Guest Contributor | November 17th, 2011
I’m a fashion stylist with a love for the story behind the clothes: the antique lace, the Victorian cape, the beaded flapper dress or the 60’s wiggle cocktail dress. My husband calls it hoarding; I prefer the term archiving, as my wardrobes are filled to brimming with my treasured vintage finds and I geek out about a fabric or button on a piece I love and know was loved before. Some of these have inspired shoots I’ve styled or been worn by celebrity clients I work with and I feel make the job better, more special somehow.
One evening when driving through North London I had one of those rare stop the car moments when I caught sight of a shop window filled with layers of velvet, lurex, lace and beaded lovelies. This was my introduction to Mishka Vintage. I knew it was one of those special shops: somewhere where I knew there would be more, and better than I had at home.
The last time I had that feeling it was 1995 in Romania; so when it happens, I know its going to be amazing. Lizzie the owner of Mishka Vintage has since become a dear friend: someone I can chat to for hours about English designers from Ossie Clark to Biba to Frank Usher and who now is the first and usually only place I go to buy vintage.
Her smiley, boutique service is the total antidote to mass commercialism and homogeneous high streets. I can’t recommend the shop highly enough!
Mishka Vintage, 210-212 Middle Lane, London N8 7 LA
Tamara Cincik is a London based fashion stylist, writer and brand consultant. Tamara’s styling has appeared in several international style magazines, including i-D, Muse, Purple and Grey.