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Penelope's Portmanteau On Film Location (03/07/2014 @ 06:44:20)

We are delighted to be supplying the vintage jewellery, handbags and accessories for the film production 'Bonfire Hearts' being filmed on location in June and July. Our lovely items have featured in several scenes including the glamourous pool party scene. Watch this space for some photographs soon...

Summer Bags In Stock Now... (24/05/2014 @ 08:44:58)

Our fabulous new range of vintage summer bags is now in stock.
We have an original vintage bag to suit everyone from sublime blonde snakeskin kelly bags to vintage Chanel tote bags and every colour imaginable from pale pastels to bright greens and reds.
A unique summer bag that no one else will have...

Springtime Stock Now In... (05/04/2014 @ 18:15:20)

We have taken delivery of a gorgeous range of Art Deco vintage fur wraps, scarves and stoles in mink, fox and ermine fur...more coming soon...
In addition we have a fantastic range of Butler & Wilson costume jewellery...

Beautiful Original Vintage Cloisonne Jewellery & Accessories Now In Stock... (01/03/2014 @ 14:33:08)

We have a large range of beautiful, original vintage, cloisonne jewellery and hair accessories in stock now.  These gorgeous enamel items are available in a range of mouth watering colours and we have hair combs, hair slides, necklaces, earrings, brooches and matching sets available - take a look, prices start at just 12.99...

Penelope's Portmanteau At The British Independent Film Awards... (10/12/2013 @ 12:51:25)

Documentary film maker Fiona Joyce was spotted at the British Independent Film Awards held at Old Billingsgate in London on Sunday wearing an Art Deco feather wrap and Art Deco vintage crystal earrings from Penelope's Portmanteau.  A little touch of vintage style at this uber cool event...

Free Shipping For Christmas... (02/12/2013 @ 09:48:16)

Buy now and get FREE shipping on all items over 20 to a UK mainland address - why pay more for a vintage Christmas gift?

Furs Are Selling Fast As The Temperature Drops... (17/11/2013 @ 13:39:19)

With temperatures falling rapidly our furs are selling fast - often without even making it to the website via our waiting list.  So if you see something you like buy it straightaway to avoid disappointment...More furs coming this week...

More Vintage Fur Coming Soon... (01/10/2013 @ 08:43:51)

It's that time of year again and we have been busy all summer sourcing the most gorgeous vintage fur coats and vintage fur jackets to keep you warm this winter.  We have a large stock of vintage mink, fox and other beautiful furs coming soon but hurry we always sell out fast...

Free Shipping Continues Into September... (31/08/2013 @ 08:05:13)

Our free shipping offer continues for a limited time into September on all items over 20 and includes our newly arrived vintage Autumn stock...

Free Summer Shipping Now... (05/08/2013 @ 12:37:51)

It's summer, so sit back, relax and do some shopping and for all orders over 20 we'll pay the shipping.  Limited time only though - so hurry!

Labels For A Lot Less... (02/07/2013 @ 09:03:38)

Watch out for our growing collection of vintage designer labels - we are regularly adding gorgeous vintage bags, jewellery and clothes from designers such as Hermes, Givenchy, Chanel, Prada and Christian Dior to name but a few and recent items have included Chanel suits, Hermes ties & scarves, Prada shoes, the list goes on.
Be sure to check back soon but hurry because as you can see from our Sold Gallery these bargains sell out almost immediately...

A little bit of sunshine... (04/06/2013 @ 17:25:50)

Now that the sun has stopped being so coy and decided to shine a little why not take a look at our fabulous new summer stock?  Everything from cool vintage white mesh bags to colourful summer vintage jewellery...perfect for Ascot, summer weddings and even fancy BBQ's...
And if you really want to be on trend this summer, take a look at our Gatsby Collection for flapper girl and 1920's vintage bags, jewellery and clothes.

New Season SS Stock Available Now (04/05/2013 @ 16:59:16)

Our new season Spring/Summer stock is available now with some gorgeous new lines including vintage dresses & jackets, ties and scarves...

Spring Sale Continues... (02/04/2013 @ 11:58:05)

We had such a fantastic reaction to our Easter Sale that by popular demand we have continued it by introducing our Spring Sale.  But hurry it's for a limited time only.
Simply enter SPRING under offer code when prompted at the checkout to claim your 35% discount..

Fantastic Website Offer For Easter 50% Off! (28/03/2013 @ 12:43:29)

We are delighted to announce our fantastic website Easter offer - 50% off everything!
But hurry, as regular customers know when the offer's gone, it's gone!
To get this great offer just enter the offer code EASTER when prompted at the checkout and your discount will automatically be applied.

New Season Stock Now In... (15/03/2013 @ 11:18:27)

It might not feel like it but Spring is just around the corner! And we have a fabulous selection of new season spring vintage bags, handbags and jewellery in tender shades of pink, white and cream...

Mother's Day Gifts Available Now With 25% OFF (01/03/2013 @ 08:35:30)

We have a fantastic range of gifts for Mother's Day - everything from vintage brooches and vintage bags to diamante and furs, and with 25% off all purchases over 40 there is no excuse not to treat Mum to something special this year...

And the offer continues...Spring Sale... (15/02/2013 @ 09:06:19)

We've had such a fantastic response to our Valentines offer that we've extended it!
So if you didn't have time to buy something earlier then now is your chance, just enter the word SPRING under 'offer code' at the checkout and treat yourself to a great vintage buy...

We Love You...30% OFF... (06/02/2013 @ 16:22:30)

We are delighted to offer customers old and new a fantastic 30% off all purchases over 75 until Valentines Day.   Simply enter the word LOVE under 'offer code' when prompted at the checkout. So start shopping now...

Love is in the air... (27/01/2013 @ 19:29:38)

It's getting close to that time of year when we are surrounded by commercials urging us to shower the one we love with everything from chocolates and flowers to perfume and romantic meals.
But why not show them that you've really thought about it and give something of timeless elegence from the past.  A vintage gift that will truely last the test of time this Valentines Day - just like love.

It's Cold Out There...Furs Online Now... (16/01/2013 @ 11:22:09)

If it's not snowing where you are then it's bound to be sub zero tempertaures at least with more forecast to come.
We have a fabulous selection of vintage furs for sale online now, everything from vintage coney fur jackets to vintage mink coats with prices to suit all pockets.
So wrap up warm this winter and look great too...

New Season Vintage Bags In Stock Now... (15/01/2013 @ 14:06:54)

We have just taken delivery of a fabulous range of vintage bags for the new season with a particular emphasis on Spring (when the weather warms up!).  We have something for everyone from vintage snakeskin kelly bags to tooled leather bags...

ONLINE SALE NOW ON! (27/12/2012 @ 14:17:44)

Our online sale is now on with an unbelievable 40% off all stock over 25 - just insert the offer code SALE at the checkout to get your discount.
Be quick though - sale ends Saturday 5th January 2013 and when it's gone there won't be another one like it...!

Need it Now? Free Same Day Delivery... (06/12/2012 @ 14:33:05)

Can't wait for the post? Need it now? An urgent last minute present? Must have it for the party tonight? Whatever the reason we are delighted to offer FREE same day delivery to our customers in the following areas:
Brighton & Hove
Tunbridge Wells
East Grinstead
and within a reasonable distance of those locations when you spend 100 or more in a single transaction.*
But don't panic - just email us for assistance and we will try to help with any request -
* Orders must be received before 2pm.  Item/s delivered to a single address only. We reserve the right to charge for delivery were our delivery attempts are unsuccessful (e.g. if no one is at the address to accept delivery for large or bulky items).  A delivery charge will also be made if the item is subsequently returned for a refund.  Where no one is available to accept delivery any items left or delivered will be at your own risk as to confirmation of receipt by you. This service is not available on Saturdays, Sundays or bank holidays unless by prior arrangement.  Limited time offer. Minimum spend value is the net checkout value after any of any discounts or offers have been applied.

The Times - Fur Coats Have Never Been So Popular... (10/12/2012 @ 19:00:25)

At Penelope's Portmanteau we have known for some time that wearing vintage fur is fashionable and popular and now the high street has woken up to that fact.
The Times Newspaper today reports how there has been an expolsion of interest and popularity in wearing real fur with everyone from celebrities to students wanting to buy a fur coat.  The International Fur Trade Federation reported last month that global sales have doubled in 12 years to 9.4billion.  That's a lot of fur.
At Penelope's Portmanteau we continue to have a loyal customer following for our vintage furs.  Real vintage furs are practical (they keep you warm like nothing else will), eco friendly (they are vintage after all), excellent value (being a fraction of the original price) and ultra glamourous.  
Take a look at some of our furs here on our website, we have something for everyone from vintage coney (rabbit) fur jackets and vintage real mink coats to vintage Art Deco fur wraps and stoles.  But hurry it's going to get really cold soon...

New Season Vintage Furs Available Online Now... (29/11/2012 @ 11:43:10)

We have a stunning range of gorgeous original vintage furs available for purchase online now and with the reassurance that you are buying quality furs from an established and trusted retailer.  Hurry though, the weather is getting colder...

Fabulous Autumn Amber Now In Store... (03/11/2012 @ 12:38:44)

As the leaves turn to rich autumnal tones of copper, rust and chocolate we have just taken delivery of a fabulous collection of gorgeous amber vintage jewellery which mirror the tones of autumn perfectly.  We have real amber necklaces in all lengths from opera to choker and some stunning statement amber rings, call in soon to see how they could compliment your autumn/winter wardrobe...

Wow! New Season Furs Now In Store... (11/10/2012 @ 14:59:50)

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new season winter furs in our Brighton shop and wow - they are some of the most gorgeous vintage furs we have had!  Everything from multi-coloured vintage mink to fluffy super light fox to suit all tastes and pockets...

The Times - Bags of Character (05/09/2012 @ 10:43:38)

A recent article in the Times reports how a handbag reveals the hidden depths of a woman's heart.  Far more than a mere recepticle for carrying our possessions, a handbag speaks volumes about the owner's character, taste, emotions and bank balance.
Sales of luxury accessories have soared and handbags are not least among the high value purchases being made, and it's not just Russian and Chinese billionaires investing in luxury.  At Penelope's Portmanteau we see customers of all types and income brackets making regular purchases of vintage bags - and the first to go out the door are the luxury brands such as Chanel, Hermes, Gucci et al, followed closely by vintage bags made from exotic skins like crocodile, lizard and snakeskin. 
Customers often save up to make a luxury purchase - sometimes coming in regularly to see if a handbag they have spotted in our shops is still in stock until they can afford to buy it.
And this all makes sense if you think about it - why buy something cheap and mass produced when you can not only buy a gorgeous, well made, one off vintage bag that no one else will have but that is probably not going to depreciate in value either?
Visit our website now for some gorgeous examples or call in soon - our Brighton shop has just taken delivery of our autumn vintage bags...

New Payment Option Now Available (15/08/2012 @ 10:29:32)

Due to popular demand you can now pay for all our lovely items using Paypal.  As a result of numerous customer requests we have now facilitated this - making it easier than ever to shop on our website.  So whether at your laptop, desktop or smartphone  payment is now even quicker and as many of our customers are overseas using this international payment method makes the whole process stress free.  Start shopping now...

Going For Gold - Brighton 2012 (03/08/2012 @ 12:45:28)

As team GB strive for gold medals at the London Olympics we have our very own selection of everything gold in our Brighton shop - from gold mesh vintage bags to  gold vintage Chanel jewellery.
Why not treat yourself to some fantastic summer accessories at Penelope's Portmanteau...

New Weekend Manager At Our Brighton Store... (26/07/2012 @ 10:00:02)

We are delighted to welcome Eloise to the team at Brighton.
Eloise joins us as our weekend manager and has a wealth of experience in the retail sector - specialising in fashion and looks forward to meeting all our customers, old and new over the coming months.

New Summer Beaded Bags Now In (09/07/2012 @ 11:18:02)

Our buyers have just returned from one of their buying trips to France and Belgium and have brought back the most gorgeous selection of vintage and antique beaded bags all hand made in either France or Belgium.
These beautiful vintage beaded bags range from delicate tiny, glass bead work bags from the 1900's and 1920's to fun lucite beaded bags of the 1960's in a range of colours from palest cream to vibrant pinks and lime greens.
Hurry they are sure to sell out soon...

Fur in Summer? Hot Demand in the Cool Weather... (22/06/2012 @ 12:08:19)

Our fur rails usually sell out every Autumn and Winter - but in Summer?
We have been astonished by the popularity of our vintage furs this month and have hardly been able to keep up with demand for vintage fur wraps, stoles and jackets - with all colours, from cream to brown being the cover up of choice for ladies attending anything from Ascot to weddings.
So don't let the unseasonably cool weather deter you from wearing that knockout summer dress - just make sure you have a snuggly and stylish vintage fur to go with it...

Free Summer Gift With Purchase... (30/05/2012 @ 11:42:26)

Our Brighton shop is bursting with summer sunshine and lots of colourful vintage bags and vintage jewellery and this week we are offering a fabulous orange Mary Chor beach wrap (worth 25) absolutely FREE with every purchase over 40.
But hurry they're running out fast...


New Team Member at our Brighton Store... (09/05/2012 @ 10:57:02)

We are delighted to welcome Shana to the sales team at our Brighton store.  Shana is currently studying fashion design at Central St Martins in London and will be working with us for the summer.
Shana has a particular interest in textile design and working with both vintage and new fabrics and exploring the interplay between the two.  Shana is ideally placed to advise customers on how to mix and match our vintage bags and jewellery with outfits for special occasion and looks welcome to seeing you soon.

It's Raining Cats & Dogs - Novelty Vintage Jewellery Now In Store (28/04/2012 @ 10:23:50)

It's not just raining cats and dogs with the great British weather these past weeks - we were delighted to take delivery of our new spring collection this week which features some adorable novelty animal vintage jewellery including cat and poodle vintage brooches and pins.
We also have a selection of beautiful vintage animal theme bags including a fluffy poodle bag and some box bags decorated with cats.
But as usual, they are selling fast...

Cracking Good Easter for Vintage - Despite the Weather... (10/04/2012 @ 12:51:09)

The typical bank holiday weather did nothing to dampen our Easter spirits with our Easter in store promotions proving popular yet again.  Sales of summer vintage bags and summery vintage jewellery were rewarded with our annual giveaway of some fabulous chocolate Easter eggs and on the spot prize draws for everyone buying a vintage item - prizes ranged from bunny brooches to easter egg pendants!
Watch out for more in store promotions coming soon.

Bridal Season Gets Underway - Special Preview Night (02/04/2012 @ 10:22:18)

The bridal accessories buying season is now underway and we were delighted to host a special Bridal Event last Thursday when we showcased our new range of vintage bridal bags and jewellery.  Guests were entertained with sparkling wine and canapes while snapping up some exquisite jewellery including delicate diamante necklaces for the brides and bolder, statement pieces for mother of the bride. 
We also showcased a range of vintage jewellery and smaller vintage bags which are perfect for little bridesmaids.
Our Brighton shop carries our largest range so why not call in soon and see what we have for your big day?

Introducing a New Member to our Buying Team... (15/03/2012 @ 13:09:48)

We are delighted to welcome Abigail to our buying team.  Abigail comes from a strong vintage background and has been collecting all things vintage since she was a little girl, starting with china dolls and accessories and then graduating to grown up vintage accessories when she discovered that it was much more fun to wear the real thing!
Abigail was recently working in sales with Chanel so she assures us she knows exactly what to look for in a quality bag and will be revealing some top tips on how to buy vintage jewellery and bags in the coming weeks...

Recruiting for instore weekend assistants now... (01/03/2012 @ 12:37:33)

As we approach the very busy Spring/Easter period our Brighton store requires Sales Assistants for weekends.
A knowledge of vintage is not essential as full training is provided but a strong sales background is essential.  Student candidates will need to be available year round and not just term time.
Men are especially welcome to apply.  Please apply by emailing your CV to 

Fur Coats Selling Like Hot Cakes In Cold Weather (03/02/2012 @ 14:48:52)

Wow! Another sell out week for our vintage furs in store with high demand for full length coats and longer length jackets.  All colours have proved popular even a pink and purple Christian Dior vintage fur coat!
Don't worry though we have re-stocked for the weekend and are expecting another delivery of sumptuous vintage furs next week including silver fox, black mink and musquash, so we guarantee to keep you warm in the artic conditions...

Love is... (01/02/2012 @ 12:41:35)

...showing our customers that we love them! So as well as fantastic customer service, gorgeous products and great prices this Valentines season our Brighton store is showing our love by offering a glass of something pink and sparkling and a chocolate to every customer who purchases a Valentines gift.
And there's lots to choose from with our ever increasing range of fabulous vintage furs, bags and jewellery...

Spring Collection Preview Shopping Night (16/01/2012 @ 14:29:29)

We had a great time in our Brighton store last Friday when we held our annual Spring New Collection Preview Shopping Night.  As always the evening proved to be very popular with existing customers, each of whom was invited to bring a friend to enjoy sparkling wine, nibbles and most importantly an exclusive 20% discount off our new spring stock.
Statement jewellery in bold designs and gold tone proved to be very popular as did our range of vintage pearl jewellery for brides.
Lots more stock coming soon, so if you missed out on this event do get in touch to be part of our next event...

In Store Sale Now On (02/01/2012 @ 15:28:25)

Our annual New Year sale is now on in store with 20% off selected handbags including some fabulous bargains in vintage Gucci, Escada and Jane Shilton bags and handbags.
But hurry these great prices won't last long and the bargains are being snapped up quickly...

Record Sales in December (28/12/2011 @ 16:47:28)

The team at Penelope's Portmanteau would like to thank all our customers for shopping with us throughout the year and in addition to our many loyal customers we were delighted to welcome so many new ones both online and in our stores.
December was a record month for us with the highest number of Christmas sales ever recorded which saw our online stock sell out and some frantic re-stocking in our stores during the last few days before Christmas which meant that we were able to continue to delight shoppers with our gorgeous vintage products even up to the very last minute of shopping.
And don't forget that with New Year's Eve just around the corner we have a fabulous collection of sparkle and glitter to see the New Year in in style!

Emanuel Diana Dress Sells for 48,000 at Auction - Emanuel Dresses Available on our Website Now (01/12/2011 @ 11:39:46)

Another Emanuel dress has sold at auction this week for an amazing 48,000 being a replica of the wedding dress designed by the Emanuels for Princess Diana's.  This shows how popular these dresses are and what an investment they can be.
Only last year Lady Diana's black engagement dress, also designed by Emanuel, sold at auction for a staggering 192,000 and we have one very similar also designed and made by Emanuel for a much more modest 650 - an investment and very wearable vintage dress available now...

Winter White Sparkle - Fur & Diamante Available Now... (29/11/2011 @ 10:40:04)

We've been very excited this week by the arrival of some stunning vintage fur and sparkling diamante vintage jewellery.  Our Brighton store has taken delivery of the most exquisite winter white artic fox and mink fur coats and jackets, perfect when teamed with our new collection of ice white sparkling diamante necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  Be the belle of the Christmas ball with Penelope's Portmanteau this season - but hurry the vintage fur is selling fast...

Stunning New Collection of Vintage Couture & Evening Wear... (15/11/2011 @ 14:55:32)

The team here at Penelope's Portmanteau are very excited about our fabulous new range of luxury vintage couture including an exquisite collection of vintage designer ball gowns and cocktail dresses by one of Princess Diana's favourite designers - Elizabeth Emanuel who, together with her husband David, designed the then Lady Diana's infamous 'black dress' and fairytale wedding dress.
Our collection of vintage dresses and ball gowns includes some fabulous creations in paper silk, silk taffeta, silk velvet and duchess satin, with more vintage clothing coming online soon.
Perfect for the upcoming party season, be it a cocktail dress for a Christmas Eve party or a vintage ball gown for New Year's Eve, why buy new when you can invest in a part of history...

Sunday Times Style Magazine - Penelope's Portmanteau Vintage Jewellery (07/11/2011 @ 09:32:34)

Vintage Jewellery has been a hot topic for some time now but when the Sunday Times Style Magazine puts it at the top of its list you know it's hit the mainstream.  They reported this week how vintage jewellery is 'hot this party season' - so get shopping now for vintage party season glamour...

Christmas Gifts Available in Store Now... (03/11/2011 @ 16:00:44)

We have a covetable collection of gorgeous vintage Christmas Gifts in store now including:

Keep Warm - Huge Selection of Vintage Fur Now Available (19/10/2011 @ 10:15:55)

We have made even more room for our huge selection of vintage furs in our Brighton store now and this season there is even more to choose from including:

And with prices starting at just 95 you can afford to keep warm this winter - why pay more?

Paris Buying Trip - Fur & Diamonds (05/10/2011 @ 14:59:55)

Well, not diamonds exactly but our buyers recent buying trip to Paris saw them come back with a lot of diamante and some exquisite vintage furs.
We are busy cataloguing all the gorgeous vintage jewellery they found on their travels including some stunning diamante collar necklaces and bracelets and we can't wait for the cold weather to arrive so that we can try on the luxurious vintage fur coats they bought.
And contrary to some rumours circulating they swear that they didn't visit Disney on the way...

Indian Summer...but not for long, so vintage furs in store now (26/09/2011 @ 12:09:50)

There may be an Indian Summer predicted for later in the week but once the temperature fades head for Penelope's Portmanteau because we have a fabulous selection of vintage fur coats and jackets just about to hit our stores...including soft and sumptuous full length fox fur coats, short and sassy mink jackets and lots of warm vintage fur wraps...

Autumn/Winter Costume Jewellery & Fur Wraps Just Arrived... (09/09/2011 @ 12:43:10)

Our team are busy unpacking our Autumn/Winter range of vintage jewellery, vintage scarves and fur wraps which have just arrived from overseas.  So look out for our new range of costume jewellery available instore now in gorgeous warm tones including deep, emerald greens, burnt orange and chocolate brown...

Vintage Feature on Penelope's Portmanteau In Home & Style Magazine (25/08/2011 @ 15:32:40)

We are delighted to report that Penelope's Portmanteau appears in a vintage feature in the September edition of Home & Style Magazine, which discusses the virtues of buying vintage rather than new bags and jewellery for quality and attention to detail, not to mention instant individual style and unique appeal.   And we couldn't agree more!

Brighton Store Refit Complete - Huge Selection of New Stock! (15/08/2011 @ 10:38:00)

We are delighted to report that we have now completed the refitting of our Brighton store where we have added even more display cabinets to enlarge our vintage jewellery display areas.  We now have a really huge range of vintage gold tone jewellery with a selection of beautiful pieces in every shade of gold tone from antique gilded necklaces to 1990's designer bling!
We have also added to our blue and green colour range with some gorgeous vintage necklaces in Venetian glass and 1950's lucite.
As well as this we now have a separate display area for our vintage pearls with a large range of vintage glass pearls, vintage cultured pearls, vintage pearl earrings, bracelets and brooches.
Our sparkle and diamante range has increased in size too with every type of vintage crystal and diamante necklace, bracelet, brooch and earrings imaginable.  We have everything from clear diamante rhinestone to aurora borealis to every colour of the rainbow vintage diamante jewellery.
Lots more coming soon...

Recruiting Now For Our Brighton Shop... (05/08/2011 @ 12:17:51)

We are currently recruiting for Saturday and Sunday staff for our Brighton shop.  As usual we are seeking team members with retail experience, enthusiasm, happy personalities and a real interest in our customers.
Please email your CV to
And men - don't be shy, apply!

Penelope Recommends This Season's Hot Trend - Snakeskin (02/08/2011 @ 14:47:42)

Penelope recommends this season's hot new trend - snakeskin.  We have a gorgeous selection of everything snake, from vintage Whiting & Davis gold tone snake cuffs, large vintage snakeskin clip on earrings to vintage snakeskin handbags from Jane Shilton and Mappin & Webb.  Instore and online now...

New Season Stock Now In (26/07/2011 @ 13:08:43)

Following the success of our annual online and instore sales we are delighted to report that our new season stock is now available instore with a huge selection of vintage bags, vintage jewellery, vintage scarves and furs to delight the senses.
Our online sale has now also finished but look out for fabulous new vintage stock at great prices coming soon...

Penelope's Portmanteau in Daily Telegraph Feature (20/07/2011 @ 13:46:06)

We are delighted to have featured in the Daily Telegraph under 'Britain's Best Seaside Destinations'.
So even in the midst of a classic British summer  there is still something to do at the seaside when it rains - go shopping for vintage jewellery and vintage bags!

Annual Online SALE Starts Today! (16/07/2011 @ 12:17:08)

Our annual online sale starts today and this year it is combined with our free shipping offer!
Our sale offers 25% off all orders over the value of 25 which offers absolutely fantastic value on a large range of items from vintage Chanel earrings, vintage Christian Dior jewellery, vintage Whiting and Davis Mesh Collar Bib Necklaces and a fabulous range of vintage bags.  Making us one of the best value retailers on the internet.
But hurry as usual our annual sale runs for a strictly limited time only...

3 Days Left - In Store Sale Ends Sunday 17th July! (15/07/2011 @ 12:05:56)

Our Summer Sale in our Brighton shop only has 3 days left to run - there are still some great buys to be had, but hurry sale ends on Sunday 17th July!

Statement Regarding The News of The World Advertising (07/07/2011 @ 11:46:13)

Due to the situation with regard to the News of The World phone hacking allegations and the investigation surrounding the same, Penelope's Portmanteau will be suspending any planned full page or other advertisements in that publication until further notice.

Sale Now On! (06/07/2011 @ 13:40:35)

Our SALE has just started in our Brighton store with fabulous bargains in vintage bags and selected summer jewellery - hurry it is all going fast...

Penelope Recommends...Stunning Gold Tone Bib Necklace (02/07/2011 @ 11:11:35)

Our socialite Penelope was out and about yesterday at a very exclusive and star studded garden party where she mingled with many musicians, stars of the stage and dancers during the course of leisurely drinks and luncheon by the lake.  And what more perfect compliment to Penelope's summer outfit than this stunning gold tone vintage bib necklace which shimmered in the afternoon sun and set off her orange, silk palazzo pants and royal blue blouse...

Hollywood Glamour & Paris Style on Penelope's Buying Trip... (17/06/2011 @ 13:46:37)

Fresh from their buying trip that took in LA and Paris, our team have returned with vintage goodies galore including some fabulous fifties vintage lucite bags and beads and some stylish, designer vintage jewellery from Paris including lovely gilt necklaces and earrings.  In store and coming online in the next few weeks...

Vintage Designer Bags & Jewellery In Store Now (09/06/2011 @ 14:09:24)

Just delivered - a gorgeous range of vintage designer bags & designer jewellery, including vintage necklaces from Christian Dior, vintage bags from Escada, Gucci & Chanel and some beautiful vintage clip earrings from Trifari.
Also just arrived are some exquisite vintage silk scarves with particularly striking examples from Cartier, Christian Dior and Oroton, Australia.  With prices starting at only 85 for the vintage designer scarves and only 75 for the vintage designer handbags - these luxury items represent excellent value for money and a sound investment in tough economic times.
Available in store only - so visit soon...

Wedding Fever & Vintage Bridal Bags... (27/05/2011 @ 11:27:33)

Our annual Wedding promotion is now in full swing at our Brighton store - this year we are offering a complimentary pair of earrings with every bridal bag purchased in store and so far it has been a roaring success.  We have a fabulous selection of vintage bags and handbags for brides in all manner of styles and designs from hand made beaded bags to silky satin and metal mesh.  Add to that a pair of vintage clip on or pierced earrings in pearl or diamante and you have the perfect vintage bridal combination.  But hurry this offer ends soon...

New Team Members! (09/05/2011 @ 13:09:06)

We are delighted to welcome Soozi and Claire who have joined the team as Interns for the summer. 
Soozi is working towards her degree in marketing and will be assisting us with marketing and PR projects and Claire, who is studying the History of Fashion, will be helping with our website.  Welcome to both!

Whiting & Davis Vintage Jewellery From 65... (06/05/2011 @ 08:07:56)

We have just taken delivery of a gorgeous collection of sublime Whiting & Davis vintage jewellery including metal mesh collar bibs and necklaces in silver, gold and copper tones.  These are beautifully tactile pieces of vintage Whiting & Davis jewellery and are equally suited to formal or casual occasions - great with jeans and a white blouse for summer or that Little Lace Dress...The collection also includes the iconic and famous Whiting & Davis snake bracelets with prices starting at just 65...
See in store now for immediate purchase and coming soon to our website.

Penelope Recommends...Vintage Necklace & Earrings... (01/05/2011 @ 09:20:22)

As summer makes an appearance, this week Penelope recommends this gorgeous vintage necklace and matching earrings in a burst of
orange colour.  Just perfect for this season's fashion colour and the ideal accessory to brighten up any outfit when the sun shines...

Vintage Beach Bags In Store Now... (21/04/2011 @ 05:09:42)

As temperatures soar head for one of our stores and check out our fabulous selection of vintage summer bags - the perfect Easter treat...less calories than an Easter Egg and guaranteed not to melt in the heat...

Vintage Royal Wedding Garden Party in Our Brighton Shop! (13/04/2011 @ 15:16:40)

To celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding, our Brighton shop will be holding a Vintage Garden Party and serving complimentary Pimms, Earl Grey Tea and Cakes to our customers shopping for vintage jewellery and vintage bags.  Further details to follow...

Spring Vintage Jewellery Now in Stock... (05/04/2011 @ 17:12:55)

We have a large stock of vintage jewellery for Spring in store and online now, with more coming over the next few weeks including lots of vintage brooches in colourful enamel and floral designs, colourful vintage earrings in lucite and plastic and some gorgeous necklaces in glass bead and ceramic...

Free Shipping On All Orders! (24/03/2011 @ 14:13:01)

The promise of Spring in the air and a little basking in the sunshine has gone to our heads and we are delighted to offer FREE SHIPPING* on all orders as a thank you to all our loyal customers.  So forget the Government's austerity measures and the economic gloom and go shopping without the guilt because you can actually save money while doing it!
But hurry offer ends soon...
* Terms and conditions apply - free shipping offer applies to the UK mainland only.  All overseas/non mainland UK orders will incur a shipping charge at our standard rates.  Free shipping offer does not apply to items returned to us which will incur a shipping charge in the event of returns and the cost of shipping will be applied to any refunds made.

Just Arrived - Whiting & Davis Vintage Jewellery... (17/03/2011 @ 15:44:47)

Our Brighton store has just taken delivery of a fabulous range of vintage jewellery by Whiting & Davis, famous for over a century of making metal mesh evening bags and handbags.  Whiting & Davis also made jewellery and we have the most gorgeous selection of vintage pieces including vintage gold snake bracelets, vintage silver snake bracelets and their signature mesh collar necklaces in gold and silver tone.
But be sure to call in soon as we always sell out of these gorgeous vintage jewellery items quickly...

Men's Vintage Department Now Open! (13/03/2011 @ 07:40:25)

Our brand new Men's Vintage Department is now open in our Brighton store.  We have a fantastic range of vintage accessories for men including:
- Vintage Versace Ties
- Vintage Valentino Ties
- Vintage Leather Satchels/Briefcases
- Vintage Grooming Kits
- Vintage Silver Vestas
- Vintage Cufflinks, Rings, Tie Pins, Chains etc.
We are currently cataloguing vintage accessories to be added to our online shop, so check back soon...

Coming soon...Vintage Men's Accessories (06/03/2011 @ 10:48:49)

We are quite excited about our latest expansion into men's vintage accessories, coming soon to our website and shops.  Over the next few weeks we will be stocking a great range of vintage accessories for men including:
- Vintage Men's Jewellery
- Vintage Men's Watches
- Vintage Men's Wallets
- Vintage Men's Ties
Plus lots more, so call in soon to see our cool, retro vintage range for men...

Hot to Trot - SS2011 Vintage Bags Now in Stock... (01/03/2011 @ 12:41:21)

The weather may not be spring like and summer feels a long way off...but the beauty of fashion accessories, as oppose to clothes, is that you can wear that new Spring/Summer handbag without feeling the chill! 

Call in soon to one of our stores to see our new range of Spring and Summer vintage bags and vintage handbags...

Penelope's Portmanteau Vintage Jewellery on Piers Morgan Show... (17/02/2011 @ 11:14:13)

We are delighted to report that some of our vintage jewellery has been selected by a stylist to be worn on TV on the Piers Morgan Show including some very gorgeous earrings.  So watch out for more news on our celebrity appearances...

Recruiting Now for New Staff... (06/02/2011 @ 13:17:07)

We are now recruiting for staff for a variety of positions for our new outlets in and around London, opening over the next few months.  As usual we seek:
Dynamic, enthusiastic sales assistants to cover a variety of shifts with part-time and full-time positions available. 
We offer a beautiful working environment, on-going training and good rates of pay with great prospects for the right people.
No vintage experience is necessary but an interest in what we do and a desire to be involved in our business is essential.
Please apply by email ONLY by sending your CV to
Applications from men are very welcome.
Please note that we currently have NO positions available in our Brighton or Eastbourne shops and whilst applications from students are very welcome our working week is not based on term time availability so please bear that in mind when applying!

Just Arrived Vintage Art Deco Mesh Evening Bags... (05/02/2011 @ 09:16:21)

We have just taken delivery of an important collection of vintage metal mesh designer evening bags from the USA ranging from antique to Art Deco and including designs from the market leaders Whiting & Davis.  These beautiful bags are in a variety of colours and styles including vintage gold mesh and vintage silver mesh.  There are also some designs in coloured enamel and others with lucite detailing.  Our vintage bags - a great design statement and fashion item now and a good investment for the future...

Brighton Store Enlarged...Even More Fabulous Vintage Stock (25/01/2011 @ 14:27:53)

We have now completed the extension program in our Brighton store to enlarge our display areas and in response to popular demand we now have an even larger display of vintage jewellery and vintage bags, so visit soon to see what's in store for you...

New Season Stock In Store... (12/01/2011 @ 12:47:09)

Our stores have just taken delivery of a fantastic range of vintage jewellery and vintage costume jewellery from the USA including vintage Trifari clip earrings, brooches and vintage 1980's Monet necklace and earring sets.
We have also just stocked up on some vintage and antique cufflinks from Carlton, Stratton & Mappin & Webb.  Remember - Valentines Day is just around the corner...!

New Kingston Manager... (12/01/2011 @ 12:42:20)

We are delighted to welcome Harriet as Manager of Penelope's Portmanteau Kingston.  Harriet brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our team and looks forward to assisting customers old and new at Bentalls Department Store, Kingston.

Vintage Bag Sale Now On! (05/01/2011 @ 07:16:20)

Our Handbag Sale is now in full swing in all our stores with some gorgeous day and evening vintage handbags to choose from at fantastic prices - hurry though all bargains going fast...

Baby It's Cold Outside...Vintage Furs in Stores Now... (21/12/2010 @ 14:53:47)

As temperatures plummet, wrap up warm in a vintage fur coat, vintage fur jacket or vintage fur wrap.  We have a large selection of vintage furs with a choice of mink, sable, ermine, musquash, fox and French coney in our stores now.

Mulled Wine & Mistletoe in Brighton... (09/12/2010 @ 12:58:54)

We have transformed our Brighton store into a Christmas delight complete with a cosy log fire, stockings over the mantlepiece, mulled wine and mistletoe over the front door! So escape the cold outside, come in, warm up and buy a beautiful vintage bag, vintage handbag or vintage jewellery for someone special...!

Eastbourne Store Vintage Christmas Party (29/11/2010 @ 14:32:31)

Join us for our annual Christmas Shopping Party in our Eastbourne store this Friday 3rd December.  This year we have an outstanding selection of vintage evening handbags and vintage day bags together with the most gorgeous vintage costume jewellery - perfect for the party season or a gift for that special person.
Our Eastbourne and Brighton shop teams will be on hand to assist you from 5.30 to 10pm on the night, so join us for  a glass of champagne and vintage shopping fun...

Bentalls Store Champagne Shopping Night... (25/11/2010 @ 07:43:45)

We had a fantastic time last night at our Bentalls Kingston store with the annual Telegraph Shopping Night where we entertained customers old and new with Champagne while they shopped until 10pm.
There were more than one or two celebrities amoung them (but of course we can't say who!) and what fun we had.  Nearly every type of vintage costume jewellery proved popular - with vintage diamante necklaces and vintage brooches being a really big hit for the upcoming party season.
Vintage evening bags were equally in demand with gold and silver mesh bags selling fast.
Watch out for more party events in our other stores coming soon...

Join us for Late Night Shopping Every Thursday... (11/11/2010 @ 14:13:14)

Escape the traffic and wintry weather and postpone the drive home by visiting us for late night shopping every Thursday night at our store in Bentalls, Kingston upon Thames.  We are open until 9pm for all your vintage handbag and vintage costume jewellery needs - the perfect time to look for Christmas presents (or that special vintage handbag or vintage jewellery for the festive season).
And we have a lot more late night shopping evenings coming  in our other stores for Christmas...

Penelope Recommends...Vintage Red Clip Earrings (11/11/2010 @ 14:00:39)

Brighten up a dull Autumn day with these stylish
Vintage Red & Black Silk Clip Earrings...

Eastbourne Store Refurbishment Now Complete! (26/10/2010 @ 13:07:44)

Following extensive refurbishment and a lot of pink paint...our Eastbourne store refurbishment program is now complete.  Call in soon for a fabulous selection of vintage handbags and vintage evening bags and a new stock of vintage jewellery and vintage furs...

Vintage Handbag Event...25% Off All Handbags... (22/10/2010 @ 11:32:02)

Our Brighton store is holding it's annual 'Autumn Handbag Event' with 25% off all vintage handbags.  This promotion runs for a limited time only and when they're gone, they're gone!  So call into our Brighton store soon to snap up a fabulous handbag at a great price...*
This promotion applies to handbags purchased in our Brighton store, runs for a limited time only and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Penelope Recommends...Gold Tone Cameo Vintage Brooch (19/10/2010 @ 11:27:14)

We have a brand new vintage fashion queen!

Her name is Penelope and each week she will bring you her expert recommendation on what's hot and fashionable in the world of vintage.  Amy is busy buying so she has passed the baton to Penelope...
This week Penelope recommends...Vintage Gold Tone Intaglio Cameo Brooch...
The perfect vintage jewellery accessory for securing those warm scarves this autumn...


New Team Members in our Kingston Store... (16/10/2010 @ 12:05:12)

We are delighted to welcome:-

who have recently joined our team.

They are all based in our Kingston store and look forward to helping and advising you with your vintage purchases soon...

Fabulous Selection of Autumn Winter Vintage Handbags in Stores Now (30/09/2010 @ 05:48:38)

Our Autumn/Winter Stock Event is now in full swing and we have a fabulous selection of vintage bags and vintage handbags in this season's hottest colours together with a selection of vintage designer handbags.
Just arrived from the USA we have the most gorgeous range of vintage box handbags from Palm Springs with beautiful designs including vintage decoupage bags with bird and animal themes and a collection of vintage tooled leather bags from Mexico...

New Store Now Open (29/09/2010 @ 17:02:32)

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our latest store within Bentalls Department Store in Kingston upon Thames.  Here you will find a fabulous selection of vintage jewellery and vintage bags and handbags with designer names including Dorset Rex, Midas of Miami, Enid Collins, Mappin & Webb, Whiting & Davis, Oroton, Glomesh, Jane Shilton, Mulberry to name just a few.
We also have a huge collection of vintage costume jewellery and vintage jewellery with designer pieces from Christian Dior, Sara Coventry, Butler & Wilson among many others.
Beautiful new stock being added daily so visit us soon for that perfect vintage accessory or vintage gift...

The Final Countdown... (15/09/2010 @ 05:41:35)

The team at Penelope's Portmanteau are excitedly counting down the days until our grand opening at our new concession within Bentalls Department Store in Kingston upon Thames.
Our buyers have scoured the globe to find the most beautiful vintage costume jewellery and a stunning range of vintage handbags and vintage bags.  Our new concession will continue to feature the gorgeous things that we have become well known for selling including a fabulous range of vintage clip on earrings and for the upcoming party season an endless range of diamante and sparkling costume jewellery...
With only six days to go we look forward to welcoming customers old and new...

Amy Recommends... (30/08/2010 @ 09:25:59)

Fresh from her vintage buying trip to France - this week Amy Recommends an exquisite and rare vintage Art Deco Seal Skin Clutch Bag in shades of this season's must have grey...perfect for the coming A/W season...

Recruiting Now For More Team Members... (19/08/2010 @ 19:36:52)

Our new concession (opening September 2010) in Bentalls Department Store, Kingston upon Thames, is seeking dynamic, enthusiastic sales assistants to cover a variety of shifts with part-time and full-time positions available. 
We offer a beautiful working environment, on-going training and good rates of pay with great prospects for the right people.
No vintage experience is necessary but an interest in what we do and a desire to be involved in our business is essential.
Please apply by email ONLY by sending your CV to
Applications from men are very welcome.

Amy Recommends... (19/08/2010 @ 19:27:23)

This week Amy recommends a gorgeous Gold Mesh Wallet Purse, perfect if you are counting the pennies and need somewhere to store them - and very stylish too!
We also have a fabulous selection of vintage mesh evening bags and vintage mesh handbags in silver, white and gold from Whiting & Davis, Oroton and Glomesh in store and on our website now with prices starting at 30...

Breaking News...New Shop Opening Soon... (12/08/2010 @ 07:52:16)

The team at Penelope's Portmanteau are very excited to announce that we will be opening a new shop in September with a concession in Bentalls Department Store in Kingston-upon-Thames, near London.
Our new shop will feature a fabulous range of vintage bags and vintage handbags from the 1920's onwards and a huge range of stunning vintage jewellery.
More details coming soon...

Amy recommends...Cool Turquoise Jane Shilton Vintage Clutch Bag... (01/08/2010 @ 06:39:13)

This week Amy recommends a cool turquoise vintage Jane Shilton clutch bag/handbag to make the most of summer colour and at only 36.95 it won't break the bank either...

Penelope's Portmanteau in another magazine feature... (31/07/2010 @ 16:13:50)

Once again we were delighted to be the lead feature in another magazine report on Penelope's Portmanteau where we appear in the August edition of Etc Magazine.  We were also very pleased to lend our model, vintage Elizabeth Emanuel designer dress and vintage bag for the feature.  We have lots of the featured vintage mesh bags in stock including Whiting and Davis from the USA and Oroton and Glomesh from store and on line now...

Flower Power! Vintage floral bags, earrings, necklaces... (25/07/2010 @ 17:17:58)

With summer in full swing what better way to enjoy it than to adorn yourself with a vintage floral handbag, vintage flower necklace or pretty vintage floral clip on earrings?  We have vintage flower vanity bags from the 1960's, vintage floral beaded evening/bridal bags from the 1950's and a gorgeous Franchesca Di Cola silk flower bag which could easily replace a bridal bouquet!
We have lots of items in stock with a floral theme and our floral promotion is in full swing in our Brighton store now!

Just Arrived instore - Hundreds and Thousands of Vintage Earrings! (22/07/2010 @ 07:46:58)

As usual our dedicated buyers have been scouring the globe to bring you the very best in vintage jewellery and vintage bags and we have just had a large shipment of clip on and pierced vintage earrings from the USA.  Each pair of vintage earrings are unique, exquisite and beautiful with names such as Lisner, Trifari, Sara Coventry and Boucher to mention a few and with designs of vintage clip and pierced earrings ranging from Lucite, diamante, enamel and pearl.  As well as boasting the most beautiful collection of vintage earrings on the high street we also have the largest selection! And lots more new vintage earrings coming to this website soon...

New Mid Summer Brochure Instore Now... (15/07/2010 @ 14:10:02)

Call into one of our shops and pick up our new Mid Summer Brochure featuring a selection of what's hot in vintage for the summer...

Vintage Fashion Photo Shoot at Penelope's Portmanteau... (14/07/2010 @ 15:30:26)

The sun was shining, the waves were gently lapping the shore and it was a perfect day for Penelope's Portmanteau Mid Summer Vintage Fashion Photo Shoot.
Our stylists and models had lots of fun shooting the pictures which included some fabulous vintage beaded bags, vintage Whiting & Davis silver mesh bags and some very stylish vintage snakeskin clutch bags.  The light was just perfect for taking shimmering pictures of our vintage jewellery too and showed off some gorgeous vintage diamante clip on earrings and lots of vintage bead and pearl necklaces.
Our photographer shot some great pictures of our collection of stunning vintage Elizabeth Emanuel dresses which are coming soon.  Keep an eye out for our new brochure to be published soon...

Amy Recommends...Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue... (11/07/2010 @ 10:28:31)

With the wedding season in full swing, our shops are busy with customers buying vintage bags - from pure white vintage beaded bridal bags to vintage cream mesh and vintage floral handbags - the perfect compliment to the bride's, or mother of the bride's dress.
With that theme in mind this week Amy recommends these beautiful vintage blue diamante floral earrings which would match the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue perfectly...!

Amy Recommends...Prom Queen Vintage Bags (30/06/2010 @ 12:58:40)

From Prom Queen to Belle of the Ball - Penelope's Portmanteau has special occasion vintage bags and vintage handbags for all social occasions and this week Amy recommends a stunning Whiting and Davis Silver Mesh Handbag the perfect compliment to a summer event...

Budget Busting Prices on Vintage Jewellery & Handbags! (23/06/2010 @ 13:18:26)

Now that the news of the coalition Government's budget has sunk in - instead of vowing to tighten your belt and spend less, why not take a look at our fantastic prices for vintage jewellery and vintage handbags?
At Penelope's Portmanteau there is no need to go without life's little luxuries: we have jewellery starting at just 1, YES! just 1 in our Brighton and Eastbourne shops.  With prices starting at under 5 on our website for vintage jewellery, and just 29 for a quality vintage handbag.  Why buy cheap, mass-market when you can have quality, vintage (and investment) jewellery and handbags instead?
Black Satin Vintage Handbag - just 29...
Purple Faux Pearl Vintage Earrings just 4.99...

Our Vintage Shops Get a Fashion Makeover... (19/06/2010 @ 12:20:42)

Fashion changes at a fast and furious pace - even vintage fashions! So we decided to give our shops a summer fashion make-over and we will be making some exciting changes to our vintage handbags and vintage jewellery displays over the next couple of months. 
In the meantime check our new signage and colour combinations which look even better in person - another reason to visit our Brighton or Eastbourne shop soon...

Amy Recommends...Summer Fashion Vintage Jewellery... (15/06/2010 @ 12:56:58)

This week Amy recommends a stunning vintage emerald diamante necklace by Sardi - it's just so indulgent, sparkling and such a summer statement piece - perfect for wowing them at a wedding, Ascot or Glyndebourne. 
Why not give yourself a little bit of Sex in the City glamour?  Call in to one of our shops for some perfect summer fashion jewellery...

New Stock Room Assistant Joins the Team... (15/06/2010 @ 06:04:50)

We are delighted to welcome Sarah to the team at head office, where she will be assisting in the stock room, carefully packing vintage jewellery and vintage handbags for website sales and selecting  gorgeous things to send out to our shops.  Sarah's particular interest is in vintage crocodile handbags and we hope to feature some of her advice and recommendations soon...

Elizabeth Emanuel Vintage Designer Dresses Coming soon... (09/06/2010 @ 12:40:21)

We are very excited to announce that we will soon be featuring a stunning collection of vintage designer dresses and evening gowns designed by Elizabeth Emanuel who, with her husband, famously designed Princess Diana's wedding dress and that infamous black evening gown that Lady Diana wore on her engagement outing.
The sumptuous collection of vintage Elizabeth Emanuel dresses that we will be featuring includes a gorgeous black silk velvet and yellow satin skirt suit with embroidered bodice, black and white strapless silk dress modelled by Helen Mirren, a divine black and white strapless silk dress and matching jacket and a replica of the Lady Diana black silk evening gown designed by the Emanuels, another copy of which has just been sold at auction for a six figure sum.
Keep an eye on our website for further details of these stunning vintage designer dresses from Penelope's Portmanteau...

England Football Player Presents this Month's Prize Draw... (03/06/2010 @ 09:22:35)

Alex Voice who plays for the ISFA England Football School boys Team presented a beautiful vintage Whiting & Davis gold tone, snake necklace to Mrs M Rutherford of Eastbourne who won this month's Free Prize Draw.  Mrs Rutherford said she was delighted with the prize especially as she just happened to pop into Penelope's Portmanteau Eastbourne shop by chance, not having heard of our shops before.
Mrs Rutherford plans to wear the necklace to her son's wedding later this year and said, "It's lovely to see all these vintage handbags and jewellery - so much better than buying them new, I will definately be back to Penelope's Portmanteau".
Call in to our Eastbourne or Brighton shop soon so that you too can be in with a chance in our next prize draw!

Amy Recommends...Pretty in Pink - Vintage Oroton Pink Scarf (03/06/2010 @ 07:12:02)

Be pretty in pink this week in one of our scarce and hard to come by vintage scarves, this one by Oroton Australia who together with Whiting and Davis and Glomesh were the market leaders in designer Metal Mesh Handbags from the late 1890's to the present day.  Oroton also made jewellery and scarves like this one - in the palest, baby and bubblegum pink, just perfect for summer and it would compliment one of our vintage designer mesh handbags perfectly!

Amy Recommends...Floral Clip Vintage Earrings (24/05/2010 @ 07:11:39)

This week Amy Recommends...
It's Chelsea Flower Week, the sun is shining and the flowers are in full bloom - and the perfect compliment to summer's fashion florals is...a pair of vintage, Vendome, enamel and crystal rhinestone floral clip earrings...just perfect!

Amy Recommends...Vintage White Oroton Mesh Handbag... (15/05/2010 @ 07:22:21)

The perfect choice for a wedding, a beautiful tactile, vintage white, metal mesh handbag by Oroton Australia.  Wedding white and silky smooth for a perfect bridal bag and cool and sophisticated enough for a guest to take to a wedding.
These lovely bags would equally fit the bill for Ascot or an early summer ball, so accessorize your early summer wardrobe with a beautiful vintage handbag from Penelope's Portmanteau...

Penelope's Portmanteau in Gang Up Fashion Photo Shoot... (13/05/2010 @ 09:32:37)

Penelope's Portmanteau were delighted to collaborate with prestigious fashion magazine Gang Up recently when we supplied vintage accessories for their lingerie fashion photo shoot.  Items lent by us included vintage handbags and vintage pearls and vintage jewellery.  The photo shoot for Gang Up magazine, which is also sold in London, took place in Brighton and we look forward to posting the photographs soon...

Election Fever! And Vintage Jewellery! (07/05/2010 @ 09:42:29)

The politicians may be in turmoil and the new Government's identity may yet to be decided - but you can take your mind off the economic gloom and uncertainty at Penelope's Portmanteau with the arrival of our colourful Summer stock!
Our new summer stock includes vintage beaded necklaces in all colours including this season's must have nudes, vintage costume earrings, vintage summer bags including vintage bridal bags and for those special occasions such as Ascot and Goodwood - vintage leather and mesh handbags, colourful summer bags and vintage fur stoles and wraps to take the chill off - perfect for a summer wedding or party.  Call in now to one of our shops in Brighton or Eastbourne for a vintage summer...
And no, our window dressing colours are not a sign of our political allegiance - we just like this colour for early summer...!

Amy Recommends...Pink Bead Summer Necklace (02/05/2010 @ 10:16:26)

This week Amy recommends...
With the scent of lilac in the air and pink apple blossom on the trees what better compliment to the start of summer than a colourful pink bead vintage necklace...

Fashion Photo Shoot at Penelope's Portmanteau (21/04/2010 @ 16:00:55)

Our team had great fun shooting the photographs for the new brochure and advertising media recently and despite some windy weather on location on Brighton seafront, it was nothing that a few hairgrips couldn't fix...and they managed to keep smiling despite the chill wind!  The team looks forward to the summer photo shoot when it will be all sun and ice cream...

Amy Recommends...Vintage Beaded Bridal Handbags (19/04/2010 @ 08:03:41)

This week Amy recommends...a beautiful beaded handbag in this season's latest, palest, nude colour.  Perfect for a summer wedding or formal event.  We have a selction of beaded bags online and a large choice in our high street shops in Brighton and Eastbourne...

New! Free Monthly Prize Draw... (11/04/2010 @ 17:27:37)

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding a FREE monthly prize draw - but to enter you have to visit one of our shops and pick up an entry will be announced via our website every month.  But don't worry if you live too far away from our shops we will be setting up a website prize draw very soon, so keep watching...

New Spring Brochure Available instore now (31/03/2010 @ 09:09:46)

Our new Spring brochure is available to pick up instore now...

Amy Recommends...Vintage Tooled Leather Handbags (26/03/2010 @ 12:33:08)

This week Amy Recommends...
All the rage on the catwalks and a perfect foil for the Utility or Denim look, a vintage, tooled, decorative leather handbag is the perfect accessory this season for a casual look.  Why buy new when you can have the original vintage version with character?

Love is in the Air... (10/03/2010 @ 19:26:30)

We've been feeling very loving at Penelope's Portmanteau just recently.  We had a lovely Valentine's Day event with a free gift and hand-made Valentine's card with every gift purchase...

And now we have our Bridal & Special Occasion Promotion - where our staff are delighted to give advice on handbags and jewellery for that Special Day or event and we have a large stock of vintage white mesh, gold mesh and beaded bags which are just perfect for that Spring or Summer event...

Amy Recommends... (08/03/2010 @ 15:07:06)

Every week our vintage IT girl about town and fashion accessory expert, Amy, trawls through the fashion press and using her well honed social skills extracts the latest fashion tips from those in the know to bring you an exclusive recommendation on what is hot in the vintage fashion world  right now..
This week Amy recommends 'Crystal Jewellery' to add sparkle, shimmer and spice to your spring and forthcoming summer wardrobe.  The catwalks were awash with crystal jewellery in the various fashion weeks and what better crystal to buy than vintage...

Our Shops... (05/03/2010 @ 15:16:56)

Visit one of our lovely shops soon for a whole new experience in vintage shopping...
42a Ship Street Brighton East Sussex (next to TK Maxx)
47 South Street Eastbourne East Sussex (next to Maxims)

Penelope's Portmanteau in Etc Magazine! (05/03/2010 @ 09:00:45)

We had lots of fun talking to Igor Srzic Cartledge (Personal Stylist & Fashion expert on  Brighton Juice 107.2fm) and star reporter on Etc Magazine recently and are delighted with the wonderful review and article he wrote for us in this Month's edition of the magazine - we have already had lots of people coming into our Brighton shop because they spotted a handbag they liked from the photographs in the magazine...

New Website Manager Joins the Team! (24/02/2010 @ 16:56:25)

We are delighted to welcome Ruby who joins the Penelope's Portmanteau team as our new Website Manager.
Ruby has a wealth of vintage experience and is very busy working hard to bring lots of new products to our website which we hope will be available to buy online in the next two weeks...

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Review Pages (26/01/2010 @ 11:04:02)

Keep in touch with us via Facebook - and become a friend!
Follow us on twitter and keep up to date with all the latest vintage trends, particularly the news and styling tips regularly added by our staff.  Watch out for competitions and prize draws to come.
Read what our customers say about us on the Review Pages of Yelp! Trusted Places and Queens of Vintage.
Lots more to come...

Save The Planet - Free Canvas Bag With Handbag Purchases (25/01/2010 @ 20:25:08)

At Penelope's Portmanteau we are passionate about caring for our environment and since our products are naturally eco-friendly (being vintage) we try and use as little packaging as possible.
And now every purchase of a handbag* in-store comes with a free Penelope's canvas bag to use again and again!
* Applies to in-store purchases only over the value of 40.

The Largest Collection of Vintage Handbags Under One Roof! (21/01/2010 @ 16:05:30)

We are very excited about our latest delivery of vintage handbags from the USA and Australia.  We now have a huge range in both our shops with over two hundred and fifty completely different styles to choose from - we don't know anywhere else that offers that choice. Call into one of our shops to see for yourself soon.
Here's just a small selection...

Fun in the Snow at Penelope's! (10/01/2010 @ 15:06:07)

Despite snow blizzards, freezing cold and icy pavements - Penelope's Portmanteau staff bravely battled to work every day to keep our customers happy! Using any means possible (including skis, a snowboard and tennis racquet!) our dedicated staff made it into work to open up.  We offered free mulled wine to warm our customers up and even delivered a fur coat to a customer's house on foot so that they could venture outside in the cold!  We had to wear our hats and scarves in the shop to keep warm but we think this only added to our charm...!

New Assistant Manager at our Brighton Store (30/11/2009 @ 15:32:22)

We are very pleased to announce that Amy is now Assistant Manager at our Brighton, Sussex store and is keen to share her vintage knowledge with our customers, so call in and have a chat with her soon...

New Team Members at our Brighton Store (10/11/2009 @ 14:29:09)

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Hodgson has joined the team at Brighton, Sussex as Sales Advisor on Saturdays, and that Rachael Bull has joined the team working as Sales Advisor on Sundays.
 Rachel Hodgson

Christmas Stock Available in Store Now! (10/11/2009 @ 14:26:13)

We have a huge range of gorgeous new stock for Christmas, including over one hundred vintage bags just arrived from New York in every possible colour combination and design.  We also have lots of beautiful mesh evening bags in silver, gold, black and cream from Whiting & Davis, Oroton and Glomesh - perfect for the party season and so on trend!
Also in stock for Christmas is a gorgeous range of sparkly diamante vintage jewellery including necklaces, sets, bracelets, earrings and rings.
And for the perfect Christmas gift we have a range of stunning cocktail and dress rings and vintage compacts...
Don't forget that we also stock vintage fur wraps and jackets to keep the chill off your shoulders at that black tie party event...

Penelope's Portmanteau on Buying Trip to USA & Caribbean (05/08/2009 @ 12:11:00)

Our buyer had an exciting time recently visiting the USA and the Caribbean on a buying trip to source vintage jewellery and handbags.
Visiting Florida always results in some great vintage handbag finds and the latest trip was no exception.  Florida is of course home to some fantastic vintage brands including Midas of Miami and Florida Handbags - these bags are always a pleasure to look for and always result in some gorgeous items in perfect condition and lovely designs - be sure to look in our stores for these bags soon.
Our buyer also visited the West Indies in the Caribbean (someone has to do it!) where she met some lovely ladies selling vintage costume and fine jewellery.  Many areas of the Caribbean have colonial links to the UK and there was a surprising amount of vintage jewellery on sale there and which we are selling now in our stores. 
Our buyer doesn't usually work in a bikini but made an exception for these hot locations!

Introducing Two New Members of Staff... (14/07/2009 @ 15:29:48)

We are delighted to announce the promotion of two members of staff:
Nuala becomes Manager of our Eastbourne Sussex shop
we are also very pleased to welcome Amy to the team at Brighton Sussex as one of our assistants.

Penelope's Portmanteau Featured in Red Magazine! (04/06/2009 @ 13:43:29)

We are excited to report that Penelope's Portmanteau have recently featured in Red Magazine as part of their feature on Brighton covering where to stay, eat and shop.
Brighton has long been a weekend and day trip destination with a fantastically varied mix of independant and national shopping brands.
A combination of warm weather recently and the uncertain economic climate has brought even more visitors to the city over the last couple of months and this trend looks set to continue as people opt to spend their leisure hours in the UK.
And quite a lot of them are coming to visit our shop.
Red Magazine described us as a 'vintage treasure trove' and word is spreading fast...

Brighton Frocks Fashion Emporium - Report (26/05/2009 @ 16:57:42)

We had a wonderful time over the bank holiday weekend when we exhibited at the Brighton Frocks Fashion Emporium on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2009.
We were delighted to welcome many customers, old and new, to our extensive stand where we show cased our collection of Vintage Elizabeth Emanuel Couture Gowns, along with a fabulous collection of vintage costume jewellery and vintage handbags.
The event was a sell out success and reported widely in the local press, and despite the unusual warm weather (for a bank holiday!) we were rushed off our feet showing our latest collections and telling customers about our new shop in Brighton.  We look forward to next year's event with eager anticipation...
Below: some of the Penelope's Team at the Show
Some of the gorgeous Emanuel Gowns
and some of our gorgeous jewellery & handbags...

Penelope's Portmanteau on BBC TV! (19/05/2009 @ 13:56:23)

We had a fun time recently when BBC Television visited our Eastbourne shop to film two members of our team talking about vintage jewellery and accessories for BBC South East Today News.
This news report featured two members of the Penelope's Portmanteau team talking about vintage jewellery and setting up an exciting and unique business during the 'credit crunch'.
Our youngest member of the team - 11-year-old Sam - explained how he got involved with some of the technical aspects of the website (out of school hours!)
As a result of the news report lots of new customers were introduced to our business and word of our great prices is spreading fast...

New Brighton Shop Now Open (19/05/2009 @ 12:15:47)

We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Brighton shop which is at 42a Ship Street, Brighton, Sussex and very conveniently situated right in the centre of the city next to TX Maxx.
It is packed full of fabulous vintage jewellery and adorable, mint condition vintage handbags with styles and prices to suit all budgets with prices from only 2!
Additionally, our Eastbourne shop at 47 South Street, Little Chelsea, Eastbourne, Sussex continues to stock an ever changing and extensive range of jewellery and handbags.
Be sure to visit soon so that you don't miss out on that unique piece!

Brighton Frocks Fashion Emporium Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 24th May 2009 (18/05/2009 @ 16:47:18)

Join us at the Brighton Hilton Metropole Hotel on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2009 where Penelope's Portmanteau will be showcasing a fabulous range of new stock including vintage handbags and jewellery not available in our shops.
In addition we will be selling a one-off collection of gorgeous vintage Elizabeth Emanuel ball gowns and dresses in sumptious satin, silk and velvet.
This event is the pinnacle of the Brighton Fashion Weekend with a whole host of local fashion retailers exhibiting their products - and the event is free!
So whether it's a traditional wet and windy bank holiday or a bright sunny day, why not come and take advantage of this opportunity to chill out with the best of Brighton fashion and accessories?
Venue: Viscount Suite at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton.
Dates:   Saturday 23rd May & Sunday 24th May 2009, 10am to 6pm.

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