Vintage Fashion Clothing Blog | Beyond Retro



    Hello everyone!

    It’s been another hectic week at Beyond Retro HQ as we exhibited our newest collection of upcycled clothing and accessories at PURE London. If you haven’t heard of PURE - don’t worry - you can still sit with us. In a nutshell, it’s one of the biggest clothing and footwear showcases in the world. PURE is a place where fashion companies gather to show off their newest creations and forge new relationships within the industry.

    Our Beyond Retro LABEL range went down a storm, and we’re so happy with the feedback that we received on our AW collection. Out of 383 exhibitors our stand was one of three to be nominated for ‘Best Menswear Stand’, check us out!


    So why were we there? At the start of 2016 we decided to embark on wholesaling our product so that it can be available to buy in more places. We see this development as an exciting way to reuse more of the world’s second hand product and grow our pre-loved network.

    Our wholesale service allows buyers to purchase 50 to 50,000 pieces from different eras, styles and trends, and also includes our LABEL collection of upcycled designs. Our fantastic rang of LABEL bags are currently available in TOPSHOP Oxford Street. We’ve loved collaborating with TOPSHOP and hope to continue working together. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements!

    And who is steering our wholesale ship? Well, this is the job of our Label Wholesale Coordinator Nicholas Rogers. After graduating from London College of Fashion with a BA in Womenswear Design, Nikki joined team Beyond Retro as a Supervisor in our Dalston Store. After a few months on the job, it was clear to everyone that she had the vision and drive to bring this idea to fruition.


    So Nikki, have you always liked vintage clothing?

    When I was younger, my mum used to pass her old clothes down to me. Like a lot of people, that was my first experience of wearing vintage garments. I have an amazing pair of Versace trousers that I still wear now. I really like how vintage garments can be such high quality and last for generations. Nowadays clothes aren’t meant to last and I find that sad.

    Do you think that studying womenswear was beneficial to you?

    I think it’s really good to have background knowledge in making clothes so that you can explain to people the effort that has gone into making our LABEL garments. It’s also handy because I can discuss things with our LABEL designers throughout the design process. It’s also easier to gauge the quality of vintage clothing if you have a background in making things.

    What’s your favourite part of your role?

    I like to see how everyone else utilises our vintage stock. We sell to so many people who each have their own character and vision. Everyone photographs our clothing differently merchandises them differently in store and I think that’s interesting.

    Have you got a favourite era or garment?

    I mix up a lot of different era’s in my day-to-day style. I started wearing a lot more 70’s stuff when I started working in Beyond Retro Dalston, although I’m not quite sure why. My all-time favourite garment that I own is a red suede western shirt. I’m a huge fan of western shirts – they have such amazing pockets!

    If you’d like to hear more about our wholesale service or need advice on selling vintage clothing, then please visit

    Words: Louis Staples


    Calling all vintage lovers - it’s competition time again!

    All summer long we've been wanting to hear how you guys are incorporating vintage into your festival experience!

    This summer we challenge you to regram one of five pictures of our favourite 'ultimate festival kits'! All you have to do is regram your favourite picture and tell us which festival you are heading to, or would like to go to this summer. Yes - it reeeeaaally is that simple!

    Oh, and don’t forget to hashtag #beyondretrofest, #beyondretro AND tag @beyondretro on your photo caption so we can see your entry!

    “But what’s in it for me?” I hear you cry!

    We will select five lucky winners who will each win the garments in the photo that they chose to regram

    The competition kicks off on July 14th and our winner will be announced on August 1st. Check out our five festival kits as well as the T&C's below and get regraming!











    And now for the boring stuff...

    • No purchase necessary to enter the competition
    • You must be following Beyond Retro Instagram account to qualify
    • Your Instagram account must be public in order to qualify
    • Gift cards cannot be exchange for cash
    • The prizes are non-transferable and no exchange or cash alternative will be offered
    • Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish but no entrant may win more than one prize
    • Both Hashtags & tag @beyondretro must be used in order to qualify
    • You will be notified via instagram then email if you win
    • Your contact details will be needed in order to claim prize
    • The competition will end 23:59 BST on July 31st
    • Winner announced via Instagram on Monday 1ST August
    • This competition is open to residents of the UK
    • If the clothing in the image does not fit, a similar option will be found in your style
    • All clothing items are one off pieces so a larger or smaller size of exactly the same piece that’s seen in the image is not available
    • If no similar option can be found, a gift card for the amount the item is worth will be sent to the winner instead

    Check out our 'Best of Festival' picks for some inspiration!

    Words: Louis Staples

  • Spotlight: Vintage Swimsuits

    It’s Summer baby!

    I don’t know about you guys, but we can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by! Before you know it we’ll be breaking out the knitwear again, but thankfully there’s still a few months of our humid/sticky/rainy British summer left to enjoy!

    Our expert vintage pickers have been hard at work finding fabulous one-of-a-kind pieces for you all to enjoy this summer season - and they never let us down. In amongst our vintage treasure-trove, we’re super excited to shine a spotlight on the amazing selection of retro swimsuits that we currently have in store and online.

    A swimsuit is a must-have summer garment, whether you’re jetting off on holiday to top up your tan or heading to a festival. No longer exclusively reserved for those lucky enough to be sunbathing by the pool, swimsuits can also be worn as daywear during the summer months. As with so many things, we feel that brighter and bolder is better when it comes to picking the perfect swimsuit. If you want to make a SPLASH this summer, why not DIVE into our vast array of colours and patterns and add a little vintage to your holiday?

    Here’s a rundown of our fave costumes from our website:

    1) It's all tropical

    One-piece Swimsuit Hot Pink With A Cut-out Back - £22.00 One-piece Swimsuit Hot Pink With A Cut-out Back - £22.00

    This one-piece looks too good to be true - but it could be yours! It's actually hurting my eyes in the best possible way. You certainly won't be missed on the beach in this tropical extravaganza!

    2) Tartan time

    One-piece Swimsuit Blue With A Cut-out Back - £20.00 One-piece Swimsuit Blue With A Cut-out Back - £20.00

    This tartan number is giving us SERIOUS 90's Clueless vibes!

    3) Illustrated

    One-piece Swimsuit Black With A Low Back Neckline - £16.00 One-piece Swimsuit Black With A Low Back Neckline - £16.00

    This monochrome one-piece is the perfect way to remain understated but still look different. We love naivety of the line-drawing!

    4) Safari

    One-piece Swimsuit Lilac With A Low Back Neckline - £16.00 One-piece Swimsuit Lilac With A Low Back Neckline - £16.00

    You totally thought for a second that there wouldn't be any animal print on this blog, didn't you?! This is so Ab Fab it hurts

    5) Paisley Perfection

    One-piece Swimsuit Green With A Low Back Neckline - £20.00 One-piece Swimsuit Green With A Low Back Neckline - £20.00

    We love the way this paisley pattern has been drawn, it's almost like a water colour painting. It's also giving major peacock feather vibes. Green is a great tone to contrast you're summer tan - perhaps best saved for week 2 of the holiday.

    6) The Bikini

    Bikini Multi-colour With A Boned Bodice - £18.00 Bikini Multi-colour With A Boned Bodice - £18.00

    While florals may not exactly be "groundbreaking", we're digging this bright graphic print.


    Words: Louis Staples

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