Last Week on the 24th April saw the world celebrate Fashion Revolution Day, with folk wearing their clothes inside out and asking “Who Made Your Clothes?” Set up to remember the awful catastrophe in Dkana, Banglasdesh last year, where 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex, people got together to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – we want to change and question the clothes supply chain.
What drew me down to Camden then? Well C/159 offers creative individuals and businesses the opportunity to showcase their ideas and products in a prime location on Camden High Street. The space has been renovated using reclaimed and sustainable materials and inside; the space has been REVOGUED and thats how the retailers roll too! I really loved the space – its seriously worth a look and mooch around.
Jara Wine was one of the retailers who hosted the event. A brand new women’s clothing label, proudly made in London, the brand describes itself as “dedicated to a versatile, playful and timeless style”. It was lovely to see a new collection, designed and made in London with such beautiful fabrics with Jara the designer taking inspiration from fabrics surrounding her within her everyday life. However the most attractive part of this new retailer is the fact that Jara Wine prides itself on creating “more than just an outfit, but into something to love”
The other retailer residing in the C/159 space is the wonderful GARITE with their wonderful French Vintage Fashion. GARITE is a second hand and vintage brand, started in 2012. They find and sell vintage treasures from France, and have a love for 70’s boho style, colourful clothes, 60’s dresses, floral patterns, chunky jewellery and la France bien sûr. I was in HEAVEN! They have so many fabulous pieces, all individual, all picked and carefully restored and at such fantastic prices!
With any vintage store, I always love looking at the labels inside, not only to check the brand to see if I can find the best label, but to imagine where these forgotten brands went, and to know that their clothes are still found, sold and enjoyed.
Their collection of shirts was amazing and I found a wonderful silk shirt for just £18 which I love and can’t wait to style and blog about! The floral and chain print is reminiscent of a Docle and Gabbana print and the buttons are punchy and striking in their own right – what do you think?
Please check out the GARITE website and go down to the C/159 space to support this wonderful vintage brand – they have a beautiful collection.
A little surprise find at this event was the lovely Zingi Zongi, a handmade jewellery brand by a lovely lady Nikoletta. Hailing form Greece, Nikoletta collects old pictures, toys, beads, shells from home and creates unique and one off pieces! She is REVOGING gifts she collected over the years from her mother and is giving them a new life! Inspiring!
I could have bought so much from her but managed to restrain myself and choose one piece; this ring. I’ve been wearing it everyday since and can’t wait to see more from Zingi Zongi! I spotted a certain Vogue earring on the Facebook page, which I might need to purchase!
I urge everyone to support these fantastic small retailers; they certainly make me think about where my clothes are made AND are REVOGUING their hearts out!
Zingi Zongi: Facebook
Thank you for having me C/159!
Part of my ReVogueing quest has recently got me trailing through a collection of fantastic vintage boutiques. Over the Christmas months Peekaboo Vintage, settled on Chiswick High Road and I found this amazing leather trench! I love its 70’s feel, its soft leather, the way it fits into my back , but most of all I love the fur collar – cosy but striking! Even though we are supposed to coming into Spring/Summer 14 now, the weather has definitely kept me in a wintery mood, and the colour of this trench coat has been the perfect way to warm an outfit up! Originally this coat was made by the 60’s brand Opera Montreal. I couldn’t find much out about this brand but saw some great pieces on eBay – check them out.
To stay with the 70’s vibe I dug out my favourite Boohoo platform chelsea boots! Heeled boots have been my saviour this winter and these are fantastic for casual days and party nights! They don’t have these exact ones in stock but these are my picks from this seasons choice:
Grab a pair here.
A must have for every female and gent’s wardrobe is a white, silk shirt. I found this one in my mum’s wardrobe! She hadn’t worn it for years and I really appreciated the detailing on the high neck; the buttons are particularly sweet.
Last, but certainly not least, my jeans; the American Apparel Easy Jean. They haven’t photographed well unfortunately, but these are my all time favourite fit! I have never found buying jeans a pleasurable experience but once I found these, my days of trailing around denim stores were over. They have a fantastic stretch, are high waisted so perfect for tucking shirts into or wearing with a crop top and don’t go baggy on the legs. I have them in two other colours and can’t wait to get more for the summer!!
I hope you love this trench and outfit as much as I do! A great vintage find, combined with a wonderful discovery from my mums wardrobe and a couple of all time favourites with the boots and jeans! If you’re looking for a trench like the one I’m wearing, I found these two when I had a gander on the Peekaboo Vintage Website. The sleeves are fantastic on both! Check here for the black and here for the tan. You can also get a selection of Peekaboo Vintage in Topshop!
Please let me know of any ReVogued items you are wearing!
This season’s Autumn/Winter saw me looking everywhere for my ideal tartan or checked jacket and before I had finished my search I found this absolute beauty in my mum’s attic! Mondi was formed in 1967 in Germany and was originally just a knitwear house. However it went on to produce a full retail range that marketed it clothing worldwide and was extremely popular in 1970’s and 80’s. I would love to find more Mondi pieces! I love the green velvet detail on the pockets, collar and sleeves, the stand out gold buttons and the statement 80’s shoulder pads!
Here I have teamed the jacket with a favourite pair of Russell and Bromley Boots, a company which always perfectly balances style with quality. The fact that they’re over-the-knee makes for such easy wear too!
I wanted to add a modern twist to this outfit so delved into my wardrobe and found this great Tshirt from Topshop. This was a popular piece when it first hit the shops and I love it when you can revisit items of clothing and take them from one season to another. Check out Topshop’s new season Tshirts here!
I’ve grown very attached to this studded hairslide from ASOS. I find it hard to track down hair accessories that don’t fall apart after a few used but ASOS have a fantastic selection and still have a 70% off sale – make sure you find yourself a bargain!
Hope that everyone is starting to revisit old pieces, locating wonderful finds in their mum’s wardrobes and ReVoguing!
Fashion is wonderful. For some it is an art form, for others an essential form of self expression, but for most the way we choose to dress is an interpretation of oneself. Although fashion trends may seem like a modern phenomena, with blogs, tv shows and magazines reporting on the ever- changing styles and season essentials, for centuries folks have been keen to look their best. Eager to been seen wearing the latest look, for generations we have spent our well earned pennies to make sure we’re not left looking like yesterday’s fashion news. How wide should my bustle be? Are my cork heels the right height? Is my lace ruff too ostentatious? Every generation has its fashion fads and frets!
Today is no different.
However, how we get the latest looks has changed in recent decades; we now live in a time where fashion and clothes are extremely dispensable. With retailers offering the latest trends at extremely low prices we very quickly purchase, wear and dispose of our clothes.
Gone are the days where money is saved for weeks or months to purchase a garment; maybe a piece made from expensive fabric that will ensure it will last for years, maybe even be passed on to the next generation. Less and less do we see people wearing hand- made garments, designed and made themselves or by family. Fewer fabrics will be chosen with a certain design in mind, made to fit a woman’s shape perfectly and made to work with lots of other pieces in the wardrobe. You might think that considering the financial situation our country is in, we would start to value well- made pieces that will last and honour the skill that goes into making them.
I have grown up experiencing the perks of being the daughter of a dress maker. I was lucky to have a mum who revelled in the opportunity to make fancy dress costumes from scratch. If I couldn’t find a specific garment in the shops she used her skills to make me the perfect item. The best part – my mum kept a few of the wonderful pieces that she made for herself when she was my age, items that I now fit into and enjoy. These pieces fit me the best, travel the best, wash the best and most importantly are the most individual pieces I own. How special.
Recycling fashion is another tip I have inherited from my mum. Give away any item that you no longer use, unless it is going to be a fashion classic. It might be the perfect item for someone else but it’s not doing much hanging in your wardrobe! To rework items of clothes – if you don’t have the skills to sew or change clothes, take them to a tailor to get lengthened, shortened, taken in – be imaginative, it will most probably be cheaper and less time- consuming than looking for an item that isn’t quite what you’re looking for and doesn’t fit exactly. Lastly have a search through your mum or grandma’s wardrobes (before they get to the charity shop!). I guarantee you will find items that are on trend now and I know from experience that mums get enjoyment from seeing their daughters reworking items they enjoyed years before
Although making clothes can often be a cheaper way to dress, it takes time, and time is money. After reading many inspiring fashion blogs, I have now decided to jump in and create my own. I hope to be able to report on not only my favourite new pieces and brands but also how I am reworking old items that I find in vintage shops or in the attic. The idea will be to create new outfits for less money! I would love to hear from you and how you are doing too! Let’s try and make our wardrobes look fresh and new with a hint of classic vogue! Let’s ReVogue our wardrobes!