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Ten Days of Vintage (TDOV)

In fashion, shopping on December 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm

On our way to the Xmas market in the Working Men’s Club we walked past the window of the soft-opened from today Ten Days Of Vintage on Hoe Street. The harlequin bright outfits in the window are hugely eye catching as is the rusted metal ‘TDOV’ shop signage.

Chatting to the owner’s husband he told of his fear of heights which didn’t help when he was up a ladder attaching this sign on busy Hoe Street!

“I bet they won’t do mens clothes.” I grumbled.

So let me say from the start: they do mens clothes. Just a couple of rails of shirts amongs the ladies wear, but what shirts they are. Striking patterns, bold prints. And I have to say affordable prices. I’m strapped for Xmas at the moment but I will be back for some. I was particularly taken with a fine orange shit with creepy goth doll face print.

Not clothes for wallflowers

The ladies have a much wider selection. There are also retro bags and rucksacks fo sale.

With this location, this wild stock mix and at the prices we saw TDOV has a potent mix for success. I plan to be back post Xmas to grab some iconic shirts for myself.

dav

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Glow London clothes shop

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

At the Walthamstow Garden Party my partner and I met a local clothes designer who makes some lovely retro ladies clothes. We had a nice chat and my partner bought a 50’s style skirt in a very African style print that she has been wearing all Summer.

Well Glow now have their own shop at 4 Central Parade!

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Classic styling, modern edge.

They have a modern sparse, airy shop. The owner told us that a lot of work had to be done as it was a bit neglected but they have spruced it up with nice displays and artwork by Static London.

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Clothes from other designers are for sale, with more on the way

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Other designer goods are for sale.

My partner is very happy that a high end clothes shop has opened. Along with the neighbouring pop up shop and Central Parade space the uplift of How Street is gathering pace.

The Village Festival

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

On a lovely, sunny Saturday myself and Madam Weird fancied getting out of the house. And the Village Festival was a very convenient excuse. After fuelling up on toasties at Central Parade we wandered into the Village.

Orford road was shut off to traffic (as usual) and there were plenty of people about. There were some local craft stalls and food sellers, plus extras down side roads and in the community centre. A stage had been set up for local musicians and a choir was keeping the crowd entertained.

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The choir singing Talking Heads ‘Road to Nowhere’.  Surely a Mini-Holland in joke on Orford Road?

We perused stalls. I’d noted a police control truck on a side street and at one point there were three pairs of officers in Orford Road. Maybe they’d missed out on getting Notting Hill Carnival overtime or maybe they think the number of trust fund owners in the Village would draw criminals in?

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A good turnout.

Regardsless it all seemed to be going swimmingly. We bumped into Stella Creasy and had a lovely catch up. Watching Stella wrestle with he balloon’s string while trying to write down my email address was the most joyful thing I’ve seen in ages.

Afterwards my partner indulged my beer nerdity and we drifted down to the Ravenswood estate. God’s Own Junkyard had many visitors and their garden is looking lovely. We chilled at Wildcard and I had a pint of the Joker lager for the first time (it’s okay, their golden and IPA are better). Then a quick visit to Pillers for some beer takeout and a chat. I was there for their launch and their first birthday is coming up so I must get along to that. I got to catch up with one of the founders talk about their recent tap room specials and their lovely new Mural.

I often feel the village is a bit seperate from the rest of Walthamstow. But days like this show how it is one of the most prolific areas at inviting people in.

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Pillers mural in progress.