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  • The Great Escape is here! Party with us at our Brighton Store


    The Great Escape is the number one festival for new music, showcasing 450 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across Brighton. It’s the first place to discover your new favourite artist and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages. The Alternative Escape runs alongside the festival, featuring secret gigs, club nights and spontaneous collaborations which all add to the festivities, making this weekend one not to miss!

    Having first opened our store in the heart of Brighton 7 years ago (doesn’t time fly?!) we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that this year the store will be acting as a venue for live music during The Great Escape!

    In the heart of The North Laines, this special gig will showcase six emerging bands, many of whom were formed in Brighton.

    Please see below for the event information or to find out more about the bands, and don’t forget to click attending on our Facebook event!

    WHERE? Beyond Retro Brighton, 42 Vine St, Brighton BN1 4AG

    WHEN? Saturday the 21st of May 15:00 - 19:30

    LINE UP 15:15-15:45 Blush 16:00-16:30 Yonaka 16:45-17:15 Natalie McCool 17:30-18:00 Esther joy lane 18:15-18:45 Marthagunn 19:00-19:30 Get Inuit




    It wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that Brighton four-piece BLUSH named themselves after Wolf Alice’s early EP. DIY Mag recently described how Blush "spin brilliance out of rough edges". Read more here or check out the guys on Facebook and Soundcloud!

    Esther Joy Lane


    This girl is a one-woman disco machine! Smash Disco have described her sound as "If Laurie Anderson and Devo had ever made 4th base..." We're intrigued! Check our her website or find her on Facebook and SoundCloud.



    This Brighton-based four piece are all dark pops and heavy riffs - we can't wait to hear more! Find out more on Facebook or have a listen on SoundCloud.

    Natalie McCool


    Hailing from Liverpool, this girl is another electronic powerhouse. One of her tracks was recently described as a “Mesmerising lilt-pop gem” by The Sunday Times. Find our more on her Facebook and website.



    In a stark contrast to the rest, this Brighton-based band are 100% acoustic. Check them out on Facebook or listen on their website.

    Get Inuit


    This Kent-based four piece describe their sound as 'dirty pop'. If you can't make it to the show, they've got a string of dates coming up throughout May. Check them out on their snazzy website.



    Closing the show we have a London-based all girl three piece making sure we end on a high! Check them out on Soundcloud and Facebook.

    Want to know more? Check out our Facebook Event!

    Words: Louis Staples


    Wedding season is almost upon us! *Simultaneous hurrah and sigh*

    According to the wondrous pool of information that is the internet, the average person will attend 15 weddings in their lifetime. With this in mind, you’d think most of us would be sick to death of watching people get hitched, but two people celebrating their love for one another never seems to get old - and the free bar and food doesn’t hurt either!

    Still, on average we spend an eye-watering £7500 on being a wedding guest in our lifetimes. Isn’t that crazy? That’s like a car or a Chanel travel case - depending on your point of view. So no matter if it’s your first wedding, 15th wedding, first time as a bridesmaid, plus-one or you yourself are taking the plunge this summer, vintage is a great way to stand out from the crowd in a one-of-a-kind look for a one-of-a-kind occasion! You’ll double the fun and probably halve your expense.

    If you’re attending a wedding this summer, here’s some tips for how to enjoy yourself and add a little vintage sparkle into your day!

    First thing’s first - what ‘kind’ of wedding is it?

    Anyone who has watched the classic 27 Dresses will know that these days weddings come in every theme, setting and size you can imagine! Is it a ‘country’ wedding or a ‘city’ wedding. Think about the hosts and what they’ve told you about the day and what vibe you think they’re going for. Alternatively, scan the invitation for dress-code details. Do you need to wear a hat? Is there a large interval between the ceremony and reception? If so, perhaps two fabulous outfits will be required! Questions, questions, questions... See below for some of our wedding tips or head over to the website and shop our selection of summer party looks!

    If you're heading to a country wedding, its ALL about the accessories, like this floral saddle bag

    Floral Saddle Bag - £28 Floral Saddle Bag - £28

    A Silk scarf is another great way for both guys and girls to give an outfit a country spin
    Pocket Square, £4 Pocket Square, £4

    ...Or perhaps a classic pair of heritage inspired sunglasses?

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    These days, weddings come in every theme imaginable. In the last 10 years, the number of weddings with a simple 'black tie' theme has risen sharply. I know, wearing black to a wedding still feels a little strange, but if you're hosts have specified then there's nothing you can do. Plus, who doesn't look fab in black?

    These dresses are perfect for any black tie do! Silk Party Dress - £48, Pencil Shape Evening Dress - £38 These dresses are perfect for any black tie do! Silk Party Dress - £48, Pencil Shape Evening Dress - £38

    If you're wanting to go for a classic retro look, these vintage styles allow you to stand out in bold colour.

    1950's Day Dress - £45,  Beaded Party Dress - £48 1950's Day Dress - £45, Beaded Party Dress - £48

    Again, this look is all about the accessories, so why not go all out with our vintage inspired new product?!

    Satin Gloves - £14.50 Satin Gloves - £14.50

    Or for the boys, why not try a cravat?

    Cravat - £15 Cravat - £15

    If you're lucky enough to be invited to a destination wedding somewhere warm, never fear, because we've got you covered. Warm weather is all about comfort, so go for something light that will allow you to dance the whole day and night without feeling like you are about to burst into flames!

    This Metallic look party dress is light, airy and perfect for enjoying a wedding in the sun. At £38 it's a steal! Pair with a gold bag (£23) to add some glam to the occasion This Metallic look party dress is light, airy and perfect for enjoying a wedding in the sun. At £38 it's a steal! Pair with a gold bag (£23) to add some glam to the occasion

    And finally... our top wedding pick!

    This dress is the PERFECT dress to stand out at a wedding for all the right reasons. Find it online for £42!

    This dress is the PERFECT dress to stand out at a wedding for all the right reasons. Find it online for £42!

    Want to see more? Shop more of our wedding picks here!

  • HRH The Duchess of Cambridge wears a Beyond Retro Fedora on the Cover of British Vogue!


    When it comes to a big reveal, no one does it better than Vogue. To mark their 100th anniversary, the British edition of the iconic fashion bible have outdone themselves by unveiling Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge as their newest cover star!

    Like the rest of you, we first saw these photos while absent-mindedly scrolling through Instagram on Friday night. It wasn’t until we looked a little closer that we realised that she was wearing one of our hats on the cover AND inside! I repeat KATE MIDDLETON IS WEARING ONE OF OUR HATS ON THE 100th ANNIVERSARY COVER OF VOGUE MAGAZINE! The images have also been added to the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National portrait gallery.

    At Beyond Retro, we’ve always loved how HRH champions British brands. With designers all around the world falling over themselves to dress her, we’re absolutely over the moon that she chose our Green Wool Fedora for her cover look, and doesn’t she look beautiful?!

    Over the years the Duchess has become one of the most influential players in the fashion world by mixing designers with high street and smaller brands. We really respect the way that Kate isn’t afraid to be seen in the same garment twice - a rare quality in the world of celebrity fashion.

    Our Green Felt Fedora has sold out, but more are on the way! Our Green Felt Fedora has sold out, but more are on the way!

    These hats are now available for pre-order online, and are part of our vintage inspired range of new products. The fact that the hats originally sold out almost instantly is a testament to how influential Kate Middleton has become.

    Jade from our Dalston Store channels gives the look a go! Jade from our Dalston Store channels HRH

    As those of you who regularly shop with us will know, we’ve got an endless selection of one-of-a-kind vintage gems in our stores and online, so why not try and recreate this look with vintage?! A classic 1970’s brown suede coat will absolutely never go out of style, a clever choice for a historic cover that must stand the test of time.

    Take a peak at how you can recreate the cover along with some of the other looks from inside the magazine! It's on stands today!

    Channel HRH in a classic 70's suede jacket Channel Mrs Cambridge in a classic 70's suede jacket

    ... or perhaps a cape? ... or perhaps a cape?

    Inside the pages of the magazine Kate can be seen sitting casually in a plaid shirt. To give this look a modern edge why not try one of our Beyond Retro LABEL cropped flannel shirts?



    On the next pages, The Duchess is seen playing with her dog Lupo while wearing a pair of retro inspired dungarees - we've got a fab selection of these in-store and online!


    Or why not go all out in a 70's jumpsuit?!


    Words: Louis Staples

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