It’s been such a wonderful year at Emperor’s HQ in many ways but particularly in that I’ve been surrounded by so many amazing + talented women. As the year draws to a close I wanted to take this opportunity to say a big thank you + give a shout out to these women and the work they do with our list of Emperor’s Women of 2018.
Before we get going I have a couple of disclaimers to make:
1.We would be nowhere without people to make clothing for. I hope it goes without saying that our customers are so so appreciated + valued here at The Emperor’s Old Clothes and you should ALL be on this list however I want to respect your privacy. To be honest this post would be waaaay too long to scroll if I put all of you in it so I’ve decided to keep it to women we’ve worked with instead. But thank you for all your support in 2018 – especially our wonderful MyEmperors club members – it means everything to us! We can’t wait to add to your wardrobes in 2019.
2. Our stockists are also super important to us! That’s everyone at Flock in Brighton, Jude, Natasha + Fleur at Godiva in Edinburgh + Ciara and the team at Poot in Somerset plus the lovely Sophie + Jo at Four Candles. I wanted to feature you all however there were a few of you that I could not find photos of + I’m not about to feature some but not all of you – so this is your shout out! Thank you for all your support this year + for helping us to spread the handmade joy.
3. Finally I’ve been working on this for a while + wracking my brains but I’m sure there will be people I’ve neglected to mention so apologies in advance. The truth is I’m really lucky to have a huge number of incredible women in my life so to namecheck every one of them would be quite a feat. There are also lots of women I know that I haven’t had the chance to work with yet but who are doing some awesome things so keep your eyes on the blog as I’m hoping for more collaborations in 2019. Please know that I value you all + your support of my business this year + in the years to come.
Ok so without further ado here’s our:
EMPEROR’S WOMEN OF 2018
My right hand woman! Louisa is so awesome + Emperor’s would be nowhere without her.
Geneva is one of our awesome seamstresses.
She makes the majority of our accessories + works with Louisa on our ready to wear. Geneva is a talented freelance seamstress + also sells gorgeous vintage clothes.
Ella is our marketing assistant.
Ella completed a placement with us in 2017 + she’s come back to work with after a break whilst she concentrated on her degree. Ella is a talented textiles student at Brighton University working towards her final collection.
Nathalie is my mum – can you tell?
She’s been an awesome support, helping us with all sorts of behind the scenes jobs including threading tags, our fabric inventory + prepping our fabric wreath kits. She also teaches Iyengar Yoga in Hove.
Carla is our trainee seamstress.
She’s taking part in our trainee programme to experience in a working studio + develop her sewing skills.
Cress has just completed a marketing placement with us.
She’s a fashion communications student at Brighton University currently completing her placement year.
Lou was part of our marketing team this year – helping us make lots of awesome upgrades to our promotional activities.
Lou owns gorgeous lingerie label Brighton Lace + is part of the Flock boutique gang so we still get to see lots of each other!
Skye completed our trainee programme earlier this year + has recently been helping us out in the shop.
Skye is a fashion buying student + all round lovely person.
Florence completed our trainee programme this year whilst studying for her A-Levels.
An experienced sewer Florence always came in wearing amazing clothes she’d made herself in gorgeous linens!
Izaskun completed a marketing placement with us this Spring.
Izas came over from Spain to help work on our new website as we were preparing to launch earlier in the year + introduced us to lots of great latin music.
You may recognise Sarah from our website + social as not only did she complete one of our marketing placements Sarah also models for us! She is currently completing her degree at University of Brighton.
Keeping it in the family once more! Charlotte is my beautiful sister.
She previously completed an apprenticeship with us + has continued to model for us this year. She’s currently studying Media Production in Bristol.
George joined us for a week this year for work experience week at her secondary school.
She got a taste of all the different things we do from sewing to photography during her week with us.
Kate owns Pick Up Sticks Vintage + supplies us with truly beautiful fabrics.
She is one of the owners of Flock boutique where we’re based + she does quite a bit of photography for us too. A woman of many talents!
This wonderful woman helped us create our beautiful new website this year!
Madeleine Jones owns Make your Business Shine helping businesses with all the techy stuff like web design + SEO.
Kerry has been super supportive + has helped us get out there online this year.
She owns Social Brighton offering consultancy, courses, social strategy + more. We can’t wait to be a guest on her podcast in the new year.
We’ve had so much fun collaborating with Emily this year!
Emily owns sustainable fashion brand Zola Amour (check them out – their organic wardrobe staples look great with Emperor’s items) + we’ve been teaming up for photoshoots, blogs + have generally been supporting each other wherever we can.
Andrea Anderson is all about creativity!
She owns Who I Am creative coaching + she’s been supporting us with meaningful professional development this year.
You may have seen us in The Times recently? That’s down to Mel Fisher + her zero waste mission.
Mel owns Zero Waste Goods + held the UK’s first and only Zero Waste Market this December. Can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for + get involved in future events.
We’ve had so much fun collaborating with Wilma this year!
Wilma Gostner is the image consultant + personal stylist behind WG Image. We’ve loved teaming up to help our bespoke customers design their one of a kind garments together this year.
HELEN & KIMBERLEY
These fabulous women are Scottish blogging duo Wardrobe Conversations.
They’ve been super supportive of Emperor’s in 2018 + we love they’re awesome attitude + playful styling.
Ruth MacGilp is a wonderful sustainable fashion blogger based in Scotland.
We loved her feature on our design your own dungarees earlier this year + love her overall ethos + attitude to fashion.
Mars Dilbert has one of our fave accounts on Instagram @life_on_mars96 and is lives just down the road from us in Brighton.
We’ve been having lots of fun collaborating this season. We’re currently working on a pair of bespoke woollen trousers designed by Mars which we can’t wait to show you in 2019.
The ever enthusiastic Suzi Grant of Alternative Ageing.
We had so much fun designing + creating a one of a kind dress for Suzi to wear to Goodwood Revival this year, beautifully captured by Sara (Notes by a Stylist). We love that bloggers like Suzi are doing their thing despite the backdrop of awful ageism displayed in media representation of women.
Not sure where to begin with how awesome + inspiring Kitty Underhill is!
Kitty is a model, body acceptance & self love advocate, speaker + does many other amazing things too.
Kitty modelled some of our pieces for a Sister Society blogpost in the summer on body positivity + privilege. Our discussion with her on this project has spurred us to make inclusivity a top priority for Emperor’s 2019 when we’ll be adding a wider range of sizes in all of our designs.
LAST BUT NEVER, EVER LEAST OUR AWESOME GANG OF MODELS:
PAM, JO + SARAH
Pam is one of our lovely customers, Flock buddies where she sells stunning vintage, Jo is a writer + Sarah you have already met!
SIENNA + BETH
Sienna lives locally + is one of our lovely non-professional models. She also walked in our Sister Society Red Collection in November.
Beth has possibly racked up more Emperor’s shoots than any other this year?!
MUSHU + CHARLOTTE
Mushu is a textiles student at Brighton University + Charlotte is a singer/songwriter.
FENIA + SHANNON
Fenia is one of our wonderful customers! Shannon is an Emperor’s shoot regular + also walked in the Red Collection Fundraiser for Sister Society.
IMI + SOPHIA
Amber is currently studying Animal Management + we go to the same yoga class!
FIAMMA + KIM
Thank you to all the women (+ men) who made 2018 such a great year for The Emperor’s Old Clothes!
Want to be on this list in 2019? Get in touch – we love a collaboration.
Have a wonderful start to 2019 everyone,