Magpie vintage was first born in 2010 out of a suitcase on Portobello Road. After several years hustling the markets, I landed a permanent unit on London's infamous Brick Lane. I soon began reworking and up cycling the clothes, eventually creating garments from scratch which quickly turned into my first clothing brand, VACCINE. Selling this alongside my vintage finds, a buyer from America scouted the brand and I went on a 2 year hiatus to India, working on churning out collections that they would buy and sell in their 27 stores across the States.
After a few years, I came to realise that fast fashion was not the career for me. I missed the joy of stumbling across beautifully made, one off pieces, carrying their own history. No longer wanting to contribute to the devastatingly negative impact that high street fashion has on the world, and the people working in it, I turned back to my first passion. Hunting, bargaining, rummaging and scouring for the best vintage finds from across the globe.
The business has gone on to grow and expand, becoming a family business with Lydia, my younger sister partnering up and together we opened our first shop in Barcelona.
In December 2019, I opened another store in the beautiful independent shopping disstrict, Camden Passage in Angel, which has been a dream come true.
Theres so many reasons why vintage is a passion of mine - the textures, shapes, colours and quality are all so different (and far superior) than modern day fashion. I love the romanticised story each piece holds, how many owners have loved and worn them, the events its been to and things its seen. And of course, the ethical, positive environmental impact shopping vintage has on the world..
Shopping locally, independently and sustainably is the way forward, these clothes have been circulating for over 50 years and have another 50 in them - not something your average Zara top can boast about.
SHOP VINTAGE. SAVE THE PLANET