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Meet the Mafia – Pistol Whip Vintage

This week it’s the turn of our resident style maven, Sarah of Pistol Whip Vintage:
Why did you start in business/crafting?

I started PISTOL WHIP VINTAGE in the summer of 2006, having sold vintage items on eBay for a couple of years before. I had worked for a popular high street retailer for five years and felt stifled creatively. Basically I was sick of working for ‘the man’.

How did you come up with your crafty name?

I am a huge fan of Tarantino films, where Pistol Whipping, i.e. whacking someone over the head with a gun, happens rather a lot. I think the expression conjures up nice fluffy visions of whipped cream rather than acts of extreme violence.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

I would love to say half full and make out that I am a positive happy go-lucky type of gal, unfortunately, I am the most negative person you will ever meet!

What is your favourite thing that costs nothing?

Cuddles from my son and partner never fail to put a huge smile on my face!

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

When altering clothing, I find my inspiration from good old www.style.com I am a fashion whore who feels giddy when designers move the seam of a pair of jeans by 2 cms.

Top 5 desert-island essentials?

Not including people, I would say Guitar Hero, my iPod, my Adrian Mole books, straighteners, and my Apple Mac.

What is the ugliest most pitiful thing you’ve ever made?

When I was in my first year of Uni, for my fashion design class, I made a pair of slippers. The sole was filled with bean-bag beans and was made from patchwork denim. I loved them at the time, but having recently found them, they look baaaddd!

What have you made that you’re most proud of?

I made a pink wool trench coat at Uni, and wore it most days for about three years. I have it somewhere…I might start wearing it again!

What’s so great about Glasgow?

I like that it is so infamous for being a violent city. Apparently it is the ‘Murder capital of Europe’ but I have lived here all of my life and I have always felt safe. In terms of Fashion, I love that Glasgow has it’s own scene of independant designers, photographers, writers, models and stylists who are in no hurry to bugger off to London.


Favourite biscuit?

Chocolate chip cookies. I have been known to eat a whole packet in one sitting! Dipped into tea or milk. I want one now!!!!

What crafts do you still want to learn?

I quite like the thought of using an old fashioned loom. Anyone have one sitting around their house that I could borrow?

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Sleep in until noon, go out to lunch with my family to our local pub, eat a mammoth lunch without worrying about the calorie content because on this perfect day I am a size 8, then go shopping with an endless supply of cash, buying myself and loved ones loads of presents. Go to Waggamma for din-dins and order Chicken Catsu Curry (mmmmm!). In the evening, go and see a band…The bluetones and a comedian…Dimitri Martin, and then come home for about 11 and play Guitar Hero until 3 in the morning, not worrying about having to get up early the next day.

What do you do in your day-to-day life, other than being a mafioso?

I am a student studying for a Masters in International Fashion Marketing. I also work as a freelance Fashion Stylist. Most importantly, I am a mum which is a full time job in itself!

What is your favourite crafting tool?

I honestly could not live without my overlocker.

What are your plans for the future?

I have had an idea since school that I am in the process of starting. I had put off doing it for so long as I was sure that it would exist somewhere already, but good old google has turned up nothing. It is a craft related idea that could literally revolutionarize fashion as we know it. Or it may be a spectacular flop! We shall see.

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