Recent article on me and the shop in Living magazine by Ruth Campbell
A former high-flying banker swapped her business suits for classic vintage clothes after voluntary redundancy introduced her to the world of retro fashion. Ruth Campbell visits her stunning store
Harrogate vintage clothes retailer Catherine Smith
To describe Catherine Smith’s shop as a vintage clothes store is something of an understatement. She is renowned for hunting down rare, treasured, original pieces in stunning fabrics, and prints by designers such as Ossie Clark and Mary Quant, which gives it the feel of an art gallery.
And the delicate, authentic flapper dresses, Edwardian lace blouses, perfectly preserved Victorian boots and precious hand-stitched Twenties shoes and handbags hold all the fascination of a mesmerising museum display.
Theatrical vintage props, such as mannequins with elongated necks, art deco mirrors and original 1920s hat and shoe boxes, set the scene for what customers might be about to discover once they start to look through the rails.
As well as the rows of beautiful dresses, coats, jackets and trousers dating …