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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Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Oh Snap - A 1920s Photo Shoot


Back in April we did a photo shoot for the new "Deco Darlings" designs, showcasing two of our lovely 1920s and 30s shoes - Evelyn and Lillian.

Because the Deco Darlings work for two visually quite different decades, we wanted to show the versatility through two contrasting outfits. The first was the 1930s frock from this post. The second was an early 1920s ensemble.

This dress is one of the most special pieces in my meager collection of antique clothing. It's made of organdy and heavily decorated with embroidery and cutwork at the hem. There is also lace insertion, very fine lace trim on the collar and cuffs, and a subtle dropped waist with slight shaping. It's a stunning gown, and perfect for the stunning model, Rachel, who wears it here.

Royal Vintage Shoes "Lillian" Mary Janes with Original Vintage Dress

The hem detail on this original 1920s dress is fantastic.
We paired the frock with a peach slip (also original but not as old), a green tie (also original and older!), and "Lillian" Mary Janes in Sage and Ivory, named after Lillian Gish.

With Rachel's epicly waved hair, graceful figure, and fine ukelele skills, the overall effect was enchanting.

Ukelele Spring. The Ukelele is vintage too, but not nearly as old as the dress - it's been in my family since at least I was born (1983, harhar)

The green tie is actually a sash from a c. 1919 dinner gown in my collection. It was the perfect shade of green to tie in with the shoes.
The weather was cold but sunny, with the cherry trees just starting to bloom. We did the shoot at the University of Nevada, Reno, a rather pretty campus with several historic buildings from the 1920s and older.


Lillians in sage and ivory leather with a button strap and 2 3/8" reproduction heel.
{nerd} I'm very proud of these photos from a photog perspective. It was my first time shooting with the "Nifty Fifty" lens, an excellent 58 mm fixed lens with a stunning f/1.4 which makes for incredible bokeh and shallow depth of field, not unlike original autochromes, and particularly well-suited to fashion photography. I'm no expert with this lens yet but I really enjoyed working with it. {/nerd}

The wild photographer captured in her natural environment.
We hope you enjoy these shots!

If you'd like your own pair of Lillians in sage/ivory or navy/ivory, you can find them here.


Model: Rachel Huffman
Dress, Tie, Slip, Ukelele: vintage


Styling: Abby Cox
Photography: Lauren Stowell
Location: University of Nevada, Reno
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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 RoyalVintageShoes.com
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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