, everything is good’, and ‘All’ to symbolise ‘the collective of three designers.’

To look at the owners, you’d assume they’d been at this jewellery making game for a long time. However it is ‘a hobby’ for both Gen, who actually works in advertising and Anne works in Marketing.

Anne & Gen 'All Bless'

The jewels themselves live up to their unique label, whereby each item is a one off: “That Agate over there was sourced from a particular location, and once it’s gone it’s gone – then we find a new stone that inspires us.

“That’s the exciting bit really.”

The ‘All Bless‘ family is dreaming up an earthy taupe on silver colour scheme for autumn/winter, Anne explains; “We love working with lots of different textures and creating really individual pieces.”

Personally I’m looking forward to investing in some more leather feather earrings you can choose to rock a bohemian vibe and buy one for £7 or stick to symmetry and get two for £12. The talented craftswomen are able to fashion pieces to your exacting standards and tastes – and use both silver and gold plated metals.

All Bless leather feather earring - in turquoise leather, red cow fur, & glass beads - Ella Darlington

Stay glued to the All Bless Twitter page for regular product posts and where to find the stall each weekend.

Netil Market