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  • Get ready to frock, it'll soon be February!

    January 24, 2016

    frockery banner

    Are you ready to frock? It will soon be 1st February and time to kick off the 6th annual Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge, where  pics mean prizes and we can all enjoy showcasing our vintage, preloved and hand made outfits to celebrate the best in sustainable style and slow fashion.

    We have made a few changes to the prize structure this year due to the increasingly dufficult task for our judges of picking just one overall winner and a runner up from the myriad of stylish outfits paraded down our virtual catwalk. For 2016 we have  introduced three categories – vintage, preloved and hand made – with  Frockery vouchers to the value of £50 going to the posters of the most stylish and creative (in our judges' opinion) eco-fashionable ensembles in each category at the end of the competition. In addition there will be vouchers for the most entertaining ‘story behind the style’ and a chance to win a gift  for a loved one as it’s a leap year and St Valentine’s Day falls midway through the challenge.

    frockery eco-fashion challenge 2016

    The rules couldn't be simpler! Aim to wear clothing and accessories which are hand made, vintage, recycled or second hand during February and post your pictures, outfit descriptions and sources on the Frockery Facebook Group (it's a closed group but just send a join request). Alternatively you can post on our public Frockery Facebook Page or on our Twitter feed (using the #frockerychallenge hashtag so we don't miss it). If all else fails, just email us directly and we'll post for you. You can showcase as many or as few outfits as you like over the course of the month, but more is always merrier!

    We are delighted that Janice Stewart from Tweed’ll Dee By Notions has agreed once again to be our chief judge and 'Ms Motivator', ably assisted by minor frocker Kirstin and the absolutely fabulous Patsy A, whose modelling career began in London back in the 60s.

    Let's all have some frocking fun!

    janice stewart eco-fashion challenge winner

  • January Sale now on!

    January 2, 2016

    jan sale 2011

    Happy New Year to all our customers, friends and followers!

    We know that some of you have been badly affected by the flooding which has caused havoc in parts of the country - and Storm Frank has certainly taken a heavy toll on homes, businesses and lives in this corner of Scotland - so we very much hope that 2016 can only get better for everyone.

    Being traditionalists we always wait until January before launching our January sale, so here it is! We are currently offering up to 25% off selected catalogue items until 31st January 2016, so grab yourself a bargain!

    It's also time to start thinking about this year's Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge which kicks off on 1st February with prizes for the finest examples of vintage, preloved and hand made outfits showcased by entrants during the month. We are making a few changes to the competition this year, so why not join the Frockery Facebook group to stay up to date?

     challenge

  • Tartan frockery parade

    November 5, 2015

    Now that the clocks have changed, and that time of year is almost upon us  - St Andrew's Day on 30th November, that is, not the dreaded C season for which there is still plenty of time to prepare  -  we Scots frockers invariably turn our attention to tartan trendsetting in this land  of haggis, shortbread and deep fried Mars bars. Several days of permanent fog have depressed our mood considerably, so we are ditching the plains and embracing the plaids to stave off SAD syndrome and all things dreich!

    Having been absent from regular blogging duties recently, due entirely to being exceptionally busy in the shop and having only a skeleton staff  (not nearly enough deep fried Mars bars at Frockery HQ!), we are delighted to present this November's tartan parade from our current catalogue. We have more in our stock room awaiting listing, so watch this space if you are a tartan fan.

    Short or medium length kilts, in Royal Stuart or Black Watch tartan

    short red tartan kilt  Black watch tartan kilt skirt

    Maxi kilts from Mulberry or Scott the Kiltmaker [see more kilts]

    mulberry maxi kilt  vintage tartan maxi kilt

    Mixed monochrome

    Pepe Jeans monochrome mixed print maxi dress    Sybil Zelker black and white plaid dress

    Outer wear

    vintage tartan wool jacket     Per Una plaid cape with corsage

    Check out the Converse

    converse blue check    black and white check Converse

    or classic beige nova check

    nova check scarf    burberrys nova check silk tie

    Liberty tartan trim or casual Fred Perry

    liberty dress shirt tartan bow tie  fred perry tartan shirt

    And so to bed (with a wee dram)...

    vintage tartan wool dressing gown

    Browse our Scots Frockery department for more tartan, tweed, mohair, Fair Isle and Aran knitwear.

     

  • Celebrating eight years at the frock face

    April 13, 2015

    BIRTHDAY frocker

    Highly calorific birthday cake by Fi Frocker

    It's hard to believe that the Frockery turns eight this month!

    Many thousands of vintage frocks and other preloved pieces have passed through our stock room since we started out in April 2007, and it has been immensely satisfying to help save the planet in style, as well as getting to know so many lovely customers, several of whom have become firm friends.

    There have been many memorable highlights, as well as a few trials (usually technology related!),  over the years. We are especially delighted that our Frockery Eco-Fashion Challenge, which underlines our Why buy new? philosophy, has become such a popular and successful annual fixture since its inception in 20011, and we were of course pleased as punch to be finalists in last year's Herald Fashion Awards.

    To celebrate our eight happy years at the frock face,  we're offering a cross-store discount of 15% on all online orders until the end of April. Just use the code BIRTHDAY at the checkout to take advantage of the offer.

    We would like to thank all our loyal customers, followers and friends for their support, encouragement and feedback over the past eight years. You are simply the best!

     

  • We are the (one and only) Frockery®

    February 21, 2015

    trade mark

    Readers may remember our tale of woe as we walked the McNaughty walk back in November 2014 when we discovered that our long established Frockery brand was being passed off by another business in England.

    As we posted back then:

    "...one of our eagle eyed customers alerted us to the existence of a Facebook page (not ours) calling itself The Frockery. We also uncovered a history of trading under our business name at vintage fairs in England. We admit we were puzzled as we didn't think Facebook allowed brand duplication and we have long standing ownership of all the frockery domain names (from as far back as 2005) and social media accounts, having traded continuously as The Frockery™ since April 2007. A cursory Google search would have flagged up an inevitable plagiarism problem."

    In the end, the other business owner voluntarily changed her trading name when the infringement was brought to her attention and it became clear she simply hadn't done her research, but it was a stressful episode and one we never wanted to repeat.

    Deciding that we needed to ensure our brand was properly protected for the future, we took advice from specialist trade mark attorney, Eugene Pienaar, at Revomark and immediately started the formal process of trade marking the Frockery brand. Now these things take some considerable time, and there are various evidential hoops to jump, but we are beyond delighted to report that we have finally passed the finishing line and our trade mark registration is complete.

    So it's a relief all round that we are officially recognised as being unique and can more easily enforce our rights to the trade mark should anyone else decide to indulge in unauthorised freelance frockery.

    We are really going to enjoy adding that all important ® after our name. It cost us enough!

     

  • 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?”.