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A pinch of vintage Portobello glamour

Nov 5, 2015

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About half way along Notting Hill’s famous Portobello Road, nestled inside the Admiral Vernon Antiques Gallery, lies one of the iconic market’s treasures. The Van der Brit shop may be little in size but within it you’ll find an Aladdin’s cave of vintage chic personally selected with passion, fun and more than a keen eye by founder and owner Roberta Dimola.

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Portobello Road has been a centre of international renown for vintage since the 1950s.

On any weekend, you’ll find beautiful items such as 1940’s heavy velvet curtains, turn-of-the-century heels or 70’s cut glass lights. Roberta’s display cases twinkle with sumptuous pieces and quirky objets d’art.

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Choose Notting Hill Gate Tube as your easiest route to Roberta’s Portobello Road shop on Saturday.

On a Saturday, the traditional market day, escape the crowds and allow Roberta to help you choose a gift with a vintage twist, an exquisite accessory for your night out or a household item to express your individuality.

‘Being on the Portobello Road is about way more than just selling,’ says Roberta. ‘We’re connected to a wonderful community of vintage devotees who find retro the essence of cool. It’s about making that connection between past and present by choosing those pieces that complement your life. For me, vintage is as special as the person who owns or wears it. And that kind of individuality never goes out of style.’

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On Saturdays, Portobello Road heaves with tourists and vintage bargain seekers.

If you’re thinking of making a trip to Portobello to see Roberta, mention this article for a 10% Christmas discount. She’s at Unit 42 & 43, 141 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2DY every Saturday between 8:30am  and 4:30pm.