Who and what are you?
We are a vintage magazine archive specialising in fashion magazines from all over the world. We also stock some design, art, music and film magazines as well as fashion related books, first editions, signed rarities, lookbooks and paper ephemera. (We love paper!)
There are over 35,000 magazines in our collection. We have almost an entire collection of UK Vogue, the entire collection of the original NOVA, and hundreds of Italian & French Vogues, just to name a few.
Room & Book at The ICA 2014
'Pop Art Design' at The Barbican 2014
'Drawing Fashion' at The Design Museum 2010
1960's Pop exhibition in The National Portrait Gallery in London 2009
The National Portrait Gallery in London 'Beatles to Bowie' 2009
The V&A for both their 'Golden Age of Couture' and the 'Paper Movies' exhibitions 2007
The National Portrait Gallery of Australia archive
The Costume Institute, MoMa New York
We also supply libraries for some of the leading fashion houses and museums.
Are you on eBay?
Yes! You can find our eBay shop here.
How much is shipping?
Shipping depends on three things: where you are, how you want it sent, and how much the package weighs. All shipping prices include insurance and tracking because if a package is not registered it cannot be traced if it goes missing.
We recommend sending magazines via airmail (delivery within 2-4 days in Europe, or 4-6 days to North & South America, Canada, Asia & Australasia). And we don't believe in making money from postage charges, so the costs reflect the postage fees and a 50p charge for packaging (a Mylar archive sleeve as well as a bubblewrap and/or cardboard envelope).
Do you post worldwide?
Yes! We have posted items large and small to just about every corner of the globe.
Is the photograph of the actual item?
Yes! Each magazine is a unique vintage item and has an individual reference photograph showing its condition. Most of our stock is in excellent-mint condition but if the magazine shows wear and tear it is usually visible. This is to assure you that you’re buying the magazine featured in the photograph, and not a stock image. We photograph everything here in the EP studio.
Can I get a discount if I buy more than one magazine?
We are happy to discuss a discount for purchasing more than one magazine and you can certainly save on combined shipping charges.
Where are you based?
We’re based in London, England - SE5. Pick-up can be made by prior arrangement. Please email to discuss.
Can I come and see the archive?
We welcome visitors, for research or purchase enquiries. There is an hourly consultancy fee which also cover the costs of maintaining the archive. We are happy to quote for your individual needs after an initial enquiry. This fee can be put towards the cost of buying some magazines. If you want to come and have a look, and plan on buying something, you won't be disappointed.
We currently have 25,000 magazines in stock - mostly fashion - going back over 100 years. If you have a particular interest or item that you are after, please get in touch and we can have a look for you.
What else do you do?
We also sell vintage clothes. Please ask.
We have a blog where we write about interesting things we find in our collection. It is amazing to discover rare and hidden items that no-one knows about. For example, we unearthed an interview with American Vogue’s creative director Grace Coddington in a 1973 issue of The Image magazine. The former fashion model ironically said she thought fashion photography the “least interesting” of all. We also found Twiggy modelling Mary Quant in this funky 1960s supplement in Honey. With 25,000 magazines, there’s never a shortage of reveals!
Why a blog?
Mainly because there is no record of most of the photographs and editorial content that we have collected. Yes, some of the original articles are in a drawer somewhere but outside of the commissioning office, no-one knows about it or the editorial team has moved swiftly onto the next issue and very few records are kept. More often some titles cease publication and the records are lost We recommend subscribing to the blog via RSS. You’ll receive an email every time we make a new post.