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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As some of you might have already seen in last Friday’s Birmingham Mail, we are currently seeking Birmingham memorabilia for our newly refitted shop.
Being the city’s longest running vintage shop and naturally obsessed with everything old, we want to transform our shops walls into a display highlighting the second city’s life and culture over the past decades. With the emphasis being on post-war Birmingham, the memorabilia will date back to the late 40s up to the 80s.
Accoding to our very own Frankie Johns, “Birmingham as a city has changed enormously in the last 20 years. It is constantly striving for more modernisation, which is great, but at the same time, we shouldn’t forget about the post-war Birmingham of the 50s, 60s and 70s. As a vintage shop, we obviously appreciate the past and everything old, which is why I decided to turn the shop into a place of appreciation for the city, displaying a variety of items that reflect the culture and lifestyle of those times.”
With a couple of newspaper boards, train station signs and, most notably, the old Fort Dunlop Union flag already up, we are seeking further items to go on our walls. These could include old Birmingham pub signs, coasters, sports team flags and t-shirts, old road signs or simply photographs of Birmingham landmarks. If you have any Birmingham related memorabilia you would like to donate or sell, please get in touch with Frankie Johns on 0121 2247367 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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When talking about 60s fashion, it is inevitable to mention BIBA! Which is why our second instalment of fashion designers and brands that have influenced the era is dedicated to Barbara Hulanicki’s BIBA empire and the UK’s first real high street store offering affordable fashion to youngsters.
Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1936, Hulanicki and her family moved to Brighton in the late 40s, following her father’s death. With a degree from the Brighton School of Art, Hulanicki went on to work as a fashion illustrator before starting a small mail-order business, selling her own fashion designs.
Eventually, in 1964, she opened her first shop under the name BIBA in Kensington, London. The shop turned into an overnight success, resulting in further store openings in 1965 and 1969 until it eventually moved to a seven-storey department store on Kensington High Street in 1974. By that time, the brand’s offering had extended from originally only women’s wear to men’s and children’s clothing, make up, homewares and even food. However, the originally affordable garments had risen in price, making them increasingly unaffordable for the average teenager – a circumstance which contributed to the shop shutting its doors for good in 1976.
The entire BIBA look was characterized by Art Deco styles and earthy colours, mixed with gold and silver and a variety of materials including chiffon, satin and crepe. Many of the designs impressed with their extravagance and had not been seen before in this form, such as long tapestry maxi coats.
Today, BIBA can be found on the high street once again, thanks to House of Fraser’s relaunch in 2009. Yet, with Hulanicki no longer involved with the brand, it is fair to say that apart from the brand’s name and logo, not much of the original BIBA spirit remains.
If you would like to get your hands on an original BIBA piece, be prepared to dig your hands deep into your pockets as original items start to sell at around £100, with the sky being the limit. For a more affordable vintage look with a BIBA flair, pop down and see us in the Custard Factory.
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We all love a good shopping spree, especially at the weekend when we’re free from our Monday to Friday 9-5 duties. All of you who have ever been down the Custard Factory on a Saturday know how vibrant, buzzing and fun the area is, offering a great alternative to stressful, overcrowded inner city Bullring shopping.
We acknowledge that one shopping day a week is not always enough which is why why we’ve listened to all your calls and prayers and from this Sunday, 2nd March, we will be open seven days a week! Now this certainly calls for a massive enthusiastic YESSSS!
This means, Urban Village is now accessible to everyone! No matter whether you have long working hours, shift work, regular Saturday appointments or just popped over to Brum for the day, we will be welcoming you with open arms into our little vintage world.
Hence, our new improved opening times now read like this:
Mon-Fri 10.30am – 6pm
Sat 10.30am – 5.30pm
Sun 11am – 4pm
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We are happy to announce that Urban Village is now an official stockist of “Hunter and Nelson”!
The company which manufactures its garments exclusively in the UK, only sells its products in selected independent shops across the country rather than through big high street retailers.
With sizes ranging from S-XL, we now offer a cross section of some of their most iconic and popular items, including t-shirts, sweaters and tote bags.
Why not pop down and see us to get a first look at the collection?!
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