Tag Archives: Glasgow

  • Herald Fashion Awards 2014: we made the final!

    October 28, 2014

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    We are officially over the moon here as we've just heard that The Frockery is a finalist in the Herald Fashion Awards 2014 (best preloved online retailer category). How cool is that!

    It is especially heartening to see vintage and pre-loved fashion recognised in its own right within the industry as a whole, as well as being part of the slow fashion movement we are always banging on about!

    Introducing the newest fashion awards that celebrate the online world of fashion, Herald Events says:

    "Over the years the online fashion market has grown considerably, with most consumers now opting to go online to find the latest trends and buy their top fashion picks at the touch of a button.

    "We wanted to celebrate the digital world of fashion and recognise how online platforms and digital interaction has given fashionistas everywhere, a more direct access to the industry.

    "These online fashion awards celebrate the digital world of fashion and the top companies, designers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and retailers who are leading the way in the online market."

    We'll meanwhile have to get our best vintage frocks looked out for the event, which is to be hosted by Scottish super model Eunice Olumide in Arta, Glasgow, on Sunday 16 November.

    You can follow the event on Twitter using #heraldfashion.

  • Beatroot & Lace Bazaar

    September 6, 2014

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    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!

  • The Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show

    February 3, 2008

    The Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show 2008, 4th and 5th March @ The Vic, Glasgow School of Art. Tickets available from Tickets Scotland, £7.50/£5.50 (concession).

    An array of unique and exciting designs from 3rd year undergraduate textiles students (including The Frockery's very own Kirstin) will once again be showcased at this prestigious annual fashion event! For more information, visit the GSA Fashion Show's MySpace.

  • Marion Donaldson: the label that brought the Swinging 60s to Glasgow

    January 8, 2008

    In 1966, at the age of only 22, newly married and with just £50 of capital behind her, Glasgow designer Marion Donaldson created a new and exciting fashion label which was to have a profound and lasting influence and which has since been widely credited as bringing the mood of Carnaby Street and the Swinging 60s to Glasgow and Scotland.
     
    Specialising in one-off mini skirts and dresses, Marion and her husband David quickly took the fashion world by storm. Contrary to popular belief, they never had their own shop but began selling their clothes wholesale to Glasgow’s first fashion boutique, In Gear, and Aquarius on Byres Road, soon graduating to Fenwick’s of London. A subsequent partnership with Liberty’s of Regent Street led to a rapid expansion and the production of Marion’s best known ‘signature’ dresses in fabulous Liberty fabrics.
     
    The company’s turnover quickly grew, but while the customer base was widely spread throughout the UK, the design and manufacturing elements remained Glasgow-based.
     
    The company’s iconic art nouveau label was originally inspired by an oval mirror which the Donaldsons bought at auction and remains instantly recognisable in all of their garments. Initially printed purple on white in the 60s, it changed to brown on cream, then gold on purple and finally became silver on black.
     
    Marion Donaldson Ltd traded from 1966 until 1999, but her garments have a timeless charm and quality and remain immensely popular, both for everyday wear and collecting.
     
    The Glasgow Museum of Transport is currently creating a display of family snapshots about 60s fashion with a particular focus on the work of Marion Donaldson as she is recognised as being such an important design influence. According to curator Kate Tansley, "The popularity of the Marion Donaldson label reflects the mood of Glasgow at that time, and hopefully the photographs will help visitors travel back in time to the 1960s." For more details of the project and exhibition, visit the Museum's website.  
     
    The Frockery can never resist a Marion Donaldson piece and we have a selection currently in stock.

  • Tartan frockery on parade as Scotland takes on Italy

    November 17, 2007

    Scotland's tartan army has taken to the streets and pubs of Glasgow today in hugely optimistic and probably over-confident anticipation of our national football team winning today’s match against world champions, Italy.

    It fair warms the cockles of this Scottish lassie’s heart to see so many saltires, kilts and tartan on parade across the land, and with St Andrew's Day approaching on 30 November, it's time to get kitted out in some fetching tartan frockery.

    The Frockery has a good selection of Scottish tartans, tweeds and knitwear in stock, so . For the ladies, how about a tartan party dress, or perhaps this vintage A-line tartan maxi skirt? If traditional tweeds are more your scene, why not check out our selection of Harris tweed items, like this Argyll kilt jacket; or you may prefer to sport a Country Life tweed hat. For sophisticated and understated elegance, however, this Austin Reed tartan skirt will be hard to beat, just like Italy!

    The Frockery wishes the Scotland team the very best of luck today (you'll need it, boys).

    Slainte mhath!