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!
Urban Village is not just a shop. It's a lifestyle. We are passionate about all things vintage, including mod culture, quirky events and supporting local talent. To find out a bit more about what it is we're about - take a look below. UV is a community.
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Urban Village, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA (Click here for map)
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What a lovely start to the new week – the sun is finally out, just in time for the Easter break, and a busy and exciting weekend lies ahead of us. Not only is it time to go on Easter egg hunts again, we’ll also be celebrating Record Store Day 2014 on Saturday!
Since 2007, independent record stores all over the world have been celebrating the shiny black discs and the Custard Factory is delighted to be a part of it this year as well – with Urban Village, Left for Dead and Milque & Muhle all taking part in the celebrations!
Expect some fantastic live music courtesy of Left for Dead and Milque & Muhle and some great special Record Store Day releases and offers! Here at Urban Village, we have just completed the refurbishment of our basement record department, now stocking even more vinyl spanning all genres from 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s Pop & Rock to Motown, Soul, Psychedelic, Prog, Reggae, Ska, Mod Sounds, Jazz, Blues and Indie, Dance, House and Hip Hop!
With something for everyone in store, we will be offering 10% off all vinyl purchases on Saturday, plus we will be giving away free Urban Village record patches with every record purchase – but be quick as stock is limited!
If you want to join the fun, head down to the Custard Factory and Urban Village on Saturday and don’t forget to tweet us your favourite record @VintageUV #RSD14!
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Once again, time to look back at our fashion roots and this week, we will fully dedicate this blog to one of the most wonderful boutiques from the Swinging London era – Granny Takes A Trip.
Founded by free-lance journalist Nigel Waymouth who was born in India and raised in Argentina before moving to the UK in 1953, his girlfriend Sheila Conan and tailor John Pearse, the shop was about to become one of London’s most iconic fashion boutiques when it first opened its doors at 488 Kings Road, Chelsea in 1965. Back then this part of Kings Road was regarded to be the World’s End due to its unfashionable image. These days, however, the term has become rather synonymous with Vivienne Westwood’s shop of the same name that is located in the area.
Anyway, let’s get back to Granny Takes A Trip which was originally intended as an outlet for Waymouth’s growing collection of antique clothes. However, it soon turned into a bona fide brand thanks to Pearse’s original designs, including breath-taking suits and jackets, among others.
Soon, the boutique became an attraction for many celebrities and fashionistas alike, not only because of the incredible garments for sale, but further because of its impressive and ever changing shop front. Originally displaying giant portraits of Native American chiefs Low Dog and Kicking Bear, it changed to a massive pop art face of Jean Harlow and eventually incorporated a 1958 Dodge saloon car coming out from the shop window.
Only four years later, in 1969, Waymouth and Cohen decided to sell the business to London fashion entrepreneur Freddie Hornik who carried the brand into the next decade by introducing more velvet garments and platform boots whilst also expanding internationally. With additional Granny Takes A Trip shops opening in New York and Los Angeles and attracting regulars including Mick Jagger and Elton John, the decade eventually saw the slow demise of the brand with the London and New York branches closing down in the mid-70s and the LA branch following in the early 1980s.
Like so many other boutiques and brands of the time, original Granny Takes A Trip items are hard to find these days and always come with the expected price tag. As always, for a more affordable swinging sixties look including old army and velvet jackets, head down and see us here at the Custard Factory!
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We at Urban Village are all big fans of the Malvern antiques and collectors fairs. Anybody who has ever been to the quaint little place in Worcestershire knows just how amazing a Sunday out there can be!
This is why we are extremely happy that our collaboration with B2B Events, the organisers behind those amazing fairs, has just entered its second year! Bringing a little bit of the Malvern flair to the Custard Factory, the B2B Antiques and Vintage Bazaar will be coming to the Custard Factory Gallery this Saturday from 10am-4pm! And as always, entry is completely free!
Expect some beautiful homewares, furniture, clothing and accessories dating back to the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s! On top of that, there will be live music outside on the Lakeside stage and pop up food stalls to satisfy your tummies.
Urban Village will be open as usual, from 10.30am, so make sure to pay us a visit as well for some vintage bargains!
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It’s time for another instalment of our miniseries about the people who influenced the British fashion scene in the 60s like no others! Next in line is Raymond Clark – better known as Ossie Clark! Born in Cheshire in 1942, Clark went on to study at Manchester’s Regional College of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art in London where he graduated in 1965.
It was during his time in Manchester that he met fellow designer and lover Celia Birtwell with whom he would later move in and start a fashion collaboration that would last nearly a lifetime. Whilst Clark was designing the clothes, Birtwell was designing the prints.
In 1965, a shop called Woodlands 21 would be the first one to sell Clark’s clothing, followed by the boutique Quorum in 1966. Clark’s designs were heavily influenced by Pop Art and Hollywood glamour, paired with Birtwell’s beautiful and eye-catching patterns. Clark’s designs were also the first ones of a young British designer to be bought and exported by an overseas department store in New York – Henri Bendel.
Eventually, in 1967, Quorum was sold to UK fashion house Radley which was keen to keep Ossie Clark on as a designer, resulting in the “Ossie Clark for Radley” collections which made his clothes available to a high street clientele rather than just the boutique-related upper classes and his famous regulars, including Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful and the Beatles.
After marrying Celia Birtwell in 1969 and having two sons with her, his flowing, feminine fashion lines remained popular until the mid-70s when his heavy drug abuse became increasingly problematic and resulted in his marriage to break down.
Clark never really recovered from the split and never managed to get fully back onto his feet financially or creatively. Eventually, in 1996, he was murdered by a former lover in his London council flat.
Although his later years were far from happy, his designs remain immortal and are very sought after collector’s pieces. Over the years, we have seen a few Ossie Clark garments changing owners in our shop or via our Ebay online store, so you never know what you might find when you pop in to see us …
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