My Vintage Brighton: Saffron Reichenbacker
4 April 2012 One Comment
Art Deco-inspired illustrator Saffron Reichenbacker answers our questions on all things vintage and Brighton.
Who are you? Saffron Reichenbacker
What do you do? I’m a Brighton based Artist, inspired by Art Deco and Religious Iconography. I sell prints as well as a range of products featuring my designs.These include badges, fridge magnets, bottle openers and pocket mirrors. I currently sell in Brighton Museum and Red Mutha as well as pretty much all of the local Art/Craft Fairs and my website www.saffronreichenbacker.co.uk.
What does vintage mean to you? Connecting with the past.There’s something quite beautiful and romantic about wearing clothes that have been worn years before in a different era.
How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? Music! coffee! fingerwaves!
What’s your favourite decade for style? 1920s -1930′s. The Art, the films, the writers, the music, everything about this era is just magical to me. I’m especially enamoured with anything from the Weimar Berlin period, the glitter and the doom! Also, the Hollywood silents and early talkies. Look at any early Josef von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich flick andthe clothes/lighting are really exquisite. I love Busby Berkely too, such dreamy escapism.
What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? Wardrobe on Upper North Street – a beautiful little shop selling clothes, jewellery, the occasional French boudoir doll, all sorts of vintage gorgeousness! They have framed photos of Clara Bow, Hedy Lamarr etc dotted round the shop too. It’s a real hidden gem and especially good for bakelite jewellery.
What’s your favourite online vintage shop? eBay, when I’m feeling patient. Also www.joannazaramillinery.co.uk Her cloche hats are divine!
Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things? Metro Deco – best coffee cake in town – and Marwood coffee shop.
Where do you like to go to listen to awesome music? One Inch Badge put on some splendid bands. I love West Hill community centre, especially the bring your own booze aspect. The Prince Albert and Outer Church at the Komedia.
Have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? Trailer Trash Prohibition Speakeasy at the Komedia. Born Bad is always great fun too.
What are your favourite vintage hangouts? The sea front, Duke of Yorks, Queensbury Arms, The Regency Tavern, The Black Dove and the Booth museum.
Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? Second hand shops in Wiltshire villages.
What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? A beautiful black velvet 1930′s dress, with red ribbon trim from Frock me Vintage Brighton, £30!
What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? Creativity and the beautiful sea.
Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond? Raid your granny’s wardrobe.
For more local insight, see our other My Vintage Brighton interviews and if you want to share your own tips, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.