Famous as one of London’s best vintage shops, Annie’s Vintage is tucked into Camden Passage in the Angel neighbourhood. Rain or shine, the picturesque cobblestone street is brimming with trendy cafés and antique shops. If you fancy your bubble tea with a side of sleek vintage French wedding dresses, put Annie’s on top on your list.
The owner, Annie Moss, has been scouring street markets, boot sales and vintage fairs for clothes and bric-a-brac since the early 1970s. Today, she finds most of her vintage at street markets in small towns in Northern France, known as brocantes. “Every other Sunday, right through from April to October, a whole town is cordoned off, no traffic. It's like a boot fair, but also combined with antiques. You see a lot of Londoners out there.”
Women in their late twenties and Japanese fashion students are the typical customers at Annie's Vintage. Moss also sees her share of world-famous fashion insiders. The likes of Sarah Burton and John Galliano raid her treasure trove for fine French lace, 1920s flapper dresses and fur stoles. She recalls a memorable visit from model Kate Moss, a frequent customer (the two are not related). “When she was pregnant, she came in and I found a beautiful Chinese embroidered skirt that wraps around a couple of times. She loved that.”