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    Emperor’s Team Style Guide: Party Wear

    Emperor’s Team Style Guide: Party Wear

    We love a good party wear style guide – but why should our models have all the fun?

    We had a great time shooting for last week’s party wear look book blogpost but with our Christmas do at the end of this week our team wanted to get in on the action!

    Each of our team members have picked their favourite item from the current Emperor’s collection + styled it with items from their wardrobes ready to party.

    Who picked the best item + styled the best look? Inspired by last week’s look book we’ve each created a look that plays with pastels, brights + classic pieces.

    So without further ado let’s see how Team Emperor is stepping out in style this party season:

    Velvet + pastels = Cecily’s party outfit

     

    Cecily is the owner + designer behind The Emperor’s Old Clothes + she is wearing our ‘Pink Champagne’ velvet dungarees.

    Why have you chosen this Emperor’s piece + how have you styled it?

    I just can’t get enough of this gorgeous soft velvet!

    I had my colours done earlier this year and this pink is in my palette.

    I chose to dress up the dungarees with some monochrome – a starry shirt + going out out boots.

    And a suitably big head-bow of course…

    Where would you wear it?

    I’d wear this outfit out for cocktails with friends – you’re more likely to find me switching out the heels for pumps and heading out to dinner though!

    Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?

    To recognise + celebrate my achievements more in 2019

    Neon + gold = Louisa’s party outfit

    Louisa is one of our awesome seamstresses + she has chosen to style our ‘Neon Leopard’ pencil two-piece

    Why have you chosen this Emperor’s piece + how have you styled it?

    I really like bright colours and orange is my favourite colour at the moment.

    Also I love leopard print and the fact it was almost abstract in this two-piece fabric.

    I styled this outfit with glittery boots and tights to add a bit of sparkle.

    Where would you wear it?

    I would wear it out to a Christmas party with friends!

    Do you have any New Year Resolutions?

    Not so much a resolution rather than an intention to be nicer to myself and improve my self care!

    Brights + sequins = Carla’s party outfit

    Carla is currently taking part in our sewing traineeship programme. She has picked our ‘Pink Pebbles’ mini skirt

    Why have you chosen this Emperor’s piece + how have you styled it?

    Because it was bright and it teamed well with the top and is a versatile piece. I like to wear bright stuff that stands out and it fit really well.

    Where would you wear it?

    I would wear it partying on a night out with the girls.

    Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?

    To be more crafty!

    Silver + glam = Ella’s party outfit

    Ella is our wonderful marketing assistant – she has picked our ‘Silver Siren’ circle skirt

    Why have you chosen this Emperor’s piece + how have you styled it?

    I chose this circle skirt because I love how it shimmers + shines in the light.

    I love an off the shoulder top for an evening and these shoes are dressy but comfortable ready to dance the night away…

    The pouch gives it a pop of red to match my lipstick.

     Where would you wear it?

    To a Christmas disco – I’m dancefloor-ready

    Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?

    To smash my degree!

    Glitter + sheepskin = Geneva’s party outfit

    Geneva is one of our talented seamstresses + makes most of our accessories. She’s picked the crop-top from our ‘Bronze Rose’ circle two-piece.

    Why have you chosen this Emperor’s piece + how have you styled it?

    I liked the texture of the top and I thought the cropped style went well with the high waisted trousers.

    I chose to pair the fluffy scarf with the outfit as I really like the mix of metallics and jewel colours.  

    Where would you wear it?   

    A house party with friends.

    Velvet + classic cotton = Cressida’s party outfit

    Cress is our marketing intern. She has picked our ‘Baroque Beauty’ velvet culottes.

    Why have you chosen this Emperor’s piece + how have you styled it?

    I chose the baroque beauty culottes because I love the classic colours and felt the velvet was very fitting for the festive season.

    I decided to wear my trusty white blouse tucked into the trousers with my chunky heels to make the look more dressy.

    Where would you wear it?  

    I’d wear this look to a Christmas dinner party with my family as the culottes have plenty of stretch in them so I can eat as much as possible.

    Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?

    My new year resolution is to be more confident in myself and the things I do in relation to my university degree.

    I also want to read more books!

    Who’s outfit are you loving the most? You can purchase most of the featured items in our online boutique or have fun designing your own with us!

    Make sure you get in there quick as the deadline for pre-Christmas shipping is Monday 17th December for our design your own service + Thursday 20th December for our ready to wear clothing + accessories!

    Let us know which outfit you liked best in the comments below or join the conversation on Instagram or Facebook

    Party Outfit Ideas – What are you wearing this season?

    Party Outfit Ideas – What are you wearing this season?

    Anyone else looking ahead to a diary full of ‘socials’, festive get togethers + events before we even get to Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Never fear we have a whole host of party outfit ideas to get you feeling + looking awesome!

    We had lots of fun shooting for this post. We headed to Brighton’s Photomatic – a definite if you’re visiting our fair town from afar or just heading out for an afternoon in town.

    We recently ran a poll on our Instagram to see which textures you’re into this season and velvet beat sparkles with a whopping 80%!

    This party outfit ideas guide has something for everyone as we look at Pastels, Brights + Classics for the festive season ahead – and beyond!

    Outfits are NOT just for one night out – our clothes are made to be worn again, and again, and again.

    PASTELS

    Amber wears ‘Regency’ Shorts Two-Piece + Sienna wears ‘Pink Champagne’ Dungarees

    Amber wears ‘Regency’ Shorts Two-Piece + Sienna wears ‘Pink Champagne’ Dungarees

    Sienna wears ‘Chain Reaction’ Pencil Skirt Two-Piece + Amber wears ‘Regency’ Shorts Two-Piece

    ‘Pink Champagne Dungarees’ + ‘Regency’ Shorts Two-Piece

    BRIGHTS

    Amber wears ‘Pink Power’ Dungaree Culottes + Sienna wears ‘Kaleidoscope’ Circle Skirt Two-Piece

    ‘Kaleidoscope’ Circle Two-Piece *SOLD*

    Sienna wears ‘Kaleidoscope’ Circle Two-Piece *SOLD*

     

    Amber wears ‘Pink Power’ Dungaree Culottes + Sienna wears ‘Kaleidoscope’ Circle Two-Piece *SOLD*

    ‘Pink Power’ Dungaree Culottes

    Amber wears ‘Pink Power’ Dungaree Culottes + Sienna wears ‘Kaleidoscope’ Circle Two-Piece *SOLD*

    ‘Kaleidoscope’ Circle Two-Piece *SOLD*, ‘Pink Power’ Dungaree Culottes, Blue & Pink Coin Purse + Blue & Green Wool Tablet Case

    CLASSIC

    Sienna wears ‘Chain Reaction’ Pencil Skirt Two-Piece + Amber wears ‘Baroque Beauty’ Circle Skirt Two-Piece

    ‘Chain Reaction’ Pencil Skirt Two-Piece,  ‘Baroque Beauty’ Circle Skirt Two-PieceLilac Glasses Case

    Sienna wears ‘Chain Reaction’ Pencil Skirt Two-Piece + Amber wears ‘Baroque Beauty’ Circle Skirt Two-Piece

    ‘Chain Reaction’ Pencil Skirt Two-Piece,  ‘Baroque Beauty’ Circle Skirt Two-Piece, Pink Sparkly Coin Purse, Lilac Glasses Case, Pink and Green Striped Pastel Handbag

    Love a design but it’s not in your size? Design your own with us! Check out our fabric gallery + place your order online.

    Psst! Want your outfit in time for Christmas?

    If you’re in the UK you need to place design your own orders by midnight on Monday 17th December, with ready to wear orders placed by Friday 21st December. International shipping deadlines can be found here.

    What are you wearing this party season? Join the conversation on Instagram or Facebook

     

    Shop Independent – Christmas Gifts Guide 2018

    Shop Independent – Christmas Gifts Guide 2018

    We’re very excited to present our Shop Independent Christmas Gifts Guide for 2018!

    As you know we champion all things independent + handmade here at The Emperor’s Old Clothes. We’ve had so much fun compiling this year’s gift guide packed full of beautiful + useful gifts made with love from a host of amazingly talented UK independent designers + brands.

    To be honest it’s basically my Christmas wish-list (hint hint)…

    It’s SO important to support your local + independent businesses especially at this time of year! ?

    Where would you rather spend your hard earned cash? On the high street where items are more often than not made overseas for a pittance from polluting materials or from smaller brands who who champion the handmade by paying a living wage, support the development of their teams + consciously create their pieces to cause less harm to the environment??

    Without further ado:

    Shop Independent Christmas Gifts Guide for 2018

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Christmas Presents

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Gift Flatlay

    Handmade Laptop Case, £38, The Emperor’s Old Clothes; Handmade Concrete Planter with a Succulent or Cactus, £20, HiCacti; Recycled Brass Monstera Leaf Earrings, £35, Izzie Artisan; Fun recycled card A5 paper-cut notebook, £8.50, Pork Chops Paper Cuts; Silk Yellow Print Scarf, £70, Jennifer Hamley; Hand-painted Enamel Mug, £16.50, Pick Up Sticks Vintage

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - The Emperor's Old Clothes Laptop Case

    Handmade Laptop Case, £38 , The Emperor’s Old Clothes

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Hi Cacti Yellow Concrete Planter

    Handmade Concrete Planter Planter with Succulent or Cactus, £20, HiCacti

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Hi Cacti Yellow Concrete Planter

    Made in Brighton, Hi Cacti started in 2015. The pots are inspired by the aesthetics of Mexico and its art, but more specifically their colourful concrete cemeteries.

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Izzie Artisan Monstera Leaf Earrings

    Recycled Brass Monstera Leaf Earrings, £35, Izzie Artisan

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Sofia wears Izzie Artisan Monstera Leaf Earrings

    Beautiful handcrafted Monstera Deliciosa stud earrings in recycled brass made by Izzie Artisan. Add a touch of golden glamour to your outfit with these striking earrings that are sure to turn heads.

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Pork Chops Paper Cuts Notebooks

    Fun recycled card A5 Paper-cut Notebook, £8.50, Pork Chops Paper Cuts

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Pork Chops Paper Cuts Notebook

    PorkChops® paper cut, hand finished, blank paged super-notebooks that will make any discerning note taker, doodler, dreamer or organiser very jealous. Gift messages are also available to make your notebook gifts personal!

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapies Himalayan Bath Salts

    Uplift Himalayan Salt Body Scrub, £24.95, Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapies

    In their workshop based in East Sussex, Corinne Taylor makes natural, plant-based aromatherapy products using essential oils. All Corinne Taylor products are 100% free from Palm oil, sls, parabens, synthetic fragrance and mineral oils, and are never animal tested. What’s not to love?!

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapies

    Calm Himalayan Crystal Bath Salts, £22.95; Inner Peace Soy Aromatherapy Candle, £26.50; Love Aromatherapy Room and Linen Mist, £19.50; Uplift Himalayan Salt Body Scrub, £24.95; All Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapies

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    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Jennifer Hamley Scarf

    Hand-drawn and dyed ‘Bloom’ Silk Square Scarf, £70, Jennifer Hamley

    Jennifer Hamley’s creations include striking lines, bold colours, innovative features and premium materials. Jennifer’s scarves are hand-drawn and dyed and are made with 100% silk. Also Included with each scarf is a pack of 20 styling cards so you’ll never be stuck on ways to wear your beautiful design!

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Christmas Gift Flatlay

    Sustainable no-roll neck jumper, £125, Zola Amour; Scarlet Red Tiger Lily Lace Lingerie Set, £48, Brighton Lace; Wool Polka Beanie, £45, K.Moods, Orange Vintage Tapestry Purse, £12; Red Shimmer Purse, £12; both The Emperor’s Old Clothes

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 -Sofia wears Zola Amour Striped Jumper

    Sustainable no-roll neck jumper, £125, Zola Amour

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Zola Amour Striped Jumper

    Zola Amour is a Brighton based sustainable clothing company committed to be 100% transparent with their supply chain. Their entire collection is made using only natural, organic certified fabrics and textiles they can give a second life. Every item by Zola Amour is considered by ensuring all the materials used are fully biodegradable or recyclable.

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - The Emperor's Old Clothes Purses

    Handmade Purses, £12 each, by 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. Every item is handmade by our all-female team in our Brighton studio.

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - K.Mood Beanie

    ​Made from 100% British Wool Polka Beanie, £45, K.Moods

    Kathleen from K.Moods is a textiles designer and maker who makes sustainable, comfortable knitwear which bring delight through colour. K.Moods aim to be zero waste – so you can wear guilt-free – and create pieces based around the slow fashion ethos.

    K.Moods use waste, recycled, or second-hand yarn where they can, and garments last the distance in design and make.

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Brighton Lace Lingerie

    Beautiful Scalloped Scarlet Red Lace Lingerie Set, £48, Brighton Lace

    Brighton Lace is a Brighton based lingerie business which was founded by Lou. She cares passionately about creating a sustainable fashion business that gives back – to the individual, local and global community. With the help of two lovely seamstresses, Brighton Lace is a three women team who come together to handcraft every element of their underwear.

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Christmas Present Flatlay

    ‘Dotty Dozen’ Purple Polka Dot Dungarees, £135, The Emperor’s Old Clothes; Mini KT Bag, £325, Jennifer Hamley; Irridescent Green PVC Purse, £18; Irridescent Pink PVC Purse, £18 both Hey Kitsch Kitty; Fun recycled card A5 Papercut Notebook, £8.50, Pork Chops Paper Cuts; Love Aromatherapy Room and Linen Mist, £19.50; Calm Himalayan Crystal Bath Salts, £22.95 both Corrine Taylor Holistic Therapies

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Jennifer Hamley Bag

    Aubergine Mini KT Bag in Calfskin Leather, £325, Jennifer Hamley 

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Beth wears Jennifer Hamley Bag

    All the leathers by Jennifer Hamley are specifically selected, tanned and dyed for their exclusive use. A donation from every bag sale funds an education programme for disadvantaged young girls. So not only are you buying something lovely, you’re also helping a worthwhile and important cause!

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - The Emperor's Old Clothes Dungarees

    Handmade loose-fit ‘Dotty Dozen’ Polka Dot Dungarees, £135, The Emperor’s Old Clothes

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Hey Kitsch Kitty Envelope Purse

    Shimmery transparent PVC Purse, £18; Iridescent Pink PVC Purse, £18 both Hey Kitsch Kitty

    Shop Independent - Christmas Gifts Guide 2018 - Gift Wrapping

    We hope we’ve inspired you to SHOP SMALL this festive season – don’t forget when you buy something from an independent brand an actual person does a little dance!

    Comment below to let us know which items you have your eye on!

    Give your loved one a hint by sending them the link to this gift guide + join the conversation on social @emperorscloth

     

    Credits:
    Photography – Kate Branthwaite
    Models – Beth Shenton + Sophia Allison

    Why it’s so important to shop small + support independents

    Why it’s so important to shop small + support independents

    Here at The Emperor’s Old Clothes we love to shop small! Being an independent clothing brand ourselves, it’s something we proudly support and encourage.

    Many people don’t realise the benefits and importance of shopping independently, so we are going to highlight a few pointers which you may not have thought about:

    Boosting your local economy

    By spending your pennies at an independent retailer, you will be contributing to boosting the local economy.

    Research has shown that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-size business, 63p of that stayed within in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger high-street store.

    Owners of local businesses are likely to live in the area you are shopping in, meaning they are less likely to leave and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future.

    Originality & Individuality

    We all know that when you shop on the high-street you are guaranteed to see someone else wearing the same piece of clothing as you whether it’s the following week or months down the line.

    When you shop small you are buying limited one-off pieces which designers have worked hard on to produce.

    Our seamstress Louisa loves our ‘Garden Stroll’ Coat

    In a world of shops which have been designed to all look and feel the same, independent businesses bring originality and diversity to local communities.

    Creating local jobs

    Investing in pieces from local businesses means you are having a positive effect on the health of local jobs in the area.

    Small, local businesses are the largest employer of jobs nationally and are also more likely to pay a higher average wage than commercial chain stores.

    Here at The Emperor’s Old Clothes we are proud to say we are a living wage employer!

    One-off gifts

    Going back to the originality and individuality point – buying independent also means you are buying quirky one-off gifts.

    If you’re stuck on what to buy your nearest and dearest for birthdays or Christmas, you’ll always be inspired just by looking at your local shops instead of your standard high-street chains.

    There is also little risk that the gift receiver has seen their present elsewhere before…

    We’re proud to be part of Flock boutique packed full of talented makers + designers plus beautiful vintage pieces

    Independent shops often stock items which are made locally and aren’t available elsewhere.

    Thinking of buying a new outfit for your Christmas party?

    Shop small or independent and there will be little chance you’ll turn up wearing the same thing as someone else!

    Where the innovation happens

    Everyone knows that fast fashion is a huge issue in the world right now (did you watch Stacey Dooley’s: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets a few weeks ago?).

    The hundreds of thousands of new styles coming out of fast fashion houses are having a negative impact on our world and it’s the independent clothing companies which are bringing innovation to the high street.

    Here at The Emperor’s Old Clothes we pride ourselves on using one-off vintage fabrics which would otherwise find their way to landfill.

    Every item is made by hand at The Emperor’s Old Clothes

    You actually matter!

    Independent businesses pride themselves on listening to their customers feedback and making sure they provide a face when something goes wrong – or right!

    We all know that if you have an issue with a large company you will most likely end up speaking to a robot for 20 minutes before you get to speak to an actual person.

    Local independent retailers would much rather speak to their customers face to face to find out exactly how they can help you.

    Remember, independent businesses are run by real, passionate people – not robots!

    The list is endless when it comes to the importance of shopping independently, but we hope we have inspired you to think twice about where you are spending your money – especially with (dare I say it?) Christmas around the corner…

    We are extremely proud here to be supporting our local community and have a positive impact on the fashion industry, something which is very important to us, and the world! We’re also proud to have such a thoughtful, loyal tribe of customers who make sure they also think before they shop.

    The Emperor’s Independent Gift Guide is coming soon…

    Keep your eyes peeled for our Independent Gift Guide coming soon – it’s bound to give you endless amounts of inspiration of where to spend your pennies this holiday season! We’ll be featuring a curated selection of our favourite independent brands right now

    Don’t want to miss our upcoming guide? Sign up to our mailing list to stay in the know – plus you’ll get 10% off your first purchase – yay!

    Sustainable Fashion Autumn Lookbook 2018

    Sustainable Fashion Autumn Lookbook 2018

    The sudden change in temperature means winter is officially approaching and it has got us yearning for cosy winter essentials like our velvet dungarees and heavy coats. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Zola Amour to present our sustainable fashion autumn lookbook for the season ahead.

    At The Emperor’s Old Clothes we love collaborating with other labels that share our ethos + love for the handmade. A fellow sustainable fashion brand, Zola Amour is also based in Brighton and is committed to being 100% transparent about their supply chain. Their entire collection is made using only natural, organic certified fabrics and textiles which can be given a second life. As you know we’re passionate about using up fabric that already exists + supporting fabric production that takes care not to harm the environment. We have previously worked with lovely Emily –  the designer + owner behind Zola Amour – for Fashion Revolution in 2017 and Zero Waste Week earlier this year.

    Here at the Emperor’s Old Clothes we love how Zola Amour’s basics complement our colourful designs, so we have put together this sustainable fashion Autumn look book to give you some seasonal fashion inspiration!

    Beth wears our ‘Hedgerow at Night’ high-waisted Louisa trousers with organic cotton fleece poncho + black sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour

    Beth wears our ‘Hedgerow at Night’ high-waisted trousers with black sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour

    Beth wears ourRaspberry Ripple’ velvet coat (SOLD) and Fenia wears our ‘Garden Stroll’ floral coat

    Beth wears our ‘Burgundy Beauty’ floral mini skirt & ‘In the Forest’ green cropped jacket with a grey sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour

    Beth wears our ‘Burgundy Beauty’ floral mini skirt & ‘In the Forest’ green cropped jacket with a grey sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour and Fenia wears our ‘Cord Queen’ mini skirt with a black sustainable long sleeve t-shirt and a organic cotton fleece poncho by Zola Amour

    Beth wears our ‘Pink Wafer’ belted jacket with a black sustainable long sleeve t-shirt + ethical jeans by Zola Amour

    Fenia wears our ‘Dotty Dozen’ polka dot dungarees with a black sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour

    Beth wears our ‘Lattice’ winter wool coat + black bamboo shirt by Zola Amour

    Sophia wears our ‘Into the Woods’ brown floral dungarees with a black sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour

    Fenia wears our ‘Paisley Party’ high-waisted Louisa trousers

    Sophia wears our ‘Pink Petals’ floral dungarees with a white sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour

    Beth wears our ‘Pink Champagne’ velvet dungarees with a white sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour

    Sophia wears our ‘Into the Woods’ brown floral dungarees with a black sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour and Fenia wears our ‘Mulberry’ velvet dungarees

    Beth wears our ‘St Germain Stroll’ high-waisted trousers with a white sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour, Sophie wears our ‘Red Alert’ high-waisted trousers with a black sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour and Fenia wears our ‘Paisley Party’ high-waisted trousers with a grey sustainable long sleeve t-shirt by Zola Amour

    Do you head for the great outdoors or hibernate with all the cosy socks + blankets indoors?

    Let us know which outfits from our sustainable fashion lookbook are on your wish-list this season. Remember every item we create is one of a kind so once it’s gone, it’s gone!

    Comment below or join the conversation on Instagram or Facebook

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    – Cecily & the Team

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