Purveyors of the finest original vintage clothing and accessories, from the 1960s & 1970s. We love vintage clothing from all decades but specialise in the 60s & 70s and we are sure, whether visiting our shop or buying online with us, you will find what you are looking for. We sell the finest vintage clothing for Females & Males. All the stock is A Graded, cleaned and ready to wear! We sell a 50/50 split between Male & Female clothing.
We don’t just sell vintage items, it is more to us than that, it is a lifestyle. We dress in the clothes we sell, ride scooters, drive old cars and we also like to think that we do our bit towards saving the planet and being an Eco friendly company.
Check out our Mod Photographs Collection. This page is for all Mods past and present, to share any cool photos of themselves and/or friends. It can be of anything from a night out on the town, shopping for those hard to find threads, scooter runs or just posing because you just look so damn good!
Can’t make it down to the shop? Don’t worry, we also sell online. Here you will find some of our finest vintage clothing, all reasonably priced and in great condition.
We also offer a personal shopper service if you are after something specific.
Have you ever walked into your favourite shop (that’s us by the way) and felt the compulsive urge to bob your head and stomp your feet??? Well readers that’ll be down to some of the amazing playlists we have created for your listening pleasure, non more so than the fantastic ‘Outta sight Outta mind’ playlist which has everything a Hipster of style and taste needs! Click above to tune in!
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Urban Village, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA (Click here for map)
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It is no secret that it took centuries for women to finally be able to show leg again. Hundreds of years were spent dressed in long heavy gowns until the 60s eventually came along and with it mini skirts and dresses.
A trend that seems to have prevailed to this day, especially when it comes to rather casual day and evening wear. Too often, maxi dresses are still exclusively associated with long evening gowns and only seem to be an option when it comes to choosing an outfit for a special or formal occasion.
However, the 60s have also seen the emergence of a new type of maxi dress, flowing, lightweight and easy to wear without the added burden of heavy underskirts. In a time when mini skirts were at the height of their popularity and could not be short enough, the maxi dress symbolised a new type of counterculture led by the hippies. It was not until the late 60s when Oscar De La Renta designed a maxi dress for Elizabeth Arden that the maxi dress found its way into popular fashion culture.
The 70s eventually saw the commercial breakthrough of the maxi dress, championed by designers such as Ossie Clark. Sleeves also became bigger, longer and more prominent, enhancing the dreamy nature and feminine shape of the garments. Unfortunately, the end of the 70s did not only mark the end of an era, but also the end of the maxi dress which has not come fully back into fashion ever since.
However, in recent years, the likes of Kate Moss and Sienna Miller have been spotted breathing new life into some vintage and boho maxi numbers which makes us hope that finally more people will recognise and appreciate the beauty of a good maxi dress again.
With summer and festival season in full swing, there is no better time to give the maxi dress a try. Simply pair it with some leather gladiator sandals or even some lace up boots and embrace your inner hippie.
For a wide selection of 60s and 70s maxi dresses see us here at Urban Village.
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Yes, we admit it’s been a while since our last instalment of “The people behind the style.” After having worked our way through some of the biggest and best UK designers and labels of the 60s, it’s finally time to go global. There is no denying that England is and has always been the hub for some of the greatest fashion trends, but now let’s have a look at some of the people, brands and boutiques from other parts of the world that have played a pivotal role in making 60s fashion as unique as it was.
And what better way to start than with Jim Morrison’s long-term girlfriend Pamela Courson’s L.A. boutique Themis, named after the Greek goddess of divine order. Located on La Cienega Boulevard, the shop was only open for two years from 1969-1971. Decorated with colourful tapestries, peacock feathers, mirrors and candles, the boutique mainly stocked European and Far Eastern garments that Courson would pick up on her travels.
However, despite the beautiful and breathtaking interior and design, the shop had incredibly irregular opening times. Although people like Sharon Tate and Miles Davies counted among the regulars, Themis seemed to be more of a place for Courson to hang out with her friends.
Together with designer Tere Tereba, Courson would run the shop whose garments would come with a fairly big pricetag. Eventually, Themis shut its doors for good in 1971 following Morrison’s death.
Although it is arguable to what extent Themis was actually a bona fide boutique rather than a home away from home for Courson and her friends, the fact that she stocked items that were not easily available in the US at that time stresses the significance and influence of the shop. At a time when alternative Americans would still dress in casual hippie clothes, Themis provided a more sophisticated and dandyish take on US counterculture fashion.
Although we cannot promise you peacock feathers and incense sticks, you never know what you might find in Urban Village, may it be a beautiful Indian kaftan or a tapestry suit. To have a mooch, simply pop down to the Custard Factory.
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It has been a few busy weeks here at Urban Village HQ. But all the hard work and graft, including sorting through countless bags of vintage clothes, hanging them up and steaming them is about to pay off as our “£10 and under Vintage & Designer Fair” is only one day away now!
We have stocked our rails with thousands of male and female vintage and designer items, all priced at only £10 or less! Accessories, such as belts, scarves and ties will be only £1, shoes, shirts, blouses and jumpers will only be £3 and fur oats and full suits will only be £10. But don’t forget, there won’t be any price tags on the clothes, instead, you will be given a flyer at the entrance containing a full price list. For a preview of the list, simply pop over to our events page on Facebook.
So don’t miss out on these amazing vintage bargains and – just as a little reminder – here are all the details you need to know:
WHEN: Saturday, 28th June, 12-4pm
WHERE: Market Hall, Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA
HOW MUCH: £1 entry
See you on Saturday!
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Well then, folks, holiday season is officially here! And with England not winning the World Cup (again), there is definitely no reason for us anymore to be glued to our TV screens. Hence, why not enjoy the sunny outdoors instead?
As it happens, we have just stocked up on many holiday and outdoor essentials, including vintage Adidas and denim shorts, straw hats and some gorgeous original 60s and 70s swimming trunks and suits.
Although the bikini has gained in popularity since the 1950s and 60s, the swimsuit has got a long tradition, dating back as far as to the 18th century, up to which point nude swimming had mainly been the norm.
However, back then, swimsuits were merely dresses made from fabric that would not become transparent when wet, with men having to wear long-sleeved tops and bottoms. In the 19th century, a similar trend emerged in female swimwear as it increasingly consisted of trousers and knee-length tops. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that female swimsuits literally started to take shape and became tight and fitted. However, despite covering pretty much most of the body, this figure hugging design was extremely controversial, yet, proved increasingly popular. Eventually, by the 1930s, this design had become the norm.
Only ten years later, the first bikinis started to emerge and shrank in size throughout the 50s and 60s, leaving us with the design still popular today.
To add a touch of vintage to your holidays or swimming activities, head down to Urban Village and take your pick from our range of colourful swimwear!
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