Susan Small Fashion Label

Susan Small was a very well known fashion label which existed pre World War II and lasted right the way through to the 1970s. Do you have memories to share of the label or perhaps even an item in your collection. If so, I’d like to hear from you, do …

Elsie Battle

Elsie Battle was a fashion retailer which had branches in Hull, Bournemouth, Halifax and Scarborough. Do you have any memories or information about the shop? If so I’d love to hear from you. Please do get in touch. 

Robita Couture Mayfair

Robita Couture was a fashion house based in London particularly known for high end clothing in the 1960s. It was no longer trading by 1972. I’m interested in hearing from you if you have any information about Robita Couture. Send me a quick message through the contact form and I’ll …

Elka Couture Fashion Label

Elka Couture was a mid-range fashion label based in the UK between the 1940s and the 1980s. It was sold throughout the UK in boutiques and fashion houses until its closure in the early 1980s. If you have any more information about Elka Couture, I’d like to chat. Contact me …

Doree Leventhal

Doree Leventhal Ltd was incorporated on 5th April 1929 during the heady days of the Wireless Age. In those days, clothes were long and slinky but the label understood fashion. They lasted for over 100 years, taking trends and reinventing them in eye catching designs and styles for the more …

Research

Research is an essential part of writing non-fiction books. A voyage of discovery, it seeks out, uncovers and reveals information that is woven into its pages. Click on the drop-down menu to see some areas of research. Participation is welcome. If you would like to add to knowledge about these …

Sewing Archaeology

Sewing Archaeology deconstructs clothes to learn more about them, exploring garments to see the story they tell from the inside out. Analysing how clothes were put together by machine or hand brings layers of history to life. Stitches are like signatures, follow them around a seam or a hem and each …

About

Mira Johnson’s Biography Carrie’s biography of Mira Johnson is the first in a series about the city of Kingston Upon Hull. Nestling on the coast facing the Europe and the North Sea, before the 1980s Hull was the 3rd British port in importance and tonnage of fishing catch; creating a …