Debuting a new vintage venture fresh for 2014, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair are thrilled to be bringing ‘The Social’ to Victoria Warehouse Hotel, Manchester on Sunday 27th April.
“The money’s too tight to mention,” sang by Mick way back in ’85 and boy does it ring true; work, blues [and an empty bank balance to boot] living in the city has turned difficult.
80s prophecies aside, Britain’s biggest vintage fair are having none of it; injecting some much-needed frivolity back into city living, ‘The Social’ is coming to town, launching at the Victoria Warehouse Hotel, combining retro retail therapy and old school entertainment to make Sunday the best day of the week.
Founded in 2005, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair is an institution; incorporating vintage traders and designer-makers from all over the UK (all with an eye for the affordable), the brand sees stylists and designers such as Florence Welch, Daisy Lowe and Henry Holland in attendance.
Calling at Manchester since 2007, Judy’s knew that an appetite for the old-world was always alive and kicking; from the shops and boutiques of Oldham Street to the wider prevalence of the trend (from Mad Men and Downton on screen to retro resurrections at international Fashion Weeks), Manchester’s idiosyncrasy, style and knack for setting a trend seemed the perfect place for ‘The Social.’
The event takes place in the new, unique and versatile Victoria Warehouse Hotel event space. The highly sought after space, developed for the recent BBC 6 Music Festival Fringe, lends itself perfectly to the vintage fair with its exposed brick and industrial pillarwork counterpointed by the exotic vintage of the Hotel bar’s interior design.
Showcasing traders from all over Europe, shoppers can expect everything from fashion to accessories, the kitsch to the collectible, with each trader passing by Judy’s eye to make sure that they were unrivalled and affordable to boot.
Providing much more than a market, The Social is a hybrid. As well as 45+ stalls of affordable stock, we aimed to create an event in the hotel space that eases you back into the week, one final flurry of Sunday hedonism before Monday comes to call. Starting at 11am (because everyone deserves a lie-in) we’ve incorporated Victoria Warehouse Hotel’s on-site cinema showing vintage films, a relaxation area (for a break from all the retail) and incredible food to boot. In addition to tea, cake (and heartier retro fare) the Victoria Warehousen Hotel bar will be open for any wanting hair of the dog or a tipple to toast their new purchases. A medley of vintage emporium-come-local haunt, think a place that you’ll want to spend the day in.
Boffins behind the Social, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair was founded in 2005 and now calls at over 20 cities nationwide. As well as curating ‘Vintage at Goodwood’/ Vintage at the Southbank,’ the fair has featured in Elle, the Telegraph, Marie Claire & Vogue, showcasing old-world glamour that’s never old-hat.
£2 (Under 12s go free)
Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Park Rd, Manchester, M17 1AB