At LAST !!
Thank you to all my wonderful loyal customers for being so patient. I was hoping to have this online shop launched long before now but lots of you already know that I closed the business and was then faced with a major flood at my cottage in Devon. The refurbishment continues. Fortunately, my stock had been squirreled away to all kinds of places for safe keeping and although I do not have it all to hand yet, I have managed to start the jewellery collections as this was one section that was in storage close by.
As many of you know I have many beautiful garments and accessories in the archives dating from Victorian to the 1970s, but I have a particular penchant for the 1940s and its all waiting to be photographed, laundered and measured ready to launch. As I have said on replying to your many emails, for which I thank you again, I am happy to assist wherever I can, even though the item does not appear on the shop pages.
For the new customers who were not fortunate enough to visit my shop in Notting Hill Gate in London, I have thirty five years of vintage experience to call upon and this reflects in my collections. I am known for my exquisite bridal and evening wear, but of course I do have an eclectic range of clothing, accessories, jewellery and haberdashery for everyone including children. The photographs I have been sent of the many happy brides and grooms I, my daughter Lucy and my assistants have dressed are second to none. My shop in Notting Hill Gate was also frequented by many famous people and I have inspired many top designers. Everyday we would have a costume designer looking for items and advice for films, tv and theatre and I miss it all so much! The area was full of very stylish, crazy and eccentric people and I fitted in very well. I will write a book on my experiences one of these days, but lets get selling first!
'Dolly Diamond' - is that my real name? people would always ask, it is indeed, and no other name would have been more appropriate for a shop with such glamorous stock for such glamorous customers. I managed to turn what was once a hobby into a very successful business, concentrating on buying the most exquisite vintage pieces for the business (and of course for my private collection -hm!) I suppose I will have to sell some of that now I am down here in the sticks, although my little grand daughter awaits in the wings for a time when she will have first pickings, actually she already does.