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Style & Stuff Editorial

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We adore the online vintage store Common Ilke and now – praise be! – they also have a proper shop, which is situated in the beautiful environs of Tynemouth’s Metro station.

Vintage stores, whether online or bricks and mortar, are only ever as good as the people who are curating them. I’ve hunted down several such places while travelling around the country and many of them have the air of the final half hour of a table-top sale. Not so Common Ilke. The people behind this independent menswear emporium are all about quality premium brands, with the focus on heritage US and UK stuff (think: Woolrich, Carhartt, Barbour etc), military (concentrating on the US, from the 1940s onwards) and workwear (typically French or from the US). They stock brands that have stood the test of time as well as quality new ones such as Red Wing, Filson, Sunspel and G.H. Bass. There isn’t a week goes by when I’m not checking out their online stuff but they now have an actual shop you can walk around. What’s more, it’s as much a beauty as the quality gear that they sell. And whether you’re a real aficionado, and want to talk about the history of zips, or, like me, you just know a good pair of trousers when you see them, it’s a welcoming place for a browse and a chat.

Common Ilke, 6 The Sidings, Tynemouth Station. Open Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Online store: commonilke.co.uk