Luxury vintage and a personalised shopping experience is what Hope and Harlequin do best


Hope and Harlequin has only been open for 3 weeks but owner Louise Hill has already made it into a desirable destination. A Fine Art graduate she used to work for the Cross in London and for Sarah Arnett (more on Sarah Arnett later!) and very obviously has good taste: “Interiors, fashion, styling is all linked, they’re about beautiful things and they all feed into each other.” She goes all across England and Europe to source clothes for her shop which she says is a bit like treasure hunting: “Vintage is unique, and there’s one or two people who will come into the shop, fit into a dress and look great in it.” She loves dressing people and added: “if you've got something specific in mind, just let us know. We'll do our darndest to track it down!” Laura couldn’t contain her excitement when she tried on an original Ossie Clark dress with Celia Birtwell print (£860) and a very special floor-length cream Ossie Clark dress which cost £698. See after the jump for Laura in Ossie Clark and Snooper's Paradise shop review.


Snooper’s Paradise, heaven on earth for vintage fans


Our visit to secondhand market Snooper’s Paradise was quite literally an eye-opener, as I’ve never seen so many wonderful vintage finds under one roof. Everything from ‘50s drink stirrers to 70’s space-age style telephones can be found at Snooper’s but we were there for the fabulous clothes. It’s great for good value vintage dresses so if you’re after an individual look for a special occasion Snooper’s is the place to go.