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We Believe We Can All Make a Difference

 The love of vintage started as a child, I loved the treasure hunt, the craftsmanship in each item I had picked up. I would imagine who made it, who worn it and how it ended up in my hands. Through my teens & early 20’s I’d collect & learn about vintage and antiques. In 2010 I lost the lady I idolised my nana I knew I needed something to focus on, that’s where Gem’s boutique was born which was featured in vogue, BBC antiques to name a few it was really doing so well but 2015 life took a dramatic turn I was diagnosed with ME/CFS I had to stop everything!

Slowly I rebuilt my new life with my new restrictions and 2018 I reopened Gem’s Boutique but this time making lasting memories for loved one’s belongings. As much as I do love doing that, I knew something was missing! When I started my self discovery, healing journey there it was a vintage gold dressing gown which I new I had to have. I knew that it was vintage I was missing, the history of life I needed.

This is when I decided to launch the vintage hippy a business that was more than just collecting & reselling vintage clothing but a community of women supporting each other, involving other women owned businesses who like me wanted to feel free again. I also wanted to show that running a business is tough but running a business as a disabled woman can be done. I pride myself on making one off pieces only using vintage fabrics, fabric saved from landfill and anything new I need to purchase I go straight to source to cut down the carbon footprint.

All measurements on our vintage items will be taken as our modern sizing is very different! 

The items made by us are one size as we don’t believe *in* putting a number on a figure!

They are made with size 6-20 in mind, the styles look fab on everyone’s body shape.

If you find you wanted more of a tailored fit to you in both the vintage collection & the handmade items our highly experienced team of seamstresses can make the item fit like Cinderella and her glass slipper just pop us an email over

fashion show at the corn exchange cambridge
Vintage Maxi dress, hippy maxi dress
throwback to 2010 in Cambridge
Photoshoot from 2011
Feature in Vogue

What Our Customers Say...


Gemma had the most amazing creative mind and ability to revamp and create one off pieces.

From Vintage pieces that never grow old to beautiful hand made bags.

Her love & passion for vintage and fashion shines through in everything she makes.


I recently had the pleasure of receiving my truly special beach coverup made just for me! Wow! Gemma’s attention to detail is exceptional, making it a true work of art. Wearing it feels like a warm hug, and it reflects my personality perfectly. This piece of clothing holds memories and emotions, making it truly unique. I couldn’t be happier with it! Highly recommended.


With festival season in full swing, as a mature lady, I wanted a unique and sustainable piece that I would feel comfortable and free wearing… I’m lucky to have found The Vintage Hippy!! I would recommend in a heartbeat… 5* Service and price

    The majority of items in our vintage catalogue are used and subsequently not all items will be perfect. We examine each item in detail to check the quality of the item, determine if there are any issues we need to add to the product listing. We use the grading chart as below… Pristine / Perfect / Mint – As new, with absolutely no flaws or wear. Excellent – Used, with no noticeable flaws. Very Good – Used, with minor flaws, no repairs needed. Good – Visible wear, minor flaws and /or optional repairs needed. Fair – Numerous flaws, repairs needed, fragile. Poor – Extensive damage, for display only
    How do I figure out my size? The Vintage Hippy vintage garments can vary from the standardised clothing sizes of today. Our garment measurements are taken in inches with the item laid flat to make sure that when they reach you, they fit you like a charm! Standardised measurements of clothing have altered over the years. Please do not be put off by the sizing label this will most likely be completely different to today‘s sizing and could be the perfect fit! Don’t forget we are a team of seamstresses, if you desire a better fit we can make that happen! Email for more info!
    What fabric/material is this item made of? We check the manufacturer’s label on all items to identify what the product is made from. Some vintage items don’t have any labels, and in these cases we try to identify the materials ourselves. In case of leather, suede and fur, we can’t always guarantee whether the product is genuine or faux leather or fur.
    If you would like to purchase online, you will need to register with The Vintage Hippy and create an account. Registering your account is quick and easy. At the Checkout, you will be asked to Login In or Register. New customers need only to fill out their email address and password during the checkout process to create an account. Simply follow the checkout steps and remember, we keep all of your personal details confidential and do not share them with anyone. The benefits of registering your account online are: You will only have to complete your name and address details once. You will be able to store as many shipping addresses as you wish for fast ordering. You will be able to view your order history. You will be able to set up a wish list that can then be emailed to friends and family. Click here to create a new account now Click here to login into your account now How do I change details on my The Vintage Hippy account? Once you have signed up, you’ll be able to log into My Account anytime you want to change your password, usual delivery address and phone numbers. If you haven’t visited us in a while, it’s worth checking My Account to make sure all your details are up to date. Keep in mind that once you have finalised an order, you will not be able to make any changes to the address you’ve selected for that delivery! If you wish to change the email related to your account please contact our customer care team at

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