HDO Vintage

My name is Nicole and for the last 15 years I have worked as a Costume Buyer and Assistant Supervisor for (mostly) West End theatre. I have worked on a lot of musicals-Sound of Music, Les Mis-international productions, Hair, Half a Sixpence, Matilda, Local Hero and An American in Paris to name but a few. An American in Paris was my absolute favourite as I was in my element sourcing vintage fabrics and accessories and hugely challenged buying ballet and dance shoes in the hundreds for the amazing cast of professional dancers. I had no experience of ballet shoes so it was a steep learning curve but I gained so much knowledge and soon became a regular at Freeds, Bloch and Capezio. And this is what I miss so much now that our industry has gone dark. The excitement of starting work on a new show, bringing all my accumulated knowledge to the production but always learning something new and adapting my skills. I also miss terribly scouring the streets of London searching for the perfect fabric, button or accessory.


I have very eclectic taste and have always been a magpie as far as vintage is concerned. Most of the productions I have been on require some vintage items so I have always been able to satisfy that passion through work. During a lull with theatre work several years ago I began trading at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair and opened an Etsy shop called Highly Desirable Objects (HDOVintage). Up until covid Etsy was just my side gig and I restocked and rejigged when I could. Now of course it is my main occupation and keeps me busy while I and all the other wonderful people who work in theatre wait patiently for the lights to go back on.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my shop. Please feel free to contact me if there is something special you are looking for or if you need any further information.

HDOVintage.etsy.com

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With thanks to Mike and Judie Saunders for their financial support of this project. 

Not On The West End is a registered Etsy Affiliate. When you buy something having clicked through from this site we make a very small amount of money. This does not charge either sellers or customers, but rather Etsy themselves. This money will be used to maintain the website and keep the project running. 

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