London Fashion Stylist and CEO of Three Button Hand Me Down, Sassy Wylie, catches up with The London Word to chat Hitchcock, Dickens, Stone Roses and Spitalfields. She’ll be showcasing her wares at Jumble and Pearls Fayre in Shoreditch this Saturday.
‘I’ve just got back from a brisk autumn walk in Victoria Park with my borrowed doggy, Punky. It’s the best way to recover from that naughty Sunday night party I can promise you!
I have to say east London is my home and my favourite area in London. It’s such a creative hub of artists, musicians, foodies, fashion junkies and vintage lovers. The boozers are great too and Victoria Park and the canal is a favourite walking spot.
Stone Roses at Finsbury Park is a vivid London memory. I’m pretty much the biggest SR fan! And a day with my other half doing gallery hopping on the South Bank on a lovely summer’s day. Taking the clipper down the Thames and feeling like a tourist.
My perfect London day out would involve some vintage shopping in Spitalfields, lunch on the South Bank, taking in some art galleries along the way, then meeting good friends for drinks and dinner in Soho, or back east. Then a gig or drinks in with friends and a good ‘60s soul night for some heavy dancing.
London is unique in many ways. The beautiful old architecture mixed with modern buildings, the history, arguably the most influential fashion scene in the world, the music, the people. London has a heart beat and it carries you along. It is inspirational and encourages creativity. I love London.
All the seasons have their own memories. I’m a summer girl at heart and London is beautiful in the summer. The parks are alive with people from all walks of life. The river Thames shimmers like diamonds and the festivals and events are in abundance. But then autumn is beautiful where I live in Victoria Park. The colours are incredible, rich and deep. And when the Christmas lights go on in the West End, it’s beautiful and atmospheric and it makes me feel like a kid again.
I feel creative when I am vintage shopping and also when I am walking in Victoria Park. I gain inspiration from nature and fashion history.
I have always wanted to do more of the touristy stuff that as a Londoner, we never do and take for granted. Like The Tower of London, The London Eye. And I’d love to take a barge boat down the canals of London. Oh and I would really love to do a haunted walk!
Alfred Hitchcock is a favourite of mine. One of the world’s best directors. I was brought up watching his films and my favourite is Rear Window. I love Charlie Chaplin; such an interesting character and an amazing one of a kind actor. Vidal Sassoon is inspirational for his iconic ‘60s hair cuts which have always influenced my personal style and fashion.
The public transport drives me mad. Even though it’s one of the best public transport networks in the world, it takes an hour to get anywhere in London and the ‘face full of armpit’ on the tube is a real dislike of mine. Personal space is a thing of the past.
I think I may have had a passed life in a Dickens novel.
I go to Victoria Park for a run or a dog walk, stopping at the Pavilion Café at the lake for a coffee and a bite to eat.
My daughter is my biggest inspiration. She has taught me so much about myself and made me who I am today. She is a very special person.
Take a clipper down the River Thames. Visit Jumble and Pearls – it’s fab!
In the immediate future I am prepping for my pop-up appearance at Jumble and Pearls this Saturday at the Book Club in Shoreditch. It’s a great day and my first Christmas fair of the year. I am also currently in branding for Three Button Hand Me Down, which is exciting and annoying in the same measurements. Mood boards put me in a bad mood after a while! The launch party will be in the new year so that is really exciting and following that, I plan to start designing my own women’s ‘60s inspired shirt collection to sit alongside the vintage wares, so 2015 will be a lot of hard work but hopefully a successful and very creative year.
Happiness is having what you want and wanting what you have.’
The Book Club
100-106 Leonard Street