We are open!

This week Your Vintage Life opened it’s doors to our new online boutique. We applied sometime back to have a shop on ASOS and were lucky to be accepted straight away. Fast forward quite a few weeks….when we were prepping stock and busy doing student fairs…and we are open!

Our boutique is a vintage accessory shop. Our slogan is “Bags of vintage accessories” and boy do we have bags of vintage accessories!

We have handbags. Lots of handbags.

We have ladylike 60s ones.

We have boho 70s ones.

We have glam 80s ones.

And then we have jewellery.

We have eye catching ones.

We have pretty ones.

We have simply stunning ones.

We also have tonnes of scarves.

We have classic 80s ones.

We have huge paisley ones.

And we have so much more to come, including mens accessories (when I manage to tie Mr YVL down to modelling them). Tie…..get it??

We will have ties, scarves, cravats, bags for men. Plus gloves, hats, belts……..

Why not pay us a visit (maybe follow us???) and let us know what you think! Just press here

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Fabulous Fifi

For anyone that follows our blogs, you will know we are renovating a poorly neglected 1920s house. Check out “Our Patterned Palace” for a glimpse of the array of 60s wallpaper and carpet on every (and I mean every) wall. It has been a labour of love but……

We have finished the first room!!!!!!

Our bedroom was covered in pink psychedelic wallpaper which we actually liked, but was not in a good state of repair.

This has been replaced with an amazing wallpaper called Fifi. It is from Sanderson and is part of their 1950s range. Recently they have pulled together a fantastic collection of original prints from wallpapers and textiles which are both eye-catching and fun.

Coinciding with the 60 year anniversary of the Festival of Britain, this range is nostalgic of the many fabric designers who showed their new radical ideas here at a time when this country was just coming out of rationing.

The Fifi design was an original wallpaper which was recently found in someones attic. It depicts ladies with hourglass figures and Dior’s New Look shapes which launched in 1947.

Tight bodices, nipped in tiny waists and full wide skirts. Splashed with purple and green it looks amazing with our Murano and Whitefriars glass collection.

I love white walls…perfect for showing off your vintage homewares. Teamed up with cream stained floors the room is bright and calming.

People often think white with cream is wrong, but i love it. Look at our Panton lamp against the cream of the wallpaper.

The room is quite big so we have added a 50s chair, a glass topped kidney shaped table and a cocktail cabinet.

No….we are not drinking martinis in the bedroom!  It is full of my glorious 1950s bag collection: lucite box bags, Dorset Rexs, Atlas window pane bags, Caro Nans, Enid Collins, Midas of Miamis…..I LOVE THEM!!! They are kept behind glass to protect them from sticky fingers!

All we need now is some curtains and to find frames big enough for our amazing vintage magazine covers, as mentioned in our blog “We’ve got it covered“.

Let us know what you think of Fabulous Fifi?? And maybe check out the whole Sanderson 50s range…

My birthday bag

It was my birthday last week and I received the loveliest handbag! It is a wicker box bag by a company called Midas of Miami. They made fabulous bags which epitomise the 1950s style with gorgeous adornments.

This one has tiny white seed beads all over the front and lid, tightly packed together to give an amazing texture. It has silk flowers embroidered onto the beads in pretty pinks, green and coral which give the bag it’s delicate feel.

It has 2 handles which are covered in cream and gold that fold down either side of the bag. This is Midas’s trade mark handle. Inside is lined with a peach silk with compartments for your lipstick and mirror.

You sure were an elegant lady to have had one of these! Imagine her teaming the bag with a floral cotton day dress with nipped in waist and full skirt, flat pumps and sun hat, walking along the Miami promenade.

Here is a selection of my other 1950s American handbags including another great Midas one.

Dorset Rex lucite and metal woven box bag with matching compact.

Unmarked huge kitsch vinyl shopper with buttons and bows.

Atlas Princess Charming wicker bag with 3D kitty.

Atlas window pane bag with poodles and lucite handles.

Another Atlas one with butterflies.

Unmarked orange straw and vinyl shopper

Metal and embroidered Tyrolean, Inc

Classic 50s poodles by Midas of Miami. A similar one is shown in Judith Miller’s book “Handbags” on page 301. And when you have these lovelies you need a 50s drinks cabinet to display them (and keep the kids fingers off them!)

I wish it was my birthday every day!

(why not join our group on Vintage Network Worldwide called “I can’t live without my vintage handbags” to meet other handbags lovers and share photos)