VINTAGE finds and retro treasures await fashion fans in South Tyneside.
Leftfield, a new vintage clothing shop, has opened its doors in Boldon Colliery.
But the business, in North Road, offers so much more than stylish threads.
It’s owned by mother and son team Joanne and Jonathan Pears, who each have their own separate business – under the same roof.
Jonathan, 24, who lives in Boldon Colliery, runs the vintage clothing store alongside girlfriend Emma O’Hara, 25, and Joanne, 51, runs a hairdressing and beauty salon, just to the back of the shop.
Jonathan said: “The shop is something I’ve wanted for a while and I’ve been inspired by shopping in London and hunting through vintage clothes.
“My mam had a hairdresser’s in Boldon called Rossi for 25 years but she wanted to try something different, and going into this together was a good way for her to support me and help me get started.
“I wanted the shop to look like Carnaby Street in the 1980s, so we’ve got the mustard walls and the checkerboard floor – it’s a bit like a timewarp when you walk in.
“My family have had a business in Boldon for almost 25 years, so we’re really excited about carrying on the tradition and the opening of the new shop, offering people in the area something new and different.
“We welcome people to come in and grab a fresh coffee and have a look around.”
The shop is decorated with old movie posters and magazine covers and vintage and retro items from across the 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond are on sale, including denim jackets, Levi jeans, tweed jackets, flannel shirts, dresses, skirts, and accesories to go with them.
Emma added: “A lot of the stuff here is really rare, and you’d be very unlikely to see someone wearing the same thing as you!
“Vintage is huge at the minute because all the styles are coming back around.
“People think it’s going to be really expensive, but it’s actually very affordable, and it’s so glamorous.”
Shoppers can request to hear their favourite song while they browse the rails – as long as it’s not a Cliff Richard track, a sign on display stipulates – or even cosy up in the corner to watch classic movies, with complimentary sweets and pop.
Joanne runs the salon with the help of stylist, Danielle Porthouse, 24, and beautician Melanie Rogers, 41, both from South Shields.
Customers can go for a retro hairstyle or a more modern do, and enjoy beauty treatments like HD brows, eyelash extensions, manicures, and facials.
Joanne said: “My son and his girlfriend have always loved the idea of opening a boutique and both have a keen eye for fashion.
“We’re a close family and love working together so we’ve decided to join forces to combine the costs of a start-up to give Jonathan a hand, and importantly to offer the hair and beauty salon customers something that bit different.”
Leftfield is open on Mondays from noon to 6pm and from 9am to 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Both the hair salon and the clothing store also offer late-night shopping on Thursdays until 8pm. Call the shop on 537 3113.