There are so many things to make you fall in love with the culture of Portobello; we have our own unique way of life you see. But even beyond the rich history, the pretty pastel houses, the amazing food diversity, the unique street style and the endless vintage market stalls and boutiques, there’s something that runs much deeper – and that’s the people. Behind every vintage shop, every business, every stall is someone pretty darn interesting to say the least. If you know Portobello, you’ll know that our part of the world is a place for characters. So if you love British vintage and London’s distinct vintage style, come get to know the people of Portobello. Here are the best vintage and fashion accounts to follow on Instagram…
Sarah Horrillo @london.vintage
The lovely Sarah Horrillo is a regular trader at Portobello Market and she’s definitely got some stories to tell. Once a waitress, a psychotherapist and a mosaic artist and now an expert vintage trader, Sarah’s boots are well worn in terms of experience. But she’s never felt more at home than she does today, selling beautiful vintage clothing to stylish visitors to Portobello. If you’re not swayed by fast trends and throwaway fashion, you’ll be in good company when visiting Sarah’s Instagram account @london.vintage. Because Sarah believes that the best way to shop vintage is to never adhere to trends but to choose what you like because, and we quote, “you’ll look far more stylish, individual, comfortable and confident.”
She continues, “Also be brave, if you love it wear it . . buy for yourself, not for your wardrobe. Also there’s no shame in mixing vintage with new. There are no rules…”
We love how eclectic, inclusive and exciting her vintage items are so make sure you follow Sarah on Instagram – for shopping, for fun, or just for some daily inspiration.
If you read our ‘Weekend in Notting Hill Guide‘, you’ll know that 282 Portobello Road is one of our favourite places to hang out. It’s a small piece of heaven in fact. Step inside Claudia’s shop and you’ll feel like you’ve just entered Pandora’s box of vintage treasures. We’re talking one of a kind pieces that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. We’re talking vintage clothing so unique that everyone will be asking “where did you get that?”
If you want vintage fur, vintage tweed, vintage biker jackets, authentic trilbies and fedoras or classic leather boots, you’ll find it at 282 Portobello Road. Not only does Claudia have a serious knack for styling her customers in items they may not have picked out for themselves (but end up loving all the same) but she also shares photos of her most stylish shop visitors on her @282portobello Instagram account. So get following!
Capturing community and culture, this Instagram account is a must for anyone who is interested in our neighbourhood. Because like we say, it’s the people and the wonderful characters who really make this place so amazing. What you’ll see from @peopleofportobello is a collection of faces, places and things that will give you a sneak peek into life in our ‘hood’. If you love street style fashion, it doesn’t get any better than this. Because this is exactly what the real people of Portobello look like…expect to see some crazy looking outfits, some genius raw styling, and an awful lot of beautiful vintage clobber on men and women of all backgrounds and of all ages.
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