I have always been interested in vintage jewellery and started selling over 30 years ago - firstly in the Swiss Cottage market - then in Covent Garden, Greenwich and Camden Passage markets. I was particularly interested in Art Deco and did the Art Deco fairs, and the Decorative Arts Fair at Kensington Town Hall, which is sadly no more.
Eventually the weather in the outside markets got too much for me and I moved indoors! After many years in the York Arcade - then the Georgian Village at Camden Passage, I moved to Grays Antiques in central London. I was sad to leave Camden Passage but after being evicted twice - due to redevelopment - it was time to relocate.
I am now in Vintage Modes - which is in the basement of The Mews at Grays Antiques, London, U.K. The Mews is a separate building from the main part of Grays. It is an eccentric mix of dealers selling a wide variety of interesting things. Part of the river Tyburn runs through the basement - inhabited by some rather large goldfish!
Vintage Modes is a group of dealers trading independently but sharing a dedicated space. I share my shop with Lola - who was also in the Georgian Village. We sell a complete mixture of vintage jewellery and accessories. I specialise in Art Deco and Lola likes 20th century buttons. I can only show on the web site a small proportion of the vintage jewellery and accessories that I carry- see the pictures in "Photos - My Shop" to get an idea. The other dealers in Vintage Modes have a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories. (See the Vintage Modes Blog web site for the latest items.)
Our stock appears regularly in some of the major magazines such as Vogue, Homes and Antiques, Glamour, Dazed, Another, I.D. and we hire for fashion shoots. I have a page on Facebook - Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery - click "like" at the top to get my blogs- and I am on Twitter, Google +, Instagram and Flickr.
Keeping the shop open six days a week is difficult so it is a good idea to telephone to check that we are open before visiting. The shop telephone number is 020 7499 8121. I would be nice to meet you in the shop!