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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Lesley's Girls!

We are very pleased to share some wonderful news with you today, and it involves the vintage emporium of amazingness - Lesley's Girls Vintage.

We took a trip slightly northwards (although still in Essex...!) last Saturday, to the historical cultural hub that is Colchester, where we met with the wonderful Janine of Lesley's Girls. After a good chat (and lots of tea and coffee), we fell into discussions of becoming stockists for this unique shop...and so, well, now we are!

As of today, Thursday 15th May, Lucky Sew and Sew are now being stocked at Lesley's Girls Vintage! so now for a bit of background on this amazing company...

Vintage Inspirations At Lesley's Girls

Lesley's Girls Vintage are more than just a vintage fashion emporium, with a lifelong love of history, the
owner, history graduate Janine Rudkins, wants bring the history of fashion back to life in their online and
Colchester based vintage store. Every dress tells a story and every scarf a history, Lesley's Girls bring that out and want to inspire their customers!

Lesley's Girls bring specialised vintage fashion from the 1960s and back, providing a piece of history about every item. If they know the story you will know the story. All stock is carefully handpicked, cleaned and restored.

They take care of every piece so their beauty and importance of that piece lives on.

The Girls

Lesley's Girls began as two sisters (Susannah and Janine) with a shared love of history, fashion and family.
Building their vintage business allowed them to indulge in the first two without neglecting the last. Since
then Susannah has become a silent partner due to the birth of her third child, although she is involved in every
major decision the business makes.

The shop is a simple tribute to their mother. Over twenty years ago their mother passed away when they
were children. Janine says “she was a great inspiration, a fabulous seamstress and a brilliant mother... and
she had killer eyeliner flicks in her youth!” Although there is no rhyme or reason for a family to lose their
mother so early, it has led to the sisters to being closer and stronger as a family, and ultimately thanks to
their close sisterly bond they decided to set this shop up together in August 2011, and named it in
memory of their mother- Lesley.

From it's humble beginnings on Etsy, to regular stalls on the vintage fair scene, Lesley's Girls moved in to GO4 Market Cafe in May 2013, as one of the first permanent traders. They have since gone on to double their size, and are moving from strength to strength.

History and Culture

For those of you who have been to Colchester, you will know what an amazingly beautiful and historical place it is. Lesley's Girls cement that image even further into your mind...they are in a converted church! Unbelievably high ceilings, stained glass windows, grave stone markers on the floor...pretty much vintage shopping heaven in my eyes.

For those of you who haven't sampled the delights of Colchester yet...What are you waiting for?!

Lesley's Girls Vintage shop can be found in GO4 Market Cafe, Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Square, Colchester, CO1 1JN; they are open Monday- Saturday 09:30-16:30. If not open you can find them in their online spaces:



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