Fashion, food, lifestyle and culture in St Albans
As I stepped over the threshold of Fleetville’s Vintage Emporium my black and white existence fell away to reveal a technicolour world of wonder. ‘Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore’-precisely Dorothy.
Who knew? Did you know that Hatfield Road was the wardrobe to vintage Narnia? The rabbit hole to retro Wonderland? I had no idea that there was anything like this in our little city.Yes, I had seen the sign, appreciated the eclectic frontage, but I had no idea that behind those doors was an actual emporium of vintage goodness. And emporium is the only word that can be used to describe the sheer scale of the place, it’s huge, a veritable tardis of vintage treasure.
If London’s Spitalfields and Portobello Market had a love child and secretly shipped it off to the suburbs, this would be that baby. It’s as good as any vintage affair that London has to offer and I should know, I’ve done the leg work. My weakness, vintage clutch bags, one whiff of that musty lining and snap of that classic clasp and I’m a goner.
Vintage clothes covering decades of fashion and all their respective accoutrement and accessories to go with any ensemble. Military wear, old publications, records, mountains of homewares and kitchenalia… it was when I reached the pile of rich leather Gladstone Bags, that I had to steady myself and take a breather.
Thankfully, the equally lovely Corinne has opened up a dinky little tea shop in the Emporium, a perfect treat at the heart of this maze. Tea for Two will allow you to hideaway amidst an array of vintage pieces- and if you love them enough you can actually buy them. Everything from your tea cup and saucer, to your table and chair are for sale. The art on the walls, courtesy of local artist and fellow Emporium community member, Debbie Knight, is also for sale.
The whole place is a real celebration of community and their combined passion for all things Vintage.
This is what this blog is for- unearthing a cracking gem like this.
221 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4TB