Boxes and drawers full of old paper ephemera come into the antiques centre quite often. It’s well worth spending 10 minutes to have a sift and sort through. Amongst the old newspapers, shopping lists and receipts lie some little hidden gems.
We keep an eye out for vintage advertisements, menus, recipe booklets and so on. In particular, those originating from the mid twentieth century which have eye-catching designs or artwork.
This week, we found three lovely vintage hosiery ads in a pile.
They date from the 1950s and promote Hudson, Sponsor and Burlington brands.
The lady’s legs forming the letter ‘H’ of Hudson is a particular favourite for graphic design – and we also love the sky blue colour and era-defining ‘New Look’ fashion of the Sponsor advertisement. They’ll look lovely framed and displayed near a wardrobe or in a dressing room.
Clothes hangers are another of those mundane, day-to-day objects to which most of us don’t give much thought. When I was young, I was happy to hang my clothes on odd, mis-matched plastic hangers – the ones that came with the item of clothing from the shop.
These days, I’ve become much more discerning; the clothes I wear – like the hangers in my cupboard – are much less throwaway. I’m a very organised person; I like to open my wardrobe doors and see my clothes displayed on identical hangers. Blouses & shirts together, dresses together, trousers together… and of course, all colour coordinated! I have dozens of the sturdy wooden IKEA variety. But they’re very bulky and, as I almost never throw or give my clothes away, there’s virtually no space left in my cupboard.
Much as I love the padded Wiltshire Liberty print hanger, having all my things hanging from these identical clothes hangers would be very expensive option. Some of the clothes in my possession didn’t cost as much as a single hanger!
The Nomess Copenhagen metal clothes hangers look very similar to the ones you get from dry cleaners. But, the fact that they’re copper and their utilitarian, minimalist look gives them a designer edge. All I need to do now is give my wardrobe a utilitarian, minimalist look to match!
- BUMERANG hanger, natural: £3.50 /8 pack, IKEA
- Nomess Copenhagen aluminium hanger, set of 5, copper: £21, John Lewis
- Wiltshire Liberty print hanger: £7.95, Liberty
We don’t actually have a ‘Glad Rags’ section in our web shop any more. When we did last year’s re-design, we thought that the layout looked better with one less department so we sacrificed it in the name of web design harmony. For that reason we tend not to pick up much vintage fashion these days, but sometimes we see pieces that are hard to resist… like this colourful trio that we bought during the week.
This gorgeous knee-length green coat dates from the sixties. The colour is fabulous and the zig-zag stitch detailing mirrors the angular collar shape. It’s by Andre Peters for Louis Feraud and has a label to the inside.
The red leather jacket is by Jaeger. The leather is lovely and soft – and the condition is excellent. We’re not sure when it dates from – 70s/80s maybe… but it has such a classic, timeless shape whichever decade it hails from.
Last but certainly not least is the very sweet little yellow dress. As with the green coat it’s by André Peters. It’s the perfect thing for spring as the daffodils start to appear. Actually, Adelle was so taken by it that it mysteriously vanished after the photographs were taken!
She hasn’t got a yellow dress so perhaps we can turn a blind eye to the theft. But as she already owns about fifty coats, we’ll have to be stricter with the other two items.
They’ll shortly be listed on eBay – click here for further details and bidding if you’re tempted.
Fashion is one of those areas where price and quality can vary wildly. Shopping in Primark compared to shopping on Bond Street in London.
Plain white T-shirts are a very good item of comparison – I mean, how much differential can there be? Two squarish pieces of white cotton sewn together with holes left for your arms and head. Well, a lot it seems.
M&S fashion is almost universally trusted to be of more than adequate quality. Their £6 T-shirt is made using StayNEW™ technology which reduces bobbling, something that cheap clothes are oft known to do.
Would you be happy to pay £125 for one from Harrods? Granted, this Helmut Lang-designed one contains the “finest cotton and cashmere blend” – but is that really worth an extra £119? Perhaps it is if money is no object.
- M&S COLLECTION pure cotton short sleeve T-shirt: £6.00, Marks and Spencer
- Vintage wash crewneck tee: £13.95, Gap
- Helmut Lang scoop neck T-shirt: £125.00, Harrods
Have you been watching Winterwatch this week? We tune in, of course, for all the wonderful wildlife. But we love the presenters and their rapport with each other. The way Chris Packham tries to shoehorn in as many titles of punk singles into his dialogue as he can – hilarious!
I always admire the clothes they wear as well – lots of lovely outdoor wear. Chris and Michaela have both been wearing some mighty fine down jackets over the past few years and I’ve been coveting one. Not one in boring black – something bright green like theirs’ or perhaps a vibrant purple.
The one from Uniqlo is a lovely colour, but it doesn’t look terribly warm or waterproof and it doesn’t have an all important hood. The top of the range North Face example looks really robust, but the fabric is a bit too shiny for me. The mid-range Rab has a great colour and looks warm & waterproof. I also like the fact that it appears to give you a shape – the Michelin Man look isn’t a good one!
- WOMEN ultra light down jacket: £59.90, Uniqlo
- Rab women’s ascent jacket: £140, GOoutdoors
- The North Face women’s hooded Elysium jacket: £220.99, OutdoorKit
London Fashion Week is upon us again and it got me thinking about tech fashion accessories, or ‘wearable tech’. One of the first episodes of Tomorrow’s World which aired in 1965 included ‘Tomorrow’s Girl’. She can be seen modelling synthetic clothes made of plastic and paper which she accessorised with a pair of earrings that doubled as transistor radios!
- UP MOVE™: £39.99, Jawbone
“Get fit, lose weight and have fun doing it. Put it on and wear it anywhere. And with an LED display and Smart Coach to guide you, the UP MOVE™ tracker doesn’t just count your steps and track your sleep – it gets you over the hump and moving on your path to a better you. With Activity Tracking, Sleep Tracking, Food Logging and Smart Coach.”
- Marylebone Tech tote: £895, Aspinal of London
“The first luxury tote specifically and cleverly designed to carry an integral mobile phone and iPad battery charger pack for use with all your mobile devices. Boasting extra internal pockets with cable paths to carry your phone & tablet devices, the tech charger pack gives you the freedom to recharge your tech gadgets on the go in style.”
- PEBBLE Steel smart watch: £133.30, PC World
“The Pebble Steel Smart Watch works with both Android and iOS smartphones and gives you instant access to text messages, emails and more, directly on your wrist. You can even control and search for music right from your wrist – perfect for sports or travel. It connects via Bluetooth, so is compatible with most current smartphones and gives you the freedom to leave your phone in your bag or pocket without missing out on important information.”
- Dive Bar, tourmalated quartz by Ringly: $195, FAB
“Ringly connects to your phone so you can receive subtle notifications about what’s important. Through the Ringly app, you can set custom colour and vibration patterns for different types of notifications. The accompanying ring box also acts as a charging station.”
- Unpocket: £26, 1984
“The police-grade stealth fabrics on the inside physically block all RFID, GPS, WiFi and Cell signals. UnPocket makes you unhackable and untrackable and allows you to drop off the global surveillance grid and become invisible to Big Brother #GoDark.”