When you climb the stairs to the Weezi studio, perched above Prince Albert’s Diner with a great view of Victoria Park, you go back in time to an era of colorful kitchen appliances, pin-ups, and full slips under circle skirts. Have you been searching London for some ‘40s, ‘50s, or ‘60s-inspired clothes and accessories? Look no further than Weezi.
Lisa Gaverluk is the creative and skillful designer, creator, and curator of the vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and home wares in her pretty pink shop. “I like to mix and match vintage patterns with my own designs and create modern garments for gals who like to have a vintage flare,” she explains on her website, weezi.com. She hand sews all her items in store (she’s often working on them when you pay her a visit) and no two pieces are identical.
So just what can you expect to find in the studio?
Feather fascinator headbands
Hand-dyed vintage slips
Weezi also stocks house wares made from repurposed teacups, suitcases, blenders, and even VHS tape covers.
Looking for a notebook to separate you from the crowd? How about one made with recycled covers from Lauren Bacall’s autobiography?
And if you need a unique greeting card, Weezi’s got tons. She takes patterns from the fabric she uses, or retro graphics, and sews them directly onto the cards. Besides these, she’s got cards with pin-ups photographed by her brother, Adam – you’re supporting two local business in one go!
My favourite products at Weezi are also the most versatile. Weezi is your one-stop shop for gifts for everyone and anyone. Her aprons come in dozens of different fabrics (no two are identical) and you can find something for every taste – from skulls and crossbones to strawberries. Aprons are great gifts for girls who like to cook, garden, craft, and more – and they’re perfect for housewarming presents.
She also makes lots of different sizes of bags – from change purses to make-up bags to purses. Now when you struggle to find a gift for the girl who has anything – whether it be your grandmother, little cousin, or best friend, a seemingly mundane pencil case is a unique, lovingly and locally made treat.
I am only scratching the surface on the gorgeous retro fun that is the Weezi studio. Find her on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/