It's time to dig out those shoulder pads as Stazione Leopolda welcomes the return of Vintage Selection, the bi-annual vintage clothing, accessories and design fair. From 6-10 July, vintage professionals, collectors and enthusiasts will be scouring the stalls in search of that elusive retro treasure. With over 30 exhibitors and visitor numbers for previous fairs reaching over 13000, Vintage Selection 16 looks set to be a highlight in every style hunter's calender.
Following the success of Vintage Selection 15's dual sections, this edition will once again be divided into two distinct collections, Luxury and Sportswear. And for the gambler in you, the Happy Kilo area offers visitors the chance to purchase clothes and accessories by weight. This edition will also feature a Remake section, an area dedicated to customised and remade vintage clothing.
Also on display will be 'Vintage di Famiglia', a collection of over 1,700 of the public's family photos from 1950-1980 which maps Italian history through fashion portraits.
'The great thing about vintage is that it's unique', says Marco from Jules e Jim, a vintage store in the heart of Florence that will be selling at the fair. 'These days everyone looks the same. Wearing vintage is more exclusive.'
And for the vintage novice, the fair is the perfect place to start exploring, Marco says. 'You can see a loads different shops selling things from different eras and at different prices all under one roof.'
Marco's top tip for successful vintage shopping? 'Buy something that fits you perfectly and you'll always wear it. And you can't go looking for something in particular, it's impossible to find things that way. You need to just look around and see what you like.'
So whether you're buying, browsing or people watching, Vintage Selection 16 looks set to deliver the stylish goods.
Vintage Selection is produced by Stazione Leopolda SRL in cooperation with ANGELO. Open 6-10 July, 10:00-22:00. Admission fee €5. To receive a €2 discount and for more information, visit www.stazione-leopolda.com.
Written by Jennifer Mason
Fashion Intern at The Florence Newspaper