Wednesday, 24 November 2010

City A.M.

Gifts with a Sense of History
Tuesday, 23rd November 2010

Antiques are in fashion this Christmas
by Timothy Barber

It’s no coincidence that the recession has overlapped with a surge in the popularity of all things old fashioned. If our confidence in a bold, sparkling future has faltered, our interest in the aesthetics of the past – and the values of quality, provenance and craftsmanship that go with it – has rocketed upwards. 1940s-themed club nights are thriving, vintage fashion items are hotter than ever, Savile Row is once again an epicentre of male style – and at home, nothing says now like something that was made way back when.

Which means that, for Christmas, antiques make for far more stylish gifts than things bought brand new, and they’re better value too.

“You can get the same quality as a modern piece of jewellery or other decorative item at a fraction of the cost,” says Neil Jackson, manager of Grays, the popular Mayfair antiques market. “You’re buying something made years ago by artisans, that wasn’t mass produced and is likely to be unique, that has a history and character that can’t be replicated."

...And that’s half the fun, of course – shopping for antiques can be a journey of discovery whether you end up buying anything or not, as Jackson points out. “You’re getting an education and history of the period you’re buying from, and for the dealers explaining things and imparting knowledge is their passion – you always come out feeling that you’ve gained something.”


Grays Antiques Market Just round the corner from Bond Street station, this is the vintage lover’s alternative to Mayfair’s exorbitant boutiques, with over 200 dealers gathered under one roof. It’s open Monday to Saturday, and on 2 December its Christmas shopping party includes live music and drinks, though you’ll need an invitation to attend. Call 020 7629 7034 to attend. 58 Davies St and 1-7 Davies Mews, W1K 5AB.

Read the full article here.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Homes & Gardens

December 2010

Grays Antiques
Housed in a Grade-II listed Edwardian showroom, this market showcases a wide range of luxury jewellery, affordable art, vintage fashion and textiles. Late night shopping evening, 2 December, 5pm-8pm. Free by invitation.

Friday, 12 November 2010

House & Garden

Christmas Shopping Parties
December 2nd - Grays Antiques
December 9th - Alfies Antique Market
"Enjoy live music and drinks at these late-night shopping parties, where dealers offer antiques, jewellery, and collectables (Grays) and twentieth-century furniture, art and vintage fashion (Alfies). Admission free by invitation: call 020 7723 6066." 
December 2010


"Homes & Antiques Guide To Christmas
19. Festive Antiquing
Our antique gift feature on page 37 shows how simple it is to buy an original present. And where better to browse for such delights than at a late-night Christmas shopping party? Alfies Antique Market and Grays, London are treating you to an evening of cocktails, bubbly and entertainment while you shop. Alfies' is on the 9th December and Grays' is on the 2nd."


"Christmas Days Out
9.Grays Antiques
Spend the afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the high street and enjoy sophisticated Christmas shopping at Grays. With over 200 of London's finest antique dealers you will find perfect gifts that will last a lifetime."

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Antiques News & Fairs

The first week of December sees the start of the Christmas party season with the dealers and management at Alfies Antiques Market in Church Street, Marylebone and Grays Antiques in Davies Street, Mayfair opening the doors in the evening with cocktails, music and shopping. Grays Antiques party takes place from 6-8 on Thursday 2 December 2010 and the Alfie's party takes place at the same time on Thursday 9 December. To receive a complimentary invitation contact Grays Antiques and Alfie's Antiques Market"