Fashion

Kitsch traffic

I came across this quite small boutique in Greenwich you see, whilst on one of my numerous visits to the market. The window display was nostalgic and reminiscent of a different time, and I all but felt through the door, only to find it devoid of person and contents. Turned out, it was a pop-up shop in the making, and it wasn’t open to the public at the time.

This was a few months ago, and being a lover of small boutiques, I have since returned many times to delight in this little shop  that holds all accessories kitsch. Aesthetically pleasing in every way, the main feature is a ground to ceiling tree (not a real one of course), in the middle of the boutique currently featuring a Christmas theme. The branches cascade down to a table on one side that displays retro and vintage knickknacks, whilst a vintage hat stand, draping with hand bags and beautifully hand printed scarves occupy the other side of the tree.

Most of their accessories are from new or up and coming designers based in the UK, who use recycled or ethically and sustainably sourced materials to make quirky unusual accessories.

The unique thing about this lovely little place is that everything is for sale including the vintage props! So, whilst you may pick up a pair of earrings made from bottle tops & ceramic vintage buttons, or a ring made out of miniatures from a doll house, you could also buy a 1920’s cabinet, a vintage singer sewing machine or a gramophone.

Bryony, a vivacious and evocative missy, is responsible for this whole experience. She makes her own accessories from recycled materials & loves hand printing on clothes (launching early next yr). Come January, it will become a full fleshed boutique, and plans include an expansion into the currently being renovated basement to create a beautiful vintage boudoir. Oh what joy…….  and already added to my London list of boutiques.

The pop –up shop is not currently on line, but do float along, if you like this kind of thing. (Traffic Accessories 12-14 Greenwich Church Street. SE10 9BJ.
T – 020 8269 1071

(Check out Bryony’s interpretation of the Christmas elf, at the bottom of the post).

Hand made collar from recycled leather

Vintage cash register – love the money signs on the keys

Rowanbeth Jewellery uses vintage scrabble tiles, recycled beads & charms

Coloured woven copper brooches, that double up as hair pieces

Ladymuck uses vintage buttons, small charms & miniatures from dolly houses for rings, earings & hairclips

Josie an illustrator is part of a collective called ‘Shake the Dust’. Necklace from recycled maps, train tickets & paper remoulded.

Shake the dust – bottle top & ceramic vintage button earrings

Shop phone & cash register – only props not for sale

Singer sewing machine embedded in table with original peddles underneath! Holly smokes, I am tempted to buy this……

 

Bryony’s a mixologist of street wear with retro/vintage & a sucker for anything sparkly.

Interpretation of the elf look

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