Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Charity Vintage: Vintage trench coats

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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selection of vintage trench coats for sale by & in support of Sense

In yesterday’s Gimme Five! we said how easy it is to get hold of quality vintage trench coats in charity shops. Well, to prove the truth of our bold statement, we’ve found FIVE currently for sale by Sense*

They’re all made by either Burberry or Aquascutum and have a starting price of £9.99. A brand new one would set you back a lot more. We visited both brands’ websites and the cheapest is £110 and the most expensive – a hand-painted deerskin example – £6,000.00!

*Sense is a national charity supporting and campaigning for children and adults who are deafblind. They provide information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families and carers. Their ebay stores aim to maximise the profits from items donated to their charity.


Gimme Five: Trench coats

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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selection of 5 trench coats

A trench coat should be a staple of any woman’s (and man’s) wardrobe. They get you through that tricky change of season period between summer and autumn and spring and summer. That time when a winter coat is too much but shirt sleeves just isn’t enough; when it’s sunny when you leave the house in the morning but it may rain later on in the day.

A good-quality trench coat or Mackintosh, if looked after well and dry cleaned properly, will last you a lifetime. A classic Burberry or Aquascutum never goes out of fashion. You know the ones; khaki-coloured gabardine, just above the knee, belted, double-breasted, epaulettes and check lining.

Vintage trench coats can still be picked up cheaply in charity shops. One of my best ever buys was a bright magenta Aquascutum trench with shiny brass buttons from a charity shop in Brighton almost 20 years ago. It cost me the princely sum of £9.00 – I’ve worn it every year without fail!

If you’re not into wearing second-hand – here’s a selection of great trench coats – all with a twist on the classic style.

  1. French Connection Freeway cotton belted trench: £165, House of Fraser
  2. Ted Baker A-line trench coat, bright blue: £299, John Lewis
  3. Autumn trench: £129, Boden
  4. Womens trench coat, marine navy: £139, Joules
  5. The Angelina trench: £114, Hobbs

Gimme Five! Satchels

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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selection of 5 satchels

For years, my everyday, about town bag has been a brown leather satchel. They’re smart, versatile and timeless. I’ve had a few incarnations – all used & abused until they were falling apart. Two things make me think of the quintessential British school child, a brown leather satchel and a pair of Clarks Joyance T-bar sandals.

The best, to date, was a vintage school satchel Justin bought for me at our local flea market for £7. Over time, the long strap and then the carry handle on it both broke. I resorted to tying them with string for a while, not wanting to give in to the inevitable.

I’m on the look out for a new contender and there are lots to choose from out there. This is my dream shortlist – financially, some more a dream than others!

  1. Mulberry Walter briefcase: £895.00, Selfridges
  2. Two tone leather satchel by Artisan Satchels: £99, Notonthehighstreet
  3. The Classic 13″ in vintage: £108, The Cambridge Satchel Company
  4. Sandqvist Artur leather satchel: £259.00, ASOS
  5. Signature collaboration Harris Tweed satchel: £175, Next

Another valet

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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vintage valet stand with suit jacket, cuff links and watch

In a blog post almost 3 years ago we featured a gentlemen’s valet stand. It sold quickly and you wouldn’t believe the number of enquiries we’ve had subsequently asking if it was still available to buy!

vintage valet stand

Since then, we’ve kept our eyes open for good-quality, vintage stands. This example, picked up last week, really fits the bill.

detail from vintage valet stand showing the Brevettato label

It was produced by Brevettato of Italy in the 1960s.

vintage valet stand with suit

The wood looks to be teak and it has clean, mid century modern styling.

detail from vintage valet stand showing vintage 'A' cufflinks, Smiths watch and tie

In addition to the main hanging racks for jacket & trousers, there are also nice touches such as the shelf for wallet, loose change, cuff links, watches, keys etc.

detail from vintage valet stand showing vintage Smiths watch

Also charming, extendible finials – which can be used for hanging watches, bracelets or ties. To the base is a simple shoe rack.

detail from vintage valet stand showing vintage brown leather brogues

The whole piece stands on lovely, little castors for ease of movement around the room. Perfect!

What a spectacle!

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

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collection of vintage 1950s spectacle frames

We picked up an interesting little ‘job lot’ last week – vintage spectacles, which is a new one for us.

pair of vintage brown 1950s spectacle frames

They’re unused frames – still with original opticians labels from AJH Blackham, Drake Street, Rochdale – ready to fit your lenses of choice.

pair of vintage green 1950s spectacle frames

They date from the very late 40s/early 50s and have distinctive styling from the period. They must have been the latest thing when they were put on display.

vintage clear 1950s spectacle frames with pink rose motif

We’ll put them in our webshop soon – or perhaps our eBay shop might be the best place to sell them. Get in touch if you’re a big vintage fashion fan and are interested in these. It’s not everyday that unused, vintage accessories turn up so we’d like to give our regular readers first dibs.