This previous Sunday was the second installment of ‘Mr Classic Fayre’, a brand new vintage-shopping occasion in London. The primary one was again in April, and was by all accounts a hit (I couldn’t attend sadly, weekends being all the time a bit tough with the household).
Such was its reception that the unique plan for an annual occasion turned a biannual one, and the variety of sellers has elevated (in quantity and prominence). This previous Sunday the likes of Jojo from Rag Parade (in Sheffield), Max Sardi (@sanforized, usually showroom solely) and Michael Levison (of Levison’s, Brick Lane) have been exhibiting for the primary time.
Given the dearth of classic purchasing in London, the occasion could be very welcome, notably because it brings in sellers which might be outdoors London and in any other case classify as locations. The situation in Newington Inexperienced will not be the best for everybody, however a lot simpler than going around the nation. It additionally makes it simpler to have a much bigger vary of small sellers.
The occasion is held at the Mildmay Membership – a stunning outdated constructing on the nook of Newington Inexperienced – and there was one thing of a village-fete really feel to the entire occasion.
Son of a Stag had a giant unfold on the stage of the corridor, with glowing pink, blue and yellow streamers behind them – usually the background to Friday’s jazz night time, or the Charity Quiz. Upstairs there was a cake stall with coffees, teas and I’ve to say an excellent BLT.
That ambiance was most likely accentuated by the character of the business. Classic menswear will not be a giant world, and a lot of the sellers and prospects know one another. Even when they’re working someplace else, such because the employees of Clutch Cafe (who have been there with a small stand), or Ben from Bryceland’s, they’re usually prospects.
That might make the Fayre sound intimidating, however it wasn’t. There was a vigorous ambiance, however it was helped by the truth that it wasn’t as busy as final time, the place apparently you couldn’t transfer within the morning.
This time it began slowly. There was the ticked 9-10am slot for the intense collectors (‘like birds of prey, they’re out and in, pounce and go’ within the phrases of 1 vendor). However after that the circulate began sedately and grew steadily stronger. I turned up at 10:15, and it was actually busier by the point I left, round noon.
There was a little bit of a mixture of stands – not simply the outdated and new, with the latter represented by Clutch and Son of a Stag – but in addition a watch supplier, a few report sellers, and classic stands that have been extra of the mod-ish selection, all 50s tailoring, tie pins and trilbies.
However there was nonetheless sufficient of the usual navy surplus and workwear, and in reality the factor I ended up shopping for was a pair of peccary gloves (£40) from one of many tailoring stands. They have been superbly hand sewn, and had a patina that had turned mid-brown into an array of blacks and browns across the palms and fingers.
My different favorite stand was Max’s, simply because his choice was totally different from the others – extra sportswear, with pale hoodies and flannel shirts alongside woollen searching jackets. I nearly purchased a superbly pale flannel shirt, however it was actually a measurement too small, and on reflection that was the suitable selection.
Apparently Max had two others that have been bought to the 9-10 crowd, and one that may have been in my measurement, in order that’s one cause the £5 for early admission is likely to be price it.
I did really really feel just a little dissatisfied to not discover extra, regardless of the gloves. However I feel that’s most likely as a result of I’ve been to Rag Parade, been to Max’s showroom, and was subconsciously anticipating the identical vary, which is unattainable given the scale of a stand. There was nonetheless an enormous quantity to see, and it’s quite a bit higher than another possibility in London.
Thanks to Tony Sylvester and Jonny Trunk for organising, and creating this distinctive menswear occasion.
Everybody else, do go alongside subsequent Spring when you can, and thanks additionally to Illya (@illcutz) for the pictures.