“All I want for Christmas is a vintage 80’s ski jacket”

An award-winning vintage fair is set to arrive in Cardiff this Christmas, in the form of a ‘Christmas Special’, with many activities, attractions and vintage garments on offer.

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, winner of ‘Best Vintage Fair in the UK’ three years running, will be comprised of 40 independent traders from around Cardiff, and from across the UK.

Commenting on the event, founder and organiser, Lou Lou Glover, said: “We’re very excited to bring a Christmas Special to Cardiff this season. We hope to kick-start this Winter season and bring a vintage twist to Christmas shopping. Vintage makes a perfect Christmas present for someone special as everyone can appreciate a beautiful, handcrafted piece that is one of a kind.

“Whatever you’re looking for, the event promises to be a one-stop shop to get a variety of vintage gems that are on the market at the time.”

In addition to vintage clothes and accessories, the fair will also offer many other attractions, including a ‘vintage tea party’ at pop-up tea room Lil’s Parlour and beauty salon ‘Pop-Up Parlour’, which will provide the opportunity for people to be transformed into fashion icons from past decades via a vintage makeover.

Cardiff-based close-harmony singing duo Gentlemen Prefer Blondes are also set to perform at the Vintage Fare, The duo specialises in “adding a fun, swing style touch to hits from the 40’s and 50’s as well as some modern classics”.

Speaking to Gair Rhydd, Emily Taysom of Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair said: “Lou Lou’s offers students an accessible way to get into vintage as it’s a one-stop shop of the best traders that we’ve carefully handpicked for the event. When you buy vintage, you’re buying into something that is unique and has it’s own story which you can then discover and add to in your time owning it.

“You get more choice than just reproduced and mass-manufactured high street clothing, and it gives you an opportunity to add some character into your wardrobe which I think is really important for students as you’re at a point in your life when you’re finding out who you are and developing your personal style.

“Also, you tend to have more care and detail put into the making of these clothes and accessories, which is why they have lasted for so long and still remain in a good, wearable condition. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some good quality items at an affordable price.”

She added: “We’ve been holding our fairs in Cardiff for a very long time, I actually first went to one when I was a student at Cardiff Uni and just found it a really good day as you can shop somewhere different and spend some time with friends. We come to Cardiff on a very regular basis, visiting around 3-4 times a year.”

The event will take place at Cardiff’s City Hall on Sunday 27th of November from 10am to 4pm, will cost £2 for adults, and is free for children.

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