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ABOUT THE EMPEROR’S OLD CLOTHES

The Emperor’s Old Clothes is a British clothing label designing and creating beautiful one-of-a-kind clothing & accessories for women and men.

We’re dedicated to sustainable fashion working exclusively with vintage fabrics & end-of-roll remnants which would otherwise find their way to landfill. This also means that when our customers buy a new item of clothing they are adding another chapter to the story of each beautiful cloth. Every item is handmade by our all-female team in our Brighton studio.
Since launching in 2012 we have grown from a one-woman business to a team of six with over 35 years of commercial sewing experience between us.

We do what we do…

…because handmade is better: it’s higher quality, allows for more creativity and champions local skills & talent. All this whilst helping to reduce fabric waste in the UK fashion industry.

We’re also passionate about ethical business. This isn’t simply about products and supply chains, it’s about the people behind the brand.
Every member of our team is paid the living wage and gets the opportunity to develop their creative & technical skills in our friendly handmade clothing studio.

We do what we do…

…because handmade is better: it’s higher quality, allows for more creativity and champions local skills & talent. All this whilst helping to reduce fabric waste in the UK fashion industry.

We’re also passionate about ethical business. This isn’t simply about products and supply chains, it’s about the people behind the brand.
Every member of our team is paid the living wage and gets the opportunity to develop their creative & technical skills in our friendly handmade clothing studio.

MEET THE TEAM

Meet Cecily
Founder

Cecily designs, pattern-cuts and runs our ‘design your own’ and bespoke services. She has always loved to make things. She launched The Emperor’s Old Clothes to bring the joy of this private handmade process to the public marketplace as an alternative to the fast fashion industry. Cecily helps our customers bring their dream garments to life!

Cecily’s everyday fuel is endless cups of Earl Grey tea in her favourite mug.

Meet Louisa

Seamstress

Louisa helps to develop new designs and create our unique range of ready-to-wear clothing from our cosy Brighton studio.

Louisa loves anything neon & sparkly and often finds sequins in her pockets…

Meet Geneva

Seamstress

Geneva sews our handmade ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.

Geneva loves a spot of treasure-hunting at vintage markets.

Meet Sarah

Seamstress

Sarah helps Cecily with cutting out all our ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.

Sarah loves to bake – her shortbread is sublime!

Meet Ella

Marketing Assistant

Ella helps create beautiful content for our social media channels & blog.

Meet Cressida

Marketing Intern

Cressida is developing her skills in all things marketing during her 3 month placement with us.

Meet Louisa

Seamstress

Louisa helps to develop new designs and create our unique range of ready-to-wear clothing from our cosy Brighton studio.

Louisa loves anything neon & sparkly and often finds sequins in her pockets…

Meet Geneva

Seamstress

Geneva sews our handmade ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.

Geneva loves a spot of treasure-hunting at vintage markets.

Meet Sarah

Seamstress

Sarah helps Cecily with cutting out all our ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.

Sarah loves to bake – her shortbread is sublime!

Meet Ella

Marketing Assistant

Ella helps create beautiful content for our social media channels & blog.

Meet Florence

Marketing Intern

Cressida is developing her skills in all things marketing during her 3 month placement with us.