Tuesday, 17 December 2013

pond-hopping vintage

This gift-giving season, you know what you need in your life?  A little more vintage.  Sensational vintage.  Vintage to make heads turn and fists tighten in envy.  

Welcome to UK-based, China Pig Vintage.  

It's mastermind, Steph Wilson, is a jacklyn-of-all-trades.  She does the buying and the styling; the amazing photo shoots are her brainchildren; she manages all the budgeting, post, etc; she dapples in design and collaborates with other awesome UK designers (like those turbans from ShopFloorWhore); and oh yeah, she's also the model. 


This girl can mix prints, mix textiles, mix decades and mix formalities, and she does so with such effortless chicness you can't help but burden your poor debit card with more.  Plus, have you ever seen wigs done so well?  Me neither. 

Her boutique is run through ASOS Marketplace, a great place to discover vintage from all over the globe from boutiques and individual sellers.  But I'm doing you a favour.  Start with China Pig.      

Many of her finds are designer treasures from the likes of Barbour, Jaeger, Burberry and Prada.  As for the others, they are so one-of-a-kind that you'll be glad no one could ever label or copy them.  
Currently, she's got some unique New Year's Eve stunners listed, like this sequin striped number or this dying to be twirled tulle skirt

Or maybe you just need something to keep you as cozy as all the mulled wine you'll be drinking in it, like this high-necked floral shift:

I'm obviously a believer in this boutique, and have not been shy about putting my money where my mouth is. (Sidebar:  I've never been happier to have a British partner, although my mother-in-law obviously regrets the postal habits of that odd American her son took up with, as my parcels appear far more regularly than my person.  C'est la vie.) 
Here's some of the finery I have personally scored from this amazing curation:

Colour-me-scarlet gauze whirl

Golden 'I lead the band' shirt
Pinup Lee skinnies
Crochet wonderment
She's so fierce shearling

Bad-assest of boots

all images pictured are copyright of China Pig Vintage and all feature items actually for sale 

So for the holidays do the planet a favour and buy used clothes.  Then do yourself a favour and buy them from China Pig.


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