Game, Set, Spitalfields!

Greetings vintage fans,

After a such a rapturous, sun-soaked, victory-filled few days, pardon us if we let out a walloping ‘PHWOAR, WHAT A WEEKEND!!’ 30 degree heat, Murray, ice-cream – it could be the e-numbers and endorphins talking but what a corker the past few days have been!

Adding to this head-spinning euphoria is of course the fact that we set a course for East London on Saturday, bringing our legendary ‘Judy’s at Old Spitalfields’ event back to the capital. Ever on the hunt for retro treasures, here’s how we got on…

Tropical sideboards, floaty dresses, cupcakes filled with Pimm’s (yes, you heard us, PIMM’S! What kind of delicious sorcery is this?!) – a retro recipe for the perfect London day in the sun.

In addition to plentiful shopping bags (and empty purses) came an abundance of great London street style. Aided by our friends from ‘Back of the Wardrobe,’ check out these stunners below…

A testament to the fact that there’s an alternative look to ‘sweaty mess’ on a boiling London day (not that that’s how we looked, dear reader. ‘Glowing’ is how we’re marketing it!) we certainly left inspired!

And so, another super Spitalfields down, we’re headed to bed to dream of tennis, rays and THAT cupcake.

Retro regards,

Judy HQ x

Girl on Fire: A little tribute to Edie Sedgwick

“Edith Mintum Sedgwick: beautiful artist and actress (and all around loon.) Remembered for setting the world on fire and escaping the clutches of her terrible family. Made friends with everybody and anybody, creating chaos and uproar wherever she went. Divorced as many times as she married, she leaves only good wishes behind…” Factory Girl

Say what you want about Edie (more tributes and reprimands exist in the great chasm of the media than she had earrings!) but something about her, like many of those icons of the 1960s that we hold dear, smolders. Remembering an icon, here are some of our favourite looks…







































































Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Dress to Impress!

Greetings vintage fans,

Sometimes, a dress comes along that is so out-and-out beautiful that we would sell our own mothers down the river to get it (sorry Mum, we’ll pick you up before the river hits the sea!) This floral ditty (pictured above) is such a garment! Brought to our attention by the aptly-named ‘Time of your Life’ vintage, we envisage having exactly that – twirling in parks, long lazy brunches, dance floors and weddings. Flower power to the max, we think we’ve fallen in floral love!

Yours longingly,

Judy HQ x

Judy’s at Old Spitalfields: The Rock n Roller Special

Greetings vintage fans!

The hair, the swagger, the moves (like Jagger) – there’s nothing we love more than a good rock and roller! Ahead of tomorrow’s very special Judy’s at Old Spitalfields (featuring a rockabilly theme with live music and booze from the folks at Sailor Jerry’s) we’ve decided to get in the mood by perusing our rock and roll idols from the 50s and 60s. Quoffed hair, tailoring (and bags full of talent) have a peruse below…
































Feeling the urge to shake those hips? We don’t blame you! For any of you wanting to pop along, our FREE fair will be taking place at The Old Spitalfields Market (near Liverpool St) from 11am – 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday (For all the details, click HERE)

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” Why we love Grace Coddington…



Greetings vintage fans,

Heroes and idols – aren’t they a funny thing? Not wanting to fall into the chasm between obscurity and cliche [say Odysseus vs Marilyn Monroe – one as interesting to most as dry paint and the other an obvious expectation] whenever I am faced with that question of ‘who is your idol?,’ I’m often at a loss for words.

Fast forward ladies and gents, to yesterday night when, curled up cultivating a case of pre-Monday blues [the Sunday blues JR if you will] I decided to stick on ‘The September Edition’ and lose myself in the giddy world of American Vogue. And so, what did I leave with? Was it a new-found respect for designers of all calibers who, despite extreme talents, still have to pitch and curtsy to journalists? Yes. Was it a new-found respect for that coffee-table staple of a magazine that I occasionally flick through/ use as a tray when all other trays are scarce? Yes. Was it the fact that not once did Anna Wintour’s fringe move out of place, as if stuck in some follicle matrix? Yes, yes, yes. But most of all [and rather obviously] was the loveliness of Grace Coddington.

Former model [pictured above], stylist and Creative Director of Vogue for more moons than worth mentioning, Grace Coddington appeared a visionary. Anna Wintour herself calls her a genius and hey, we think we believe her. Not only is she experienced, revolutionary, creative [and has a set of red hair that would make both Viv and Florence green with envy!] but we think we like her because she is nice. An obvious statement? Perhaps. However, to return to that subject of idols, another of ours [philanthropist John Templeton] once said that “it’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” And we think that Grace would agree with that.

For more on Grace, check out this excellent Guardian article HERE [or take a look at some pins HERE]

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Beehive of the Week!

Greetings vintage fans,

Now, if there’s one thing we love, it’s that 1960s vintage hair staple, the beehive! Popular [yet not an everyday occurrence] we couldn’t NOT show you this amazing shopper spotted at Cambridge…





Already hooked on that T-shirt, those trousers [and the touch of lippy] we soon found ourselves armed to the teeth with hairspray and brush, back-combing to kingdom come!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ! x

Leeds Affordable Vintage Fair: Yorkshire, we’re coming HOME!

Greetings vintage fans,

Whether it’s a proper cup of tea or walks in the country, we admit that there’s nothing like coming home! [crikey, we sound like a borderline advert for ‘Bisto!’] This Saturday, we get to do just that, returning with Leeds Affordable Vintage Fair, a FREE day of vintage revelry in the stunning Corn Exchange.

Since our beginnings eight years ago, so much has changed! Facebook has taken over the world, Justin Bieber appeared [we think he appeared fully-formed at Usher’s knee, ready to insight a kind of madness that makes us want to hide under a stone] and Gangnam became a ‘style’ [Note: still not sure what that is] That said, some things never change, such as the immutable beauty of The Corn Exchange! With it’s celestial shell letting in the lovely Leeds sky, we can’t wait to head back on Saturday! [here it is during the 1960s, filled to the brim with activity!]

For any of you kicking about Yorkshire this weekend, check out the details of our Leeds fair HERE.

Au revoir vintage fans [and have a good weekend!]

Judy HQ x


Draper on drapes…

Greetings vintage fans,

Ahead of this Saturday’s MASSIVE vintage fair at the Old Spitalfields Market, London, we’ve had a little dalliance with the national press – hooray!

Writing in Saturday’s Times, Mark Bridge wrote that “mid-century furniture and accessories have been coveted by design buffs for years, but recent appearances on the 1960s-set of Mad Men have hugely widened their appeal.” He then mentioned JUDY’S AT SPITALFIELDS as the place to get them!

With stalls like these, we’ll be going Draper on our drapes before you know it!


The Jean Genie

If Helen’s face launched a thousand ships, then The Shrimps figure launched a thousand shifts! Irrevocable, unforgettable and so chic it hurts, we’re still enamored with last week’s ‘We’ll take Manhattan’ – get us a teddy and a chain-link fence quick!

In-between You-tubing Bailey, Twiggy, Edie & Andy [we’ve gone all ’60s this week – get me a Besey & call me a ‘quaker!] we found this clip of Shrimp from the States…

Jean Shrimpton on \’What\’s my Line?\’

See, even her handwriting was sassy!

In the midst of this sixties-ness, we’re crying out for more sixties TV. Less ‘Twiggy’s Frock Exchange,’ more ‘Shrimp my Ride’ [possible cover art below]

Here’s hoping!