In April 2017, Lisa Irving opened a new vintage shop called Vintage Quine in the historic village of Falkland. With more space in her new location than her old premises in Newburgh (pictured at top) she is stocking vintage homewares, clothes for women and men, as well as furniture upcycled with Annie Sloan paint. Her inspiration came from the Outlander series which is filmed in Falkland and features characters in 1940s dress – the series is also attracting tourists and potential customers to the area. She could be described as an expert on vintage clothes – before her career as a primary school drama teacher she owned a vintage clothes shop in her hometown of Aberdeen between 1989 and 1994, and, it’s thanks to that expertise, that she has managed to source high quality 1940s reproduction dresses and blouses from Seamstress of Bloomsbury. A flattering shape for pretty much everyone, the dresses are made from heavy crepe de chine using original 1940s prints inspired by the V&A archive. As the only stockist in Scotland, Lisa hopes that, the dresses, which retail at less than £100 and the blouses which are around £45, will be a draw for customers. For Lisa though, its important that people just enjoy being in her shop – a lot of thought has gone into creating a welcoming atmosphere for customers – from the interesting visual displays such as the gents Harris tweed jackets hanging in an original G-Plan wardrobe to the 1940s music playing in the background. Whether or not you’re an Outlander fan, it sounds like Vintage Quine is worth a visit.
Summer opening hours are open every day:
Monday to Wednesday: 11-5pm, Thursday to Saturday: 10-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm
Below, Lisa Irving with husband Colin Irving
Daughter, Marcie Irving models the 1940s clothes