On a balmy Spring evening in London at The Marylebone Hotel, The Luxury Channel celebrated the launch of the new William Vintage website with an exclusive chat with the charismatic and wonderfully charming founder, William Banks-Blaney, known in the fashion industry as “The Vintage King,” a title bestowed on him by the likes of Vogue and The New York Times.
The venture is so successful and well-known that it’s hard to believe that the business has only been going for five years. High profile names that wear and support William Vintage are numerous and include Helena Bonham Carter, Tilda Swinton, Amal Clooney, Gillian Anderson, Victoria Beckham, Emma Thompson, Emilia Fox, Luke Evans and Douglas Booth.
Banks-Blaney comes from a background in interior design, but always had a love for retro, hence the fabulous foray into vintage clothing. He certainly does not, however, believe that one has to be dressed top to toe in vintage, but likes the idea of the 21st century modern woman (who may wear a dress from 1968 for an event, but pairs it with Manolos that were bought last week). He also believes that to enjoy vintage, one need not be a stickler for historic detail and is very much a believer in looking for beautiful designs, structure and unique pieces. Banks-Blaney is proud that he is able to present his collections in the beautiful surroundings of his Marylebone store. “Showcasing the clothes in a lovely environment, I want people to have the same experience that they would have visiting an haute couture boutique,” he told me. “Just because it is vintage, everything does not need to be in mothballs or in a dusty, even dull environment!”
There are some absolutely stunning pieces, which according to Banks –Blaney are “sourced from country to council estates, to everywhere else in the world that you can imagine!” Such places include Mad Men-style dresses from the 1960s to fabulous red carpet stunners. Prices range from as little as £300 to as much as £26,000 (and sometimes even more). Labels include Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Valentino, Versace, YSL and Christian Lacroix.
Bringing classic clothing to the 21st century by means of the new, expanded website means that William Vintage has truly now gone global! To take advantage and immerse yourself in decades of style, visit www.williamvintage.com.