Passionate about vintage and everything that it stands for, our staff are key to the Beyond Retro world! We had a quick cuppa with Davey from our Brighton store, to get to know his top tips for shopping vintage and what inspires him the most.
Hi Davey! So, tell us a bit about yourself
Ive been at Beyond Retro now for around 5 years and have been inspired by some fantastic characters. I started in the Brick Lane store and developed an interest in 80s hair metal, until I lost my love for guy liner and made my way to the seaside where I fell in love with Brighton culture.
Be it music or fashion, there are so many influences within Brighton and the company. Beyond Retro allows you to express yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin (Tattoos and Taxidermy are my vice!), which is something I want to acquaint my daughter with; if it makes you happy, then wear it.
Describe Brightonian style in three words
Expressive, inspired and unique. Its as if Brighton is trapped in its own little bubble and everyone within it feels comfortable to express themselves freely. Thats what gives Brighton a chunk of its charm.
What's a staple piece for a Brighton wardrobe?
Theres a ton of individuals in Brighton, trends set left, right and centre but theres a huge appeal for suede at the moment. A love of 70s whether it be tasselled jackets or waistcoats, is a wardrobe must have.
Who is your icon?
It used to be Noel Fielding, his quirky take on fashion and clash of patterns would ideally seem like a fashion disaster but come together like a piece of art. These days its the people that surround me on a daily basis: friends, co-workers, and the general influences of Brighton.
Do you have a favourite era?
Seventies: Prints and Suede. What more needs to be said?
What's the go-to vintage item in your wardrobe?
Leather tassel jacket, unique short fringing, perfect fit but as not to overwhelm my relationship with it. Youll often see me prowling around in my motorcycle jacket.
And finally Any top tips for shopping vintage?
Dont be scared to try anything on, whats the worst that could happen? If you like it on the hanger, have fun. Sometimes the most bizarre garments make the best outfits, youll come in looking for one thing and leave with something unexpected.
Words by Natasha Tulett