Frockery Talk

  • 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 

  • Beatroot & Lace Bazaar

    September 6, 2014

    beatrooot and lace

    We wanted to give you all a heads-up and thumbs-up for a new Glasgow-based vintage (ad)venture in the form of the Beatroot & Lace Bazaar, described by its founders as "The Vintage Fair With Creative Flair".  The brainchild of Marco and his partner Jennie - whose  combined musical and artistic credentials are impressive, and their juggling ability as parents of a small baby even more so! -  this latest addition to the somewhat crowded vintage fair circuit promises something refreshingly different with its unique blend of music, art, fashion and collectables.

    As self-confessed 'magpie-eyed' Marco puts it:

    "In mixing the best of the past with music, art and design of the present and future, we hope to provide an environment of collaboration and creativity which can benefit traders, artist, performers and customers while building a community of like-minded people."

    Sounds pretty cool to us!

    Unfortunately we won't be able to participate in the launch extravaganza during the busy Freshers' Week (it's a bit too far for us old frockers and we have other commitments that weekend), but we're sure students and locals won't be disappointed. The inaugural bazaar is to be held in The Art School, 20 Scott Street, Glasgow on 20th September 2014, from 11am until 4pm, and will bring together  local traders, musicians and artists to rock all things retro.

    Over to Marco again:

    "Not only will there will be 30 tempting vintage and artisan maker stalls to shop at, but performances from a host of key participants in Glasgow’s vibrant music scene will be welcomed. In addition the opportunity to view and purchase original artwork by a selection of the finest up and coming artists the city has to offer will also be exclusively available."

    Entry will be free of charge - another refreshing change! - and various activities are planned for the day in an effort to raise money for repair work to the damaged Mackintosh building, for which we frockers have a particular soft spot.

    More bazaars are in the pipeline as follows:

    11th Oct The Art School
    25th Oct The Record Factory
    8th Nov The Art School
    22nd Nov The Record Factory
    13th Dec The Art School
    20th Dec The Record Factory

    For news and event updates, do keep a magpie eye on the Beatroot & Lace Facebook page, Twitter  and Instagram. We know we will be!

  • Holiday snaps and new arrivals

    August 24, 2014

    Apologies for the lack of Frockery Talkery, but we have been in catch-up mode since the chief frocker's short break and it has been very busy here. We are feeling the Google love at the moment and our website traffic has increased significantly, bringing  lots of lovely new customers with it. Thank you all!

    brighouse valley

    View across the valley from our Yorkshire hosts' land -  not a frock in sight!

    Despite the rain - some of it of the distinctly stair rod variety - our whistle-stop trip to Yorkshire and Liverpool was  a wonderful opportunity to escape the frock face for a few days and catch up with friends and family. Our first tango in Halifax was everything we could have hoped for, and the weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of a sizeable gathering of old friends from across the UK. The fog (and swell) on the Mersey meant we didn't catch the ferry, but it was a delight to see the redevelopment of Liverpool since our last visit to the city.  Many of the modern buildings are dramatic in appearance and in stark contrast to the iconic Liver building and parts of the sympathetically re-developed harbour area, but it all melds together beautifully and the city's musical history is celebrated everywhere.

    Billy Fury statue Liverpool

    Billy Fury statue

    liverpool

    Fab Four tribute barge

    The highlight of the trip had to be meeting three week old baby Lilly, the latest addition to the frockers' family, who is just beautiful! And talking of new arrivals, we  have lots of lovely new stock which will be appearing soon on the website. We thought we'd post a sneak preview of some of our favourites and once they are added to the catalogue, we'll add the links to the product pages.

    navy polka dot swing dress

    Navy and white polka dot rockabilly swing dress

    80s does 50s rose print swing dress

    80s does 50s rose print swing dress

    emerald green dirndl skirt

    Amazing emerald green dirndl skirt

    Monsoon brown velvet skirt

    Monsoon brown velvet skirt

    Nicowa stretch velvet dress

    Nicowa stretch velvet dress

    Ghost bias cut ivory dress

    Ghost bias cut ivory dress 

    Emerald green evening gown

    Emerald green evening gown