A day of shopping with YGSF and we filmed it for you…what could possibly be better?! Recently I visited our local vintage spot, Lime Green Bow, on Portobello Road where I enjoyed a personal shopping experience with the brains behind the boutique, the lovely Clemmie!
Clemmie and I have had a long standing relationship so it’s always so much fun whenever I go into the shop. This time we chatted about getting spring/summer ready, fighting moths and how blankets are now totally wearable. Catch the full interview above!
(Sonia Rykiel – 1980’s. Sourced: trousers- NYC, jacket sourced afterwards)
As we mooch round the shop it becomes apparent that Clemmie is a pretty big fan of bed wear, or just “comfortable fashion.” This two piece is something that I probably wouldn’t pull out, not because I dislike it but just because it’s not something i’d imagine myself being drawn to. Clemmie sees past this and gives me a good push- she isn’t afraid to test my boundaries, and on this one she’s got it just right!
P.s. As well as sourcing high quality vintage, Clemmie is also a dating agency for vintage clothing- she often find pieces separately and then sets them up!
According to Clemmie this giant blanket is “the most fabulous thing i’ve ever found in my life.” I felt in a similar way which is why it was the only thing I thought about for days after and why I ended up caving in and buying the damn thing! Clemmie is a pretty big fan of taking fabrics you wouldn’t think are wearable and making them into something amazing. We both agreed it’s best worn with nothing but ankle boots…and underwear (obviously.)
(Wendy Dagworth – early 80’s)
(Diane Von Fusrtenburg for Saks Fifth Avenue- 1970’s. Sourced in Miami)
Shopping at Lime Green Bow is like spending a day in two-piece heaven! Clemmie will always encourage her customers to buy a two piece together. Why? Because they will only go up in value, so it’s an investment!
(1960’s mac created in the 80’s)
I found it a little odd to come across a repro of a 60’s mac made in the 80’s…I mean why not just hunt out the 60’s one? Of course Clemmie has a good reason, you can’t find any good quality macs from the 60’s. So, what’s the best way to preserve vintage clothing? “Well, obviously there’s the problem of moths”…obviously! Miss Lime Green Bow advises keeping any moth friendly items in plastic zip bags and hunting out a dry cleaner that has worked with vintage before! Basically, look after your vintage! They’re collectables that will only bring in a profit for you in the future.
(1970’s trousers, sourced in NYC. 1960’s waistcoat is private collection)
“We’re moving in a world where people buying more and more second hand.” The market for vintage is BIG at the moment, but Clemmie is one of the best. She handpicks all of her items and knows her clients extremely well, from lawyers to actors she’s got it covered!
Clammie is back in her showroom now but will be returning to 201 Portobello Road on May 1st, we look forward to seeing what she’s got in her vintage treasure chest!