We love all things vintage at Rachel Simpson Shoes and every now and again we get to work with some equally amazing vintage suppliers. Our interview this time is with the wonderful Fur Coat No Knickers, previously costume designers for the West End and now a boutique dedicated to vintage bridal wear – a relaxed place full of gorgeous vintage wedding dresses that can be customised and fitted to your size and taste. Let’s find out more about them…
Tell us a bit about your company
We are a vintage bridal company and I , Laura Thomas and Emma Cascarina own it. We have originally come from a theatre background, designing costumes and we have worked at The National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and also a lot of well known productions in London’s West End.
How did you get into the industry?
We decided one day we would love a shop where we could sell vintage accessories and vintage frocks from 1920s to 1960s. Somewhere we would offer a service of fitting and customising any dress to suit the customer.
What’s your best seller?
The most popular dresses in our shop are from the 1950s and ‘Eva‘ shoe by Rachel Simpson Shoes is a big favourite.
Celebrity shoppers, anyone we know?
No celebs yet in the shop but many a happy hour spent with the likes of Kim Cattrell, Dame Judy Dench and the like when we were costume designers. So when they do start coming in, we know how to give our customers the Star treatment!
What are you looking forward to for the rest of the year? Product launches, travel, shows, exhibitions?
The National Wedding show is one of our favourites to attend and we are looking forward to stocking Rachel’s new collection. We are also launching our new collection of birdcage veils which will be in the shop at the beginning of June.
Describe your personal fashion style
Our style is very classic and we love wearing Black and White!
Think back to your first ‘shoe’ purchase when you were younger, describe them please
When I was a child it was the classic round school brown Clarks sandal T Bar…..awful!!
What is your favourite pair of Rachel Simpson shoes?
Has to be Eva!
Describe Rachel Simpson Shoes in three words
Hot to Trot! …. stylish, fabulous and comfortable!