Friday, November 24, 2017


Black Friday SALE at Royal Vintage!

It's that special time of year...the time when families come together to celebrate Thanksgiving, eat delicious food, drink yummy drinks, watch some parades (or football), and generally get into the spirit of the holiday season!

...then Black Friday hits...and all the sales break loose!

Here are our weekend SALE deals at

First, everything that has already been on sale now has additional markdowns! There are some gorgeous shoes here - don't miss out!

They're already on sale, but now with deeper markdowns!
Secondly, we have some new shoes on sale - Peggy in Black/White & Dolores in Brown! Don't miss your chance because once they're gone ... they're gone for good.

Peggy in Black/White and Dolores in Brown are officially on sale this Black Friday!
Shop our super-swell sale at

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Friday, September 29, 2017

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My Next Vintage Sewing Project - Butterick B6485 1944 Dress

Retro Butterick 1944 Dress - B6485
This December, we are headed to New York City for another holiday work trip in my favorite city for vintage fashion.

Of course this means I'm already pondering my wardrobe and the weather. It's going to be cold, so break out the tweed suit, the cashmere coat, and that cute-as-heck little knitted elf hat I got last winter. But naturally I want something new to look chic in while representing Royal Vintage at our first footwear trade show, FFANY (Fashion Footwear Association of New York).

I recently picked up this new pattern from Butterick, a 1944 retro re-issue, B6485. Initially the pattern illustrations didn't attract me. It looked overly complicated and "meh," but I was completely seduced by the sample garment shown on the model, and quite impressed by the quality and sensitive styling Butterick did for their cover shoot. Sold.

Butterick B6485 pattern illustration - "meh" said I. I wasn't excited by these drawings, but the sample garment shown on the model is gorgeous. I hope it will look as good on me.
What I like about this pattern is that there are many fitting points (all those darts), and on-the-go adjustability built in with the tie back. The design also allows for a long waist. I may or may not convert the center back zipper to a size zip for more accuracy. And we'll just have to see how the shoulder pads go. ;-)

Butterick B6485 - adjustability in the back with a tie.
I initially thought of wool crepe in something striking like powder blue or burgundy, but I wasn't able to find much (which is typical for 100% wool crepe). Instead, I went with another very-vintage textile, 100% rayon challis in a sophisticated medium grey, which is also a great neutral for strong-hued accessories in a variety of colors.

So this will be my NYC 2017 dress. I've been itching to make another 1940s frock for awhile and I'm excited to get started. More updates soon!
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Swag: 1920s Beaded Bags

Original 1920s beaded purses
This year at Costume College we were treated to a host of new - and epic - vendors selling all sorts of random and wonderful stuff.

One of these vendors offered just piles and piles of estate sale treasure. You really had to dig, and also keep coming back to dig some more, because as the piles decreased, they were added to by a reservoir of random antique bric-a-brac that somehow kept manifesting.

Intricate beading in turquoise and silver.

Silk lining in bright turquoise - it's a wonder this has survived. The weave of the silk accounts for its durability.

I as lucky, and I do mean lucky, to snag not one but two 1920s beaded purses in near-perfect condition. Purses like these aren't hard to find, but are often a) very expensive, b) missing their linings (the bag), or c) losing beads. Imagine my disbelief when these two exquisite bags were not only surviving admirably but were also...wait for it...only $15 each.


Orange and blue beaded 1920s bag - quite loud!

The bright-ass orange silk lining is in tact. The pressed tin frame also survives but is a little worse for wear with some oxidization.
They are such treasures! The blue one is a wonderful mix of various turquoise and silvery hues that reminds me of water. The orange one, well, it's just wackadoodle and so obnoxious. I can imagine some saucy Flapper rocking this bag, a small bullet of dark lipstick and a tiny pressed powder within.

The best places to find bags like these, in my opinion, is at flea markets, or online on Etsy or eBay. With the popularity of the '20s coming back, too, there are some modern makers of beaded bags. You can see all the coolest ones in one place at Vintage Dancer.

Flashy was the flapper who carried these bags!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Review "The True Thirties Dress" in Blue Stripe by Emmy Designs Sweden

Hello Lovelies!

Abby here to talk to you about my new favorite dress in the (very large & needs to be cleaned out) wardrobe -

The True Thirties Dress by Emmy Designs of Sweden

Y'all. Seriously - Emmy created everything a girl could want in a dress with this lovely number. I mean, look at it!

Those lines though....
I love a good summer dress in a nice lightweight material, and The True Thirties dress is just that. It's made from a nice lightweight striped cotton (100%) that is cool and comfortable for the high summer heat (and humidity depending on where you're living...). I wore this dress for the first time when Lauren and I went to Louisville, Kentucky for Jane Austen Festival, and it was beyond comfortable when we were running around town and spending time outside. The lightness of the fabric and the swing of the skirt allowed for a lot of air circulation, and kept my body cool and comfortable in the high heat & humidity.

Look at that twirly skirt! wee!
My favorite pieces of clothing are those that have a healthy blend of classic, sophisticated design lines with a thoughtful & creative edge to the detailing. Emmy's True Thirties Dress does both of those things. The careful layout and design of the striped pattern on the bodice of the dress helps draw the eye to the narrowness of my waist, and packs such a visual punch that you will receive compliments where ever you go! (I kid you not - I keep a tally when I wear this dress because it amuses me so much!)

Please forgive my modern hair and 1780s earrings - I was doing a hell of a mish-mash that weekend!
The skirt also has just a little extra fullness at the sides and *drumroll* pockets! I mean, really, what girl doesn't love every dress she owns with pockets?! It's just not possible! Seriously - this dress is just the best, and it takes a lot of effort for me to not wear it every day of the week! (Lauren would probably start to worry about me...ha!)

Emmy Design's True Thirties Dress retails for 209 Euro (approx. $226) and is worth every penny. It's well made, well designed, and will get you compliments and looks everywhere you go. If simple blue & white isn't your favorite - The True Thirties Dress also comes in a Poly/Cotton Mint Green, Blue, and White Striped Seersucker version, too!

 <3 <3

Shameless Self-Promotion: I wore this dress with our new Claire Oxfords in White (Pre-Order until Aug 10th!), but I also love wearing this dress with Evelyn Oxfords in Tan/Brown and Marilyn Pumps in Red for a punch of sassy color!
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

It's GIVEAWAY TIME! Win $175 from Royal Vintage!

You guessed it! We're hosting a giveaway for a $175 gift certificate to!

There are so many many, many, ways to enter. Each entry has a different number of points, so you can do as many of these or as few as these as you like for a various number of entries.

If you have already pre-ordered any of the new New Yorker Collection shoes (Claire, Susie, Eve, or Rosie), go ahead and enter your order # for an automatic 5 entry points. If you are drawn as the winner, you have your choice of that sweet, sweet gift certificate OR we will happily refund your order!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please feel free to use photos from our blog here, our Facebook page, or our website at Post away! Collect entry points! Woo!

The contest runs from August 3 - August 10. The winner will be drawn at random and announced August 11th. Have fun, folks!
"Claire" 1940s Oxfords in white - perfect nurse shoes!

Claire 1940s oxfords in black.

Rosie WWII Double Buckle Boots for Women

A good pair of classic saddle shoes will last you a lifetime.

Susie Saddle Shoes in blue/white.

Claire 1940s Oxfords in black leather.

Susie Saddle Shoes in three classic colors - black, blue, and brown

Claire 1940s Oxfords in brown with stacked heels

The beautiful new Eve sandals in rose gold metallic leather.

All our F/W 2017 New Yorkers!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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Pre-Order Open - New Royal Vintage F/W Shoes are Here!

When the weather turns cold, snowy, and wet, what's a vintage girl to do? We know you're all enjoying the Summer Haze right now, but *Winter Is Coming* ;-). When it does, there's no need to sacrifice your vintage style. This season, we've got you covered.

Meet the New Yorkers - practical, stylish, and comfortable shoes made from original 1930s and 40s designs.

Pre-Order is currently open in the USA at

Limited styles in Europe at

Last Autumn, Abby and I visited New York for the first time and were introduced to the wonderful vintage community there. Throughout our stay we observed a totally different way of life than we have out here on the West Coast - one of lots of walking city streets, standing in subways, and needing shoes that are sturdy, practical, but also stylish. The idea for a collection of Fall and Winter shoes to fill this need was born.

Claire Oxfords

Above - Reproduction "Claire" Oxfords by Royal Vintage Shoes. Below - Original advertisement for oxfords from Wards, 1947 courtesy of Vintage Dancer
Luckily for us, we had an original early 1940s "Academy Girl" oxford in our study archive, which served as the model for our new Claire oxfords. Offered in the standard "regulation" colors found in 1940s catalogs and advertisements (white, black, and brown), the Claires blend a common sense heel with fashionable perforated uppers just like the originals.

Claire 1940s Oxfords in black leather by Royal Vintage.
Whether you're portraying a servicewoman or civilian or you just need a great pair of long-distance vintage-style shoes, Claires are an excellent choice for the season.

Susie Saddle Shoes

Susie Saddle Shoes by Royal Vintage - real leather, real rubber soles, really comfortable.
It's hard to ignore the classic saddle shoe in the first half of the 20th century. Popular for a good 50 years, saddle shoes changed very little during this time.

Royal Vintage Susie Saddle Shoes in blue and white leather with orange rubber soles.
Our Susies are patterned from an original Spalding saddle shoe in our archive and are specifically designed for women: they are lightweight with a tapered, low-profile toe, and feature an all-in-one molded rubber sole just like the original. We're starting with three classic color combos - black/white, blue/white, and brown/white - in real leather inside and out.

Eve Art Deco Sandals

Eve Art Deco Sandals with keyhole design, t-strap, and caged toe. In stunning rose gold metallic leather. Also available in black.
Style and practicality should also extend to the evening, when our friends in New York are wanting a bit of shimmer, shine, and glamour for their after-dark events.

Royal Vintage "Eve" 1930s sandals in black leather.
The Eve sandals offer a classic keyhole design in a caged sandal combined with the security of a t-strap and the 2 3/8" Spanish heel for comfort without frumpiness.  Offered in classic black leather or our new and *stunning* rose gold metallic leather, Eves are everything you want in an Old Hollywood Golden Age evening shoe.

Rosie Boots

Royal Vintage "Rosie WWII Double-Buckle Boots for women. These are everything you want and need them to be.
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges for women in the vintage community is that of winter boots. With so few practical, durable, and authentic options out there, we saw a great need for something comfy and kick-ass. It was "meant to be" when a reader sent us an original double-buckle boot from the 1940s, which we have recreated faithfully and tested thoroughly with excellent results. The Rosie Boots are your go-to's. Wear them for reenacting World War II events or on their own.

Wear the Rosie Boots for reenactment or regular dress - modern or vintage!

We hope you like this year's Fall/Winter collection. Our goal is to keep you stylishly on your feet in durable, practical, and beautiful shoes that will serve you for years.

Our USA pre-order is open with $20 off and FREE shipping in the USA through August 10th at

UK gals, avoid the costly shipping and import duties by pre-ordering through
Revival Retro and enjoy easy and cheap returns and exchanges too.

Euro girls, Eve and Claire are also open for pre-order at Vecona Vintage. Avoid the shipping and import fees from the US and enjoy easy and cheap returns and exchanges within the EU.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

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O Hai! It's Our Mid-Summer Sale!

If you've been following us on Instagram or Facebook, you'll know we're having a super-awesome mega sale!

This is a pretty big one - it's a big step for us, too! For our little company, this sale marks the departure from carrying other brand's footwear to going our solely (hehe, get it?) on our own. From this point forward we will only be offering shoes of our own make from Royal Vintage and American Duchess.

We are clearing out ALL Chelsea Crew, b.a.i.t., Miss L Fire, and Aerosoles. We also have two Royal Vintage styles on sale - Dolores in green and Marilyn in black

You can help us make this transition and snag some
beautiful vintage-style shoes for an amazing price too.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Royal Vintage Shoes + Revival Retro Boutique, London!

In my last post, I mentioned I visited the wonderful London shop Revival Retro. I had the opportunity to pitch the amazing owner, Rowena, on our various designs, so I took with me a suitcase full of shoes - 22 different styles!

Much business was discussed over Swedish cardamon buns and coffees, and many shoes were fondled and tried on, and by the end of it all - I'm so excited to say - we have a new, wonderful business relationship!

UK ladies, you know that awful, rage-inducing feeling you get when Parcel Force tells you you still have to pay £xxx before they'll let you have your shoes? Well scratch that.

Now you can purchase, return, and exchange your shoes in the UK without all the pain of international shipping, import duties, and fees. Soon you'll be able to try on and walk out of the store right then and there too!

Revival has just opened up UK pre-orders for Royal Vintage Shoes on their site. You can have them shipped or pick them up in person from Revival in London. To order, visit Revival's site. Delivery will be in July.

We are beyond excited for this new development. For such a long time we've been looking for a way to make it easier for our British fans to enjoy our shoes. We couldn't be happier about teaming with Revival, a truly wonderful and unique boutique full of savvy and amazing women.

Fore more information, visit Revival's website.
Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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The History Behind Evelyn - Our Deco Darling Oxford

Hello Lovelies! 

Abby here! While the Pre-Order for our Deco Darlings Collection is winding down (May 31st is the last day!) we thought it would be fun to share some of the original shoes & images that inspired our collection. So, today, I'm starting with my personal favorite - the Evelyn Oxford.

Evelyn is a leather and canvas oxford that will be perfect for any sort of business, sporting, or casual vintage look. Since she's canvas with leather trim, she will be super comfy to wear in the summer, and her full foot coverage will mean that she can get you through most of autumn as well! 

Evelyn in Navy & Brown. She also comes in Tan & Brown, too!
I've had a lot of fun pairing Evelyn with everything from vintage inspired skirts and dress, to simply just jeans and a t-shirt. The secure fit and well balanced heel also makes them really comfy to walk in - I was able to clock a few miles in them in just a couple of days & my feet were fine! 

Here are some images we've found of some fabulous females rocking their oxfords - 

I've always been obsessed with her outfit - 1920s.

We love how summery and airy this outfit looks & it provides great inspiration for how to pair your Tan & Brown Evelyns!
Here are some original shoes that we've found - 

Here are some tan canvas and brown leather 1930s oxfords from Etsy
1920s Cream colored canvas with black leather oxfords from Etsy

We hope you love the Evelyn oxfords as much as we do! Don't forget that if you order before May 31st - you will get $20 off your order & Free Shipping in the USA! 
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Royal Vintage at Unique Vintage, All the Vintage!

A gorgeous new summer dress paired with "Nita" 1940s Ankle Strap Shoes, which go with *everything.*
Dolls, I'm just too excited not to share!

Our shoes - Royal Vintage Shoes - are now offered on Unique Vintage's website! (squee!) Currently Unique Vintage offers Peggy in black/white and brown/white, Marilyn in red, and Nita from our Classic 1940s collection, and will soon be adding Lillian in navy/ivory and sage/ivory and Evelyn in tan/brown from the new Deco Darlings line.

"Marilyn" in Oxblood Red Leather paired with a neutral pencil skirt and adorable cardi-blouse from Unique Vintage

From the business perspective, this is *yuuge* - UV is our first major wholesale account and we are hoping it means good things for the future. One of our goals with RV is to work with retail shops around the world, making it easier for retro-loving ladies to see and try on and purchase our designs without all the back-and-forth-shipping-waiting-customs-fees-etc.

"Peggy" 1940s Spectators in brown/white or black/white is an easy and fabulous way to spice up a nice neutral outfit like this swing skirt in navy paired with a cute button-up.
Admittedly, this is uncharted waters for us but it's an exciting ocean of possibility. Darlings, if you know of any shops you'd like to carry our shoes, please send them our way. <3

Our shoes are currently carried at:
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Monday, May 1, 2017

"New Old Stock" True Vintage Shoes Are Here

An original pair of suede pumps with cool grosgrain bows from the 1930s. New Old Stock shoes available at
A long time ago - okay, a year ago - we had the opportunity to purchase a lot (like, an auction lot) of original, never-worn vintage shoes. These shoes - about 100 pairs - were found in a general store in Canada. This is the stuff of vintage lover's dreams - a historical footwear barn-find - a treasure trove of high heeled bliss!

Of course we jumped at the chance and a great many boxes of shoes arrived soon after. The squeals were audible, opening those boxes up to find a plethora of 1920s, 30s, and 40s shoes.

Having been stashed for the greater part of a century, most of these shoes needed love. Even though they had never been owned or worn, they were dusty and needing boxes, so we set to work with the shoe polish, tissue, and fresh new Royal Vintage shoe boxes to keep them safe and organized.

White leather with perforrations. These NOS 1930s shoes are stunning. How about those rosettes and the teeny tiny peep toe?
I would love to keep all of these precious babies, and indeed we have held a few of the most exquisite designs for future reproductions, but it's time for them to go out into the world and be loved as they were always intended to be.

Now we are making these shoes available to you. It's a big undertaking, so we're adding new pairs each week until they're all up.

These shoes are possibly childrens or young ladies' shoes but can just as easily work for ladies' Summer sandals. They're about a US size 5.5, with a t-strap closure and thick leather soles.
Most of these shoes are small, no lie. They're primarily sizes 5 - 8 and quite narrow, AA through AAA, as is common with original vintage shoes. We've measured the insoles for length and the outsoles for width and come up with an approximate size, so if you're considering a pair to wear be sure to check the measurements.

We'll share more about these beauties soon, particularly our favorites, the eldest styles from the 1920s, and a few of the designs we're keeping for reference.

Check out the current offerings of NOS shoes here:
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