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Rose and Brown vintage fair at Sunny Bank Mills

May 31, 2019

Rose Muirhead at Sunny Bank Mills

This weekend sees Vintage @ LS28, which promises to be a fabulous vintage fair from Rose & Brown Vintage at Sunny Banks Mills at Farsley.
It all takes place in The Old Woollen, an industrial hall built in 1829, out of use from the 1950s – an atmospheric space, as these behind the scenes snaps of mine show.
“This is the next generation of vintage fairs,” says Caroline Brown, of Rose & Brown Vintage. “We’re catering for guys as well as gals, we’re using a really cool setting and we’re creating a laid-back vibe with a DJ playing soul, funk and indie on vinyl.”

Rupert Hughes inside The old WoollenThere will be 25 stalls, bringing together vintage records, books and collectable toys alongside women’s and men’s fashion. The opening times are Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2019, 10.30am-4pm. The bar will be open, and visitors can all take in the gallery, tea room, open studios and textile archive too.The Sunny Bank Mills textile archive is amazing. I went there for the fashion shoot to promote the fair and it’s like stepping into Peaky Blinders. There’s a glass windowed office and thousands of cloths, designs and wool dyeing recipe cards, weaving looms, ledgers, photos, memorabilia and books.

Rose wearing red 70s jumpsuit by Vintage Beau and with a rare Pelham Puppet from Owen CollectablesThe story of Sunny Bank Mills began in the early 19th century when John Fairbank and partners bought The Croft in Farsley and set up a dyehouse and a watermill. In 1829, Fairbank sold his parcel to the Farsley Mill Club which built a mill with boiler and engine house for scribbling wool and fulling woollen cloth for local clothiers. Around the mid 1850s, as technology developed, a weaving shed and power looms came, and the business transformed into a fully vertical woollen mill. It produced cloth for the government during the First World War and was bought by William C Gaunt in 1917 and the Gaunt family have been involved with Sunny Bank Mills for six generations, with William Gaunt and John Gaunt now at the helm. The mill ceased production in 2008, and now it’s being redeveloped and is home for a variety of business tenants.

The textile archive

The Vintage @ LS28 event has a workshop ‘Using Vintage Clothing to Reflect 2019 Trends’ on Saturday from 2-3pm, and on Sunday from 2-3pm it’s ‘Vintage Garment Repairs and Cleaning’. These are run by Frances Lawrence, who is one half of vintage traders Hannah and Frances Jane.
The models here, incidentally, are Rose Muirhead, an actor, writer and film-maker, currently working on her own film with awarding-winning Los Angeles director Dustin Murphy, and Rupert Hughes, who plays guitar and sings with his band The Often Herd, which makes bluegrass and folk music. Hair and make-up was by Lauren Rippin, from Leeds, who works on weddings, commercial, TV and editorial photo-shoots. With Anna Mewes, she also runs beauty and styling workshops at Bettys in Harrogate. There’s one coming up on July 14, so look out for that.

Rose again at Sunny Bank Mills

“We’re looking to bring something extra to the mix, rather than rail upon rail of dresses and tables full of homewares,” says Caroline. “This event is for people who love to spend the weekend rummaging through books or records, or hunting out quality vintage fashion or jewellery from every era. The fashion traders have been selected to provide a proper cross section of the best fashion pieces, including serious bargains, from the 1980s all the way back to the 1920s.”
• Vintage @ LS28 opening times are Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2019, 10.30am-4pm. Check out www.roseandbrownvinage.co.uk
• Sunny Bank Mills is at www.sunnybankmills.co.uk. The archive is open the first Wednesday of every month 10am-12noon. . Free parking available, disabled access, dog friendly, £2 entry, under 16s free. See www.roseandbrownvintage.co.uk or contact 07985 181120.
• Rose Muirhead is on Instagram @rosemuirhead
• Rupert Hughes and his band The Often Herd can be heard on theoftenherd.bandcamp.com/
• Lauren Rippin is at Laurenrippin.co.uk and Instagram @facesbylaurenrippin

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