Posts Tagged ‘coats’

Gimme Five! Jaeger winter coats

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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selection of 5 winter coats from Jaeger

This is the first instalment in a new series we’re embarking upon called “Gimme Five“, where we choose 5 of a kind from a range of items weather it be furniture, fashion, food or more.

With so much of the white stuff on the ground at the moment, I’ve been thinking about treating myself to a new winter coat. Jaeger is a very “grown up” brand and has a large range of winter coats – many of which I’d say are investment pieces – they’re classic, timeless designs and would last a lifetime. Here are my top five picks!

  • 1. Black angora wool – If you’re going to invest in a single “grown up” coat, make it a full-length black wool one. This is a fine example!
  • 2. Contrast piped mac – A little twist on the classic mac (another staple for your coat arsenal). I LOVE its contrast piping!
  • 3. Wool oversized cape – I’ve been very into my capes in the past few years, I have a couple of vintage Welsh wool examples. As this one is unpatterned it’s more versatile than my current ones, and those huge patch pockets – large enough for keys, phone & purse… and for keeping hands toasty warm in the cold!
  • 4. Wool A-line swing coat – I love a brightly hued coat thrown over a black outfit and this fuchsia is one of my favourite colours.
  • 5. Full-length shearling – Blow that budget! If I won the lottery I’d be straight down to Jaeger to get myself one of these!

a la Mode

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

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pile of vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazines

We bought this pile of fabulous vintage French lifestyle magazines this week.

pair of vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazines

L’Echo de là Mode or ‘Echoes of Fashion’.

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

They all date from the mid 1950s.

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Sometimes magazines from this date have very enticing covers, but can be a little drab inside… not these!

Red and black illustrations from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

They’re full of wonderful colour illustrations featuring lots of ‘New Look‘ fashion articles.

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

fashion article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

They really conjure up images of a spring weekend in Paris or sunny holiday on the Cote d’Azur… very ironic as we bought them on a cold, wet Thursday morning in Todmorden!

holiday article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

holiday article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

ski-ing article from vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Also, there are lots of cookery articles and interior features…

Advertisement for Advertisement for Cuisine Idéale kitchens from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Feature on maisonettes from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Kitchens feature from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

…and not forgetting all the advertisements which are often stunning in magazines from this period.

Advertisement for Duralex from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Advertisement for Concord washing machines from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Stove advertisement from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine Advertisement for Phildar wool from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Advertisement for Tide detergent from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Advertisement for Omo detergent from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Advertisement for Omo detergent from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

Advertisement for Thé wafers from a vintage 1950s French "L'Echo de la Mode" magazine

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Welsh Wool

Friday, February 1st, 2008
Welsh wool selection
Our last blog featured the characteristic designs of mid 20th century German pottery and how it captured an era. Another favourite of ours, with an equally distinctive look, is Welsh wool with its astounding range of colours, patterns and textures.

Welsh wool detail
Claret & cream

Welsh wool coat detail
vibrant orange & olive green

Welsh wool detail
Shades of coffee

A number of mills have produced these high quality textiles over the years and in some cases still are. A couple of good examples producing traditional Welsh wool tapestry are Trefriw Woollen Mills and Solva Woollen Mill.

The distinctive designs are not ‘tapestry’ in the truest sense of the word but, are in fact, double woven cloth producing a pattern on both sides.

Mills produced textiles for sale by the length and also produced their own range of homewares including blankets, throws, cushions, placemats etc.

Welsh wool coasters
Tapestry drink coasters

In addition, these textiles were purchased wholesale by fashion manufacturers including Gwydir Garments, Dwyryd Clothes, Coracle Clothes, Gannex and many more.

Welsh wool zipped jacket Welsh wool zipped jacket

The cloth was then made up into coats, jackets, capes, waistcoats, skirts, belts, hats, handbags and purses.

Welsh wool handbag
vintage handbag

Welsh wool skirt suit
skirt suit

The 1960s were undoubtedly the heyday for Welsh wool. Nothing screams the 60s quite like a Welsh wool tapestry cape, mini skirt and knee-high boots. In fact, Mary Quant was known to make trips to Wales to source cloth for her fashion house.

Welsh wool cape and handbags

However, recent designs by Melin Tregwynt have really moved things on once more and are much loved by contemporary interiors magazines. Whether it’s this modern look or the vintage pieces, these textiles look fantastic in the home.

Vintage orange & green Welsh wool coat on stick back chair

The green and orange colourways look amazing with dark woods such as teak and rosewood, the bright pinks zing against white acrylic and browns & creams lift rustic pine with a bit of subtle colour and texture.

Welsh wool place mat with Cathrineholm kettle

There are obviously no rules though, and the range of colours and patterns allows for great fun and flexibility.

Quality vintage pieces remain affordable and, having been out of favour for a few years, are being appreciated once more.

A creeping rejection of the cheap and mass-produced, the recognition of handcrafted objects and the use of natural products stands Welsh wool in good stead for the future.

Welsh wool handbag
vintage handbag

Welsh wool handbag
vintage handbag