Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Wishes 2014

Dear Readers,

Thank you so much for reading our Blog, we shall be taking a short break.
We would like to wish you a peaceful and relaxing Christmas, and best wishes for 2015!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Jewellery Inspiration for your Christmas Outfit - 1940s Bib Necklace

1940s fashion by Hattie Carnegie. I hope you find some inspiration for your Christmas outfit! This is very elegant. I really love the bib style necklace. We have a few on our website.

This stylish chain mail necklace was the height of fashion in the 80s!  £14.75

Monday, 1 December 2014

Arabella Bianco at Vintage Modes in Grays Antiques

We are back in our shop at Vintage Modes in Grays Antiques. If you are in the West End please pop by, we would love to see you!

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Trifari Birthday Collection - vintage Trifari 'Amethyst' ribbon bracelet for February
This beautiful brushed gold plated ribbon design bracelet by Trifari is from Trifari's Birthday Collection, amethyst rhinestones for February. Stunning jewellery for a wedding or special occasion! £95.

Trifari was born in Naples but emigrated to New York in 1902. Gustavo Trifari began his own business in 1918 when he met Leo Kraussman. They were joined by Carl Fishel, in 1925. In 1975 the company was bought by Hallmark, and since then has been taken over by several companies. In 2000 production was finally moved overseas which brought an end to high quality signed Trifari jewellery. 

More about Trifari ...
  • Trifari Patent Pending Vintage Jewelry - Collecting Vintage & Contemporary Jewelry
... and we really love these, Trifari's jewellery patents, what amazing designs!
Have a great week readers!

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Leonard Street, Royal Wedding street party in London's east end, 30th April 2011 ...

Hello dear readers,
As you may know, our shop at Vintage Modes, Grays Antiques is currently being refurbished after it was flooded. Hopefully it will reopen at the beginning of November!
We thought a bit of reminiscing was in order before we move in to our new look shop!

Here we are in the early days, 3 and a half years ago, when we had a stall at a Royal Wedding street party to celebrate Kate and William's marriage ... 

"We had a stall in the vintage fashion fair.  Fabulous day,  fantastic people,  magical atmosphere"

Monday, 15 September 2014

Stirred, Straight Up, with a Twist: Color My World

  LIFE, June 29, 1953
"Last year, working as a color consultant on John Huston's Moulin Rouge, LIFE photographer Eliot Elisofon brilliantly showed how color could be used not only to heighten realism but to play its own dramatic and psychological role in a movie. Recently Elisofon visited the Hollywood studios to demonstrate how his principles can be applied to a representative group of screen beauties."

"He took a group of ranking younger stars, had them dress in all white, put them against white backgrounds and blow-ups of black and white stills from recent movies, then chose a key color for each of them. Using color gelatins on his lights (like the spotlights which shine on the stage from theater balconies) and filters on his camera to control the color balance, he matched colors to each young player's movie character..."   read more

Monday, 8 September 2014

Grays Antiques ...

Our shop is in the basement of Grays Mews, which is part of Grays Antiques. Due to flooding a few weeks ago our shop is closed, but we are looking forward to returning to a remodelled shop! We were part of a pop-up in the Music Room next door, which gave dealers affected by the flood a chance to trade. Here's a short video of Arabella Bianco at the pop-up ...

The founder of Grays Antiques is Benny Gray, who recently celebrated 50 years in the business, for a bit of history read this post from the Grays Blog.

Although not in the shop, we are still trading from the website and vintage fairs!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Vintage Stratton Powder Compacts ... We have our first compact in stock! It's a convertible compact by Stratton with a daffodil and iris design, for solid make-up or loose powder. The star design on the base dates it from the mid 1950s to mid 1960s. A lovely compact in unused condition!
How glamorous to take a compact from your bag instead of any old mirror! Here's a great blog post about Stratton compacts

Monday, 18 August 2014

Welcome back dear Readers! Read the latest news from Arabella Bianco ...

Hello dear Readers, welcome back! We hope you are enjoying our vintage style blog!

On Sunday 10th August, the basement of Grays Mews was flooded and our shop is currently closed. Refurbishment is underway!

We have just started stocking vintage quartz watches. Here is a fabulous silver tone vintage quartz watch by I.Magnin. I.Magnin was a high fashion department store based in San Francisco, California.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Bargain of the Week! Vintage 1950's PENNINO Parure ...

50% off from £140 to £70,  luxurious vintage 1950's gold-tone parure by PENNINO.

Comprising an elegant necklace and clip-on earrings designed in an organic inspired shape and set with white faux pearls and rhinestones.

A really beautiful vintage set, fabulous for a wedding or summer party!

Monday, 7 July 2014

A collection of super Summer accessories from Arabella Bianco!

  1. Vintage gold plated and rhinestone heart bracelet, c1980s
  2. Vintage carved Edelweiss earrings
  3. Antique Victorian brooch, with a compartment for hair on the reverse
  4. Vintage dress clip, in a leaf design, with a faux turquoise and blue glass stones
  5. Gold tone and coral glass charm bracelet, c1950s
  6. Vintage marcasite deer brooch

Monday, 16 June 2014

Vintage Japan 'Pearls' for June!
The birthstone for June is the pearl!

This gorgeous pair of white and pale pink faux pearl earrings are signed Japan, £12.50.
The faux pearls have a beautiful glow. These are quality hand wired earrings made in Japan circa 1950s.

After the second world war, large quantities of low cost jewellery were made in Japan, as labour was cheap.  This jewellery was however very well made, and the pearls were used by high end designers such as Miriam Haskell.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Where to buy vintage costume jewellery in London ...

Vintage Costume Jewellery in Grays Mews

This Spring the catwalk saw bold, bright and colourful jewellery and that is just the sort of thing we love here at Grays Mews.
Grays Mews, our second building based on Davies Mews, is home to the largest collection of vintage costume jewellery in London.  We now have no less than six specialist dealers and together they stock a awe-inspiring collection.  From delicate 1920s celluloid bangles to vintage Chanel gilt earrings from the 1980s discover a whole world of fashion forward pieces.
Here are some of our favourite Spring jewellery trends reported on Harper's Bazaar website:

CHANEL S/S 2014 - Colourful Plastics
Bracelet by Acces Ocean Paris c1980. From Kitty Verity, in Grays Mews.

BALMAIN S/S 2014 - Gold tone
Vintage gold tone bracelet. From Arabella Bianco in Grays Mews.

PRABEL GURUNG S/S 2014 - Sunshine Yellow
Vintage yellow daffodil earrings. From Unicorn in Grays Mews.
Grays Mews is located just seconds from Bond Street tube station in Central London.  Plan your visit today!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Top 10 vintage and secondhand stores in San Francisco!

'Whether it's vintage pieces, design classics or a something fabulous from an edgy designer, the streets of San Francisco have a shop for every fashion fanatic'

Monday, 19 May 2014

Vintage Modes in Grays Antiques Centre

Thank you so much dear Decades of Elegance for your lovely blog post!

photo (2)Unexpected new streets in Londonphoto (1)
One of my favourite things about London is discovering a whole new world around the corner of my familiar path.  The other day it was a street, just one down from my usual walk, that I suddenly stumbled across – where rows of tall, Victorian buildings covered in roses stretched up towards the sky and vaults led into the most beautiful little mews.

My favourite is of course when this unexpected finding has something to do with antique jewellery, and today I will take you along to a treasure trove that in the very heart of London’s Mayfair:

Grays Antique Centre, Mayfair, Vintage Modes

Continue reading ...

Monday, 24 March 2014

Vintage Modes shop - we are taking a short break from our blog ...

Hello dear Readers,

We are taking a short break from our blog as we are rather busy setting up our shop, which opens at 10am on Tuesday 1st April!

We will still be doing vintage events, our next date is Sunday 6th April. For a great list of vintage events around the UK keep an eye on Vintagexplorer

Our shop is located within Vintage Modes at Grays Mews, 1-7 Davies Mews, London W1K 5AB. If you are in the West End please pop by, we would love to see you!

More news when we return to our blog soon!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Arabella Bianco, London vintage shop announcement!

We're very excited to announce that we are opening a small shop in the heart of London at the Vintage Modes emporium within Grays Antiques from 1st April. 

Vintage Modes is synonymous with vintage fashion, the perfect place for our shop! Watch this space for more details.

Vintage Modes is situated at Grays Mews, 1-7 Davies Mews, London W1K 5AB.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Vintage Watches, a guest blog from The Cheshire Watch Company

How Historical Events can Affect the Value of a Watch

When purchasing a high quality timepiece, you get more than just reliability and style; many watches from renowned brands will actually gain value as time ticks on. A variety of factors determine whether a watch will appreciate or depreciate in sale value. Things such as brand name and quality are unsurprisingly amongst these key factors. Historical significance can also play a huge part; the added value can be huge.  

Some of the most expensive watches ever sold at auction have come with a story attached. Here are some of things in a timepiece's history which can set it apart from others:

Celebrity connection

A watch worn by a celebrity can be highly coveted by dealers and fans alike. The popularity of the star in question and whether they are alive or dead can have a huge impact. Elvis’s Omega watch was sold for £320,000, a huge increase on its retail price. Watches worn in films are also massively popular. The watch worn by Steve McQueen on screen in the film Le Mans was sold at auction for more than half a million Pounds.

Event connection

Watches which were worn during a certain period are often worth more money when sold. A good example of this are watches worn by soldiers during the First and Second World War. In practice, stories such as these have been seen to double a watch’s value.

Company prestige

The history of the company the watch was made by can be as important as the history of the watch itself. Patek Philippe watches consistently sell for some of the highest prices. This is because the company has been producing timepieces since 1868. They have built up a reputation for quality. Small production numbers do not hurt their values either.

Limited or first editions

Many manufacturers produce their watches in very small numbers. This scarcity often pushes prices up as time passes. Over time, some watches will break, some will be lost or forgotten about. This increases the value of those that remain in circulation. The first examples of features such as minute repeaters or chronographs will also add value.

Wear and tear 

Despite what you may hear, wear and tear can actually add to a watch’s value. It can add a unique aspect to the watch and increase its vintage feel. The replacement of leather straps will also not hurt the value as they are not expected to last a long time. Even damaged or broken watches can command a high price if their historical significance is high enough.

Would you pay more for a timepiece with history? Have you come across any watches with an interesting past yourself? Leave a comment below and let us know; we would love to hear from you.

This piece was written by Jennifer Smith, a writer for The Cheshire Watch Company, retailers of high quality watches. 

Monday, 17 February 2014

A Vintage Clothes Collection joins Arabella Bianco - June George

Vintage Laura Ashley Devore Suit  £40
Please give a big welcome to June George who have joined us at Arabella Bianco with their gorgeous collection of original vintage clothes ...

June George - purveyors of fine vintage clothing

Hello vintage lovers from around the world.

We are a couple who run our shop from the east end of London. Like you we love wearing something nobody else has. 

We take pride in finding classic garments for your modern wardrobe. All garments are selected for their individual style and quality. 

Our collection brings you special, wearable and statement pieces. It includes classic British vintage brands such as Carnegie, Horrockses and Radley.

Our pieces come from around the world - the US, Japan, Europe & the UK.

We'd love to let you know about new arrivals and special offers: 

Follow us on Twitter: @HelloJuneGeorge
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Postage: UK - £5, Europe EU £9, Everywhere Else £15

Arabella Bianco is looking for more vintage sellers! Please contact us!

Monday, 10 February 2014

A Victorian card for a Vintage Valentines Day

"My Dearest Miss, I send thee a kiss"
St. Valentine's Day card from 1862.

Embossed and printed in colour, with a silk panel, addressed to Miss Jenny Lane [or Lowe, or Love] of Crostwight Hall, Smallburgh, Norfolk, and inscribed on the back "Good Morrow Valentine".


Monday, 13 January 2014

This new year, the new me will …. Accessorize

Vintage April Birthday Ribbon Necklace and Bracelet Set by Trifari
Great advice from the lovely ladies at Back of the Wardrobe ...
"The importance of perfectly paired accessories is often overlooked. It's far too easy to run out of the door without having considered which jewels, beads or brooch would set off your look. This year don’t underestimate the power of a carefully chosen accessory to complete or lift an outfit. its usually the difference between looking well put together and thrown together."  more ...

Pale brushed gold plated ribbon necklace and bracelet set by Trifari. This beautiful vintage set is from Trifari's Birthday Collection, rhinestones for April. Stunning jewellery for a wedding or special occasion!

Monday, 6 January 2014

Revisit your 2013 wardrobe - 1980's Monet gold tone bracelet ...
Happy New Year 2014!

Are you looking for ways to revitalise your 2013 wardrobe? This heavy weight chain link vintage bracelet is a classic Monet design from the 1980s.

Founded in 1929 in Providence, Rhode Island, Monet became one of the leading names in costume jewellery design during the 1940's. In the 80's Monet produced jewellery for Yves Saint Laurent, and is still a successful company today.
How to wear your jewellery? Harper's Bazaar Jewellery Guide