The aftermath of the William Vintage store robbery
Our thoughts go out today to vintage fashion collector and purveyor extraordinaire – William Banks-Blaney. Last night his entire William Vintage store on Marylebone Street – where you’d usually find gleaming rails of top quality designer vintage, rare collector’s couture and red-carpet worthy gowns a-plenty – was ram-raided and robbed. William promptly took to Twitter to raise awareness and attempt to seek information to track down the culprits. In the process he posted picture after heart-wrenching picture of not only the destroyed shop, but the gorgeous pieces that had been swiped. It was only a few days ago that William was excitedly posting shots of new products. “We have lost Dior, Courrèges, Halston, Ossie Clark and pieces I have travelled the world to find.” He said on his Twitter account earlier today.
William, who initially cut his teeth as an art and antiques dealer and also has an interior design company on the side, had been enjoying a rather good year until now. He hosted an ultra-glamorous profile-boosting pre-Bafta dinner earlier in February, where a bevvy of beautiful-with-brains starlets (like Gillian Anderson, Anna Frield and Vicki McClure) modelled his carefully edited fashion discoveries to perfection. He has voiced online that the estimated financial damage sits within the tens of thousands bracket, but consider the sentimental bashing – you can’t put a real price can’t be put on the time, hard work and sheer dedication that goes into finding these pieces. So it’s an overwhelming task the William Vintage team have ahead of them, but they were already fixing up in time for a nine o’clock appointment this morning. Does this mean the end to stores and designers Tweeting about their latest products hitting the shop-floor? Are savvy fashion thieves really monitoring Twitter? We do hope not. Someone somewhere knows something… and we hope they'll speak up soon.