Well, we have returned from holiday in time for the so called austerity budget and are not looking forward to the inevitable belt tightening that lies ahead for all of us. One of the aims of The Frockery is to provide quality clothing and accessories at affordable prices and we are determined not to disappoint.
We have experienced a few delays with our new website, but all the blips should be ironed out this week and we will of course provide forewarning of the changeover to our new look. Meanwhile, we are busy catching up on holiday orders and have a lot of super stock to add to our new catalogue so will be burning the midnight oil for the rest of the week. We are also looking forward to taking part in the vintage fashion fair and catwalk show in Kirkcaldy on 3rd July.
We have been quiet on the frock talk front due to being so very busy over the past few weeks. While the recession is undoubtedly causing many people to rethink their spending habits, The Frockery remains an ever popular choice for eco friendly fashionistas on a budget who demand value for money without compromising on style.
We just love the uniqueness of vintage pieces but we also enjoy rehoming quality contemporary items, many of which have never been worn by their original owners. With most of our dresses under £20 and a full catalogue of vintage, retro and recycled fashion to choose from, you can’t go wrong!
Burberry certainly hasn’t lost its appeal, given the number of enquiries we receive from lovers of this classic label. So it was no surprise that the trench coat we catalogued last week was gone within hours and we had several emails asking when we might have another in stock. The truth is we never quite know, which means it’s a good idea to keep dropping by to see what’s new on the site – or you can always ask us to contact you if a particular item comes in.
The long anticipated new series of Ashes to Ashes started last week, which pleased us no end as we absolutely love Philip Glenister and his various sidekicks. The 80s music and fashion flashbacks are great reminders of the days when life seemed a lot simpler, although we confess we are happy that the sexism which permeates this and other retro series has now largely been consigned to history.
On the fashion front, Gok’s Fashion Fix influence has been evident on high streets everywhere, with accessories such as belts being used to jazz up otherwise dull outfits without busting the budget. We are particularly liking the self-tie leather cummerbund style belts, some of which we have in stock. It seems that belt tightening is now more fashionable than ever!
We admit to being fans of Gok Wan’s Fashion Fix, which returned to our screens last night for a new series. However, we aren’t so sure about his ebullient, over confident sidekick, Blix Smith-Start, whose designer label obsession seems a bit unhealthy in the present economic climate. Although Blix’s designer outfits may have won the audience vote in the first programme of the new series, Gok’s high street chic wasn’t far behind, but still on the expensive side for us.
For real credit crunch chic, you need look no further than The Frockery (we would say that wouldn’t we!) You really don’t need to spend a small fortune on fashion when you can put together a unique outfit for less than £50, or, if times are tight, jazz up your look with stylish accessories for under a tenner. We have a great selection in stock to help you revive a tired wardrobe without resorting to fast fashion faux pas – and without breaking the bank.
2 February 2009
February has certainly made its chilly presence felt and we all woke up to a blanket of snow this morning, like everyone else in the UK it seems. For London buses to stop running, it must be serious!
We are sorting stock today, having had a very busy week trying to keep up with a surge in orders which suggests that more and more people are embracing the benefits of preloved fashion for green and other practical reasons. Money is tight for everyone these days and fast fashion is losing its appeal as more discerning consumers want to create an individual look with an emphasis on quality and style.
Fashionistas need look no further then The Frockery for a doubly eco-friendly experience which makes sound economic as well as ecological sense. Be it vintage, retro or more contemporary preloved fashion, quality and affordability are our bywords and we are delighted to have been included in Penny Lane’s list of recommended British vintage shops.
“You can’t go wrong!”, exclaimed Lorraine Kelly on GMTV this morning, positively salivating over a white tiered dress from trash fashion outlet Primark costing just £9. Her male stylist sidekick, who was smugly showcasing it as ‘Primarni’, naturally nodded in simpering agreement.
Just when we thought the media sentiment was turning – and it seems to be thus over at the BBC, whose online magazine Thread actively promotes ethical and sustainable style - LK has to go and spoil it all by encouraging us to pick up a cheap frock at a fast fashion joint before jetting off on our summer holidays without a care in the world and, clearly, without a care for the world.
Lorraine isn’t the only journalist who is promoting cheap-as-chips fashion one minute and bemoaning the environmental impact of transporting goods halfway round the world the next, all the while sympathising with the plight of overseas workers, many of them children, who are paid a pittance for their labour. These issues are all inextricably linked, and as long as we continue to support an industry which is founded upon the exploitation of both people and planet, we are all very much part of the problem.