Frockery Talk

  • Ønward!

    February 1, 2015

    scot street style book

    Image credit: David Boni (via The Skinny)

    Congratulations to Gordon Millar at Scot Street Style on the launch this weekend of his crowd-funded book, Ønward!  (Yes, we can do the Scandinavian O with a stroke through it!)  Having run into him at the Herald Fashion Awards, we especially like his impressive beard and vintage jacket, not to mention the fact that he kindly retweets our frockery frippery on a regular basis. Gordon is a gifted facilitator and powerful proponent of all things creative in Scotland, but rather than us reinvent the accolades, this is what the Skinny had to say about the phenomenon that is #ScotStreetStyle. It's a great concept, we like the emphasis on freedom of expression and are always up for a bit of collaboration.

    On a nostalgic street style note, here is our own K Frocker a few years back when she was snapped by the Herald in Glasgow's Byres Road. The most photogenic of the frockers, she has since exchanged student life in the West End of Glasgow for a career in the West End of London, where she still gets snapped a lot (and still wears Frockery frockery!)

    kirstin frocker

    Meanwhile, for those of you who haven't been paying attention, the 5th Annual Frockery Eco Fashion Challenge has kicked off on our Facebook Group and Twitter feed (using the #frockerychallenge hashtag) where we are celebrating sustainable style for the whole of February by showcasing all things eco-chic in the form of vintage, preloved and/or hand made outfits that help save the wallet as well as the planet. There are prizes of Frockery vouchers at the end of the month for the most creative eco-fashionistas, so if, like us, you need something to cheer you up after paying the tax bill and /or post Christmas credit cards, then this is surely it!

    Here's one of our previous winners - Janice Stewart, owner of Tweed’ll Dee By Notions - who has joined this year's judging panel to choose our winning eco-fashionistas. She sets a shiningly stylish example of creative and colourful eco chic in Brechin and beyond. You cannae miss her and Gordon would fair like that (former undertaker's) jaikit!

    frockery challenge winner janice stewart

    In rather less flamboyant fashion, two of the frockers celebrated the first day of this year's challenge by seeking to show off some 'Scott Street' style in Perth, but actually ended up looking like extras from Frozen!

    scott street style scott street style frocker

    Frockery Challenge FAQs (with thanks to Janice)

    Q: What do I have to do to enter?
    A: Easy! Take a picture of yourself in an outfit and add a bit of text to say where you got the items and how much they cost.

    Q: Do I have to buy more stuff or use what I have?
    A: It’s all about being eco-friendly…you may have had items for years….or maybe you bagged a bargain last week....it doesn’t matter.

    Q: I’m camera shy….do I have to show my face?
    A: It would be better if your face is shown…otherwise how do we know it’s you?

    Q: Do I have to make something?...I can't sew!
    A: No…though it is nice to see how people adapt their clothing buys.

    Q: Do I have to post a picture every day?
    A: No…a couple of pictures are enough…more are a bonus!

    Q: Can the whole world see my pictures?
    A: No, only those in the closed Facebook group can see them (or you can post them publicly on Twitter).

    Have a browse through previous entry pictures to get the idea and remember 'pics mean prizes', so do come and join us!

  • Grand re-opening of Tay Treasures

    January 28, 2015

    emporium

    Image credit: James Cameron Munro

    The chief frocker spent an enjoyable few hours last Friday helping Tayside ReUsers (of which she is a trustee) celebrate the opening of its newly refurbished shop, Tay Treasures, which occupies a dedicated space within the charity's vast Dundee Emporium.

    A sizeable audience gathered to enjoy the official ribbon-cutting by Iain Gulland of Zero Waste Scotland, and the staff and volunteers are to be congratulated for working so hard to ensure such a successful event.

    opening

    shop

    Our mannequin Christine got dressed up in all her finery for an extended visit to the wedding corner, where she was joined by a couple of TR's more premanent resin residents. Arthur is still sulking at being left behind, but will no doubt be invited to visit at Halloween when he can revel in being the centre of attention.

    christine

    wedding corner

    trcasual

    shop

     And here's the chief frocker with staff and fellow trustees, courtesy of her 'press secretary', who also caught one local politician unawares!

    Lots more images can be found on the Tayside ReUsers Facebook page.

    revolve

  • Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge celebrates sustainable fashion

    January 28, 2015

    ready to frock

    Forfar-based business, The Frockery, is inviting entries for its fifth annual Eco-Fashion Challenge, which kicks off this Sunday and will run throughout February to help combat the winter blues, as well as raising awareness of the need to tackle textile waste, much of which ends up in landfill.

    Participants are once again being encouraged to “vaunt the vintage, rock the retro and celebrate the second hand, recycled and hand made” for 28 days, posting pictures and outfit descriptions to the Frockery Facebook Group, or on Twitter using the #frockerychallenge hashtag.

    Chief Frocker, Alison Preuss, explains: “Our inaugural challenge was held in 2011 as a creative way of combating the February blues while snowdrifts brought the country to a virtual standstill. It was such fun that we decided to turn it into an annual slow fashion event with a serious message.”

    Janice Stewart, owner of Tweed’ll Dee By Notions of Brechin and a previous challenge winner, has been co-opted on to this year’s judging team for the difficult task of deciding a winner and a runner up from an anticipated amazing array of entries. Frockery vouchers will go to the contributors of the most stylish and creative eco-fashionable ensembles at the end of the challenge.

    To help inspire eco-fashionistas who want to save both the planet and the wallet in style, the Frockery has prepared a useful list of Top 10 ‘RE’-ACTIONS to the relentless pressures of the fast fashion industry. The message could not be clearer: “Why buy new when it’s more fashionable, frugal and eco-friendly to go retro?”.

     

  • Get ready to reel with 15% off all Scots Frockery

    January 10, 2015

    Burns Night

    Burn's Night is fast approaching and it's time to bring out your inner Braveheart, tartan up your wardrobe and get ready to reel!

    Take some tartan...

    tartan and fur hat tartan mohair scarf tartan topped gloves black watch kilt skirt

    Add some Aran

    aran cardigan  aran slipover  aran scarf 

    ... and perhaps a touch of tweed

    harris tweed jacket tweed skirt tweed hat 

    Mix and match to suit.

    Enter code SCOTS-15 at our online checkout and get a 15% discount on all items from our Scots Frockery department until 16th January.

    Prepare to reel in style, enjoy the haggis, the stovies, the whisky and the interminable Tam O'Shanter!

    Burns Night reel tam oshanter

     

  • A challenging start to the new year

    January 6, 2015

    HNY

    Well, we are back at the frock face after an enjoyable festive break, having gained at least a dress size and simultaneously lost a few roof slates in the recent storms. If you have ever tried finding a working (and sober) slater on 2nd January, which is a public holiday in Scotland, you will probably sympathise. We were just glad the rain abated until the affable Kevin arrived with his ladders yesterday morning to repair the damage.

    Meanwhile, we have had a brisk start to the new year's trading and are already limbering up for our fifth annual Frockery eco-fashion challenge, which is due to begin on 1st February. Last year's winner Janice Stewart has agreed to be one of our judges and the Frockery Facebook Group is attracting new members in anticipation of the month-long event.

    Why not join in the fun this year? Details of how to enter can be found here.

    ready to frock

  • So here it is, Merry Christmas (and a Happy New Year)

    December 23, 2014

    Christmas

    The Frockers would like to wish all our customers, readers, visitors and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you all for your support during 2014, which has been our most successful trading year to date.

    We'll be back at the frock face for a few days - full of turkey (and veggie equivalent), chocolate and raised spirits - before starting again on our Hogmanay celebrations next week.

    Do please remember that, for any Frockery items purchased as Christmas gifts, we are happy to extend our refund/exchange period as long as the goods are returned to us by the end of January.

    Sadly, John Otway didn't hit the Christmas No 1 spot, but he and his reindeer made an impact on the charts, along with his Big Band (one of whom doubles as a Hot Rod) and the Very Dodgy Jumper choir. If the truth be known, we preferred the B side, Rocking with the Reindeer - so here it is, Merry Christmas!