THE MAN BEHIND THE FROCKS
This pretty much sums up every conversation I have had with Kristian, Shop Manager at RETROMANIA London FARA's vintage and designer shop in Victoria. His Midlands twang and enthused chatter about the latest amazing vintage designer piece to hang on the shops rails is always engaging – an expert on fashion history, with an infallible nose for current trends, a designer and maker Kristian is one of life’s originals, a one off like all the pieces he sells at RETROMANIA. My long abiding image of Kristian is slightly flustered in a Hans Solo-esque outfit at a Christmas party - straight from circa 1971 – wearing a Battle Star Galactica brown cloak that Madonna certainly couldn’t pull off.
Kristian comes from a line of memorable personalities who have run this unforgettable shop. RETROMANIA is an eccentric, unapologetic Aladdin’s cave of vintage items all donated to FARA charity shops. Displayed with colourful flare and impeccable knowledge visiting RETROMANIA is a must for anyone who just loves clothes. If you are looking for a ‘not on the high street’ WOW piece that no one else will have then RETROMANIA is the place to go. And they do… it is often frequented by stylists. RETROMANIA’s clothes have graced the red carpet on more than one occasion.
RETROMANIA is an experience, a farrago of clothing from pre-war to 1990's, of ephemera and oddities; the shop oozes vintage - classic labels such as YSL Rive Gauche, Balmain, Balenciga, to a name a few. Prices reflect age, wear and rarity. If it is a retro bargain you want then head to FARA Islington. Kristian personally selects all the ‘retro’ items that would end up on RETROMANIA's famous sale rail and since March he has been sending them as ‘retro-to-go-go’ to our most recently opened FARA shop only five minutes from Angel tube station. Mixed in with the retro rails are broken designer items that go for a song and just need a little loving attention. This streamlining of stock means RETROMANIA London is a now a thorough-bred pure vintage affair – charming, quirky and, of course, rather groovy…
RETROMANIA London, 6 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria SW1V 1SH
020 7630 7406