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"We get famous people too, we've had Susan Sarandon, Kylie, Florence (and the Machine)…"

Right now, quality vintage is the choice for those wanting to really get their Gok Wan on. And there's nowhere better than W. Armstrong & Son in Edinburgh. Manager, Jane Barrow tells all…


So what's the shop all about?

It's about vintage, retro clothing and everything else in between.


Who shops here?

We get everybody. We get students, well-off country gents, ministers, because we have minister's robes. We get people going to festivals like Goodwood, Glastonbury and T in the Park. We get famous people too, we've had Susan Sarandon, Kylie, Florence (and the Machine)…


Is everything affordable?

Most of our stock is affordable, but there are some things that are very collectable - the military jackets and uniforms, we've also got Victoriana, black satin jackets, that sort of thing - they tend to be more rare. We also have a good collection of 50s daywear and evening wear for women too.


What are your most popular styles?

Probably kiltwear, and cashmere. We get a lot of tourist trade, and they like beautiful Aran jumpers, tartan scarves, sporrans and kilts.


So what should the trendy lady be wearing this winter?

We've got a good selection of bold floral prints. We're also getting some metallics coming in through our 80s selection and that definitely seems to be quite a strong trend for this season.


And the trendy gentleman?

Sheepskins will probably still be quite high up there - they've been doing consistently well for about two years already. Good scarves, mohair neckwear and Arans, because they keep you warm. And I expect patterned jumpers will be doing really, really well too.




Here are Jane's picks for adding some vintage chic to your winter wardrobe


Patterned 80s craft knit

Pair with mulled wine and novelty antlers for perfect Christmas market chic.


Tartan Scarves

Check yourself right up with a fluffy mohair tartan neck warmer.


Crocheted 60s dress

Rock some platforms, giant plastic beads and neon eye shadow for that Mrs Austin Powers look.


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