Frockery Talk

  • Vintage Collective returns to St Andrews

    October 17, 2014

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    Siobahn models one of our frocks at the first St Andrews VVFF

    Look who's back! It's Jasmine and Nicola of Vintage Collective, formerly known as Very Vintage Events. After a temporary absence  from St Andrews to pursue different projects in the deep south, they make a welcome return to their roots for another fabulous Vintage Fair at the Younger Hall on 1st November.

    Unfortunately, the Frockery won't be taking a stall due to too many other frocking commitments, but it promises to be an exciting event with live music from The Alleycats and The Other Guys (not forgetting cakes!) to enhance the very vintage experience.

    To whet your appetite, here are a few reminders of past Very Vintage Fairs we have enjoyed in St Andrews.

    arthur frocker SIOBHAN CIRCLE SKIRT

    Scenes from the 2011 inaugural St Andrews vintage fair with Arthur Frocker manneqinning our stall and a stunning Siobahn adding wow factor to our wares

    very vintage fashion fair  st andrews vintage fair

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    Siobahn goes boho while Hannah rocks the 5os

    From New Look to New Wave and everything in between, Jasmine and Nicola will once again be bringing together the very best purveyors of vintage from across Scotland, so if you are in the vicinity of north east Fife, don't miss their big comeback! You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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    Dollyfrockers models Camilla and Hannah promote Very Vintage Events in 2012

  • Unfollowers of fast fashion

    October 16, 2014

    We like Twitter. Even if we aren't the most avid of tweeters, the short sharp 140 character updates and retweets from those we follow invariably provide nuggets of entertaining, informative and engaging content (albeit interspersed with often pointless twaddle) on a rolling basis throughout the day. Most mornings we find time to read a few articles - usually about #vintage or #slow #ecofashion - that have piqued our interest on Twitter.

    A tantalising tweet from @BritishVogue the other day led us to an article by Laura Milligan on Vogue and the Gown, described as

    "a collection of some of the most beautiful images ever featured in the magazine, sorted and narrated by former features director Jo Ellison into an encyclopedic reference of not just the dresses themselves but the imperceptible emotions behind the fabric that make them so special."

     
    The article did not disappoint and lifted our vintage spirits significantly. We especially loved this observation:

    "Looking at a beautiful model, in a beautiful gown, in a beautiful location, the world seems a better place," Ellison explains of the garment's restorative powers - and therefore our fascination with it. "Gowns are a palliative on dreary days, an escape, and a wonderful indulgence. Trousers aren't."

    Still dreaming of the glamour of bygone eras, we came across a feature in Eco-Business via a link tweeted by Fashion Revolution @Fash_Rev, which fired us up for entirely different reasons: How fast fashion is killing the earth and our taste in clothes (see page 12).

     
    In stark contrast to the timeless charm of the Vogue gowns, it painted a depressing picture of the fast fashion industry, which is founded on the exploitation of both people and planet, yet is still shamelessly promoted - as we have previously posted - by those who should know better.

    Think about this as you fill your wardrobe with throwaway threads from cheap chain clone stores: "Fast fashion brands on average produce more than one million new clothes a day."  How can that be sustainable?

    As Christina Dean, chief executive of the sustainable fashion charity Redress, points out:

    "With the invasion of fast fashion, many consumers' expectations around prices have gone down so much that it has become even more of a challenge to shift consumers from the 'buy less and buy better' mentality."

    The frockers have been here before, of course, with Slow fashion: winning the race for hearts and minds? (also inspired by tweets) and Landfill fashion: what a waste; but we'll leave the final tweet to Vintage Alterations (@splendidstitch), who are every bit as 'slow' and sustainable as we are, in the nicest possible way!

     
     

  • Rain-mates

    October 10, 2014

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    Image via Pinterest

    Who remembers the rain-mate, that handy little head topping accessory that the 1950s housewife could whip out of her handbag at the hint of a shower? Apparently more than a few of us harbour fond memories of these concertina-folding pieces of transparent plastic with attached ties, which seem to have been reinvented for the modern Miss/Mrs/Ms and are readily available on ebay and elsewhere. A casual online search even revealed a blogger called Jonathan with a penchant for posting about rain-mates, which, he noted, had brought him a whole lot of new visitors and comments courtesy of Google. We thought we'd try it, too...

    The last sighting of an authentic 50s rain-mate we had was in a vintage shopping bag bought at Dens Road Market in Dundee some years ago by the chief frocker's friend Fiona. It sparked a conversation with K Frocker - at the time an art student - about a rain-mate revival as we felt they could once again become popular, especially in our disproportionately damp climate. We even mused about possible customised designs for festivals and outdoor events, but it appears they never actually disappeared and have just been skulking around the internet waiting for customers who want to keep their heads dry as cheaply as possible. And people obviously do still buy them. But would you wear one (even for a dare)?

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    Image credit: Bad Postcards

    Anyway, the rainy season is upon us again and it's always a challenge to stay stylish at the same time as getting drookit. Despite its vintage pedigree, we would have to draw the line at describing the rain-mate as stylish.

    When the heavens open, the chief frocker invariably reaches for her green waxed Barbour jacket and matching hat which manages to frustrate even the stair-rod sort of rain that is native to north east Scotland. If rather more stylish attire is called for, she usually opts for one of her collection of Burberry raincoats and a trusty brolly.

    If you are in need of some storm proof, watertight wear without a thunder and lightningly frightening price tag, then look no further as the Frockery is packed with macs, trenches and anoraks that won't damp anyone's style. Unlike the rain-mate...

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    Options at Austin Reed classic trench coat

    Barbour quilted jacket

    Men's Barbour sportsquilt casual jacket 

    aqua retro raincoat

     Aqua retro raincoat

    burberrys beige raincoat mac

    Classic Burberrys beige raincoat

    Vintage red mod mac

    Vintage red mod mac

    men's burberry beige casual jacket

    Men's Burberry beige casual zip front jacket

  • Stand Up To Cancer with M&Co

    October 5, 2014

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    We recently added this pretty M&Co dress to the catalogue. In a lovely blue and white retro print, with cute keyhole neckline detail and cap sleeves, it will take you anywhere, it's oh so comfortable to wear and very easy to care for.

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    We can vouch for its versatility as Fi Frocker has the same dress in a different size, which has enjoyed regular work and play outings over the summer and elicited many a compliment.

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    Last week we were pleased to hear from a representative of M&Co, who drew our attention to the company's involvement with the Stand Up To Cancer campaign and asked if we might add a link to our product page. As some of our readers will know, we sadly lost a member of our team to cancer last year and we are therefore more than delighted to lend our support to this particular cause.

    "Brought to you by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, Stand Up To Cancer is an annual fundraising campaign which culminates in a night of live TV. Help M&Co Stand Up To Cancer - by purchasing these pieces 100% of the sales go to Cancer Research UK."

    From shopping bags to T shirts, the proceeds from these campaign branded goods, which are all available from M&Co, will go towards helping to fight this terrible, cruel and indiscriminate disease.

     stand up to cancer t shirtstand up to cancer bagstand up to cancer brolly

    To support the campaign in our own small way, we will donate the proceeds from the sale of our favourite M&Co dress directly to Cancer Research UK.

    Fi Frocker says: "It's a gorgeous dress, what are you waiting for?"

    fi frocker m and co dress

  • 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!

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    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!