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Taking the opportunity to branch out into a new line of work following a redundancy in 2006, Louise Sleigh started up UK website Catwalk Creative Vintage, offering a stylish range of clothes and accessories ranging from the 1930s to 1980s. She opened her Etsy shop, catwalkcreative, in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. Her first vintage fashion purchase was made at the iconic Affleks Palace in Manchester during the 1980s and her collection of vintage has grown ever since.

Louise also co-runs Vintage Bizarre in the Manchester area with friend and fellow Etsian, Beth, of Faux Brit. Check their events page for dates and selling venues.

A proud member of the Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG) since 2008, Louise aims to showcase other vintage businesses through her popular fashion blog, Catwalk Threads.

Earth Day celebrations last week have renewed my vigor for inspiring awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. One way we can do this is by looking to vintage as a viable alternative to shopping on the high street. 
Whether you’re looking to furnish your home with unique, retro or antique pieces or simply want to incorporate vintage into your everyday wardrobe, shopping vintage is a wonderful eco-friendly option. My advice is to always go for the very best quality you can — quality vintage is still around and if you look after it, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the beauty of it for many more years to come. 
You’re bound to find something to suit your style and budget and once you’ve got the “vintage bug” there’s a whole new world of opportunity and inspiration. Go on — give yourself a pat on the back for making a difference in the environment and shop vintage today! Here are some of my favourite picks from around the United Kingdom…


This 1960s Emilio Pucci Skirt features an amazing geometric print. From TinTrunk, $350.

These super cute Studded Navy Heels are in fantastic condition. From mrsdoyle, $36.

Give your retro décor a colour pop with this Abstract Patterned Cushion Cover. Handmade from vintage fabric. By number68, $18.

A sleek Pewter Brooch made by Ceard of Scotland in the “Rowan Tree” design. The simple, clean lines make this a classic piece which will never date. “Ceard” is from the Scottish Gaelic word meaning a smith or craftsman. From British Vintage, $35.

Incredible detail in the sleeves and gathering of this Pomegranate Blossom Dress from Kardemumma, $53.

Such a satisfying object for the home! B.G. Macina Acciaio Garantito Vintage Coffee Grinder from Addy, $30.

I love the intricacy in this Plastic Floral Buckle Belt from englishpreserves, $12.

1970s Cotton Shirt with a fabulous op-art style printed pattern. From EnglishGentleman, $13.

A pretty Cake Stand depicting a country cottage and flowers. Possibly 1930s, made in England. From agoodvintage, $18.

The dark, metal setting of this Leaf Spray Paste Brooch sets off the clear stones beautifully. From BeauPapier, $16.

This Scarlet Cabaret Vintage Bag is perfect for a summers day out. From thekorubranch, $29.

A completely irresistible ’70s set of six funky Coral And Brass Bangles. From hellodarlingvintage, $19.

This “Sloan Diana” style Velvet & Multi Stripe Maxi Dress features a gorgeous embroidered waistband. From sazfab, $90.

Classically feminine ruched satin, Emerald Green Coin Purse. Made in Manchester, circa 1960s. From fauxbrit13, $10.50.

Many thanks to Louise for sharing her UK Vintage picks with us!

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