Tag Archives: frockery

  • For the love of velvet

    December 15, 2014

    Velvet is popular throughout the year, but never more so than at Christmas. There is always room in your wardrobe for a classic black velvet skirt and pair of trousers, which can be teamed with a variety of silk shirts and sparkly tops for maximum versatility, but we also love to wear our velvets at this time of year in berry red, deep purple and emerald green.

    Here is a small selection of our favourite velvet pieces from the current catalogue, but because we love it so, you'll find dedicated virtual rails of velvet frockery in our Find by Fabric section.

    purple velvet dress

    Monsoon purple velvet halter neck dress

    berry red velvet dress berry red velvet dress

    Monsoon berry red vevet dress with back bow

    green velvet hat black velvet hat

    Vintage velvet hats in green and black

    black velvet opera coat

    Laura Ashley embellished black velvet opera coat

    red velvet stretch dress

    Laura Ashley stretch red velvet cocktail dress

    brown velvet skirt set

    Laura Ashley brown velvet two piece

    midnight blue velvet cocktail dress

    Opera midnight blue velvet cocktail dress

  • Small Business Saturday special offer

    December 5, 2014

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    Following the Black Friday shenanigans we wrote about last week, we are pleased once again to be promoting the alternative concept of Small Business Saturday in celebration of all the small and micro independent traders on your local and virtual high streets, where personal attention is paramount and great service is guaranteed. It's hard going for us little 'uns and we all appreciate our customers' continuing support.

    Now we don't want to encourage brawling amongst our buyers or a stampede in our virtual aisles (!), but we will be offering a 20% discount across the Frockery store for all orders placed from 12 noon today until midnight on Saturday 6th December. Please enter code SMALLBIZSAT at our checkout to take advantage of this pre-Christmas offer and we'll wing your frockery off to you at the speed of, er, Royal Mail!

    Forfar has sadly lost a few more local traders this past year, including our iconic ironmongery store, David Irons & Sons, which has was established in the town in 1840. We have previously written Cobblers! about another local shop being squeezed out of business, thanks to a bank moving the overdraft goalposts - the unit is still vacant more than two years later and we have no idea what became of its former occupant. The message really couldn't be clearer when it comes to small businesses: use them or lose them!

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    David Irons & Sons, still lit up for Christmas 2012

     

  • Black Friday frenzy, just why?

    November 28, 2014

    buy nothing day

    Leaving our local Asda clutching a bottle of red last night, we were surprised to find one of the doors out of use and metal crowd control barriers being positioned outside the store. Could it be that Kate Middleton was coming to buy some George baby clothes, we wondered? On asking some hi-viz members of staff what it was all about, we were informed that they were expecting large crowds in the morning since it was Black Friday and there was bound to be a bun fight - or more likely a 90" plasma TV fight - for heavily discounted items in store.

    Although we obviously know all about the American post-Thanksgiving Black Friday shopping phenomenon, we don't recall it ever being marketed quite so aggressively by UK retailers, and some even claim it to have racist associations. It all strikes us as just another example of collective insanity fuelled by greed, the results of which were amply demonstrated in today's media reports of brawling crowds doing battle for previously overpriced consumer goods that we could all very easily live without. People have already been injured by falling TVs and in outright fisticuffs as the shopping frenzy takes hold across the UK. Surely it's time to get a grip?

    We won't be joining in. Instead we'll be celebrating Buy Nothing Day on 29/11/14 and supporting Small Business Saturday on 06/12/14, as we do every year. We may even be offering modest across-store discounts, but please remember, no fighting amongst the virtual rails! There is plenty to go round and it's affordable all the year round.

    The Frockery

     

  • Frockers' Adventures in Weegieland

    November 18, 2014

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    After milking our nomination for all it was worth as finalists in the Herald Fashion awards, Alison and Fi Frocker took themselves to Glasgow for the 'prize-giving' at the weekend. Having  chosen the Herald event over the Otway extravaganza that was taking place in Southend the same weekend - at which we had been offered the opportunity to sing backing vocals on the two-hit wonder's Christmas single - we were expecting  truly great things (and a much lesser hangover) by staying in Scotland.

    As it happened, our appearance had been touch and go as the frockmobile decided to play up after aquaplaning across Angus on Friday evening, but having received assistance from a knight of the road in the form of an AA patrol man (who should take a well deserved bow for exceptional service) we were soon back on track and arrived safely at our Glasgow hotel without major incident. We even had time for a wee wander down Sauchiehall Street, K Frocker's old stomping ground from her student days at Glasgow School of Art, before she deserted us for her absolutely fabulous buyer's job with an international fashion brand in London.

    Coinciding with the Christmas lights switch-on in George Square (as well as the star-studded BAFTAs), the taxi driver took us on grand tour of the city, due to closed roads, just to travel a mile or so. We therefore arrived fashionably late at the venue - the cavernous Arta, in the Merchant City - in anticipation of what had been described as a fabulous evening of fabulous fashion, fabulous canapés and fabulous everything else. It was undoubtedly an honour for us to be representing Angus in a veritable sea of central belt businesses, and, as the T shirt says, it had "gotta be better than Otway!"

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    The Frockers and a friend at the bar (where else?) [Image credit: The Herald]

    Fabulous frockery was certainly in abundance, and while we played it safe in our 80s Egon von Fürstenberg (Fi) and original vintage Blanes (Alison), there were some amazing outfits on display in a myriad of styles. Lynn from Herald Events looked especially sensational in her Nicci.N Boutique gown.

     

    Undoubtedly the most enjoyable aspect of the evening for us was meeting so many interesting people from the creative industries (maybe we don't get out enough). It was a particular pleasure to meet the talented Colleen Leitch, Scottish Graduate of the Year 2014, and her family, with whom we tussled for haggis balls and battered prawns as one member of the party looked on in patient anticipation of his gluten free equivalent (which eventually arrived, but it took rather too long).

    The main part of the evening was hosted by Scottish supermodel Eunice Olumide, who presided over a short fashion show, a pecha kucha slot on sustainable fashion (the business model on which the Frockery was founded in 2007, well before slow fashion became, er, 'fashionable') and, finally, the awards ceremony itself. Details of the winners can be found here and we were especially delighted to see Scot Street Style (who is never lost for words!) scoop best fashion Twitterati.

    We never expected to be short-listed for, never mind win, our category (preloved online retailer of the year) and congratulate Glasgow Vintage on their success. Despite one of our witty Twitter followers calling for a recount (with his tongue firmly in his cheek!), we can assure him and everyone else that the accolades we value most of all are those from our long standing, loyal customers across the UK and beyond. Their support has been especially important to us over this past year, which has been one of deep sadness for the frocker family and exceptionally challenging for our wee business. Things will never again be the same for us after the loss of the inimitable and irreplaceable Johnny Frocker, who could spot an Ossie Clark at 50 yards and who always kept us grounded as well as solvent. We miss you, Johnny!

    Apparently, the Otway Convention went well too, and our good friend Deadly the Roadie tweets us that he managed to avoid the 'back of the pantomime reindeer' role for which he (and his truly amazing legs) had been talent spotted! Otway for Christmas No 1, we say - but we know that, just like us, he won't be disappointed if he doesn't quite crack the top slot!

     

  • 70s vintage frockery discount

    November 12, 2014

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    The chief frocker revisits the 70s in a Susan Small dress with amazing sleeves

    Northern Soul the film, which we blogged about recently, has led to a surge of interest in 70s fashion. Abigail's Party has meanwhile stood the test of time and there is always demand for Beverly style hostess dresses and kipper ties!

    Being big fans of the era ourselves - having lived through it shamelessly  in brown and orange wallpaper prints,  Afghan coats, Levi's flares, loon jeans, love beads, long skirts and Laura Ashley - we thought it was time to run a special offer to celebrate the 70s.

    We are currently offering 15% off all items in our 70s vintage department, so why not add some Northern Soul or Abigail's Party style to your wardrobe? Please use code ABIGAIL -15 at the checkout to take advantage of this offer which ends 19/11/14.

  • Gym'll fix it? The zipper's progress

    November 10, 2014

    There are times when a frocker's gotta do what a frocker's gotta do in order to fit into her favourite vintage dress for the Herald Fashion Awards on Sunday. Did we mention The Frockery is a finalist in the best preloved online retailer category? Yes, of course we did! 

    Thankfully, our local Forfar Leisure Centre provides all the instruments of torture necessary to help achieve the goal of doing up the zip on the 5os cocktail number we have earmarked for the occasion, but time is running out...

    lochside leisure centre

    A little encouragement from Twitter friends never goes amiss!

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    A combination of 30 mins on the treadmill, 20 mins on the cross trainer and 15 mins on the bike allegedly expended 550 calories this lunch time, while the banana only added about 100. So it was a pretty wrecked looking frocker sporting trainers and bad hair- rather than a well-coiffed #heraldfashion icon in heels - who dropped the day's orders off with Sara at Forfar post office this afternoon. It had better be worth it!

    Rather than undo all the gruelling  good work by indulging in our favourite Merlot this evening, we are limiting ourselves to a single G&T - The Botanist gin, of course, which was gifted by a friend from South Uist. Our Arabella looks as if she's had a few herself!

    botanist gin

    Here's hoping that the gym'll fix it for us to become fit for fashionable purpose in six days flat. We will report further on the  zipper's progress and, of course, the glitzy awards event at Arta in Glasgow, which we are looking forward to immensely. Please wish us luck!