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An Afternoon at WilliamVintage

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One of the highlights of my trip to London was visiting the amazing WilliamVintage store in Marylebone and getting to spend some time with the shop’s owner, William Banks-Blaney. Simply calling Will kind would be a bit of an understatement – in the midst of his insanely busy schedule, which included prepping for a Monday morning Vogue shoot, he traveled clear across London on a Friday afternoon to open his store for me. Together we pored over his entire collection with him sharing stories and pointing out the amazing details in the construction of his pieces while I “ooo’ed” and “ahh’ed” and fell in love with everything.

I’ve said it before but – to me, Will has one of the coolest jobs around. He travels around the world unearthing forgotten fashion treasures, each replete with a rich history. He’s passionate about his work, has impeccable taste, and spends his days giving gorgeous vintage pieces a home in contemporary fashion. Sounds pretty good to me! His store is absolutely beautiful in every way and I’m so happy we were able to work out a visit. After all the dress “ooo” ing and “ahh” ing, we went on a little field trip to Borough Market where I was introduced to a satanically scrumptious sausage/pastry combo and amazing coffee. It’s always so great to see a city with a native who knows and loves it. Little known secret: if this whole fashion thing doesn’t work out, Will’s got an amazing future as a tour guide. Although, lets be real, I think the first option is working out pretty well!

Photos below including my very favorite burgundy 1956 Sybil Connolly dress and a to die for row of LBD’s. Also love the beautifully color coded racks, which somehow look way better than when I attempt this in my own closet…

IMG_0112On this rack: Louis Feraud Dress, Sybil Connolly 2 piece ensemble, Dynasty two piece jumpsuit, Balenciaga Haute Couture Dress

IMG_0080Sybil Connolly Couture Dress

IMG_0078IMG_0107On this rack: Dior Dress, Hardy Amies Dress, Dior New York Dress

IMG_0116Ossie Clark Dress

IMG_0086Dior Haute Couture Dress Suit 

IMG_00752 Fortuny Delphos Gowns

Maggie Rouff Haute Couture TunicMaggie Rouff Haute Couture Tunic

IMG_0093Balenciaga Haute Couture Suit Jacket

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 WilliamVintage

2 Marylebone St.

London W1G 8JQ

Shop by appt. only (but don’t let that stop you!): +44 207 487 4322

Shop online here.

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