All hail the Easter weekend! 4 days of pure bliss; sun (hopefully), copious chocolate and no work! For those of you leaving the office today- Hop, skip and jump outta there as we have many a treat for you! And kids- enjoy your last weekend of freedom by ending half-term with a bang! Live like a local in London or get to know Brighton's Lanes with our weekly edit.
What we've got for you: Your go-guide for the weekend, 'Get to know Soho', plenty of events and a whole lotta vintage clobber, obviously.
Get to Know Soho: What's there? Well, Beyond Retro of course! Oh and noodles.
Beyond Retro, Soho: Tucked between Carnaby Street and the notorious back streets of Soho is Beyond Retro’s West End branch.True to the area’s flamboyant style and seedy streets, Beyond Retro Soho embodies the nature of the area. The shop has a certain décor that Hugh Hefner would be proud to call his home. Rich colours flowing through the store, a striking neon pink entrance that will do more than just catch your eye and details like the giant mirror ball will invite you to step into our luxurious disco lair.
The Marquee Club: Soho’s streets bleed with culture, housing the most iconic happenings of 20th century culture. A mere hop, skip and jump away on Oxford Street is the Marquee Club, where The Rolling Stones played their first gig in 1962. Legends followed legends at this club through the 60's and 70's with David Bowie, Cream, Yes, Led Zeppelin and many more gracing the stage.
Chinatown: Embracing cultures from across the globe, Soho allows you to take an around the world trip in one evening. Feast on Dim Sum in Chinatown, then take a rickshaw to Ronnie Scott’s to catch a jazz show, or head over to Madame Jojo’s to watch the most glamorous of drag cabarets.
Walk Ever Street in Soho in a day: During a truly unique near 10 mile walk you will discover all of Soho's 119+ streets, mews, courts and other thoroughfares. We'll see, if not actually drink in, nearly 50 pubs too! Along the route you'll hear dozens of stories that aren't in the guidebooks, meet some locals and visit some hidden places well off the tourist trail. At the end of this walk you'll be able to say that you really have "done" Soho. More info on the tour, April 21st- HERE!
Seeing is believing, so come and explore this magical area for yourself, bury yourselves into our glorious cavern of vintage clothing and be a part of the history.
Jumpsuit Weekend, Brighton: Don't be scared of this all-in-one ensemble, our very helpful team are excited to be on hand to help find the one the suits you. Rumour has it one very lucky lady found a Christian Dior number for a bargain £25 at our Soho event!- We are not jealous at all. Not one little bit.
Prom Night @ Cheshire Street: It's that time of year, kids and there's one thing on your mind. Nope, not exams. Prom! Come and delve in amongst the rails this weekend before coming along to our PROM NIGHT! It's been the social event of the year since dinosaurs roamed the earth, right? So, you don't wanna go turning up in the same frock as your BFF? Well, we have the solution. Go vintage!
More event details HERE!
The Beyond Retro Book Club: Get your nose into a good book this weekend in prep for our in store exclusive with Naomi Wood, author of Mrs Hemingway. It's a must read. So, sit down with a cuppa and a cream egg and get lost in a tale of how it was to love- and be loved by- the most famous writer of a generation. Set against the backdrop of bohemian Paris in the 1920s to 1960s Cold War America, Mrs Hemingway is narrated by Ernest Hemingway’s four wives: Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary.
If that wasn't enough, Beyond Retro's own archivist Bea will also be taking you on a journey through the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s with gorgeous clothes from the archives and explanations on how fashion may have influenced the four extraordinary women featured in the novel.
Dalston Cafe: Treat yourself to a bevvy or two at our Dalston Cafe! Bottoms up.
Discover our Ultimate Easter hang-out- HERE!
Tatty Devine, Jewellery Making Workshop: Fancy getting crafty? Our friends down the road are kicking off this series with a very special crystal gem necklace workshop! Join the team to learn the skills and techniques needed to create your own sparkling statement necklace. Check out their events- HERE!
Fairground: This weekend is set to be a cracker for the 10 week pop-up on Kingsland Road. Masterclasses by Individualism on making it in the fashion business by creating something you love and at 9pm street style blogger, photographer and author of 100 Beards, Jonathan Daniel Pryce with do a session on ‘How to become a street photographer'. On top of that, there will be barbecue connoisseurs and street food sensations Smokestack and even a chocolate workshop with Coco Hernando!
Mondrian and his Studios, Tate Liverpool: We know it's a bit of a treck from London, but if you happen to be swinging by Liverpool on the off chance, then why not see what inspired our recent in store theme? Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) was one of the most important contributors to the development of abstract art at the beginning of the 20th century.Mondrian and his Studios, which commemorates the 70th anniversary of the artist’s death, will provide new insights into the artist’s practice, his relationship with architecture and urbanism, and his contribution to the development of modern thought.
What to Wear?
Outlet @ Cheshire Street: Since this bad boy has opened, vintage gems have been flying in and out of Cheshire like hot cakes. As your mum would say, spend your pennies wisely, kids.
Pick of the Day: Check out this original 1920's dress we found hanging out in the Outlet! It's a real beauty! Gems like these ain't hangin' around! WAS £100 NOW £80!
Fringe jacket, NOW £22 - 1960s shirt, NOW £12- denim jacket, £15 - peacock shirt, NOW £10- check dress, NOW £6- 1960s short dress, NOW £16- cowboy boots, NOW £12- desert boots, NOW £15
Come and have a rummage for your self and #showuswhatyagot!
Here's some inspo from our very own Beyond Retro staff!
Happy Vintage Friday's!