Those of us who grew up before designer denim was a thing would often form a loyalty to one label and stick with it. For many, denim was the clothing of the rebel and the rock star, as well as the cowboy. The three big US denim brands developed in different regions and this has, to some extent, defined their success and coolness!

The value of vintage denim is a phenomenon which has been illustrated by a recent Guardian story . It tells of a chap who ‘excavated old denim in abandoned silver mines in deserts across California, Nevada and Arizona. Used by old miners to lag pipes and block holes, these vintage denim pieces (some dating back to 1873) have been sold for up to $100,000’.

Levi Denim

Levi’s is an iconic brand, maybe the coolest of the lot and as such, it is clearly the Californian brand. Best known for its jeans and jackets the company was founded in 1853 by Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco. They have since become one of the most recognised clothing items around the world.

Modern jeans were primarily confined to the working west, cowboys, lumberjacks and railroad workers. By WW2 hardwearing blue jeans with rivets were declared, in the US, an essential commodity for those in defence work. Between the 1950s and 1980s, Levi’s jeans and jackets became popular among a wide range of youth subcultures, including greasers, mods, rockers, and hippies.

Though maybe not an icon of cool, Bing Crosby was said to be a Levi’s lover and was even gifted a specially made denim tuxedo by the company.

Levi 501

Levi’s popular shrink-to-fit 501s were sold in a unique sizing arrangement; I can clearly remember myself and my siblings excitedly taking turns to sit in the bath to shrink our new Levi’s– closely overseen by our mother. The company still produces these unshrunk, uniquely sized jeans today although, thankfully, preshrunk ones are also available!

Aided by a popular TV ad campaign in the 80s, involving a launderette, a bag of stones and an attractive male model stripping down to his boxers, Levi jeans enjoyed a massive resurgence in popularity. For a long time, the only jeans to be seen were 501s. Levi’s range encompasses denim jeans, jackets, footwear, clothing and accessories – vintage versions of which are a collector’s heaven.

There are many, many online resources which explain the intricacies of selvedge seams, rivet placement, stamping and brand labels. If you think you have an old Levi item, it’s worth looking them up!

Wrangler Denim

Wrangler jeans are one of the most recognisable names in denim jeans, jackets and casualwear. Its distinctive W stitched into the pockets makes it stand out from the crowd. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Wrangler clothing presents as workers clothing, maybe less hip than Levi’s but certainly stylish as well as being tough as old cowboy boots!

The Blue Bell Overall Company first made Wrangler Jeans. They employed Bernard Lichtenstein, a Polish tailor, who worked with cowboys, to help design jeans suitable for rodeo use. Subsequently several well-known rodeo riders were convinced to endorse the clothes. The story goes that the Blue Bell workers took part in a contest to give the jeans a brand name. As a result the winning name was Wrangler, synonymous with the name for a working cowboy.

Working Cowboy Denim

The Wrangler Jeans featured several innovations: strengthened seams, rear pockets positioned for comfort in the saddle, ‘no scratch’ rivet pocket reinforcement, a zipper fly, and use of a strong tack in the crotch instead of a metal rivet – that last one seems obvious! Future designs included creating jackets and shirts to suit the needs of working cowboys – to address performance, durability and comfort.

The functional design still plays a big part in Wrangler clothing designs today, which now also include t-shirts, shoes and accessories. However, they now are also stylish and modern to appeal to a wide variety of people – not just cowboys!

Lee Denim

Lee Jeans is a legendary American denim brand that has been creating genuinely iconic jeans, jackets and retro clothing for over 125 years—initially based in Kansas and prominent in the East and Midwest. Certainly Lee Jeans has a lower profile than the other brands; however, this very understatement makes them a more original choice – the brand of the individual.

The company was formed in 1889 by Henry David Lee producing dungarees and jackets. Later in the 1920s, Lee introduced a zipper fly and continued to expand. During the next two decades, the company became one of the leading manufacturers of work clothes in the US. In 1954, Lee expanded into casual wear – a development which continued into the 1970s, when Lee shifted focus from the workwear business and began catering to fashion cycles.

Lee designed the 101 Cowboy Pants in 1932, which evolved into Lee Riders, followed by their iconic 101J jean jacket and old blanket-lined, corduroy collared Storm Rider Jackets. The slimline 101J’s fit was short and attractive, giving Lee sex appeal!

Star Appeal

Furthermore Lee was the denim of choice for many film stars – James Dean clearly wears Lee in Rebel Without a Cause, and many photos show Steve McQueen was a fan too.

An early example of product placement was evident in a 1963 critically acclaimed film called Hud, where the wearing of Lee clothing seems to have been a prerequisite!

Repsycho regularly stocks vintage and used denim items, when we first began as market traders, denim was our main line – indeed 501s have consistently been among our best-selling items for over 30 years.

Vintage denim clothing is adaptable, sustainable and just plain wearable; Levi’s, Wrangler’s and Lee vintage denim are all of this and cool, too – and worth its weight in gold!

Woman wearing blue baggy jeans

Trends are continually rocking back and forth, and more often than not, previously forgotten styles return to the forefront of people’s minds with a vengeance.

The above point is just one of the many reasons why reusing, recycling and donating clothing is so important – there are endless opportunities to bring certain pieces back to life. In other words, that jacket you were about to chuck away could transform you into a trendsetting icon in the near future.

So then, what’s cool right now?

Well, to answer this question correctly, we at Repsycho have compiled a list of the most sought after trends and styles emerging in autumn/winter 2020. What’s more, you can get everything listed below via the Repsycho website.

The long leather coat

The long leather jacket trend has got to be one of my personal favourites. As soon as you put one on, you feel instantly cooler. It has Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes written all over it – what more do you need?

You could go for the minimalist, blazer-style option, the heavier classic coat jacket look or even the full-length, down to your toes statement piece. Or, better still, why not grab them all? (second-hand, of course).

Sweater vest

It’s time to raid your dad’s wardrobe – sweater vests are now the coolest of the cool. Spice up any simple outfit by throwing a sweater vest over the top. The beauty is that they are an incredibly versatile piece, and go with just about anything, and come in just about any colour.

The fact that your old man’s golfing attire is now one of the trendiest looks out there shows how unpredictable the world of fashion truly is – and we are 100% here for it!

Baggy jeans

The baggy jeans trend is one the most notable of 2020, and the basic rule is as follows: the baggier, the better.

Baggy clothes became a massive thing in Manchester back in the 1980s, and the trend is undoubtedly making a comeback. Most notably, since the perfect match for your baggy jeans would be an oversized tee or sweatshirt.

Collars

Collars are currently a big deal. But what exactly does that mean? Well, it’s all about sprucing up your t-shirts and sweatshirts with a shirt worn underneath, allowing for the collar to remain on display.

This trend is becoming increasingly popular as it allows you to add some edge to a simple outfit or a splash of colour to a monochrome look.

Sweats

A trend that we can all get behind: placing style and comfort hand-in-hand. Sweatpants and tracksuits are now becoming stylish, and chilling on the sofa is no longer their only reason for existence.

So, get those sweats on and start styling. Pair with shirts, high-neck jumpers, long-line coats or even high heels – whatever takes your pick!

Clothing rail outside fashion shop

It is no secret that the desire, and need, to be more conscious of how we consume the planet’s resources is becoming more and more apparent across the globe.

If you need a little more convincing, switch on Netflix now and take a load of A Life on Our Planet (more importantly, if you haven’t watched it yet, where have you been?).

We simply need to do better. However, for many, things can get a little overwhelming. How can one person make a difference? Where do you even start?

Well, the truth is, you can help just by opening your wardrobe. Yep, that’s right. Throwaway fashion is a severe problem for the world around us, with around 300,000 tonnes of textiles ending up in landfill every year.

By making some simple changes to our shopping behaviours and the way we treat our clothes, we can help to reduce the dreadful impact that the fashion industry is currently having on the planet.

Here at Repsycho, we’ve decided to put together five simple tips on how you can be working to combat throwaway/fast fashion right now.

Clothing rail of t-shirts
Clothing rail of t-shirts

1. Respect and reuse

Always pining for new threads despite having three wardrobes stocked full of clothes and not even knowing what you own anymore? Don’t worry; we’ve all been there.

However, the first step towards living more sustainably when it comes to fashion is learning how to appreciate what you already have.

Fling open those wardrobe doors and rummage through the fabrics from a forgotten past. Don’t be surprised if you rediscover some misplaced gems along the way.

Items that you previously thought didn’t work, and therefore ended up at the back of the pile, may end up being a firm favourite after a bit of exploration.

Try things on, get styling, create new outfits – have fun with it!

Recycling bin
Recycling bin

2. Recycle

So, now you have a redesigned relationship with your wardrobe and all your favourite pieces – new and old.

But, what about the clothes that genuinely don’t fit or don’t match your style anymore? Now, this is where recycling comes in.

With around 300,000 tonnes of textiles ending up in landfill every year, it is clear that more often than not, clothing ends up in the bin when it no longer serves its purpose despite still being entirely wearable – this is not the answer!

There are plenty of ways you can recycle old clothing – drop them off at clothing and textile banks, donate them to charity or sell them on yourself via sites such as eBay or Depop.

If for whatever reason, you have clothes that are unwearable or broken, fear not, as you can still recycle these at home! But there is something even better you could do instead.

Singer sewing machine
Singer sewing machine

3. Get fixing

Learn how to mend your clothes! A small rip? A little too big around the waste? No longer your sort of thing? That does not spell the end, my friends.

Learning some basic sewing techniques will transform your whole outlook on clothes. The power of being able to alter and repair will reduce the need to throw away clothes tenfold.

You could even start totally redesigning and transforming things – like making a skirt out of a dress or a bucket hat out of some jeans. Maybe even keep up with the trends and create a crop top out of some trainers. Why ever not?

Secondhand clothing and book stall
Secondhand clothing and book stall

4. Shop at secondhand and vintage stores

When you are in the market for some new clothes – shop old instead! Get down to your local charity shops and vintage stores for a whole host of beautiful secondhand gems just waiting to be rediscovered.

Shopping for secondhand fashion can really reap the benefits if done correctly. You can often find super expensive and trendy designs and labels for a fraction of the price, as well as vintage one-off pieces that nobody else will have!

It truly is one of the best ways to stay trendy, stand out and keep some extra money in your pocket along the way – not to mention that it is a far more sustainable way of doing things.

So, what’s not to love? Get started today!

At Repsycho we have a soft spot for all things sportswear, after all, that’s how our online business began. So, you can be sure when buying any item of sportswear from us we have scrutinised it, admired it and described it with great interest and a little envy too because really, we’d like to keep most of it for ourselves!

Young Max and Louis wearing football shirts
Young Max and Louis wearing football shirts

Our very first online sales were of vintage football shirts. As a family with four football fanatics in it, they were always somehow appearing in the stock- it was but a short step to deciding to sell rather than hoard them. We now boast a large selection of football shirts, both club and international as well as great vintage ones, many from amateur clubs. Did you know that in the 60s and 70s many amateur players wore the same shirts as professional clubs? These shirts provide a fascinating sports history and are becoming very collectable.

Also, in the ‘early days’ we often found US sportswear was popular, the college tees and sweats and also the mesh tops worn over padding by ice hockey & US football players. As with the football/soccer shirts, we have a love for vintage amateur and college sports tops as well as the big brand, big bucks NFL, NBA etc. tops as worn by the big stars. You can find all types on our site – well made, durable and kinda cool too!

Tracksuits were traditionally the domain of the sportsperson, but since the 1970s & ’80s, they have grown in popularity as a fashion garment. However, there is a whole debate around the subject. It is quite common to have track tops, less usual to have full suits. Yet, we have several club trackies, some fantastic 1970’s tracksuit tops, quite a lot of 1980’s-90’s shell suit tops and we even have a few more modern ones from the 21st century available.

If there is one sport that has a totally cool profile, it is tennis. Tennis clothes have been developed as a fashion commodity for many years – Rene Lacoste and Fred Perry in the 1920-30s began the trend. At Repsycho we sell vintage tennis clothes of all styles and brands for a snip. Our stock includes shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, vests and frilly knickers too. Most of our shorts are branded ones; for instance, Adidas, Lacoste, Fred Perry and Nike. We also sell gear which has been tennis star branded with their logos – e.g. Becker, Lendl and Edberg.

As well as the tennis variety, we also stock numerous types of pre-loved shorts: athletics/running, football, table tennis, boxing(sometimes) basketball or just general sporty shorts.

Brightly coloured sports branded t-shirts are popular at the moment, some of the graphics are great, and they are a bargain secondhand item!

Recently we have been stocking a range of racing sports brightly coloured clothing -bike and motor racing and particularly NASCAR has evolved into the most popular sports in the world and the associated clothing style is a growing fashion.

Cycling has become an extremely popular sport in the last few decades, and at Repsycho we have been lucky to obtain some really great, but rare, vintage acrylic cycling tops, and training jackets. Many (but not all) emblazoned with club names and sponsors. They in really great colours and the winter training jackets have a showerproof covering to the front and shoulders to combat road splash as well as rain!

We stock numerous other sports clothing including branded sweatshirts, trunks, sailing jackets and athletics vests- as and when available. However, the nature of the secondhand/vintage market means each item is usually a one-off, and we get frequent enquiries asking if we have an item in a different size. Generally, it’s a no, but it is worth keeping an eye on the site if you’re looking for something specific.

A clothing rail full of knitwear and jackets

We seem to be at the time of year when we need to review our wardrobe- a great time to create some new looks and update our outlook. The nights are drawing in, Boris is still pathetic, and we are looking at six months of restrictions.

However, this could be just the time to move into a positive phase; don’t let the news/temperature/restrictions stop you from being the funkiest dresser in the queue.

So, whether you favour the biker vibe, bohemian chic or have a more classic taste this year’s trends have got you covered!

Two young girls wearing winter coats
Two young girls wearing winter coats

Until the end of the 20th century, fashion was dictated by the catwalks of Paris, rigid adherence to the styles of the design houses was required- if they said mini, everyone wore a mini regardless of chunky thighs!

Today fashion has a less dogged approach to the styles and trends, and we are able to dress to suit our own tastes- however, there is usually some conformity when it comes to ready to wear clothing- last winter the shops were full of animal print, tartan and tiers.

This year things to consider if you’re looking to impress as a fashionista include a few themes.

Fringing is back! Rihanna appeared on the cover of September’s Harper’s Bazaar spinning a fringe-embellished, margarine-yellow coat from Bottega Veneta with a fringed Daniel Lee dress beneath. Fringes on coats, dresses and jackets and obvs capes and ponchos. Fringing is good.

Actually, it does make you feel quite Elvis- give it a go!

Leather is not a material that really goes out of fashion, but oversized, structured coats were popular in collections this year- think The Matrix, develop a problem with authority and start glowering.

Several styles seemed to be hungover from last year, maybe the lockdown has encouraged frugalism in designers, but capes, wide belts and big bags all return for another season- I know capes again- woohoo!

Nerdy knitwear is a good thing! Cardigans and sweater vests are dropping its previous reputation this autumn, as many of the biggest labels included the preppy knit. Warm and cosy – a reassuring cuddle in an uncertain world.

Unrelenting black dresses have returned- hurrah, everyone likes a little black number! Moody and sexy, head to toe black were everywhere with some sequins (Valentino) and leather was thrown in, not forgetting thigh length boots (Alexander McQueen) if they take your fancy!

Now the only thing that can vaguely approach the black dress is, of course, the red dress. Popular amongst designers this autumn, whether its lace, vinyl or sequinned, is a bold splash of head to toe bright red, for those exuberant days!

Check it! Be it tartan, plaid, gingham or houndstooth, checks have featured on every autumn catwalk forever, but this autumn, they were punchier than usual. Layer checks to add more impact.

Voluminous sleeves add structure and poise- ok for the catwalk but for an everyday look puffed sleeves do the same job and are totally in!

Patchwork clothing figured quite prominently in several collections (Tom Ford, Marni, Tod’s). Patchwork is a bold look and looks best with monochromatic pieces to ensure it stands out. It’s fun, it’s adaptable, and it’s a little kooky, win, win, win!

Vintage outfits in the Repsycho store
Vintage outfits in the Repsycho store

The most important theme, of course, should be the eco value of your clothing, Oxfam has repeated their Second Hand September campaign this year, and the talk of eco-solutions in the fashion industry is continuing to gain momentum.

New clothes, even those made from sustainable sources can lose their eco value depending on labour conditions, worldwide distribution and the obscene cost of advertisements. Vintage is a fantastic green alternative to the moral conundrums of keeping up with the trends.

Repsycho store front
Repsycho store front

Just a few of the many trends for the Autumn/Winter season 2020-21. Most of the pictured clothes were available in-store at Repsycho, Bristol or online at Repsycho.co.uk at the time of writing. We have a varied and everchanging stock- before you buy give eco vintage a try!

There is an old saying about fashion being cyclical – well, of course, it’s true, and it’s brilliant too! It means we can find all sorts of true-vintage items that have endured the mean streets of yesteryear and are ready to rock again!

True-Vintage Quality

Many true-vintage items are well-made ones – they have made it through without bursting at the seams, stretching out of shape or fading to a pale memory of former glory. They are the survivors – treat them with respect!

True-vintage fashion can include the unbranded, the handmade and the high street – now the sought after as they become increasingly unique with every passing year.

It also consists of the upper crust vintage designer pieces which are often well documented, photographed and equally sought after. Is it just as exciting to find an old St Michaels label as an Ossie Clark labelled item? Hell no, but it is still quite a buzz to a true-vintage fashion detective!

Black and white 1980s-90s Adidas zip-up track top

Black and white 1980s-90s Adidas zip-up track topVintage clothing is a continually changing phenomena; 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s – which decades are vintage, which only second hand?

Who decides the delineation of such things – the retailer, the buyer or the great hipster in the sky? It is a very subjective notion; the best advice is: if it’s cool and you want it, buy it!

True-Vintage Fabrics

The development of fabrics, sizing and manufacturing styles can all help to identify and age true vintage clothing.

Older fabrics can be more sumptuous and substantial than modern counterparts, well cut and assembled. Sizing can be an issue with preloved clothing, improved nutrition and exercise regimes mean we are generally bigger – taller and wider.

Changes in fashion and the move toward more comfortable clothing means we no longer require tiny waists and pointed busts. Sizing has developed, and a medium in 1960 could well be a small or extra small today. At Repsycho, we try to measure each older vintage item carefully and include the information in our listing.

Labels from retro brands can be really great too – some are pretty; some are small works of art, and some are simply nostalgic reminders of the past!

The great thing about modern fashion is there is no specific ‘in thing’ – wear what you like! Fashion through the ages has been used to denote your status and wealth.

Today it is more about how you feel, how you want to be seen, who do you like? We have the freedom to express ourselves – with preloved clothing we also have the affordability, well we do at Repsycho!

Post-war fashion blog article (pt.2)

Many of the gorgeous vintage fashion items we see at Repsycho have an interesting label – research has proved that many also have an amazing history!

The British fashion industry certainly produced some cracking designs in the post-war era! Sadly, some of these design labels have left little information about either the designer or the label.

Frank Usher

Anne and Max Bruh, refugees from Nazi Germany, started the Frank Usher label in 1946. Due to restrictions at the time, the couple bought an existing company and repurposed it- hence the totally unrelated name Frank Usher.

Known as a brand that notes fresh, high-end details on the catwalk and used them to create affordable, ready to wear designs. Although the fashion world at the time sneered at the brand, Frank Usher clothes were popular, well made and flattering and they also stand the test of time.

Rhona Roy Fashion

Rhona Roy was a very nice brand but we know little about it. It traded during the ’50s until the ’70s, making really pretty cotton dresses very well! Dress patterns were also available. There was a mainline labelled simply Rhona Roy and a line for teenage girls too.

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Post-war fashion

Britain has produced some divine design since WW2 and some of its fashion designers are the most respected. Their creations have become extremely sought after and in terms of vintage fashion at Repsycho over the years we have picked up a few gems!

Mary Quant 

Probably the most iconic fashion designer of the 1960s. With an original take on design, Quant created modern, fun fashion, bright, colourful and bold. She popularised the mini skirt, hot pants, the skinny rib jumper and brightly coloured tights– her designs are iconic. Mary Quant was central to the development of London fashion – simply put she dressed the ‘Swinging Sixties’.

In 1963 Mary Quant launched the Ginger Group Line to deliver cheaper, mass-produced goods to the populace. She also marketed cosmetics and underwear using the famous Quant daisy design. At the end of the decade, Mary Quant was the leading UK fashion designer.

Ossie Clark & Celia Birtwell

Ossie Clark was a British fashion designer who became popular in the 1960s-70s. The fabric designs of Celia Birtwell complemented many of his best creations. Together they became a creative and productive partnership during this era.

In 1971, shortly after their marriage, their friend David Hockney painted Birtwell and Clark in Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy which is on display at Tate Britain. They had many famous clients, including Mick Jagger, the Beatles and Liza Minelli. Peter Gabriel used a Clark creation for the cover of the Genesis album Foxtrot.

Glamour influenced Clark’s designs; often romantic, free-flowing dresses. He liked to use printed silk chiffon and crepes, famously designing almost transparent pieces for his ‘Nude Look’. Menswear included ruffled shirts, silk scarves and snakeskin jackets.

Laura Ashley 

Although traditional handicrafts and Victorian patterns were the initial inspiration, Laura Ashley’s quintessentially English designs became very popular after Audrey Hepburn wore an early scarf design in the film Roman Holiday. Founded in 1953, the company moved from Kent to Wales in 1961 and clothing bearing labels from this era are particularly sought after.

During the sixties, Laura Ashley developed its designs and was well known for its dreamy, floaty maxi skirts and dresses and the stylised Prairie dresses which are particularly associated with the brand.  In the the early 80’s the brand began to incorporate the frills and pin tucks of the ‘Sloane Ranger’ – an altogether crisper, posher look that Lady Diana Spencer popularised. 

Ashley’s designs are easier to find than many other designers and maybe more affordable. But are nonetheless indicative of several decades of British design.

Marion Donaldson Design

During the early 1960’s, Marion Donaldson began designing and making dresses at her own home for resale in local shops. Specialising in mini skirts and dresses in the early years, her creations were flamboyant, modern, bright and pretty cool too! Initially selling to shops in Glasgow, the popularity of her designs grew, and she designed for the London market. At one point working with Liberty’s of London using their fabric- these designs became some of Marion Donaldson’s most successful.

Marion and her husband/partner David decided to remain designers/manufacturers- never having their own retail outlets like other famous designers, maybe partly explaining some lack of recognition for the brand and also some of the commercial rewards too.

 An oval mirror which the Donaldson’s bought at an auction inspired the brand’s iconic art nouveau label.

The Marion Donaldson brand has been credited with bringing ‘Swinging London’ to Glasgow, and she herself is sometimes referred to as ‘the Scottish Barbara Hulanicki‘ (Biba). Marion Donaldson Ltd traded from 1966 until 1999, her quality designs and remain sought after today.

Janice Wainwright Design

Janice Wainwright studied at Wimbledon School of Art, Kingston School of Art and The Royal College of Art in London. During the late 60s she worked as a designer for Simon Massey, in 1968 she began to work as a freelance designer. Her work during this period was bright, youthful and simple. Wainwright was one of the few designers to use Celia Birtwell textile designs- a real sign of respect from the Clark/Birtwell partnership.

In 1970 she started her own label, Janice Wainwright at Forty Seven Poland Street. Her designs were longline, flattering creations and often used jersey, crepe and chiffon. From 1974 she began to drop the cumbersome label name for just her own. A feature of her work was the different decorative techniques used.

Jean Muir Design

In the ’50s Jean Muir worked as a fashion sketcher and seller for Liberty’s in London. She was later employed as a self-taught designer at Jaeger. At the beginning of the ’60s, she established the firm Jane and Jane. In 1966 Muir started her own business with her husband, selling clothes to selected shops worldwide. Jean Muir’s clothes have fluid lines and elegance. She particularly liked working with dark, plain colours in jersey, crepe and suede.

Although the fashion industry adored Muir and she counted many stars and celebrities as her clients and friends, she considered herself a dressmaker! She was a hard-working, stickler for perfection. Qualities which helped earn her a reputation for precise tailoring and exquisite design.

Vintage clothing is brilliant, but for some it’s just too much hard work. Locating, fixing, cleaning, then it doesn’t bloody fit! Well, whatever your nut loaf with true vintage shopping, vintage-inspired clothing could be the answer.

Why Buy Vintage-Inspired Clothing?

Vintage-inspired clothing is exactly that, contemporarily made clothing but using the styles of the past- primarily the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The advantages are numerous.

Usually, vintage inspired items are spanking brand new- if you like that sort of thing!

Vintage-inspired clothing is more readily available than true vintage.

Vintage-inspired clothing has modern sizing- phew!

Obviously, with modern fabric comes modern care instructions!

The really amazing vintage-inspired piece will match a great vintage style with a really cool pattern design. Perhaps something which would not have been popular in its original era but looks unique now- a modern take on a classic style.

This is the great type of vintage-inspired clothing we like to stock at Repsycho. We’ve listed some of the brands that we have on offer below!

Run & Fly

A British brand based in Leicester, England. Known best for their iconic dino pinafore. The collection includes, sweet knitwear, cute dresses and cool shirts as well as many other fab items in a variety of designs and colours!

This brand utilises amazing retro prints of dinosaurs, buzzy bees, animal prints and flamingos to name only a few of their unique design repertoire! Run & Fly are a vibrant company, producing their clothing in England and mashing contemporary and vintage styles in an exciting and quirky modern twist. Run & Fly is full of funky character!

The Pete Chenaski Experience

As its name conjures up the idea of Jimi Hendrix and psychedelia, the clothes of the Pete Chenaski Experience deliver! The brand has a range of shirts that cater for all needs. Whether you want a cowboy shirt, a seventies shocker or a party frill this brand has something to please all.

Many Chenaski items are limited edition – making them quite exclusive and helping to ensure a unique look for their wearers.

Madcap England Clothes

During the 60s and 70s, Mod clothing was neat, sharp and above all hyper-cool. Madcap England specialises in vintage-inspired clothing from the Mod era. Creating a stylish and colourful brand which is unique without being outlandish.

The collection includes quality, knitted polo shirts as its cornerstone, as well as smart jumpers, hip shirts, cool t-shirts and more. Madcap – named after Syd Barrett’s first solo album, ‘Madcap Laughs’ from 1970. Madcap clothing- not just for Mod’s!

Relco Vintage-Inspired Clothing

Relco began as a specialist Mod outfitter during the sixties with sharp, neat designs. Since then has developed to include more cool, retro and vintage-inspired styles including Punk, Ska and Skinhead styles.

Relco has a well-earned reputation for quality and stylish designs and products. At Repsycho we stock jackets, shirts and braces which are so exceptionally well made we will be expanding our range very soon!

Real Hoxton London

As its name suggests, Real HOXTON London is a quality brand based in East London, concentrating on retro styles from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s- with a modern edge.

Repsycho stocks a few lines from the Hoxton range which includes classic Monkey Jackets and some cool hooded raincoats.

Ada Binks Acrylics

Ada Binks is a unique jewellery and accessory brand based in Brighton. They supply retro-inspired statement pieces and limited-edition ranges made in a variety of colourful acrylic.

In-store, we stock a range of Ada Binks beautifully crafted dangly earrings and studs which complement both retro and contemporary clothing.

Maz Accessories

One of the UK’s largest hat suppliers, provides a finishing touch to an outfit. At Repsycho we stock top hats and fiddler caps for that extra bit of swish to your look.

Revive Vintage-Inspired Eyewear

Repsycho stocks Revive Eyewear in-store, providing cool glasses for men and women in a range of vintage style designs that will give your look the edge this summer!

Grinders Shoes & Boots

The Grinders brand came to major prominence during the late 80s to early 90s. Their boots spearheaded the new ‘work and utility’ street look which eventually ended up on the fashion catwalks!

Grinders street boots of today were originally worn by Skin Heads and then by Punks in the UK, who often only owned one pair of boots. Grinders had to be capable of withstanding anything the elements could throw at them, and yet still be comfortable enough to wear all day, every day!

Today Grinders boots and shoes continue to be made to that high standard, they are unisex, stylish and hard-wearing.

At Repsycho we keep our eye out for great vintage inspired brands and new lines from our regular suppliers. Therefore our range frequently changes and updates. Stay up to date with our new stock instore or online.