A Vintage Winner!

AllisonGemma & Kiki DeVille

We’d like to thank the academy…

Well, it’s been a rollercoaster few weeks here at Suitcase HQ & it honestly feels as though our feet haven’t touched the ground recently, but it’s about time we shared our fabulous good news with you all.

As you know, we were lucky enough to be nominated for the ‘Breakthrough Business’ award at this year’s National Vintage Awards held at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. It’s a glitzy glam affair organized by the fabulous Kate Molloy of The Vintage Directory. Having attended last year when we were complete unknowns on the vintage circuit, it felt good to be there again amongst the vintage elite, finally putting faces to twitter handles & hanging out with our good pals Zoe from Bottle Green Vintage & Hollie from H.E.R Vintage. For good measure, we also bought our blogger mate Maxine along who spent the evening snapping away for her blog ‘A Girl I Know’.

So after a frantic few weeks of campaigning for votes & finding outfits, it was a relief to find out that we had officially been shortlisted & we were in good company with both ‘The Blighty Bazaar’ & ‘Born Bad Betty’ joining us on the impressive roster of vintage businesses. The ‘Breakthrough Business’ category was a new award for 2014 & was sponsored & judged by Vintage Academy, which was launched by Kate Beavis of Your Vintage Life & Keeley Harris of Discover Vintage earlier this year. The idea behind Vintage Academy is to provide help & support to fledgling businesses through their combined knowledge of working within the vintage industry.

As many of you know, we work incredibly hard in both hosting & promoting our events so as a treat to ourselves, we booked in to ‘The Vintage Salon’ in the legendary Custard Factory for hair & make up for our big night. Well, a girls gotta look good if there’s every chance she might win an award. Company Director Lynsey gave Allison a Gatsby-esque 20’s look to match her frock whilst Amy set to work with a very 50’s up do for me. We looked amazing & both felt a million dollars as we headed to the awards.

We booked in for the High Tea hosted by Lil’s Parlour & we enjoyed lots of dainty sandwiches, pastries & cakes before making our way into the ceremony flanked by our friends with lots of good luck wishes ringing in our ears. We managed to bag seats next to the amazing Bexi Owen & sat waiting for our category to be called. It was amazing sitting & listening to the response & applause that each award seemed to generate but it seemed like forever until Lola Lamour announced our award. All 3 of us sat holding hands, I think Bexi was just as nervous as we were!

So for those of you who still haven’t heard, to our great surprise we won our category & as I mentioned in my terrible speech our win came nearly a year to the day to our very first fair in Matlock. It feels like we’ve come such a long way in such a very short time but we’re having the most amazing journey! A huge thank you to every single one of you who has been to our events, traded with us, voted for us & supported us via social media. And of course, a huge thank you to Kate & Keeley at Vintage Academy for making us your winners! None of this would be possible with out you guys & for that we’re truly humbled.

Much Vintage Love,

Gemma xx