Fab little Punk girl. This was totally me somewhere around the early 80s, complete with orange hair, cateye make up, black mini skirt with chains and studded belt, fishnet tights and flat pixie boots. Like a little MiniMe.
I found her in a tub with lots of other dolls, a sad little tub of someone's lifetime's collection so I took them all home with me. There were also some big eye Bradgate dolls which I'm sure I used to have a Japanese one when I was little, I remember her big black hair with centre parting and the huge cute eyes but mostly I'm sure she was wearing a fab red silk brocade Kimono, which I am still a massive fan of now. Lord knows how many I have all around the house, different colours for different moods.
This little punk girl though, an original designed by Marian Kenny appears to be a bit of a collectable one, so result all round. Now I just have to decide whether she's going to live me or will she make it to the shop.... Hmmmm. Well maybe after we've gone through the old vinyl punk collection a bit and pogo's around the house remembering our yoof. LOL
Massive congratulations to Dawn, on the right hand side, for blimmin' going and winning the Miss Vintage at the Twinwood Festival 2017, doesn't she look stunning. And guess what - she is wearing an original 1930s crepe floral gown with matching bolero she bought from Top Notch Vintage too. That's gotta be the best outcome for one of our gowns this year.
Thank you everone who voted for Top Notch Vintage for the best menswear category in the Muddy Somerset Awards 2017.
Thanks to you lovely lot we made the finals, down to 5 final nominations out with so many people voting it broke their website. But I am proud we even got nominated as the shop has only been in the new location since January and to get the silver award is just fabulous, I am thrilled.
So hope to see some more lovely chaps shopping for original true vintage clothing and accessories in Somerset.
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We also sell true vintage and high end vintage designer labels for women and children too.
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This amazing beauty wasn't in the shop long before it was snapped up by an actress to wear on her opening night. It's a 1930s aubergine/plum colour crepe jacket with glorious hand embroidery and little red early plastic buttons. Just incredibly beautiful.
Along with it, came this beautiful delicate 1930s sheer silk crepe Hungarian peasant blouse with smocked waist and the biggest embroidered front panel I have ever seen on one of these tops. It's a rockabilly or boho girl's dream blouse and will make anyone look and feel so pretty.
Such a work of art and is still available in the shop or online.
I've had some beautiful and interesting things come into the shop recently. This is an original 30s Bavarian Dirndle dress with matching apron. The work in it is amazing, all the pleating, gathering, tucking etc all hand done on the prettiest of floral printed fabric.
Fastens with hooks and eyes and has a removable white lace bodice piece that fits on with poppers.
The colours are beautiful with a pale dusky blue and pale coral pink decorated with a white eidelweiss floral pattern.
Since binge-watching the TV show Vinyl I'm all out hooked on the 70s again, Studio 54 the works. So I've been prancing about in vintage jump suits, mega flares and my monster platform heels and floppy hats. Love it - now all we need is more sunshine for that Summer of Love reinvention.
In the meantime.... I got a stash of men's 70s shirts to add to the shop this week, once I've washed and pressed them. Here's a lillte taster of a few of them that came through the light colours wash. Darks are next.
Above is a 70s H Bar C longtail California Ranchwear, blue embroidered Western shirt with pearl snap buttons to fit 38" chest.
Above is a 70s Kennington Western shirt with patchwork quilted yolk, you couldn't get more 70s I don't think.
Above is a 70s Kennington Western shirt with embroidered flowers and braided trim.
Above is a polyester disco shirt featuring a fly fishing scene - I can just imagine the dance moves to go with this shirt. Haaaa.
Above is another polyester disco shirt featuring a landcape with a red village and flying green birds.
I'll show you some of ht ejump suits in the next blog.