The Angels Sale

Edit: If you missed this or got there after all the good stuff had gone, try the calmer surroundings of  The London Vintage Fashion, Textiles and Accessories Fair in Hammersmith Town Hall on Sunday.

See all the details on their website.



This is where I’ll be this weekend. The Angels sale.


Boxes of vintage clothes and costumes

Boxes of vintage clothes and costumes

For those who don’t know, Angels and Bermans is the theatrical costumier’s theatrical costumier… Founded in Seven Dials in 1840, they started by selling second hand clothing and tailors samples from Saville Row, often to local actors looking for costumes. Morris Angel eventually diversified into renting for the duration of a play, and a successful business was born.

It’s still a family business, and they run the gamut from film and tv and theatre costumes, to fancy dress hire from their shop in Shaftesbury Avenue and their warehouse in North London. Their warehouse with 5 and a half miles of rails of beautifully made costumes of every era. 

Angels Warehouse

Angels Warehouse

They have remained at the top of their profession by doing what they do incredibly well – well researched, beautifully made historical costumes, creative costumes with flair, lots and lots of them. Think of a movie and they may well have dressed it – Star Wars, Marie Antoinette, The English Patient, Death on the Nile, Memoirs of a Geisha…

They are selling off old costumes and broken jewellery. There will be a whole room of 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s clothes, laid out in rows of cardboard boxes to rummage through. It’s going to be chaotic, frenetic madness. You pay not by the outfit but by the bag. There is a victorian section, a 1970’s and 80’s section. 

All this is just to try and explain why it’s important to get up up long before dawn tomorrow to drive there for an early spot. Given that in my mind’s eye at least, I look like the women below, this is my idea of perfect heaven and I’m already sharpening my elbows. I think I’ll need a big bag…

(Image from carbonated on Flickr)

If this doesn’t sound exciting enough, they have made some YouTube videos to whip up the frenzy levels. Just the sight of all those full cardboard boxes sends a little shiver down my spine. If it does yours too, do what you can to be there, as this kind if thing happens very rarely.

All the details on the Angels website. Open 9am to 5pm on Saturday 6th December only.

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