As collectors and scholars of the history of 20th Century creativity from music, fashion, film, art and design to food we are constantly inspired by this wealth of creativity. Vintage by Hemingway is our tribute to the cultural movements of the 20th Century. From our Vintage inspired product ranges to the magical Vintage Festival. Vintage by Hemingway celebrates the wonderful legacy that has been left to us to reinterpret for the 21st century.
The Vintage Festival
In 2007 Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and the HemingwayDesign team developed a concept of a festival that celebrated the history of British Creativity. Working with a team of researchers from Wolverhampton University they forensically assembled the archives, the experts, the knowledge bases that would enable an authentic celebration of the music, fashion, art, design, film and food of the 20s, 30s ,40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and be able to look at how these “decades of cool” are influencing today’s world renowned British creative culture.
The concept had its birth in August 2010 on the Sussex Downs. Over 50,000 people came to party, the majority ‘dressed to the nines’. Vintage 2010 dominated the media coverage of summer events and dominated the nominations at the 2010 Festival Awards, walking away with the Best New Festival category. The feedback proved the Hemingway hunch that there is a glaring gap in the summer festival calendar for an annual event the reunites music and fashion and ties in the wider cultural influences.
In 2011 Vintage at Southbank Centre and Royal Festival Hall helped London celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain and in 2012 provided a two day highlight of the Preston Guild. In July 2013 Vintage Glasgow was a hit in the streets and wonderful civic buildings of Glasgow’s Merchant City. Vintage by The Sea in Morecambe, helped the art deco Midland Hotel celebrate its 80th anniversary. A Vintage New Year at Southbank Centre has become one of the hottest New Years Eve tickets in the UK. October 2013 saw the launch of Vintage presents A Classic Car Boot Sale.
Not content with putting on the best Vintage Festival in town the team at Vintage have been carefully curating an array of events for your enjoyment. Be it putting on the official bash for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee to hosting a glamorous extravaganza of music, dance and authentic themed dining to see in the New Year. Vintage Nightclubs have popped up at Somerset House Ice Rink for a series of glamorous one off parties. We've had a good old Northern knees up celebrating the Preston Guild and Vintage By The Sea and provided the Vintage entertainment when the curtain fell on London Fashion Week in 2011 and 2012. We can bring glamour and excitement to any event with a whole feast of ideas we have up our sleeves.
Land of Lost Content
Every since Gerardine and Wayne started selling second hand clothes on Camden market in 1981, they have been "collectors". Their collections are prodigious. Much of them are housed in an old market hall in the Shropshire town of Craven House that they share with fellow collector Stella Mitchell, the wonderful Land of Lost Content Museum. The collection, in its entirety, has been digitised at LOLC.