Here we are again! New Year - New vintage season! Anticipating the onslaught of customers!
Romany was going for the 70s sports vibe with her matching red kimono and I was wearing my old faithful Westernised firework/chrysanthemum number. Both of us feeling fab!
Below are some of our wonderful customers...some not quite ready to buy; some newbies, buying on the spot; a young lady who was doing a project on kimonos at school (killing it with the sparkly Converse I might add!) and some returning with new blood in tow!!!
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It rained and it rained!....but we still had fun at the Chasewater Railway Museum, Burntwood, Staffordshire. There were actual steam trains chuffing and tooting away in the Museum's railway shed where we were showing alongside lots of other splendid vintage vendors. There's an old style railway tearoom on the platform outside so we kept our energy up with savoury cream teas, cakes and 'builders' brews' while we chatted with lots of lovely peeps who came to investigate our wares. The rain kept the crowds away but we covered our costs and set people, who didn't know they wanted a silk kimono or a bomber jacket made from one with a tiger on the back, to thinking up a good reason to do so!!!
Following on from the 'barnstorming' Cosford Airshow appearance, 'Objects of Desire's latest outing will be to Mabel's Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway in Staffordshire!
We'd love to see you all there!
We had an absolute blast at the RAF Cosford Airshow on 10th June. It was an early start as although we'd set up for the show the day before, we had to be parked up and 'in situ' for 6.00am or we'd get stuck in the queue of 65,000 expected visitors!!!
As you can see it was glorious sunshine and the blue sky was the perfect backdrop to the 100 'planes for each of the 100 years and the magnificent 'Red Arrows'. We loved the static displays, especially the Spitfire and the UXB just 'lying about there'. :)
Romany was wearing a '40s (theme of our marquee,) style silk blouse made from a piece of kimono featuring 'Old Kyoto' and a pair of cream palazzo pants, also vintage silk in an angular damask pattern.
I had my favourite 'Love Birds' wedding kimono on, shortened but authentic. A nod in the 1940s direction, with contemporary linen trousers and t-shirt. Well, I don't have the hair!
Romany had her hair and make-up 'primped' by 'The Blusherettes' who were on hand to transform any willing visitors. Great job, ladies.
The day went brilliantly....items sold...orders for alterations to classic fit kimonos for modern usage and the buzz; the excitement; the noise.....everything was fabulous!
We will definitely return .... if we're invited again!
My own 'chilli-pepper-firecracker' competing with a Spitfire....Who's winning? :D
That 'bomb' disappeared after a while - caused too many panics I think! :D
Romany and I always have to have a selfie if we do a show together. It's now a tradition!
This fine gentleman turned out, luckily for the airman who wasn't sure whether or not to salute him, to be a 're-enactor', dressed as King George V in the role of 'Chief of the RAF' in his Air Marshall's uniform.
Very obliging for royalty!
My lovely customer here bought the kimono she tried on and will have it simply adjusted for length. Well, to be fair, nothing I do is simple or 'they'd all be doing it'!
I mean that that's the only thing I'm changing!
...and we even managed to get a view of some great 'Red Arrow' activity to top it all off!!!
'Objects of Desire' showed at Leicester Vintage Carnival yesterday and we had a fabulous day. I had 3 rails and two helpers. Romany and her chap Ethan did a stellar job helping with the set-up and the get-out but were major selling factors being sales advisors and also the models!
The day was great fun and we met loads of lovely people; some who became instant customers and some who may yet become customers. Not to mention all the other lovely traders there.
Big shout out to Amy of Amy's Vintage, Market Harborough who visited our stand just after she strolled away with a First Prize in the 'Best Dressed' competition that afternoon. I would have got a photo but was too busy chatting and being starstruck!!!! I did manage to swipe one from Amy's Instagram story though!
Our next outing is at Cheltenham Lou Lou's Vintage Fair at the Town Hall, Cheltenham on the 27th May 2018. If you're around, do drop in.
If you have any requests for kimonos or any other of our lovely items please use the Contacts page and I can send photos of anything that sounds like it may be what you're looking for.
In response to a few recent queries...yes I do do menswear. It's mainly by request but actually, just by way of information I've added a few pictures done in the past, before 'Ojbects' was born.
The plain shirts aren't vintage silks but new raw silk. The printed one is in cotton by a company that does 50s/vintage style prints. (Wow! Look how beautifully those pinups are matched across the front! )
Ultimately, I can do any style/size/shape requested and intend to start using the Japanese silks for shirts and also the Obi sash fabrics for waistcoats.
So, watch this space!
There are always 2 rails at our vintage fairs. One is for the 'source material', i.e the vintage silk kimonos themselves which can be bought 'as is' which works especially well for the short jacket styles and the other is for items made from the vintage silks which vary from things to be worn in vintage style or those of a more contemporary nature. These last are still 'vintage' because of the material they're made from. I also have some fabric pieces to sell for those who like to use them in their own projects.
If customers don't see what they want they can order it up...choose a fabric to base something on or adapt a kimono to fit or re-style one.
The possibilities are endless for 'retropolitan' and 'muggle' alike! Personally, I sit in both camps! :)
This man's bomber jacket was made for a customer's other half as a birthday present and is made from a joined piece of vintage silk kimono, preserving the fabulous crane artwork on the back and the plain parts are from another vintage silk kimono. The lining is also silk with a cotton mix rib for the classic racer neck and cuffs and hem. We hope that inspires a few more men to get with the bespoke program!!
The site owner Meredith Kemp-Ghani has been in the fashion industry for many years and hopes to add items here to entertain and interest you all.