Posts Tagged ‘Vintage’

Our nostalgia for the golden era of transatlantic steamliner is shared by Moustache, the bespoke men’s tailor boutique. Ellis Kreuger, one of the Moustache boys, is here presenting their creations at The Hub in a Cunard Line trunk from Casa Capriz. Needless to say, Casa Capriz, founded by Irene Capriz, is a vintage haven, filled […]


Old family trunks are always full of wonders. While going through our Irish family trunks, I came across this knitting notebook which belonged to our children’s great-paternal grandmother, Peggy Butler (born Guthrie and sister of the great theater director, Tyrone Guthrie). Peggy deserves more than one post. She was vibrant, colorful character and an incredible […]


Here is a beautiful 1960s vintage wallpaper from an Irish cousin’s house in rural Ireland. Thought the birds would be a perfect way to prepare Spring’s arrival!


We had the pleasure of meeting Wendy Walsh last summer, Ireland’s foremost botanical illustrator. Her garden at Burtown House is filled with exquisite flower specimens that feature in illustrations hanging on the walls inside. Now 97, Wendy’s career included a period of doing textile designs for Tiffany’s. As a side note, she was one of […]


Good craftsmanship lasts generations. Our son received his first family inheritance this Christmas: a pair of baby leather shoes and a pair of children’s leather gloves, once owned by his American paternal great-grand father (born in 1901). The leather shoes are soft, with a few wrinkles – perhaps from the first steps made by our […]


Having learned to sew from ready-made patterns, I am now developing my pattern-making skills  to create clothing from my own designs. I feel a great creative liberation! This photo is my latest handmade creation, inspired by the 1960s and photographed in the staircase of a Hong Kong building built in 1957. The dress has a […]


As the break-neck speed of fashion continues to accelerate, I advocate a revival of  the dickie collar. A Victorian solution to give an otherwise plain outfit an elegant touch, this lace collar was worn by women around their neck, with the loose end tucked in the shirt. Photographed in Ireland, this collar was essentially an […]



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