Brick Lane Market on a Sunday is typically buzzing with both tourists and locals strolling through the stalls selling fresh fruit and veg, street food from various cuisines and second-hand books and antiques.
The Main Street is just one of London’s many urban artistic hubs; graffiti art covers the concrete walls and every few metres musicians are performing their own unique sound.
The food and music aren’t the only things that attract the chaotic crowds of people; the countless vintage clothing stores, such as Rokit and Blitz, make Brick Lane a gold mine for vintage finds and the place to be for some street style inspiration.
Artefact has been to meet some of those out hunting for bargains.
Name: Emily Rawsthorne
Occupation: Fashion Marketing Student and PR Assistant
Style inspiration: “I would say I get inspiration classic old movies and TV shows. Like Pretty Woman, Rachel and Monica from Friends. I love retro classic Levis jeans and white tee’s. I like oversized and shapeless pieces with a feminine touch.”
Favourite item: Shoes, Comme des Garçon Converse
Name: Ekdanai Jaisa Ard
Occupation: Fashion Styling Student
From: Thailand, living in San Fransisco
Favourite item: rings
Name: Chris Maguire
Occupation: vintage clothing market trader at Brick Lane Market and director of Clubhouse Clothing
Style inspiration: “I find pieces that I like and try and merge them together in an attempt to be different and feel cool. I am influenced by the people I surround myself with and try to support them however I can. For instance, the trousers are from some of my friends that are trying to create their own brand, the scarf is from an old boss doing her own thing, the coat is just TK Max and I made the jacket myself.”
Name: Olivia Donnelly and Joe Moyle
Age: both 17
Occupation: both students
Style inspiration: “I use Depop a lot, Depop is the way forward; you can get items a lot cheaper there. We’re kind of co-ordinated today, both wearing Kappa.”
Favourite items: Olivia’s Kappa trousers and Joe’s Kappa puffa jacket also from Kappa
Name: Hannah Edwards
Style inspiration: “Today, my boyfriend was just like ‘get out of the housemate.’ I just throw on whatever, I don’t really have a style. I’m wearing mostly Primark and cheap shit.”
Favourite item: Coat from Monki
Name: Louis Benzuoita
Occupation: Music performance student and singer/songwriter
From: Cologne, Germany
Style inspiration: “I would say my style is quite urban, I like to play with colours and have a contrast in my outfits. I also like layering and wearing baggy clothes. I get a lot of inspiration from people on Instagram.”
Favourite item: shoes from Converse
All images by Elana Dickson