A Notice to our Valued EU Customers – Updated 6th January 2021

We are delighted and relieved by the news that the UK has a trade deal with the EU.

We now understand that parcels we send to EU countries will likely incur import duty at their own country’s rate. Therefore, as we now have confirmation on this  – we have removed UK duty from all orders made by customers in the EU. This will automatically occur during the checkout process – when you select your delivery country at the basket stage.

For those who have purchased after 1st Jan and paid UK VAT – we have contacted you via email and have refunded the 20% automatically into the payment method used on the order. This should show in approx 48 hours.

Please be assured that if any new information comes through – we will respond accordingly.

We do have to assume that there may still be some delays in delivery for a short time – if so, we will evaluate our choice of courier for this period and contact each customer individually.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries – we would be delighted to help.

+44 (0)1422 376461
info@20thcenturyclothiers.co.uk

 

FAQ:-

What if I need to return an item?
Please make sure you label your parcel correctly as “Returned Goods of UK origin”.

We will send two copies of your delivery note – please return one copy of the delivery note provided within the box back to us and hand the other one to your courier as proof of returned goods from UK origin. Failure to do so may incur import duties which will be deducted from any refund. PLEASE DO NOT USE FEDEX FOR YOUR RETURN!

December 16th, 2020

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The strangest year on record continues…but we have enjoyed the time to work on new styles and ideas for both the upcoming AW season and for next year. Although we cannot ignore the doom and gloom of the news – nor avoid worrying for our future of our businesses – but what I can do is spend some of the time immersing myself in the joys of creating lovely new things and trialling new fabrics. We have certainly been using this time well 🙂

The Utility Coat 

First on the agenda was the new 1940s Utility coat. Always something i’d been thinking about following the great success of our 50s couture and glam coats. I think we will release a new style of coat each autumn – they are beautiful to design and work on – but take time and the fabric is expensive.

We want to produce coats our customers will treasure and wear for many years – so quality is really important.

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Ive always loved and enjoyed the practical fashions of the early 1940s – the elegant and understated styles emphasised by the fantastic hairstyles, accentuated shoulders and a strong red lip. Although the designs were particularly steered by the events of the time and the austerity rules that needed to be followed, it nethertheless produced styles that were innovative (in terms of use of fabric and how to get more from less), super comfy and very wearable.

So I wanted to create a practical early 1940s coat and set about researching original garments, photos and looking at original patterns. This was possible the first time i was focussed on practicality as well as silhouette!  A bit of creative licence was needed to make this work in our modern market – less exaggerated shoulders so coveted in the 40s and a slimmer silhouette.

I wanted something super warm, elegant but in the main – super wearable! Below is a summary of my favourite design elements.

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Im overjoyed by the result and this beauty is now available in 3 fabrics. We hope you enjoy wearing our new favourite coat and look forward to seeing some amazing pics of you wearing it!

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October 29th, 2020

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We are just over half way through a very challenging year for people all over the world. There is absolutely no doubt that the 2020 pandemic has wreaked havoc for so many businesses, big and small. Let’s also not forget how fortunate we are here in the UK unlike so many throughout the globe – in that we have some form of safety net and provision. It’s very humbling.

Due to challenges caused by this pandemic and the ongoing lockdown, our UK manufacturing was brought to a standstill. But if a business is to survive, these challenges should always be met ‘head on’ with a view to turning them into opportunities.

The slower pace and ‘think time’ provided by the lockdown and its proceeding weeks gave myself and my fantastic team the space to consider and investigate how we could turn this tricky situation into an opportunity. It has always been a dream of mine to have our own ‘onsite’ manufacturing unit but it didn’t feel like it was the right time to change how we worked. Now, many things had changed and this ‘great pause’ was the ideal opportunity to move forward.

Our area of West Yorkshire in the North of England has a deep rooted history in textiles and there are still pockets of people with experience, ability and talent that thrive in a ‘making’ environment. So another nudge for me was when I recently rediscovered my history book on the Textile Mills of West Yorkshire (#historybuff #geek).  Whilst browsing, I came across an old image of our Mill: ‘Wellington Mills’ in Elland (see below). The image shows one of the floors in work (we think it might be our floor) from the early 1930s.

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Wellington Mills – Elland Circa 1930

Although our mill was involved mainly in spinning – this image really demonstrates the manufacturing history of this building. Since most mills in the area have been converted to flats or demolished, it really is fantastic to be in this great place. I was completely inspired by this image.

The third and final push for myself personally to move forward with our manufacturing unit, was when i was involved in making scrubs during the height of the lockdown. I started a local Scrub Hub and ran the hub from our somewhat deserted offices. Our hub was inundated with volunteers and I met some amazing people. Working with these volunteer home sewers – we made 154 sets for a mix of GPs, Volunteer Dentists and even delivered an order to our local A & E. Whilst being a little stressy at times, i really enjoyed getting back onto a sewing machine (will admit breaking a needle or two) and also hand cutting again. It was like returning to my roots.

As a result of the pandemic, things are changing and more people are becoming interested and concerned about product origins. The House of Foxy would never fit into the ‘fast fashion’ category – our focus being to produce high quality items to be treasured. Our intention is to be able to create more and more special products at our on-site factory. Already, we are earmarking production for winter coats, special occasion wear, suits and our menswear….

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Our first set of machines…

It’s now the end of July and we have just received our first batch of machines, interviews for staff are in progress and we are slowly converting the space into our little manufacturing unit. We hope to fully open in early September depending on pandemic guidance as it is essential we ensure our machinists are social distanced and protected. It will certainly feel great to have created jobs and to be manufacturing here in Yorkshire again.

 

Simply put – good things can come from difficult times….

Watch this space!

July 28th, 2020

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I wanted to reproduce this magical and exquisite print for a long time. I love Navy with Gold or mustard – i think it’s a much underestimated colour pairing. When i found this print, although this may sound slightly irrational – but i was speechless!

The rich french navy base suits and flatters most skin tones and the chartreuse gold leaves move the print into both day and evening wear. Then the sprinkle or small flowers break up the strength of the gold and add extra interest. Could this be the perfect print?

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This is based on an original American 1940s print – and it proves how vibrant prints were (not dowdy as some would say). It’s a fairly large repeat which created a small challenge of not using it for designs that had many pieces – so we came up with the new ‘Ingrid’ dress (pictured above) which is also based on an American original. The simple bodice and 2 piece skirt means that the print is given the space it needs to spread out in all its glory.

We’ve also made our bestselling Ava dress in the gold leaf – as shown below and modelled by @Wilhelminaaffera

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At a time of year when most are wearing red, black and a dash of sequins or glitter – this print will stand out from the crowd. Still party wear but makes a statement of its own – great for non-conformers 🙂

to see our full range of gold leaf – click here

December 5th, 2018

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What to wear!

The World Cycling Revival Style Guide

To its patrons, the Great Cycling Revival is an excuse to dress-up to-the-hilt in the vintage inspired fashions and style of the period covered (1920s, 30s & 1940s), so here’s our little guide to dressing the part if you fancy popping along and hanging out by the track…

Since amazing prizes could be won for best dressed and being dressed in theme will gain you access to all areas of the event, it is also a great opportunity to enjoy the event even more.

Below are a few ideas to get you started:-

Ideas for 1920s Fans
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The era of art deco, the flapper and the boyish look. This decade can be chic and elegant or decadent and full glam. The silhouette in the 1920s was boyish with a drop waist. You can have a lot of fun with the 1920s look!

Hair: was cropped close or in a bob. (a clever up-do can make a faux bob – there are plenty pop tutorials on you-tube)

Makeup: (inspired by the silver screen) was smoky eye and dark lip.

Accessories: cloche hat, long gloves, long pendant necklace, art deco jewellery

Shoes: Mary-Jane or T-bar

Idea 1: 1920s – Gatsby Gone Wild

This look is your opportunity to take opulence to a new level. This is the flapper look – beaded, bejewelled and fringed or sumptuous velvets and chiffons. Jewellery is abundant and headwear often adopted.

Idea 2: 1920s – Coco Chanel Chic

Hailed by Coco Chanel, black became fashionable and so did comfortable, simple drop waist styles. This era saw the start of the ‘Little Black Dress’. This is a really classy look and can combine an elegant drop waist dress with cloche hat and long pearls.

Ideas for 1930s Fans

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The 1930s was a well dressed decade. It makes us think of bias cut gowns, tweed suits, flounces and frills. It had many contrasts with the 1920s – the waist has returned and curves are in vogue again. The 1930s, however, also saw the birth of ‘sports casual’ clothing for women when outdoor exercising was encouraged and adopted. Off the peg clothing was gaining pace and despite the economic problems of the decade – fashion was more available and very influenced by the silver screen.

The hair: is still short but more natural and often curled.

Makeup: is simpler than the 1920s but the main focus was a very thin eyebrow and a strong lip.

Accessories: are abundant: faux fur, gloves, scarves and a tilt hat or beret to top of your outfit.

1930s Idea 1:- Trouser Style

If comfort is your thing and you are seeking a trousers style – then this might be the look for you! The new sports casual styles of the 30s often took the form of sailor themes. Very wide trousers with bib fastening, boat neck top or sailor blouse. Pair with a beret

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1930s Blouse & Slacks

1930s Idea 2:- Hollywood Glam

In need of a boost and some escapism during the great depression, ladies flocked to the cinemas to see what their favourite stars were wearing. From slinky evening wear is silly satin to practical and stylish tweed or wool suits.

Ideas for 1940s Fans

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When we think of 1940s fashion, we probably think of the glamour of the 40s Pin Up and the practical styles of the wartime Land Army Girls. We think of ultra feminine 1940s tea dance dresses in floral prints, wedge shoes and brogues. The fashions were of course, influenced by the war and economic situation and so fashion was practical.

Makeup: subtle winged eyeliner, red lip

Hair: 1940s hair is definitely the iconic element of this era – but can easily look silly if not done right. Avoid victory rolls and try the 40s poodle or pageboy with hair flowers.. check out instruction videos on youtube.

Accessories: seamed stockings/tights, hat or snood, diamanté jewellery

Shoes: brogues or sandals wioth a platform

1940s Idea 1: Home Front Honey

The is a great style for those who seek a practical option – perhaps also very helpful if cycling! Trousers from this period are different to modern styles – choose reproduction high waisted, wide leg trousers which are really flattering and should be paired with a waisted jumper, blouse and jacket. Or opt for a practical shirt waister dress.

1940s Idea 2: Film Noir

Many ladies love the ultimate sophisticated clothing of the 1940s hollywood glamour – whether that be a suit with a faux fur or an elegant floral tea dress. Remember headwear and a bit of bling!

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The 1940s Film Noir Style ‘Ohara Dress’

Further Reading:-

Vintage Style Guides: http://www.thehouseoffoxy.com/1950s/a38

Our Pinterest page on 1920s inspirational styles: http://www.pinterest.com/20thcenturyfoxy/1920s-fashion-inspiration/

Our Pinterest page on 1930s inspirational styles: http://www.pinterest.com/20thcenturyfoxy/1930s-fashion-inspiration/

Our Pinterest page on 1940s inspirational fashion: https://uk.pinterest.com/thehouseoffoxy/1940s-fashion-inspiration/

Recommended books:-

Art Deco Fashion – Suzanne Lussier

Everyday Fashions of the 30s – Sears Catalogue

Forties fashion – From Siren Suits to the New Look – Jonathan Walford

The 40s Look – Mike Brown

May 11th, 2018

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