Pub landlady opens vintage fashion store

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A FORMER pub landlady swapped pint glasses for prints to launch a new fashion venture.

Scout Vintage in Sunderland, which opened earlier this month, is the brainchild of businesswoman Angela Kirtley.

Angela Kirtley of Scout Vintage, Frederick Street, Sunderland

Angela Kirtley of Scout Vintage, Frederick Street, Sunderland

Originally from Wallsend, Angela’s family moved to Scotland when she was two, and she spent 20 years running pubs around the UK with her partner.

Now they have returned to their native North East from London and set up home in Hendon, Sunderland.

Angela admits she spent weeks dreaming up a name for the new business before Sunderland-based firm RGB Media designed its graphics and a logo.

“It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to run my own little business,” she said.

“The name just came into my head, after thinking about it for two weeks. I wanted something short and simple.”

She is now scouring auctions and wholesalers for stock to fill the shop in Frederick Street.

She said: “Some of them are from private sales – people who collect bags and rooms full of handbags and need to get rid of them, or people who have businesses similar to mine who are selling up or want to make room for more stock, auctions, all sorts of places.”

The colourful haul of vintage gems includes classic Burberry jackets, graphic print dresses and even a Versace handbag.

Angela spends Tuesday to Saturday working in Scout and Mondays searching for new stock, which she hopes will pull in fashion-savvy customers.

She added: “I think people like places like this because they can find a bargain.

“Everyone likes a bargain, and people get bored with getting the same things and going to the same shops.”