TWENTY6 discovered the mysteries and magic of vintage clothing and unravelled the secret to why vintage is never really out of style. We had the chance to speak to the owners of cult vintage store, Rellik, London’s destination for the likes of Kate Moss, offering an eclectic array of original pieces due to their indivudal tastes. Claire, Fiona and Steven, told us all about sourcing their pieces and how they could turn a Vintage Virgin into an addict.
Opened in 1999, Rellik has become London’s vintage destination and you guys are still going strong. Why do you think you have achieved such a status in the vintage fashion world?
RELLIK has been built out of love. Behind every great man there's two great women. Remember there's three of us in this marriage.
When sourcing your pieces, is this a group effort or do you each bring your individual style to the shop floor?
We buy individually, but we love to come together on the shop floor for a show and tell each other about our finds.
Could you describe the other’s style in 3 words?!
Fiona: Downtown Contemporary Chic
Claire: Leftfield Rock'n' Roll
Steven: Saville Row meets Pop
What are your thoughts on Vintage as a source of sustainable fashion? Was this an issue you consciously wanted to address when you started at Rellik?
Sustainability was never a conscious issue. We believe in originality and individuality.
If you were to persuade a ‘Vintage Virgin’ to buy vintage instead of purchasing fast fashion, how would you go about this?
We'd give them an hour in RELLIK, it's only a matter of time before their Affliction becomes an Addiction.
You are known for bringing the stylish and the famous, but who was your most memorable customer (famous or not!)?
Too many to mention really but if we could we could turn back the clock it would have to be Isabella Blow, Pete Burns and Anita Pallenberg, to whom fashion was everything.
And, finally, which item of vintage clothing have you not been able to let go of?
Somethings are harder to let go of than others but RELLIK is a shop and everything has a price tag.
Interview by Jade McSorley
Introduction by Constanze Pilger
Portraits by Chris Baker