A recent jaunt to the South Coast, Hastings Old Town and Rye was particularly inspiring with an abundance of quirky Independent stores and a bohemian atmosphere it’s great to see the Great British Seaside towns thriving.
The must visit shopping haunts:
WARP & WEFT STYLING
Owned and run by the enchanting Leida this unique tiny shop in Hastings Old town is currently my favourite shop. So original with such a strong style dialogue Leida has an amazing eye sourcing the best quality and timeless vintage clothes. Beautifully tailored suits to french painter jackets displayed with stunning handmade leather shoes and crafted silverware from Morocco. The visual merchandising is carefully and beautifully presented with changing themes to the season and zeigiest. Customer service is second to none due to Leida’s passion and knowledge. I can’t wait till my next visit, I wanted the leather brogues but they were only available in men’s sizes :( (image bottom) but I was told women’s boots are in the pipeline!
HASTINGS OLD TOWN VINTAGE ARCADE - Courthouse street
For Bric a Brac to obscurities this is the place to visit.
KITCHENALIA - JANE WICKS
This is a great almost museum like shop in Rye is decked to the nines in quality vintage kitchen and garden equipment.
A treasure trove of dandy gentleman gear retro and antique mostly of the sartorial nature and a good book selection.