Qype: Penelope’s Portmanteau in Brighton


This fabulous little vintage fashion shop opened just over a year ago on Ship Street. You’d be forgiven for walking past it several times before realising it’s there as it’s a little bit tucked away despite an incredibly central location.

On their website, they advertise themselves as a place “where you can escape from the throwaway world of fast fashion that is here today and gone tomorrow and choose instead the timeless elegance of a quality-made, vintage item.” Indeed, this gem of a fashion boutique is a world away from the ‘fast fashion’, throwaway world of Primark, New Look and H&M that we’ve all grown so accustomed to.

Despite its small size, Penelope’s Portmanteau is absolutely crammed with stunning broaches, costume jewellery, handbags and designer vintage gowns all laid out beautifully. With a wide range of prices, you can treat yourself to a bargain of around a fiver or splurge hundreds of pounds on one-of-a-kind designer pieces: last year, they sold off a stunning collection of Vintage Elizabeth Emanuel Couture Gowns.

Fantastic for browsing and amazing for accessorising, a visit to this place comes very highly recommended for anyone who’s even remotely interested in the world of fashion.

Check out my review of Penelope’s Portmanteau – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype

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