Two-pieces + dresses to wear to a wedding

Two-pieces + dresses to wear to a wedding

Introducing our summer look-book

With two-pieces and dresses to wear to a wedding or any other event where you want to feel confident and dress to impress.


Summer Guide: Two-pieces + dresses to wear to a wedding - Summer Holiday Two Piece and Suffragette Catherine Dress

Amber wears our ‘Summer Holiday’ Circle Two-Piece UK 10-12 (coming soon online – email to reserve) – Sophia wears our ‘Suffragette’ Catherine Dress UK 6-8

Summer Guide: Two-pieces + dresses to wear to a wedding - Summer Holiday Matching Set and Suffragette Catherine Dress

Perfect in prints

One of the reasons we love getting to work with vintage fabric remnants is the wonderful and unusual print designs which you just don’t get to see these days. This green and orange 70s cotton is a case in point – we can’t get enough of this geometric/floral design!

Summer Guide: Two-pieces + dresses to wear to a wedding - Seventies Sister Two Piece and Greek Goddess Catherine Dress

Sophia wears our ’70s Sister’ Pencil Two-Piece UK 6-8 + Amber wears our ‘Greek Goddess’ Catherine Dress UK 10-12


Summer Guide: Two-pieces + dresses to wear to a wedding - Seventies Sister Two Piece and Greek Goddess Catherine Dresses

Struggling to find dresses to wear to a wedding?

The perfect alternative: try a two-piece instead!

Summer Guide: Neapolitan Two Pieces

Pastel perfection: Sophia wears our ‘Neapolitan’ Circle Two-Piece UK 6-8 & Amber wears our ‘Neapolitan Pencil Two-Piece UK 10-12


Summer Guide: Neapolitan Two Piece

Life’s a carousel!

Summer Guide: On the porch circle two piece and playdate matching set

Sophia wears our ‘On the Porch’ Circle Two-Piece UK 6-8 (coming soon online – email to reserve) + Amber wears our ‘Playdate’ Pencil Two-Piece UK 10-12

Summer Guide: On the porch circle two piece and playdate two piece

Not a floral fan?

Paisley is a great print alternative to those who don’t like florals:

Summer Guide: Two-pieces + dresses to wear to a wedding - Fairground Two-Pieces

Summer Guide: Fairground Matching Set

Pretty in pink: Sophia wears our ‘Fairground’ Circle Two-Piece UK 6-8

Summer Guide: Fairground Matching Sets

Go bold or go home!

We love a vibrant, colourful print and this next two-piece is no exception…

Summer Guide: Tropicana Matching Set

Sophia is ready to dance the night away in our ‘Tropicana’ Circle Skirt Two-Piece UK 6-8

Don’t like wearing skirts?

Summer Guide: Regency Gold Floral Two Piece

Go for a shorts two-piece instead. Amber wears our ‘Regency’ Set UK 10-12

Summer Guide: Regency Gold Floral Matching Set

Add some sparkle with our ‘Prom Queen’ handbag

Our alternative to the little black dress

Why not try grey instead?

Summer Guide: Sunset on The Med Pencil Dress

We love the bold but simple style of this fabric. Amber wears our ‘Sunset on the Med’ Catherine Dress UK 10-12

Summer Guide: Sunset on The Med Blue and Black Pencil Dress

Shop the two-piece collection or find your perfect summer dress with sizes XS-L.

Love one of these pieces but it’s not in your size?

Don’t forget you can design your own with us!

Our travel packing tips for Summer 2018

Our travel packing tips for Summer 2018

Heading on holiday this summer? Find it hard to decide what to bring and what to leave behind? Check out our summer travel packing tips to enjoy your summer break in style:


Countryside Getaway

Travel packing tips:

1. Dungarees are great for excursions – with a loungy fit perfect for long walks and nice deep pockets for maps & snacks.

2. Make sure you remember something warm for late nights around the campfire.

3. Keep your small items separate in a travel pouch – we always like to have a little notebook & pen on hand for when inspiration strikes.

Packing list:

Dungarees: The Real Teal Emerald Dungarees

Culottes: The Botanist Grey Vintage Floral Culottes

Accessories: Make Up Pouch &Glasses Case


city break travel packing tips

City Break

Travel packing tips:

1. Colour co-ordinate! We always try to get away with just bringing hand luggage so make sure you pack versatile items like a cropped jacket and jeans so you can still mix and match.

2. We use a little coin purse to keep your euros separate from your pennies & pounds.

3. A little umbrella is a handbag essential when you’re on the move!

Packing list:

Day Dress: Porcelain Amy Dress

Jacket: Constance Croppped Jacket

Dungarees: Powder Pink Pop

Accessories: Vintage Fabric Laptop Cases &Handbags &Glasses Cases




Travel packing tips:

1. Load up on statement accessories to keep your look fun and fresh. We love sequins and pompoms…

2. Pack light with small separates like shorts and crop-tops leaving more space for sparkly boots and your make-up bag.

3. Style your festival wardrobe around a statement piece for maximum impact and to ensure the best photos!

Packing list:

Playsuit: Golden Ticket 

Crop Top: The Collection

High waisted shorts: Minty Fresh

Tassle Bomber Jacket: @heykitschkitty

Sequin Bumbag: @beskiesboutique

Lace Crop Top: @brightonlace

Accessories: Make Up Pouch Glasses Cases Handbags



Beach holiday travel packing tips

Beach Holiday

Travel packing tips:

1. Two-pieces give you the most flexibility with three outfit options in one. We like wearing the full set or matching the crop with denim shorts.

2. Don’t forget your passport! Keep your valuables safe in your hand luggage in a small travel pouch.

3. Create space in your suitcase with a hamam towel – rolls up super small whilst still ultra absorbent. We double up and also use ours as a sarong.

Packing list:

Mini Dress: Parma Violet

Two pieces: The collection

High waisted shorts: Minty Fresh

Rattan Bag: @pickupsticksvintage

Hamman Towel: @patchy_and_phinch

Accessories: Make Up Pouch Glasses Cases



Where are you traveling to with your handmade wardrobe this summer?

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Fashion Revolution with Zola Amour

Fashion Revolution with Zola Amour

As part of #fashrev week 2018, we teamed up with Emily Evans of fellow ethical fashion brand Zola Amour to discuss what sustainable fashion means to us and why we do what we do.

Started as a response to the devastating Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013 which shook the fashion world, Fashion Revolution Week aims to unite the fashion industry and ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased. As a first step they advocate transparency in the production process encouraging you – as consumers – to ask brands #whomadeyourclothes on social media.

What was your motive for starting your business?

Cecily – Quite simply I’ve always loved to make things. There is something so special and significant about objects that are made from scratch by someone’s hands, not just for the maker but for the recipient too. I wanted to bring the joy of this private handmade process to the public marketplace as an alternative to the mass market fashion industry.

Emily – After working as a footwear designer for 4 years and having seen the first-hand destruction caused by mass-production and the constant need for brands to make styles redundant and to drive people to constantly re-invent their wardrobes. I didn’t feel comfortable contributing to the industry anymore, it was literally make or break as a designer for me and as a conscious consumer, I felt that there was a huge gap in the market for really well-made sustainable basics, so I set-to creating just that.

Grey t-shirt by Zola Amour – Dungarees by The Emperor’s Old Clothes

What was your journey in starting your own business?

Cecily – The business began quite organically, originally I created and sold more out-there costume-inspired clothing at Snooper’s Attic in Brighton as a hobby whilst working in hospitality. This was where I met the other founding members of Flock. I have had various studio spaces in Brighton and Hove over the last six years but when we opened Flock on Sydney Street we established our cosy studio space beneath the shop and haven’t looked back since. In the last two and a half years we’ve grown to a team of five and added stockists in Edinburgh and Somerset to our outlets.
Emily – I began by researching all of the problems caused by the fashion industry in depth in order to work out how I could contribute positively with my own brand. I read lots of books and reports and went from there.

What is your business mission?

Cecily – Our business mission is to spread the handmade joy. As we become more and more reliant on technology as a society, it’s really important to ensure that traditional creative skills are not forgotten. We truly believe that handmade is better than industrial factory standards: it’s higher quality, allows for more creativity on the part of the maker and positively contributes to the local economy.
We spread the handmade joy to our customers by showing them how their clothing is made and enabling them to take part in the design process with our custom and bespoke services. But it’s not just about our wonderful customers – we make sure to spread the handmade joy at Emperor’s HQ too. We offer trainee and work experience placements throughout the year teaching the next generation how to sew.
Emily – Our aim is to combat the ‘throw away’ mentality in order to combat the impact fashion has on our environment and minimize its effect on climate change.

How and where do you work?

Cecily – Most weekdays you can find me at our Brighton studio working with our team to cut, sew and finish all our one-of-a-kind designs. I’m definitely more of a morning person and like an early start. I run our bespoke service so I have fittings each week with clients, as well as working upstairs on the shop floor one day a week in our Brighton stockist – Flock on Sydney Street – where our studio is based. I love that I get to wear many hats in my business – every day is different, so I never get bored!

Emily – I work 3 days a week from a shared office space in Brighton, which is wonderful. I am surrounded by a range of different businesses, anything from dance tutoring to marketing agencies and yoga instructors. The diversity is a fantastic way to bounce ideas off people and to get honest feedback. I spend the other two days making stock and creating new styles in my lovely little home studio in Brighton and then I spend Saturday in my little shop on Brick Lane, London and Sunday is my day off.

What do you think of when you see the hashtag #whomademyclothes and why is that important to you?

Cecily – When I see the #whomademyclothes hashtag I feel that a fresh sense of perspective has been awakened. Social media can so often have negative associations so it’s refreshing to see platforms like Instagram being used to start a serious social debate. Transparency is such a powerful tool because it doesn’t allow any space for apathy. When so many people are still being exploited throughout the supply chain and production process within the fashion industry it’s high time for a power shift and the efforts of Fashion Revolution are creating some real traction.

Emily – It is fantastic how widespread the fashion revolution movement is and how much of an impact it has made in such a short amount of time, I think it is so important to everyone to consider what the true cost is of cheap fashion: Not just from an environmental perspective but also from an ethical point of view… Think, if your t-shirt is £5 – and traditional markups are 5x – Material and labour costs were only 80p… Can you imagine how much the material manufacturers/ farmers/ garment workers were paid to achieve that price point?! It’s horrifying!

Black shirt by Zola Amour – Orange pencil skirt by The Emperor’s Old Clothes

It’s Fashion Revolution week! How are you celebrating?

Cecily – We’re really excited about Fashion Revolution Week this year! We’re celebrating with #imadeyourclothes introductions to each member of our team on our social channels, by collaborating with the lovely Emily of Zola Amour for this interview swap and by presenting my fashion love story.
We can’t wait to see what other brands and consumers get up to too. Lots of our friends are part of the fashion industry and it’s so great to get to see more about their teams and working practices as well as that of big, better-known brands.

Emily – We’re celebrating by publishing a couple of fashion-focused sustainable living articles on our blog and will be speaking at a ‘meet the maker’ event at the ‘fair shop’, located on the Queens Road in Brighton. We will also be showing off our amazing team on Instagram and some behind the scenes pictures.

In an ideal world if you had the power to change absolutely anything, what would you change first and why?

Cecily – I would implement a global living wage. Economic security is key to an individual’s empowerment. How can you ever make life decisions or explore your dreams or creativity if you’re living the life of a wage slave? In the 21st century, it is unacceptable for people to continue to be so exploited. This is why we are proud to be a living wage employer and encourage every other employer to become one too.

Emily – I would stop the devastating effect that plastic is having on our planet and it’s contribution to poisoning marine life, animals, human beings, the ground, the air and water. This would include an absolute stop to plastic-based fabrics such as polyester, acrylic and blends (blending natural fibres with plastic ones means that the natural fibres are also unable to biodegrade)…. Now, where’s my magic wand?!

‘First Prize at Fête’ skirt available here

What do you think is the future for fashion?

Cecily – I really believe that a shift in consciousness is taking place. Whilst there is a place for big fashion companies, their current working practices are not sustainable either for society or for the environment. As more and more people open their eyes to these issues I believe there will be increased pressure on big companies to change their ways and a wider arena for smaller brands like us to establish ourselves as leaders of a more ethical, sustainable and joyful fashion industry of the future. People want their voices to be heard, to get more involved in their wardrobes and feel good about fashion again. Ethical brands like ours, Zola Amour and many others are offering sustainable, feel-good fashion for the future.

Emily – In my imagination there would be no need for ‘sustainable fashion as a category… There would simply be ‘fashion’. Garments would be correctly priced, be non-exploitative and well made.

Get involved using the #whomademyclothes and #fashrev hashtags across social media or by visiting the Fashion Revolution website this week.

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– Cecily & the Team

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