So firstly a little bit of news that I haven't shared with you... Last week I found out that my application was successful and I am now the Arts & Fashion editor of WesternEye, my university newspaper!!! This is obviously super duper exciting and I'll be sure to show you my first issue when it comes out.
On Wednesday I was invited to the press preview of Loot, a new vintage shop that has just opened in Bristol. Me and my assistant editor Chaneen got to have a little snoop around as well as indulging ourselves with Krispy Cremes and ciders before it was opened to the general public on Thursday night.
Loot started as the project of Louise Dooley & Richard Emerson (Rocket) (above right) just two years ago with their first store in Leamington and this store, near the Bear Pit in Bristol, will be their second location. We were lucky enough to have a chat with Rocket who said that though they looked into many locations across England, Bristol kept being recommended as the perfect fit; "As a City I feel it has only progressed as the cultural pulse of the UK".
Rather than buying in bulk as many other vintage stores do the clothes are painstakingly hand picked from cities across America and Europe: New York, Texas, Miami, LA, Barcelona, Copenhagen & Berlin. Rocket himself also co-owns a boutique menswear shop and this is shown in the fact that Loot, refreshingly, actually caters more for the boys! Rocket was passionate about his anti-consumerist ethos and what that means for Loot for example unlike many other vintage and retro stores Loot is surprisingly affordable. As a prime example me and Chaneen were shocked to see a Ralph Lauren men's shirt for only £23!
Another fantastic aspect of their make-do and mend attitude is that they 'rework' items to bring them up to date while still retaining their character (remember me saying how much I loved that in Cow Vintage's store?). For example they will shorten hems, bring in waistlines and add embellishments for you as well as adjusting sizes so your ideal individual piece will fit you. What really appeals to me is that they have a visible area with sewing machines so you actually see the seamstresses at work yourself!
Loot don't want to just stop at the clothes though, Rocket was telling me about many of the other plans in store. They are always keen to push the boundaries in order to integrate with the local community. First as a platform for local artists who will be able to display and sell their work within the store. There are also talks about having local musicians perform in store as 'loot live sessions'. As well as this there are ideas for the 2,500 square feet space to be turned into a yoga studio at night.
"We believe we can generate a real community scene for people with an interest in fashion, art, music and health.”
Louise & Rocket do have plans to open more shops in different cities but not before 2016, until then they plan to spend their time on our Bristol store and the new website 'gimme the loot' where you can shop by decade and city!
LOOT Vintage Clothing Bristol can be found at 6-9 Haymarket Walk, BS1 3LN.