Frockery Talk

  • Frockers' Highland fling

    September 28, 2014

    We'd just like to forewarn customers that all orders placed on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd October will be despatched at the latest on Friday 3rd October.

    The chief frocker is going AWOL again, leaving Danny Frocker in 'remote' charge of frocking operations while she heads north to Inverness for a Highland fling (and possibly a bit of a sword dance). Wearing a slightly different hat from her usual vintage tifter (such as this one modelled and selfie-snapped by Fi Frocker), she plans to leave the locals reeling!

    vintage hat

    We have meanwhile just completed a catalogue update with some tempting new pieces of frockery, but still have oodles of new stock waiting in the wardrobe wings to list on our return. We are replete with cashmere jumpers in every shade (including grey) and some stunning evening tops are shimmering patiently in the stock room, so prepare to be dazzled on our return!

    This vintage turquoise dress really took our fancy this weekend. Dressed up or down, it would make a colourful addition to the autumn wardrobe and be sure to brighten up the shorter, darker days ahead.

    turquoise vintage dress

    We're also wild about this leopard faux fur jacket which we teamed with an 80s tan leather skirt (snapped up before even making it into the catalogue).

    leopard faux fur jacket

    Never fear, we'll be back soon with lots more tempting treats. We may even send some Instagram postcards from Inverness (if we can master the technology!)

  • All Nighters and Northern Soul

    September 19, 2014

    The Scottish referendum turned into a bit of an all-nighter for much of the population. There were some bleary eyed folk making their way to work this morning, many of whom looked in need of matchsticks to keep their eyes open, but we confess to having fallen asleep much earlier than most and are still fully functioning frockers this Friday afternoon.

    Talking of staying up all night, a different sort of all-nighter enjoyed by a youthful Johnny Frocker at Wigan Casino in the 1970s (about which we have previously blogged) was undoubtedly a lot more riveting than waiting for referendum results and we are very much looking forward to the release of Northern Soul the film on 17 October.

    "This is a story of a youth culture that changed a generation and influenced songwriters, producers, DJs and designers for decades to come. This is the story of Northern Soul."

    "Northern Soul was phenomenally popular with British youths in the 1970s, taking the North of the country by storm. Northern Soul the film intends to appeal to those generations of fans while attracting a modern audience who can relate to youth culture from another era. If you were there, you’ll know. If you weren’t there, you’ll wish you had been."

    Specialist dance clubs were set up four years ago in Bolton and London to prepare 500 young people for participation in the film's energetic dance scenes and the Bolton club will remain open for business, continuing to offer the Northern Soul experience as a legacy to future generations.

    Judging by the original footage of scenes from Wigan Casino all-nighters, faithfully recreated by the film, Northern Soul will hopefully not only engage and invigorate the interest of today's young people in the 'scene', but will also bring back many happy memories for those of us who danced the night away in the 70s when our waist sizes were significantly smaller and our fashion sense distinctly dodgy!

  • The Scottish X Factor final

    September 18, 2014

    Forth Bridge

    Quite a few customers have noticed that we are based in Scotland (hey, we don't hide it!) so on the day of the Scottish X Factor popular 'vote', we may as well mention the R word.

    To the concerned customer who asked about ordering if there's a yes vote in the referendum, we can confirm we'll still be open for business in the usual currency on Friday!

    As a small family run business, whose customers are predominantly 'next door' in England, we obviously have to 'ca' canny' in times of uncertainty and will consider the best options for ourselves and our customers as things become clearer. Our crystal ball is still a bit hazy.

    We can, however,  assure you all that there will be no interruption to our service, whoever receives the most Xs in today's final. Although we many not harbour any grand aspirations for a Christmas No. 1, we certainly plan on continuing to rock and frock the vintage hit parade while  earning our customers' votes of confidence!

     

    rock n roll

     

  • 21 days, for frocks' sake

    September 8, 2014

     21 Days:  John Otway live in Lyme Regis (video credit: Stephen Greenslade)

    Just 21 days (but it's actually only 19 as we write). That's how long 88 year old Alex Graham has to save 7500 costumes from the Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe of which she is curator.

    A registered charity, the OFW is facing eviction from its present base on 27th September and is desperately seeking alternative hangar /  warehouse  space, or even a wind and watertight barn, to save the unique collection.

    An appeal via the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform - For Frocks' Sake: Save Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe - has been launched to raise the £7000 needed to avert the imminent accommodation crisis, but additional support in cash or kind is desperately needed to ensure the future of the collection.

    There is no time to waste, so here is Alex's story in her own words. Please share it widely, most especially with any Oxfordshire barn owners!

    For Frocks' Sake: Save Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe from TreePress on Vimeo.

  • Get motoring for Goodwood

    September 7, 2014

    Dundee pin up shoot by Dylan Drummond

    Stacy Sturrock models a Horrockses vintage two piece sun suit with complementary accessories from the Frockery. Photography by Dylan Drummond ~ Hair & Make Up by Sandra Cormack

    It's that time of year again when we are receiving lots of enquiries and orders for vintage clothing and accessories suitable for the upcoming Goodwood Revival weekend. We are pleased to report that  we have once again kitted out both regular and new customers for this year's (sold out) extravaganza which runs from 12th to 14th September and we hope they all have a fabulous time revisiting the glory days of the iconic motor racing circuit.

    There's still time to order that last minute vintage (or vintage inspired if you aren't a purist!) dress, handbag, hat, gloves, shoes or other accessories  from our catalogue. We even have a handy Get the Look: Goodwood Revival section to make it easier:

    "The Goodwood Revival weekend is like taking a trip back in time, not only for motor sport enthusiasts but also for vintage fashion aficionados, as ladies and gents dress up in authentic period costume to reflect their own favourite Goodwood era from late 40s to mid 60s. Many of our customers are Revival regulars and we find our vintage frockery flies off the rails in anticipation of the extravaganza every September."

    If you see anything  that takes your fancy, we offer a speedy next day special delivery option to make sure your order reaches you in time. Our sold items are mounting up, though, so best get motoring!

    errol airfield vintage sports car

  • Wardrobe warming

    September 7, 2014

    Why not warm up your wardrobe for the changing seasons with some of our latest autumn arrivals? Patterned, plaid or plain, we have them all in stock! Here's a taster selection from our 'cosy corner', but watch out for many more pieces coming soon, including Harris tweed, mohair, cashmere and traditional knitwear.

    Gudrun Sjoden oversized knitted coat with hood

    Gudrun Sjoden oversized knitted coat with hood

    Bright blue mohair cardigan with exotic birds

    Bright blue mohair cardigan with exotic birds

    Lochcarron cashmere check scarf

    Luxury Lochcarron cashmere check scarf

    Icelandic wool sleeveless cardigan

    Icelandic wool sleeveless cardigan 

    Glen Cree short mohair plaid poncho capelet

    Glen Cree short mohair plaid poncho capelet

    Autograph peach cashmere jumper

    Autograph peach cashmere jumper

    Multicoloured jumper

    Multicoloured jumper

    Vintage pink mohair short capelet

    Vintage pink mohair short capelet

    Multicoloured legwarmers and gloves

    Multicoloured legwarmers and gloves

    Cream pattened wool cardigan

    Cream patterned wool cardigan