Retropeepers was started in 2005 and I was myself a devoted and long-term customer of the fabulous retro frames and vintage-style readers which the company produced and sold online. In 2016, Annie, who started the company, decided to move back to Australia, so that same year, with my brilliant, long-time friend and colleague, Caroline and my husband Martin, we took over this small, but perfectly-formed, business.
Since then we have had a really great time, creating new frame designs, developing our eyewear services and accessory products, as well as making many new friends who all love to celebrate the glitz and glamour of the vintage years of the twentieth century.
Anyway, we decided that the time has come to share with all our thousands of supporters, the inside scoop on Retropeepers and introduce you to our suppliers, our business partners, our many colleagues and friends across the wide world of Retro eyewear.
We are delighted to introduce you to Haili Hughes, journalist, author, teacher, PhD student and Vintage Queen!
You may well already know her, if you have been following vintage style for some time, as she was Deputy Editor of Vintage Life magazine and before that she was a favourite model of many leading retro fashion design companies. Haili has a huge passion for vintage fashion and is going to share with us her extensive knowledge of the retro scene, fashion tips, olde-world style, make-up looks and special know-how all dedicated to followers of vintage living. We are too excited for words and just cannot wait to share her insights and ideas and inform you on what is hot and what is not in the nostalgia market.
Subjects we plan to cover include:
Eyewear Styles, frames that will suit you, shapes, colours, general eyewear fashion advice. Focus on what’s new in frames and styles from the Retropeepers Collection.
Get the look: complementary hair and make-up styles: movie star glamour, wartime looks, decade by decade style.
Choosing eyewear for Special Occasions– weddings, (whether the bride or groom-to-be, Chief Bridesmaid or parents in law!) Themed parties, vintage music–based events. Summer and winter chic holiday looks.
Looking good and seeing well! The technical story: ready-readers or prescription lenses? Behind the scenes in the Retropeepers laboratories. Types of lenses (single vision and varifocals, bifocals etc) and what is appropriate for each individual.
Eye Care: a top optician advises on looking after one of your most precious assets – your sight.
The History of Eyewear and how those looks might be interpreted today. Antique eyewear collectors uncovered.
A Birds Eye view of … interviews with leading personalities, instagrammers as well as stylists and influencers in the vintage arena.
The Craft of… designing and making eyewear. How are they designed and made and what are the various options for materials and pros and cons of different types of materials.
The Vintage and Retro Events diary. We’d love to hear from you if you are planning an event so we can publicise it for you.
If you’d like to be one of the first to hear the news, get the look, walk the walk, talk the talk, then sign up here right now by clicking on the subscribe button to get the Retropeepers Edit.
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Looking forward to a great year ahead.
Lauretta and Caroline x
First montage: Model: Haili Hughes. Left image courtesy xxx, Second image: Photos by Dave Walker Photography, MUA is Vicky GlamoRama, Headpiece by Magnificently Macabre by Madamezara, Clothes by Clare Lola Cherry, Jewellery by Rachels Wonders Jewellery, Plugs by Sick Plugs. Third image: Photos by I-DOPHOTOS, make up by Bambii Riiot MUA and Professional Body Piercer, dresses by very cherry retro, jewellery by Chicita Gimme That Thing, location is The Art Of Tea. Right image: courtesy Vintage Life magazine.
2nd Vintage Fashion montage: Left image Skiing: models Lydia Ross and Edward Charles Pryce. Middle image: Peaky Blinders Models: Paul Marland Griffiths, Harry Mountain, Dean Turner., Lynda Easton , Paul Anthony. Photographer is David King Photography. Right image: Hats and glasses Photographer Frankie Calland.