Fall is Coming

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Fall at Fox and Rook

Summer may be in full swing, but Fall is coming. In fact, it’s already making its way into the shop. Long sleeves, maxi dresses, warm coats, and of course… some party dresses, just in case! It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday dresses. ;)

Things are looking a little bit bare right now, but I have so much more to list over the coming weeks. Whee!

xoxo

We Are Go!

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Fox and Rook shopWhee! My new shop is up and running. Everything works. I’m afraid it’s not as well stocked as I’d like yet, but there’s been no sun around here for weeks, and I much prefer natural light for photographs. Please have a look and let me know what you think!

My Etsy shop isn’t going anywhere, but I am so excited to branch out and expand. We’ve been working at really honing the aesthetic of the shop, and choosing pieces we love, rather than what might be a good selling item. What terrible business acumen, ha ha ha! Call me soft, but I believe that if I fall in love with something, there’s someone out there who will feel just as strongly as I do about it.

Now that things are rolling in that department, I can get back to spending more time here. Huzzah!

Love it // Vintage Teak Nutcracker

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Fox and Rook / Danish Teak NutcrackerI am rather smitten with this adorable nutcracker. He’s got real fur hair and lovely big eyes! Winter is the perfect season for sitting around the fire and cracking open a nice big bowl of nuts. Why not enlist this little troll to help you?

This particular little fellow was made in Japan, of Danish teak. He’s a bit more work, but a lot more fun than one of those stuffy old nutcracker soldiers. And guess what? He’s available for sale in the new Fox and Rook shop!

We are slowly, yet steadily adding stock to the new shop. Vintage clothing and accessories for women, men and kids! Vintage housewares, décor, and carefully selected handmade goods. It has been such a joy gathering stock for the shop, and I am really looking forward to watching it grow as we fill it up. It looks rather sparse at the moment, but it won’t for long.

 

Happy Birthday Fox and Rook!

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It's a Celebration!This week marks the first anniversary of the Fox and Rook shop. What a wonderful year it has been!

I have been buying and selling vintage clothing for years and years. I always had one (or more) additional jobs, and oftentimes over the years, the promise of a steady paycheque would take priority over the work I was really passionate about, and I’d put my own business on hold to focus on working for someone else.

When I started Fox and Rook, we had just been through a couple of very difficult years. I decided to put my heart and soul into doing what I love, and I am so glad I did. This past year has been one wonderful surprise after another. I have the most amazing customers, and have made so many great friendships. I’ve connected to some brilliant folks through this blog, and I can’t tell you how much you all have enriched my life!

I look forward to getting up each morning and working like crazy. I love buying, mending, cleaning, laundering, writing and every little bit of it! I’ve never been able to say that before.

To celebrate Fox and Rook’s first year, I have an exciting announcement. We are growing. (No, I’m not pregnant.) We have a new, bigger, better shop opening on the first of the new year. Our new shop will cater to men, women and kids, and will also sell items for the home. The new shop is all about vintage, found, handmade and limited run products. We are working with some amazing makers and artisans, and I’m super stoked to announce those collaborations as they launch throughout the new year.

Happy Birthday, Fox and Rook! Thank you to all of you for you support!

 

Love it // Hans Wegner Papa Chair

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Hans Wegner Papa Chair ReproOne winter morning, we were driving up to meet some friends for breakfast, when dear husband spotted a chair at the end of someone’s driveway. He was really excited, and swore it was an Eames chair. So, we went around the block, pulled up slowly, and indeed it was an Eames replica lounge chair and ottoman. He proceeded to stuff the furniture into the trunk and the backseat. It was ragged, beaten, filthy, and had an inch of snow on it.

After a lovely breakfast, (which we were very late for) we went home, and he set straight to work on cleaning it up. It has been in the living room ever since.

I hate it.

First off, it’s totally falling apart and unsafe. No wonder the children at the window were laughing as we hauled it away from their house. Screws keep falling out. The wood is splitting. The upholstery has holes and tears.

Ah, the upholstery. It’s brown corduroy. It has a few worn spots, but none so unappealing as the large hole in the seat. I try to mask it by laying a sheepskin over the chair.

The rusted metal feet scratch my oak floors. It makes loud, rhythmic noises when you rock in it. Noises that remind me of a neighbour we used to have. Thin walls. Strong libido. Lots of free time, apparently.

But I digress! My husband loves his precious chair and I loathe it. I fear that my only recourse is to divorce him or replace the chair. Replacing the chair appears to be the more affordable option, but only by a pinch!

I think this reproduction of Hans Wegner’s Papa Chair might be the answer. I love the classic walnut wood paired with the dark upholstery… upholstery that isn’t corduroy. It’s comfortable and comes with an ottoman, surely there won’t be any complaints! It doesn’t take up 10 square meters of space, and it’s not an eyesore. In fact, the only sore spot is the price tag… but really, can you put a price on sanity? No!

Now, upon sharing my woes over The Brown Chair, as it has come to be known, many of my friends have reported similar struggles in their own homes. Do you or someone you love suffer from Brown Chair Syndrome? Talking about it makes it easier to cope, share your story in the comments!

Love it // Merchant & Mills Fine Black Safety Pins

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Merchant & Mills Fine Black Safety PinsReally, Hollis? You love safety pins? Yes! Yes, I do. I use them every day, so why wouldn’t I want them in this gorgeous box. I love the old-timey typeface, and the elegant simplicity of the packaging. Not to mention, the pins are black. Oh, I do believe this pretty little box is giving me the vapours!