When you walk into Beyond Retro's Cheshire Street store you just know - even if you've never heard of it - you're in a legendary vintage haunt. So, it makes sense the team behind the brand have seriously good work style. It's trailblazing, it's eclectic and it's like they're not even trying . We met the gang to chat about how they do work wares...
Hannah Wilkinson is Press Assistant and Blog Writer for the vintage brand which now boasts stores in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Soho, Brighton and Dalston. It also has its own range: Beyond Retro Label.
Hannah is all about vintage and her super-cool denim dungarees (bought in store) and chunky roll-neck knit jumper (her mum's from way back when) combo is exactly how to do easy, comfy work style.
Teamed with a pair of black Topshop ankle boots and simple jewellery - rings from Etsy, Accessorise and Tiffany & Co. (love the eclectic mix) - Hannah's look proves dabbling in vintage is an easy win.
For those with vintage/recycled/secondhand hang ups, she says: "You shouldn't be intimidated when shopping vintage. The best thing about it is you're not restricted to trends so you won't look like a Topshop/Asos mannequin - vintage is all encompassing."
Sales Assistant, Oliver Abbott, is a gent who loves a vintage-inspired outfit. Where does he get his inspo? Films, music, books - and a lot of research (his thing is post-war America).
Oliver wears navy jacket from Pendleton Japan, a pale blue shirt from the Oxford collection, a pair of Fifties grey trousers from Oshkosh, red stripe socks from Uniqlo and black Bass Weejun loafers. The black frame specs are by Oliver Peoples.
Nadia Papanikolaou is one of the VM (Visual Merchandising) gals at Beyond Retro. When it comes to work style Nadia's look is all about comfortable, wearable trends.
The denim shirt and chunky gold necklace are both from H&M, the black ripped jeans are Zara, the grungy buckle-strap ankle boots are from Choies.com (her high street finds) and the cardi is vintage.
Why does Nadia dig vintage so much? The amazing pieces up for grabs and the rediscovering of trends: "Seeing them from the first time around is the best bit."
When shopping for vintage, Nadia says: "Take your time and always try pieces on because sizing is completely different to the high street."
Bea Dewhurst, Store Supervisor, wears black cigarette trousers and a roll-neck jumper both from Primark, a matching cardigan from Marks & Spencer, and ballet pumps from Topshop. The silver pendant is her mum's.
Bea says: "Always follow the less is more rule with vintage and go by what you like the look of, for example I love the late 1950s era."
As for Bea's fabulous beehive? The secret is mega greasy hair, a whole lot of backcombing, the cheapest hairspray you can get your hands on and heaps of split pins.
Naomi Rowland is the Online Creative Content Manager for the brand, she's also one of the girls behind Two Shoes One Pair blog.
In a boxy monochrome jacket and black crochet top from H&M, a pleated print skirt from Beyond Retro, Deichmann boots and Zara necklace, Naomi's look is quirky and bohemian. The gold earrings? Vintage Dior, baby.
Naomi's work wardrobe staple? "I love print so I would probably say a printed dress. You can layer them up with jumpers or kimonos and they are perfect to wear all year round in different ways."
She also loves a bargain: "I head for charity shops or vintage stores - for instance yesterday I picked up a 1970's gorgeous maxi dress for just £40 at the Dalston Beyond Retro store."