Jill and I were delighted to be invited to the launch party of the hottest new store in town Brocade and Lime. We first met Emma Wynn Ahern owner of Brocade and Lime when she was the very deserving winner of ”Best Dressed Lady” at our Mad Men fashion show last year. Upon meeting her we knew she was our kinda of people so we were only too happy to support her in her new venture . Jill unfortunately couldn’t make the party so I took two friends along and we had THE most delightful evening.

Everything about this store will impress you from the moment you cross over the beautiful Moroccan tiles in the doorway. The vintage inspired dresses on sale are merchandised in order of era and you will find dresses from some well known labels such as Orla Kiely, Poppy and my personal favourite Stop Staring.Each piece of furniture in the store has a story to tell and has been lovingly restored, my absolute favourite piece is the original French cash desk it is so beautiful and a real stand out conversation piece.To comprehend what a massive restoration project Emma and her team had on their hands have a look at the ”before” album on the Brocade and Lime facebook page!/pages/Brocade-Lime/423141241061953?fref=ts you will not believe your eyes…The Building No 4 Cornmarket Street was almost derelict and the transformation is quite simply stunning.

In a stroke of marketing genius Emma had 25 girls styled in original vintage dresses, coats and hats and had them parade around the city on the day of the launch party handing out fliers for the store. They created quite a stir about the city on a busy Saturday with everyone wanting to know who they were and what they were about. I just loved this idea -what a fresh and fun way to promote a new business!

As if the store itself with its one off interior pieces and truly beautiful stock aren’t enough to please us the true piece de resistance is the very cool retro beauty parlour situated at the rear of the store just after the open Victorian court yard.(I know I just threw that in there!)The beauty parlour boasts original hooded hair driers and mirrors surrounded by bulbs the old Hollywood kind, it really is just perfect and every vintage loving lady’s dream.Rosa Ospina Corks only vintage hair and make up stylist and long time pal of le chat noir is the resident hair and make up stylist for Brocade and Lime and will beautify you on appointment in the parlour. (Ask us for her price list if you are interested she is very talented )

The party itself was just wonderful our glasses were never empty of prosecco,we ate yummy Brocade and Lime cupcakes and we were given free reign to wander around the store to take it all in. It felt like we were friends at a dinner party and I could have quite frankly stayed there all night.

Emma and her husband Tom are so sweet and were the most gracious hosts I would like to thank them for a truly lovely evening and we wish them all the best with their new store.Le Chat Noir Vintage Events look forward to working with Brocade and Lime on upcoming projects and events.

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