Vintage Tents

Designer Pitches Vintage Indoor Tents

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Fashion, Suppliers.

Designer Peter Schechter’s constant packing and moving for school or work tugged at his nostalgia and had him craving that comforting feeling only a home can provide. He found himself going back to a childhood habit of building his own intimate space, and often, he says, it took the form of tent forts.

Schechter is not alone. In living rooms across the country, adults have set up camp, staking out their own places to escape or play in. Indoor tents, from whimsical to sophisticated, have also been popping up on websites like Pinterest and Etsy. Schechter, a 26-year-old Maryland native who moved to Austin about two years ago, brought the idea here with his newly launched line of indoor tents, called Campsite No. 5.

More info on here

What is a Shabby Chic Tent?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Fashion, Tents.

If you are involved in the Vintage scene you will come acoss the expression Shabby Chic fairly regularly. We often hear it from clients when we are designing an event.  As its banded about so much we thought we’d add a bit about it on our blog.  See the Wikipedia article for more info.

The words shabby and chic when combined together is a phrase that was used in the 1980’s by Rachel Ashwell for a type of home décor described as traditional, simple but ornate, casual and elegant; rumpled but tidy. Believe it not the two words used together are a registered trademark and should not be used to describe any goods other than those of the official Shabby Chic® range. Rachel has a blog

Shabby chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.

Shabby Chic style canvas and bunting at the Secret Garden Party

The style started in Great Britain and evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses where there are worn and faded old chintz sofas and curtains, old paintwork and unassuming ‘good’ taste.  Recycling old furniture and fabrics is an important aspect of the look

Does my tent look shabby with these?Does my tent look shabby with these?

Retro Lifestyle at Kustom Kulture

Sunday, September 4th, 2011
Events, Fashion, Vintage.

I enjoyed wandering around the sites and Rockabilly sounds at

This was the second year of this event. Numbers were up and the vibe was positive on the Sunday. Met some interesting suppliers many of which I was familiar with from Milkcow Magazine.  Got some great presents bought and stocked up on some good early Elvis and some Western Swing tunes.

Had a scumptious ice cream from this vintage styled van. Chatted to the proprietor Kate and made a note of the name.

Yummy Vintage styled ice cream at teh show

78 RPM Revolutions

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Fashion, Music, Vintage.

There was a great 30 min programme on Radio4 today.  Introduced by one of the Glamourous 78 DJ’s from The Shellac Sisters (whom we had the pleasure of doing a gig with in 2009) this programme explores why the old discs are still alive and kicking.

Catch it quick if you want to listen again. Its well worth it.

London Vintage Wedding Fair

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Fashion, Vintage, Weddings.

Under the glorious sunshine England has been basking in of late I headed down to the Royal Geographic Society’s headquarters. Located in the impressive neighbourhood of Hyde Park and Kensington, the site is flanked by the Royal Albert Hall and the Victoria & Albert Museum.  The tourists were out en masse as were many Londoners, taking advantage of the heat.

I headed along to gauge the Vintage Wedding market, see what suppliers are out there and to see what the event was like. The building’s shape meant that the fair meandered through a number of rooms and corridors around a central courtyard, at which one could enjoy the sunshine with a coffee.  It had a crowded feel as the public and the suppliers mingled in the confined space.

The atmosphere seemed jolly and excitable as the mainly female attendees tried on shoes, dressesm hats and jewellery.  This fair was much more based around wedding dresses than last week’s event at Leamington Spa.  It seemed that 80% of the suppliers were wedding dress purveyors, with a couple of Vintage Crockery suppliers, a photographer, Band and a few caterers and jewellery suppliers.

I chatted to the crockery suppliers both of whom were nice and friendly and had some nice crockery.  I will be posting some of the suppliers information on this blog as it grows.

Keep Calm & Carry On

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Fashion, Publications, Vintage.

This poster seems to be increasingly popular here in the UK.  Its slowly been appearing in more and more retailers and now adorns many walls as well as numerous other items.  The most commercially minded is KeepCalmAndCarryOn who have taken the domain, exploited the fact that the poster is out of copyright and produced a plethora of appealing products.

The history of the poster is well documented on Wikipedia and makes an interesting story.  The fact that the person who has immortalised these stoical British , stiff upper lip, words is lost to the mists of time adds a charm to the tale.

The poster and its words have certainly made an impact both here and aboard and perhaps its comforting words (as if delivered by a rather formal , but friendly, great aunt) offer succour in these times of great change.  The numerous spin off posters already attribute to its social spread, simlilar to the motivational posters of the early 90’s , which were followed by the piss taking spoofs soon after.

The Crown logo resonates of the Royal Mail, a bygone Vintage era, Britain, Parliament, the clean font like the classic used for London Underground and the words themselves can suggest that other great British ‘Carry On’ , the saucy films of the 60′ & 70’s.

Welcome to our new blog

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Fashion, Festivals, Music, Tents, Vintage.

We have set this site up to provide articles, pictures and information regarding vintage tents.  The blog is not exclusively just about tents but covers the widely burgeoning vintage scene here in the UK.