At Bijou and Vintage we focus on providing the best possible stock to our customers and that does mean stocking some of the brands we absolutely love. We also love discovering new brands through our wonderful customers and clients who we source our stock from. With ever item being hand picked it gives us the chance to meet our clients and get the time 1 on 1 to discuss the history of the the pieces and stories behind them.
So without further or do, here is a list of some of the incredible brands we stock and the reasons we love them…
Hartnell’s of London
Norman Hartnell, founder of the acclaimed brand, Hartnell’s, was a leading British designer known most widely for his work with the Royal Family, in particular Queen Elizabeth and the Queen mother, designing Elizabeth’s Wedding and Coronation dress. The designer who famously quipped, “I despise simplicity. It is the negation of all that is beautiful” opened his Mayfair Boutique in 1923. Best known for his intricate beading and lacework, flamboyant excess and shimmery fabrics we had to add him into our list after having in our gorgeous subtle pink dress.
Ciro was established in 1917 and continues its reputation for high quality imitation jewellery and pearls. Having started out as a mail order company selling costume jewellery, clip-on earrings, and cultured pearls, with the launch of the imitation pearl in the 1920s CIRO became a much sought after brand with the elegant flapper girls and early film stars. We have has Ciro pieces in our boutique a few times now and its always a joy.
From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. She saw that fashion “anticipates” and her design revolution grew out of a drab, postwar Britain on the brink of social change. Quant became a public figure and, as Lister says, “expressed the way in which women’s lives were parting from traditional stereotypes. Her clothes provided a language to express the empowerment of women at a time when words like sexism had barely been invented.” The designs were also Quant’s personal rebellion, her way of avoiding becoming a grammar school teacher.
Christian Dior, most famous for his creation of the ‘New Look’ which was established in his first haute couture collection presented in Paris on 12 February 1947. The styles that made up the look corresponded, according to the show’s program, to the shapes “8” and “Corolla,” respectively described as “clear, rounded, bust emphasized, waist indented, hips accentuated,” and “dancing, very full-skirted, tight-fitting bust, and narrow waist”
Droopy and Browns
Angela Holmes the voice and design behind the brand built up Droopy and Browns, a unique family business. She avoided the mainstream fashion industry because, like the boy in the fairy tale who knew the emperor was naked, what she saw through the hype was not a pretty sight. She was also a powerful performer and singer, described by the Financial Times in 1984 as “an unparalleled interpreter of songs by Brecht and Weill”. We have a beautiful Droopy and Browns dress with matching dress. The print of the dress is the trimming and lining of the coat which really sets it apart as a set. This duo will be available on Etsy shortly but you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries.