It was in The Children's Society shop that I found my only score of the weekend, a Marks & Spencer St Michael brand silk tie in what I felt was a pleasing '90s-does-'50s pattern. It didn't ring any other bells so I paid the 99p and thought no more about it. When I got back to the folks' place I put it next to the two or three ties I'd bought with me from home and it was only then that I noticed something remarkable about this new one compared to one of the others. See if you can spot what it is... (cue eerie music)
|New tie, right, versus old tie, left|
I couldn't believe it - no wonder I liked it so much, I already had one very much like it! But not exactly the same, you'll notice. The first tie I'd bought from a charity shop at least ten, if not fifteen, years ago and was originally from well-known men's outfitters Burton. Now to the best of my knowledge M&S has never owned Burton, although I'm sure they've had Burton concession shops within their larger stores - either way I can only assume that through a strange quirk of fate they've ended up using the same pattern. Perhaps it was a popular design? Strange for me to have come into possession of them both over the space of 10+ years, though!
Now, moving on to the second part of this post - "ooh, how is he going to be well-heeled?", I hear you wonder. Well, this was not a chance for me to be well-heeled but it is a chance for you, ladies!
I'm not often given to advertising on this blog, especially vintage-style ladieswear because obviously I don't have such things. But mother does! Shoes, to be precise, in a spiffingly attractive brogue heel design. Alas, despite being in her size (UK 5½, EU 39) they no longer fit her comfortably so she is reluctantly getting rid of them. "Oh, the girls who read your blog would like these, will you mention them on there?", I was asked, and I was happy to oblige! Egads, I'd have had 'em if I was a 5½ and looked good in heels!
Mater's just put them on Ebay today, so they're fresh from the wardrobe. The main details (on the listing but I'll repeat them here): produced in Italy for Jones the Bootmaker, so really well-made (the soles still look to have a lot of life left in them, and the overall quality's top notch); 3-tone brogue design (two shades of tan/light brown - mum's put the dark colour as black, I wouldn't swear to it not being dark chocolate brown but it's hard to judge); 2½-inch heel.
Mother's described them as "vintage style" and we can both see them really suiting a 1930s, '40s or '50s bookish look - perhaps with a tweed suit/skirt, maybe? So if you're a size 5½ why not high yourself over to the E of Bay for a look? They deserve to go to a good home!
Right, enough hawking. I hope to return ere long with stories featuring Spitfires, Mosquitoes and steam trains. In the meantime I hope you all had a splendid May Day holiday and I look forward to catching up with all your posts!