Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Styled by Kimberley: Emperor's Old Clothes


This week we've been sharing our love for Brighton-based brand The Emperor's Old Clothes to help them celebrate the launch of their brand new website! And they are offering 15% off their fab ready-to-wear clothing between 7-21 June if you use code EMPERORSW15. What are you waiting for?!

I met the brand's founder, Cecily, back in October last year, at a Godiva shop party in Edinburgh, but I've been following The Emperor's Old Clothes' goings on for some time (by stalking them online, obvs). Hearing Cecily talk about the brand was so interesting, as she is clear that she wants to maintain a sustainable model for quality clothing. All garments are sewn in-house, both ready made or custom. The brand offers an excellent bespoke service where you can receive samples by post and get made to measure pieces. Helen and I borrowed a selection of ready-to-wear items to play dress up with, and I was really impressed by how perfect even the internal stitching was. The attention to detail that goes into every garment is evident.

Even the ready-to-wear selection is somewhat exclusive, as the material used is always from a small run of vintage or end of roll fabrics. You're guaranteed never to turn up to an event matching a someone else's outfit. To be sure of the history of the clothing you can also 'meet' each member of the team on the site and read about their skills. I was surprised to realise that I already knew one of them - I've been following Louisa on instagram for a number of years and I've featured her own brand, Hey Kitsch Kitty on the blog! There's something about making those connections and knowing the people behind the work that makes it more special.

My favourite piece was this wonderful Amy dress in 'Matisse Moment' print. I've been really loving Matisse patterns recently, with many of my latest nail designs being inspired by them. I doubled it up with my fab new Benu Made earrings, which have been on my wish list since forever. Although I seemed to be having a Marilyn moment, I also thought it was time to bring out a dark lip and these huge Jackie O sunglasses that I've had for about a decade. They always make me feel like a film star. Normally I'd pile on the accessories but it's hot and this was fab enough.

Dress | c/o The Emperor's Old Clothes
Sunglasses | Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes | New Look
Earrings | Benu Made

If you love this Amy dress as much as I do you can even buy it! Just don't forget to grab that discount :) And check out Helen's fave pick. If you do get anything, give it your best twirl and share a pic with us! Just tag us on instagram @wardrobeconversations

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