Meet 'The Urban Vintage Affair'
My name is Natasha and I am a London based creative and founder of two thriving online brands based on both my passions and Fashion and Antiques.
I founded my lifestyle brand The Urban Vintage Affair back in 2017, to raise awareness and inspire modern creatives into a more accessible world of wonderful antiques and vintage homewares.
I grew up in busy London UK and also in a quiet town on Vancouver Island in Canada a massive contrast of lifestyle from an early age which has made me very adaptable to change personally and professionally.
Whilst working in fashion I studied part time courses in antiques and collectables and spent my spare time boring my friends senseless rummaging through auction houses, antique stores and markets. My friend and family not quite understanding why a modern fashion city girl was into dusty old things. I studied hard on business, marketing and attended many eye opening and life changing seminars All giving me the foundation to build a sustainable business and be open to new opportunities in the future.
For my brand The Urban Vintage Affair, I am on a mission to inspire a younger and creative generation into handmade and craftsmanship because I want to bring more awareness to the accessibility of antiques for everyday use. I experienced feeling intimated by posh antique fairs and thinking that this world was not for me. Withe my brand I wanted to eliminate that fear and invite all walks of life and share that antique are not for posh, rich, middle class people that anybody can own, use or and invest in them. Buying a piece of antique dose not mean it has to sit on a mantelpiece gathering dust. They can be integrated into your home into your urban modern lifestyle. This reinforcing my tag line ‘Look At Antiques Differently’
Some dealers will gasp at the thought of separating an antique tea set. I say they are more likely to be used in anyway they want if they were sold separately. People can be way too precious when it come to matching sets and will only get them out for ‘special occasions’. I am given a little shake to the antiques world to rid of the old fashion preconception ideas on how we should buy and use antiques.
Most of the silver I sell is English as this is most desirable of its purity and value. I also like french silver as they do the best lemon squeezers and some stunning vanity jars. You will find stunning French escutcheons Paper mache from Italy England and Japan. Pieces are source based on quality and if they have a commercial end use for everyday living. The Urban Vintage Affair has no prejudice in country or origin, or solid silver, silver plate, vintage or antique. Newley scoured products are listed online every Sunday in New Arrivals, as part of #NewVintageSunday
Part of our social responsibly I try to run a no waste business no plastic waste, recycling, with packaging and even digital content to be reused when possible. Most of us are already aware that buying antique or vintage is more sustainable than purchasing cheap mass produce pieces. Reusing for a long as possible and creating even more history.
My fashion and product development experience have allowed me to bring my fascination of handmade items into modern, trend driven contemporary living, with my non antiques collections The Sommelier which are urban sustainable gifts and interiors to complement the antique collections. I source modern quality items in natural materials made locally or using eco friendly materials which support independent makers and brands. This The Sommelier collection is aimed to reassure our customers that antiques and new products can mix well into modern urban living as well as paving the way for future antiques.
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