Business ‘booming’ for vintage fashion store at Belper shopping arcade

Business ‘booming’ for vintage fashion store at Belper shopping arcade

A new vintage fashion store has proved so popular with customers that it has moved into a bigger unit just months after opening at a Derbyshire shopping arcade. The Find, in Belper, quickly outgrew the Corn Exchange premises it originally opened in November 2022.

Just four months later, the pre-loved designer womenswear and menswear shop had moved into a larger unit vacated by stationery specialist The Paper Collective. The Find is run by Caroline Cox and Shena Lawrence, two friends in their 60s who both live locally.

Well-known vintage fashion author Caroline says her local independent business, which stocks some items for just £5 and 1970s maxi dresses from £24, has been “booming” ever since making the move in March. She said: “We outgrew our old unit very quickly – in fact we had people queuing to get in on Saturdays!

“In March, we moved into the old Paper Collective unit which is three times the size of our old unit as we are doing so well. It’s going great and business is booming. Belper loves vintage because of its sustainability and the fact that you can always find individual, well-made pieces at a reasonable price.”

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It is safe to say the pair have a wealth of experience in the vintage fashion industry. Caroline grew up in Allestree and her first job was teaching fashion history at the University of Derby in the early 1980s.

She went on to become a well-known author, penning 18 books including her best-seller How to be Adored. Her successful writing career led her to move to London and appear on TV and radio shows like the Today Programme and Woman’s Hour.

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  • June 25, 2023