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It’s only rock and roll

Continuing my summer of fab events, I was invited to the inaugural Vintage at Goodwood by IWC Schaffhausen. I know what you’re thinking – high-end watch brand at a festival.

But cast aside all thoughts of muddy boots and Kate Moss look-alikes, this is something else. Spanning 60 decades of British cool, this festival was all about rummaging for vintage clothes, learning a bit of make-do-and-mend or having a jive lesson in Torchlight Lounge.  Of course there were bands, but more Alvin Stardust than Arcade

Costumes were optional, but those that didn’t dress up looked like the odd ones out. As you can see, I went for a homage to RJ’s Editor-in-Chief Jenni Middleton, who works the 1950s look like no one else.

Despite the fab vintage stalls, woodland VIP area, where I was able to get within eavesdropping distance of the current Dr Who, and champagne brunch in Goodwood House, one of the stars of the show was the lovely Stuart, who was painstakingly taking apart watches in the IWC mock-up shop on the specially created high street. He answered all my sometimes-inane questions with the patience of a saint and in his quiet way was as much of a crowd draw as some of the acts on the main stage.

Now you don’t get to see something like that at Glastonbury, do you?

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