Monday, 25 April 2016

Shop Update: Florals, Cottons and Denim

1970s hand-printed Indian cotton wrap dress
It's been a while since I posted a shop update but, despite the blog's radio silence, I've been busy filling the Etsy store with lots of fresh items for Spring. The new pieces span the '50s to the '90s and include a nice mix of florals, patterned cotton, denim and two super cute purses. As always, click on the links for full details and more photos.

*SOLD* 1960s novelty print skiiers skirt
1970s wooden necklace
70s straw tote bag
1990s sun dress by Laura Ashley
1960s cotton maxi day dress
50s pale pink blouse with gold-tone buttons
60s / 70s psychedelic floral wrap skirt
80s oversized denim jacket by Orvis
80s does 50s tropical print bustier by Betty Barclay
80s midnight blue leather clutch

Friday, 15 April 2016

M&S Archive

 A little while back, I sold this 90s midi denim skirt to the archive of British retailer, Marks & Spencer (previously known as St Michael and often abbreviated to M&S here in the U.K.). Most of the time, I sell directly to customers so orders to designers, costumers and companies always stand out a little! Fast forward eight months and M&S has just launched a special 'archive' collection with pieces re-designed and re-issued from their back catalogue. There's no denim skirt in the current crop... but the skirt is now featured in their online database and, who knows, maybe it'll be resurrected in the next archive collection?!

I regularly choose M&S pieces for Elly Maggy Vintage... in fact, there are a couple in the shop right now, including the shirt and dress pictured above. Older St Michael garments from the 40s-60s typify British mid-century style with bright, beautiful novelty prints while their more recent pieces are classic, easy-to-wear and frequently very nicely made, even up until the 1990s ...before the company shifted away from the unionised British garment industry to today's 'fast fashion' style of manufacturing. 

The new archive collection made me think how great Etsy is as an archive in itself - a brilliant place for finding the true 'originals' and buying them ethically and often at a snip of current high street prices! So, I've started a little Pinterest board bringing together some favourite pieces from Etsy and elsewhere on the web. Feel free to follow the board... and share links to your favourite vintage St Michael pieces in the comments below. I'd love to see!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Spring Separates: Pastels

70s crochet top with wooden toggle buttons
Some pastel and neutral separates listed in the shop this past week. As always, follow the links for full details and extra photos!

1960s pale pink sheer French blouse with lace bib and trim
60s sheer paisley smock with high neck and ruffle cuffs
60s 70s men's summer shirt in soft striped cotton

Spring Separates: Brights

70s golden yellow wrap skirt
The sun has been making a sporadic appearance this past week so I've been busying myself with getting Spring separates into the Etsy shop. Here are a few colorful pieces that have just arrived... with a pastel update on the way! I hope you enjoy these colorful pieces. I've been enjoying the oversize 90s pieces that have been popping up on Etsy and in my instagram feed so I'm hoping to add more pieces like the flax blouse and Kenzo jacket in the coming months!

90s oversize flax blouse by Jaeger
90s oversize cropped foliage print jacket by Kenzo Jungle