Bristol Saint Vintage: August 2013

Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Bath Fashion Museum: Laura Ashley

On the same vein as having more fun and being more  positive, I thought id be pro-active and head out to Bath for the day to visit the Fashion Museum on the appropriately named 'Bennett Street'. The last time I was there, was my birthday a few years ago, so its always good to check out new exhibition!

They've currently got a few different exhibitions going on including -

The Laura Ashley Exhibition (ends on the 26th August)
Fifty Fabulous Frocks
Twentieth Century Evening Wear
The Dress Of The Year

The main attraction was the 60th Anniversary 'The Romantic Heroine' Laura Ashley exhibition - which is a display of over 70 L.A. dresses from her 'defining' era - the late 1960's-1970's. This period for Laura Ashley dresses meant long floral numbers, with high necks and mutton leg sleeves, taking pure inspiration from the Victorian era. Her designs gave an alternative to the 1960's optimism and instead gave a nostalgic feel. This feeling was very in tune with the mood of 1970's Britain, which by this time has experienced deaths of major public figures (the Kennedy Brothers and Martin Luther King), the Vietnam War continued and IRA bombings had spread to mainland Britain. Society was looking for escapism and they found this with the romantic Laura Ashley designs.

My two favourite pieces - The pink pinafore dress and the apricot cotton long sundress 

 I feel a small personal connection as a 1960's Laura Ashley coat was one of my first pieces of stock for Bristol Saint Vintage!

The 'Fifty Fabulous Frocks' exhibition was a clever amalgamation of modern and classic dresses - featuring designers such as Coco Chanel, Alexander Mcqueen, Erdem and Vivienne Westwood. But designer's names weren't everything, there were a few pieces without designer's names, such as the mickey mouse dress (pictured below - so pretty!)

The Twentieth Century Evening Collection was a vast rainbow of glorious evening pieces and shoes. There were sequins, furs, beads and just an amazing sense of it being a glamourous movie star's wardrobe which transcended over different eras!

The Dress of The Year was launched by Bath Fashion Museum In 1963. The 50th Dress of the year which is currently on show was designed by Dior's new head designer Raf Simons.
The dress itself is a cut of ball gown of silk with appliqued pink and blue flowers, worn with black slim trousers and court shoes.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Vintage Business : What's My Motivation?

This blog is a little different than usual, I normally try and keep it light but at the end of the day, I want this blog to be more than just about fashion and pretty things! I want it to be something for other people who are running their own business to read and think, 'Yes! I feel like that too sometimes!'

The pop up shop in June was so fun for me and I felt like Bristol Saint Vintage was starting to move forward and grow as a business. But after pushing it forward for months, when it came to an end, I started to lose focus. I started thinking, 'Why am I doing this? Why don't I just go and work for someone else and be done with it?'
I'm constantly comparing BSV to all other vintage businesses and thinking 'How are they doing that? Why can't I do that too? What has made them get where they are?' and in return thinking of all my obstacles that I think are stopping me from getting to that 'successful' place.

I needed to step back and rediscover why I wanted to run my own business in the first place.

These are my motivational points/goals which are now written above my work space to keep me focused -
- I want flexibility in my schedule
-I want to work hard for me and my family (not some big evil corporation)
- I want to have fun with my job and customers (and not get told off like a child, by a ridiculous boss who cant manage)
-To create a profitable business I am proud of

Another brilliant motivation tool is ANYTHING by Carrie from the Female Entrepreneur Association - she makes some amazing videos which always help me!

I've really learnt that a positive state of mind is so powerful. I'm now making the mental decision to stop pressuring myself and start having fun with it again! 

This shoot with Chloe was a good start!

All these pieces are in store now
China available from Bristol Markets only.

Events Coming Up -
Make Sundays Special (18th Aug) 
 Bank Holiday Monday Harbourside Market (26th Aug)
Magpie's Vintage Market At The Mauretania (7th Sept)
Christmas Pop Up Shop At The Victorian Washrooms (7th Dec-21st Dec)

More to follow!

Whats gets you out of bed in the morning?