Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Stylist's Rail @ Fairground

I've been a long-time fan of The Stylist's Rail - a carefully curated and delightfully unique pop-up sale event featuring local jewellery designers, vintage enthusiasts, and ASOS marketplace traders as well as up-and-coming indie clothing retailers - since its early days as a much smaller outfit hosted at Birthdays in Dalston.

It's so lovely to see them expand to bigger and even more exciting venues (more space = more clothes and accessories to browse = win/win situation), like The Hoxton Hotel (which I adore - their rooms are amazing and fun, if you've never stayed) in Shoreditch. VIP entry grants you early and exclusive access to the rails, plus a Bloom gin cocktail and a gorgeous goody bag filled with treats.

Have you ever had one of those dreams where, you walk into an amazing store filled with everything you love at massively reduced prices and start to grab at things, only to wake up as soon as you approach the till? Yeah, that's like, my recurring dream. Luckily, The Stylist's Rail's Hoxton Hotel events are just like my dream - except I don't have to wake up! Last time I went, I spied a gorgeous Smythson clutch in its original box (that went to another lucky owner, sadly) for a tiny fraction of the price it usually sells for and some beautiful vintage skirts in heavy brocade as well as fine silk. I also picked up a pair of adorable Charlotte Olympia flats, only to discover that they were about two sizes too small (seriously, who wears a 3.5?!). Enraptured by a particular rail that was devoted to 2nd Day (Day Birger et Mikkelsen's diffusion line) tops and dresses, I agonized for ages before grabbing a pair of brand new Maison Scotch jeans for £5 and rushing off to some boring house viewings in Greenwich. Boo.

Thank goodness I have a chance to redeem my shopping dream: the next few weekends are exciting times for The Stylist's Rail and its founder, Plum of lifestyle blog Plumdiddlyumcious as it takes up residency in London's newest experimental event space, Fairground London, for four Saturdays in a row.

I visited Fairground with Hannah this past Saturday and spent the morning ogling at soft leather vintage bags, statement rings and necklaces, plus all sorts of summery dresses and tops - just in time for the change in weather. After sifting through each rail twice and making a purchase at Ivy Nixon jewellery (delicate, gold-filled rings, earrings, and bracelets that rival those of Cat Bird NYC), we continued on to Broadway Market and Netil Market - the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

If you're looking for something to do the next few weekends, The Stylist's Rail will be at Fairground from midday to 5 pm on Saturday May 24th, May 31st and June 7th, with free entry after 1 pm. Have a look at their Facebook page for more information.

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