Scotland

  • Keep calm, eat haggis, wear tartan, read Burns

    January 8, 2014


    eat haggis

    Burns Night is fast approaching when haggis and Scots frockery are obligatory for those who take their Bard's birthday seriously. So we thought we'd feature a few of our tartan treasures in advance of the celebration on 25th January.

    Rally Klad purple plaid suit

    Rally Klad purple plaid suit

    green plaid mohair tabard

    Vintage green plaid mohair tabard

    red tartan kilt skirt

    Royal Stuart tartan kilt skirt

    nova check tartan gloves

    black watch tartan gloves

    Nova check tartan gloves   &   Black Watch tartan gloves

    fred perry tartan shirt

    Fred Perry tartan shirt

    There's still time to brush up on your poetry...

    tam o'shanter

    Tam O'Shanter and his cuddie Meg

    For those with a keen interest  in Burns, may we also recommend a book shortly to be published by our friends at Stenlake Publishing in Ayrshire? Managing Director Richard Stenlake writes:

    "We are publishing Ann Matheson's 'The Essential Robert Burns' on 20th January. Ann is doing a presentation and book signing session at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayr on Saturday 25th January at 2 pm. This free event is by ticket only so if you'd like to attend please contact us. If you've never quite understood what all the fuss is about Burns then this event (and the book) are aimed at you! Ann is superb at explaining what the poems are about and why they are important. For those who have always found the Scots language (even Burns called it a dialect of English but it's now recognised as being a separate language) a bit hard to understand - there are full English translations for each poem. We have also been lucky enough to get permission from Irvine Burns Club to reproduce the manuscript of The Holy Fair in full and in colour in the book."

    essential robert burns

    We'll leave you with a (poor quality) 'selfie' of the chief frocker sporting her vintage Tinkers (before they became Pedlars) hotchpotch tartan trousers. The elasticated waistband is thankfully forgiving of large helpings of haggis!

    pedlars hotchpotch tartan trousers

  • To a haggis and our Bard

    January 25, 2013

    It's becoming something of a tradition that we mark Burns Night with a wee blog post in memory of our great Scots Bard, Robert Burns, so here we are again on what would have been his 254th birthday. How the years fly by between suppers!

    We have of course  already covered the Burns Supper routine in previous posts, but what of the man himself? From his pictures (and how cool were his clothes?) he cut a dashing figure and was certainly popular with the ladies. The Mirror  has helpfully reported some lesser known information about Rabbie, including the fact that the fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is his great great great nephew and that his image appeared on a million commemorative Coca Cola bottles in 2009.

    And did you know you can even download a free app with 558 of  Burns's poems and love songs and a handy glossary of terms to help interpret the Scots dialect? Wonder what the Bard would've made of that?

    Burns was a keen observer of the natural world, his To A Mouse being one of our own favourite poems since childhood. And so it was that, in anticipation of Burns Night and equally inspired by the natural forces which had turned our town white overnight,  Johnny Frocker set out on a haggis hunting expedition the other day.

    johnny haggis hunting on skis

    Although he didn't come across any mice, or indeed a single haggis, he did manage to shoot a selection of other wildlife (with his camera) ...

    gulls

    robin

    swan

    ... before picking up a ready prepared 'offal creature' from the local butcher's! 

    haggisImage credit: Wikipedia

    Our own chieftain o' the pudding race is presently chilling in the fridge, but since there has been more heavy snowfall overnight, we are gong to have to harness up the huskies to fetch the requisite accompaniments of neeps and tatties, along with some leeks for the soup. Fortunately we are not short in the malt department so will be enjoying a wee dram (or maybe two since it's Friday) a bit later.

    Naturally we'll be wearing our best  Scots frockery, the warmer the better! And for the haggis-hunting Henrys out there, we have this stylish vintage Drescott shooting jacket in stock.

    vintage shooting jacket

  • Raspberry festival,1959

    November 20, 2012

    We just had to share this British Pathé video link depicting the Raspberry Festival in Montrose, Angus, in 1959.

    RASPBERRY FESTIVAL

    The chef frocker spent her early childhood in a small village five miles outside the north east Scotland town and was once left in her pushchair outside Woolworths while her mum and aunt got the bus home without her.  How could they when she looked this cute?

    Alison

    Although slightly too young to have appeared in the very vintage footage above, Alison's mum may possibly have made the costumes for the tutu-clad tots on the ballet school float around 2.45m in. The original and unique principal of the Esk Academy of Dancing, Miss Beryl Couper, is still going strong after 58 years in the ballet business and putting the latest generation of young dancers through their paces. Alison has treasured memories of her 1960s cygnet role in Swan Lake and not so fond memories of pointe shoe blistered feet!

    Berry picking in the summer and tattie howking in the autumn (for which local schools closed for a fortnight  - and still do every October) not only kept all of us local youngsters gainfully occupied and healthy in the great outdoors, but also supplemented the pocket money nicely.

    Here's another wonderful British Pathé video (no sound) from the following year which brings back happy memories of a carefree childhood and we're all still loving that 50s and 60s fashion!

    RASPBERRY PICKING AND CARNIVAL IN MONTROSE

  • Red carpet frockery at the Scottish Fashion Awards

    June 15, 2012

    Some of our frockery made it along to this year's Scottish Fashion Awards courtesy of the lovely Sandra Cormack from SC MakeUp Artistry, who rocked one of our vintage cocktail frocks, some D&G heels and a vintage clutch bag on the red carpet.

    sandra on the red carpet

    Here she is with talented musician Nina Nesbitt and a(nother) glass of wine.

    champagne

    Then there was cake with Heather, wife of SFA nominee Philip Stanley Dickson.  

    cake

    Much hilarity ensued with the Dundonian contingent, who had good reason to celebrate as Dundee's Duncan of Jordanstone graduate  Hayley Scanlan was named Scottish Young Designer of the Year.

    stairs

    And finally, Sandra hangs out at the after party with newly crowned Scottish Fashion Icon Karen Gillan - star of Dr Who and We'll Take Manhattan -  in her baffies!

    karen gillan

    Images courtesy of Keri Fullwood

  • Tartan celebrations

    April 4, 2012

    scots diaspora

    It's officially Tartan Week, when Scots across the world celebrate their heritage and mark the signing, on 6 April 1320, of the Declaration of Arbroath - the document on which the American Declaration of Independence is said to have been founded.

    We Scots get about a bit, and the Frockers are no exception, having spent several happy years in England and even forayed into parts of mainland Europe before returning to Angus, birthplace of Scotland (according to the local council anyway!)

    As long as the snow stays away, we'll be heading for Arbroath Abbey on Friday to watch the annual re-enactment by the Timethemes group of the signing of the historic Declaration, at 13.20 naturally. We've blogged about this event before.

    Tartan Day this year also happens to coincide with the Frockery's fifth birthday, so we'll be donning some fine tartan frockery to celebrate both occasions in style - probably with a fish supper, Arbroath being home to the world famous smokie!

    And don't forget we're offering free standard postage to UK addresses throughout April, so why not join us and tartan up your wardrobe more affordably and eco-fashionably than ever?

  • Chow mein gives way to haggis

    January 25, 2012

    The start of Chinese New Year has only just preceded Burns Night this year, so we are swiftly moving on from oodles of noodles to haggis with bashed neeps and tatties to celebrate the Bard's 253rd birthday. Now that's what we call a good innings!

    haggis

    Burns Suppers are hosted all over Scotland and beyond on and around the 25th January. If you have never been to one, you are missing out on some wonderful entertainment, including the obligatory 'Address to a Haggis', the 'Immortal Memory' and 'To the Lassies' (with a response on behalf of said Lassies). There is frequently also a recitation of the marathon  Tam O'Shanter, traditional music and a fair few drams before singing  Auld Lang Syne and awaiting the carriages. Not forgetting, of course, the opportunity to dress up in all your finest tartan frockery for the occasion!

    tartan ball gown