Cape May, NJ – Victorian Seaside Homes

By | May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Since we’re celebrating the unofficial start of summer, let’s look Cape May, New Jersey, a favorite East Coast destination that is steeped in Victorian history and architecture. Cape May is located at the southern tip of New Jersey. The peninsula in which it is located sits where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It [...]

Victorian Women as Michigan’s Lighthouse Keepers

By | May 16th, 2017|Civil War, Edwardian Era, Victorian Era|

Accidental research can lead to unexpected places. We know you love history and the clothing women wore during the last two hundred years or so. Inspired by a photo of our models at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, the curiosity light bulb lit up with the question “how many women served as lighthouse keepers during [...]

It’s our birthday… Happy Birthday to us!

By | May 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Happy 35th birthday to us! What seems like a long time ago when you look at the calendar but passes in the blink of an eye? Ah, how the years seem like nothing but fleeting moments when you are investing in your passion! Flash back to the early 1980s… Our founder and designer was a [...]

Share Your Favorite Mother’s Day Memory

By | May 8th, 2017|Holidays, Uncategorized|

We really enjoy hearing your memories! This time we’re looking for your favorite Mother's Day story. Perhaps, it is a memory from your childhood. Perhaps, it is a memory of an experience you had as a mom. Perhaps, your dad was also your mom and you have a memory you'd like to share about your [...]

Spring Lake, NJ – Victorian time capsule

By | April 8th, 2017|New Jersey, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

Spring Lake isn’t what most consider when thinking of the ‘Jersey Shore’ and with good reason. One county north of the hullaballoo of Seaside Heights lies Monmouth County and in the southeastern section is the borough of Spring Lake. It is much like a time capsule of the Victorian era. The New Jersey Leisure Guide [...]

The Rookery – Chicago’s Shiny Gem

By | March 25th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|

The Rookery is one of the most historically significant buildings in Chicago. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1972. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Burnham and Root. It was completed in 1888, during the building boom following the Great Chicago Fire. [...]

Inez Milholland (Boissevain) – Champion of Suffrage

By | March 22nd, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

Inez Milholland was born on August 6, 1886, and died less than four months following her 30th birthday.  Her life was short but she packed a lot of living into it. Although she didn't live to see her native New York approve suffrage in 1917 or ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, [...]

The Colors of Women’s Suffrage

By | March 20th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Uncategorized|

Throughout history, color has been a way to provide instant visual recognition. The colors associated with women’s suffrage represented the many sides of the cause. The British women's suffrage colors were purple, white, and green. Purple, white, and gold were the colors of the American suffrage movement. So, why these colors and why the difference [...]

Women’s Suffrage – the Edwardian Experience

By | March 17th, 2017|Edwardian Era, Uncategorized|

10 Suffrage Celebrations 2017 The Edwardian era officially lasted from 1901-1910, encompassing the rule of British King Edward VII. The blurry line that melds one era into another reaches back into the last decade of the 1800s and moves forward perhaps, until the end of World War 1. There is much to explore about this [...]

Madam C.J. Walker – entrepreneur, self-made-millionaire, philanthropist, activist

By | February 22nd, 2017|Edwardian Era, Fashion Eras, Victorian Era|

We’re always looking for interesting stories about the women and fashions of the historic eras that inspire our designs. Today we look at a female entrepreneur and someone whose name lives on in hair care to this day, Oh, and she was among the first women in the United States to become a self-made millionaire! [...]