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Sustainable Vintage Halloween Looks!

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  Halloween is just around the corner, and I don't know about you guys but it is one of our favourite times of the year. The time of soups, autumn tones, crunchy leaves and of course - dressing up time!  Yes yes, Halloween is all about thinking of cool costume ideas, whether that be a fully blown concept or just wearing all the cutest spooky characters. And while that's all well and good, Halloween is a *frightening* time of waste - without even touching upon the pumpkins or decorations.  According to Save Your Wardrobe, an estimated 7 million costumes are thrown out every year, the majority of which end up in landfill. And sadly, due to the large proportion of costumes being made from plastic based fabrics (like nylon and polyester), this is the equivalent of 83 million plastic bottles which will take over 300 years to decompose. But never fear!! That is why your favourite vintage clothing shop is ready to help. We have gathered together a handful of incredible 1960s, 1970s an

A Guide to Vintage Sizing

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 Ah sizing. Something that is so helpful yet so unhelpful at the same time.  After having so many conversations with you all about the perils of sizing, particularly when it comes to vintage clothing, I have written a little piece about where sizes actually come from, and my tips on finding a sustainable way to find your perfect vintage size! It is believed that standard sizing as we know it came from wars (particularly the Crimean War), and the need for an easy way to provide uniforms for soldiers. Once 'ready-to-wear' clothing, rather than 'tailor-made', became the norm in the early 1900s, standards bodies saw it fit to create a national sizing chart for men, women and children. This project began in America after the Second World War, where they surveyed 15,000 women in order to work out the average measurements for clothing. The 'Body Measurements for the Sizing of Women's Patterns and Apparel' was published in 1958 and was available for all to use. Unsu

Small Business Christmas Shopping Guide!

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  Yes yes, it's not even December yet and we've already been reminded for WEEKS that Christmas is nearly here. We for one have not even started our Christmas shopping yet, because we intend on shopping independent, local, and/or small this year, so no worries about things being stuck on ships, wahoo! Joking aside, it has been yet another tough year for small businesses, so your support is more important than ever! As far as we are concerned, buying gifts from a small business is like buying two presents, because actual people are absolutely made up with your orders!  But we knowwww that it's hard when you just want your shopping over and done with and Amazon, Waterstones, Boots and the like all seem like the quickest and cheapest option. SO that's why we've put together this gift guide that we hope will appeal to the different kinds of people you're buying for, get your shopping done fast, and included big and small prezzies too :) We sadly couldn't write ab

The Mary Quant Film and How She Inspires Us!

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                       "I think the point of fashion is not to get bored looking at somebody"   Mary Quant. Ahead of the first official feature documentary celebrating Dame Mary Quant, we wanted to dedicate a part of The Octopus Garden to the queen of style herself, and how she has influenced our handmade pieces! Dame Barbara Mary Quant was born in 1930, and *literally* invented the mini skirt! She started designing and manufacturing her own pieces in the later 1950s after being picked up by Harper's Bazaar. She believed that clothing should be fun, contemporary and accessible to the younger generation, who at this time were finally able to afford their own clothes! She opened her own boutique 'Bazaar' on King's Road in Chelsea in 1955, which was really the birth of the 'Mod' and 'Chelsea' looks, featuring the mini skirt and mini dress. Quant claims that she did not actually invent the mini skirt - her customers did, as they kept asking for th