Take Care of Your Shoes

Think of your shoes like you do yourself after one too many Cosmos. Satin, silk, suede and leather respond badly to heat, sunlight and damp over time, so store them somewhere cool and dry. Don’t let your Balenciaga Knife mules languish anywhere near a window. It could lead to color fade – a fate worse than a broken heel. Instead, store them in a dry closet, ideally on a shoe rack that’s separate from your everyday shoes. Alternatively, recycle and store them in the original box, or use cloth dust bags to protect delicate metalwork and embellishments. To preserve the shape of your shoes, invest in shoe trees, or stuff the toes with acid-free paper.

Prevention is better than cure. If possible, we always try to have our shoes re-heeled and resoled long before they’re worn through. But, even if they look as though they’re on their last legs, the beauty of luxury and handmade shoes is that they’re designed to last. Many of the best shoemakers will offer an aftercare service. If they don’t, take your shoes to a local cobbler for professional cleaning and repairs. There’s life in the old girl yet.

If it’s raining, you might need to reconsider wearing your Manolo Lurums. The wet is anathema to satin. We’d recommend having your shoes treated by a professional with gentle and environmentally friendly water and stain protectors. If you do get caught in the rain, soak up any excess water with a colorfast cloth and treat your shoes to a blow-dry with your hairdryer on its lowest setting.

Wear your shoes in gradually around the house for a few hours at a time to preserve the structure of the shoe, and make sure your hands are clean before handling your most delicate shoes. If you’ve applied makeup for the night, a stray smudge of lipstick or residual hand cream could do lasting damage. Finally – heel stoppers might not look particularly elegant, but if you’re planning to wear heels to an outdoor event, they’ll pay dividends in terms of shoe longevity. Glamorous, we know.

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer who was born in 1942. She’s best known for her super ‘feminine’ and whimsical designs. A for people refer to them as over the top. Those just aren’t her people (insert smirk). She’s also super well known for doing cartwheels that end in the splits at the end of each of her fashion shows ! It’s pretty much her signature move.

Fun Fact: She initially wanted to be a dancer and took a ton of dance classes but through it she found her love for costumes and decided to get into fashion. Now ya know why her designs are deemed over the top; they’re costumey on purpose.

She studied fashion at the Pratt Institute but ended up graduating from Syracuse University. After graduation she was able to intern at Mademoiselle magazine and get a ton of real-world experience. After about a year she was deemed the in-house designer for a little boutique in Manhattan named Paraphernalia.

Fun Fact: She has been married 3 times but always keeps her name, professionally, as is; last name Johnson.

In 1969 at the age of 27 she opened up her own boutique in New York called Betsey Bunky Nini. Shortly after, she took control of a fashion label called Alley Cat and began making designs for rockstars.

In 2002 Johnson was inducted into the Fashion Walk of Fame and the year after is when she expanded her line into handbags and other accessories. Handbags have been her golden goose ever since !

In 2009 she earned Lifetime Achievement award for her fashion from the National Arts Club which was a pretty big deal and as of 2011, she’s in at least 65 stores worldwide ! Although she filed for bankruptcy in 2012, the brand is still up and going.

Fun Fact: Betsey is a long term breast cancer survivor.

The Story of Gucci

Gucci was established in 1921 in Florence, Italy by a man names Guccio Gucci. It’s actually one of the oldest high fashion Italian brands to date ! Like a ton of other fashion houses during that time they started out by producing luggage and other luxury travel goods for the upper class. They also had some equestrian equipment too. Their main material used was leather and silk. However, during the second world war, they were forced to use cotton as a substitute. It was during that time that they changed the logo to the one we see today.

In 1938 Gucci opened a shop in Rome after having to switch from imported leather to cotton and a specially woven hemp. In 1951 Rodolfo, Guccio’s son opened another shop in Milan and in 1953 a shop in New York City.

It was in the 1950s that Gucci started really getting popular in the United States, mainly Hollywood due to traveling actors and musicians. Guccio Gucci, unfortunately, passed away in 1953 but his brand continued under the leadership of his three sons, Aldo, Vasco, and Rodolfo. Shortly after, they introduced luxury accessories to the brand such as watches and eyeglasses which are now the cornerstone of their label.

In 1983 the most active son, Rodolfo, passed away and left control of the company to his son Maurizio. Now this guy, almost ran the brand into the ground via family disputes and things like tax evasion charges and bad investment deals. Fortunately, in the 90s they partnered with Tom Ford and all was well. Tom Ford worked with Gucci until 2004 and in 2006 Frida Giannini took over. Her last year was 2014 and then Alessandro Michele took over as creative director of the brand. In 2017 with her in charge, Gucci hit record sales and profit was boosted by 11%.

Fun Fact: Aldo Gucci designed the logo for his father.

Today Gucci is owned by the French luxury group Kering who is also responsible for Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen.

What Makes A Great Designer ?

Just like with anything else there’s a lot of different ways to be great. That’s why there’s room for many Greats like Versace or Marc Jacobs. So today we’re going to put you on to several different ways one can qualify as a great designer.

Great designers have stellar observation skills. Their intense curiosity for the world around them and how people function causes them to be extra attentive to all ocular sensations. They especially use their observation skills to figure out how they can make already good things, great.

Great designers are excellent listeners. They want to know what matters to consumers when it comes to both functionality and beauty. They take other suggestions into consideration while also understanding that people often don’t know exactly what they want. As Henry Ford kind of probably said, “if I asked the people what they wanted they would’ve said faster horses.”

Great designers are self-motivated. They have everything it takes already within them to turn an idea into an actual tangible piece ready to be gifted or sold.

Great designers understand context. Context is what helps us make sense of things we don’t currently understand. It’s the extra details that help us decide if something is relevant or not.

Great designers find solutions. All of the observing, listening and discerning context would be completely useless if they never used it to find solutions to current fashion problems ! My personal favorite fashion solution is pockets for dresses.

Great designers aren’t boxed in by rules. They aren’t trying to create with the current trends in mind. Their goal is to either create or accurately predict the future of fashion.

Great designers have thick skin. You will never be able to create a piece that caters to the taste of every fashionista on earth. Great designers know how to accept criticism or even downright disdain without giving up their authenticity.

Great designers don’t pretend to know everything. “The man who claims to know everything knows nothing at all.” Somebody great said something like that. It goes for all areas of life including fashion.

Do you have a favorite fashion designer ? Let us know in the comments !

The First Fashion Designer

First things first, let’s discuss what it means to even be a fashion designer. According to Fibre2Fashion, “Fashion design is a form of art dedicated to the creation of clothing and other lifestyle accessories. Modern fashion design is divided into two basic categories: haute couture and ready-to-wear.”

So Haute Couture consists of customized and one of a kind pieces. Think runway and celebrity or special event ensembles ! Ready-to-wear fashion is what you go to Saks Fifth, (or Target if you’re like me) to pick up on the go.

Ready-to-wear can be further broken down into a couple other categories; designer and confection. So the first dude to do the things was Charles Frederick Worth. Up until he set up his early 19th-century version of a popup shop, people in Paris anonymously made and sold dresses and the standards were solely set by royalty.

After some time his House of Worth pop up shop became so poppin’ that the village residents were able to attach a face and a name to it. That was the beginning of the current tradition of having a designated designer of a “house”.

House of Worth was founded in1858 and specialized in Haute Couture. The shop stayed in the family up until 1952 and then closed for good in 1956. The brand itself was revived once more in 1999. The new Spring/Summer collection didn’t debut until 2010.

Fun Fact: The empress at the time appointed Worth as the official court designer. This increased the quality of his reputation and in turn, his overall success.

Below you can see three examples of House of Worths’ most famous designs. You can see how regal in nature they are and they have the air of France for sure. Vintage dresses can still be found in obscure corners of the internet for up to $50,000 on the price tag.

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Getting Started (TIES)

A tie is a simple project that works well for beginners in sewing. There are simple patterns you can find online BUT the most effective way to learn is by finding an old tie, taking it apart and using it as a pattern to create a new one. IMG_3126I suggest this way because if you pay attention to how the tie is constructed as you seem rip it apart you will have success putting it back together! I state this from experience so trust the process and do not be afraid to make mistakes. Start small to build your confidence, the bigger projects will definitely come in due time. Never forget to have fun! So now that I have mastered the tie my next adventure will be the…..(drum roll)…(pregnant pause)…..(dramatic music)…..

BOW TIE!

If you would like to purchase a tie of your own or as a gift, ties start at $25.00 + shipping cost. 

“Netta”

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African print full skirt with pockets are now available in midi and maxi length. To order just send in your waste measurement as well as the length you would like to receive. This particular fabric for midi cost $60 USD + shipping and maxi cost $90 USD. Choose any african print fabric to make a custom order and receive your piece within 2 weeks of ordering!

Contact us at 1914clothing@gmail.com if you have any questions.

If you would like to make a purchase visit our etsy page .

Melanin

It is good to have one classic beauty to model for you! This model serves face and brings this fun skirt to life. The wind came right on time to show how light this fabris is. Nothing like a good photoshoot to complete the day who needs a studio when nature serves the best backdrop! These skirts come with pockets and can be as low as $35.00 USD depending on the fabric of your choice (this price does not include shipping). Place your order now on our Etsy site!

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Meet the Creator

 

Hello to all!

Thank you for visiting my site. This company was founded on the styles of old. Vintage clothing revisited is the name of the game. Women are built in many different shapes and sizes. Don’t you hate shopping and finding the perfect dress and it being to tight at the top but fits perfectly at the bottom and vise versa? Well the goal is to make it easier on you with designs that can be customized to fit your measurements. Sometimes it’s a hassle to buy a dress and then figure out if you can get it altered in time for an event well now you can cut out the middle man. If you truly love a look but you want it to fit your measurements you can custom order to fit like a glove. Help 1914 be great and inspire all to enjoy life with fashion in mind. From young in age to young at heart we target the masses to make every woman feel attractive and beautiful. Join me in achieving that goal and working with me personally. Feel free to contact if you have any questions about the looks featured and how you yourself can order an origional one of a kind piece.

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