Mem­ory lane hits cat­walk

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As York­shire-based ret­roglam­our la­bel the House of Foxy opens in Har­ro­gate, Stephanie Smith talks to founder Clare Quar­ter­maine about why vin­tage mat­ters.

In a light­ning-speed world of uncer­tainty and chaos, the land of vin­tage and nos­tal­gia of­fers for many fash­ion lovers a haven and an es­cape, a place where they can feel calmed and in­spired by the style of by­gone days. “The his­to­rian Kate Wil­liams has been talk­ing about the rise of nos­tal­gia, be­cause tech­nol­ogy is so fast, the de­mands of mod­ern life are so fast, that peo­ple are look­ing back to a sim­pler way of life again,” says Clare Quar­ter­maine, founder of El­land-based vin­tage-in­spired fash­ion la­bel the House of Foxy.

“We’re bom­barded with in­for­ma­tion all the time. There are fluc­tu­a­tions as to which era is most in vogue, but there is a plethora of sub­ject mat­ter, with mini trends within the vin­tage trend, and it all co­ex­ists within fash­ion.”

De­spite the gloomi­ness sur­round­ing Brexit, peo­ple are con­tin­u­ing to find op­ti­mism within the vin­tage scene and retro style – and that has been very good for busi­ness.

“Yes, we have ups and downs like ev­ery­body else, and yes, there is a con­tin­gent of peo­ple who still just want cheap and cheer­ful fash­ion, but I think peo­ple are get­ting tired of that,” says Clare.

“I think they want some­thing more long-last­ing, that makes them feel

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