Hail to Her Majesty | Cornelia James

Cornelia James, the official glove maker of choice by royal appointment and the world of fashion since 1979. With their timeless definiens style which translates to, for if not every occasion along with every sulk. There is one thing, though, that sets Cornelia James apart from adjoining competitive regal glove makers, a process which doesn’t rely on mass production. With designs which are intricately hand cut, Cornelia James manufactures only from premium fabric choices.  From pure merino wool which is produced in Australia, completed in the heart of Calais Italy where delicate lace is traditionally woven.  With a collection that is British manufactured at their atelier in Lewes East Sussex.

With every success there is an enriched history, a journey of triumphs amongst a legacy being fabricated with each stride. Cornelia James Limited was founded in 1946 by Cornelia James, an art and design student which fled a Nazi Scourge of the Holocaust and devastation of Europe to arrive in England. With only a suitcase incasing her prized textiles, Cornelia would discover many years later these fabrics would field a dream of fame and fortune as a skilled glove maker to the Queen. “I feel immensely proud of the work my mother did and her association with the Royal Household. I will endeavor to keep the legacy of the brands heritage but always look to the future with eyes wide open,” states Genevieve as she reminisces on her mother’s legacy.”With an astute way to create the drab rational such as the leather glove in a spectrum of colors which today has become a fashion essential. “The color Queen of England” a profile gifted by Vogue Magazine of Cornelia’s thriving business to both couturiers and leading retailers. A few years after founding her profound company, Cornelia was approached by Norman Hartnell the designer behind Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown to produce a ladylike glove for the young princess to be worn during her marriage to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. Marking a celebration of nuptial bliss, this occasion to marked the beginning of a dear relationship with the Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen for Glove making which was awarded in 1979 and remains in place in the name of Genevieve James, Cornelia’s daughter and Creative Director.“The Royal Warrant is not a prize but rather recognition of excellence consistently achieved– not least because the Warrant has to be renewed every five years. Warrant holding companies range in size from the very large to the very small – like us – and the Royal Warrant is a mark of excellence which is recognized all over the World.” States Genevieve who has advanced into the British glove making industry from under her mother, “The Royal Warrant is a mark of excellence which is known throughout the world and cannot be bought at any price”.

Over the decades, Cornelia James has been Britain’s premier glove making company, supplying gloves and occasional accessories to a wide range of celebrity clients. No greater regal style goes to anyone else than the Queen of England as her style is beyond fashion itself, with the abiding tradition of the gloved royal hand waving through the window of a black Bentley.  I personally find Cornelia James to not only provide a historical implication but a sense of craftsmanship that has been lost throughout the years. Say hello to a glove maker that creates for all occasions and God bless her Majesty.Gloves are at the heart of Cornelia James and are sold through some of the world’s most exclusive boutiques. Discover their newly renovated website containing a full collection of well-tailored gloves here.

Define an Era with Vintage Affair Magazine

Vintage Affair MagazineVintage Affair MagazineVintage Affair MagazineVintage Fur Shrug (similar here)  Vince Camuto Pleat Front Blouse  Vintage Wool Pencil Skirt (Doris Alexander, similar here)  Vintage Navy Blue Leather Clutch (similar here)  Pearl Earrings Macy’s  Vintage White gloves Dolce Vita Woven Ankle Strap Pumps Vintage Luggage (similar here)

While fashion choices had changed in the 1930’s, it fundamentally became the inspiration for a new decade. From an era that unfortunately doesn’t receive the recognition it well deserves, it’s undeniably noted that without the thirties where would the fashion world be in current years.

In this month’s issue of Vintage Affair Magazine, I contribute as a historian of vintage panache by permeating a sense of style from the 1930’s. As you read the editorial you’ll capture the lighthearted approach of the forward-thinking ambitious women of the late 1920’s lingering into the 1930’s. What is also interesting in this golden era of style is by far the return to a more genteel, ladylike appearance that had become the model in the days society through 1936. I find the style choices of this particular era to be utilitarian yet glamorous.Vintage Affair MagazineVintage Affair Magazine is devoted to delivering a viewership of retro-inspired imagery with its contributions, highly desired picturesque spread designs and retro-styling and lifestyle editorials. Founded in 2014 in El Paso Texas and published out of Nashville Tennessee by Stel Bailey which states in an editors note, “Timeless and classic offers something for everyone.  Whether you live it every day or want to experience it through a photo-shoot there are always interesting facts and things to learn about pinups and the past. So we bring you Vintage Affair.”

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With such a grand message there is always a story to be told with the traveling of each era. Take a journey through the 1930’s with Vintage Affair Magazine.

If they could only Stop Staring

Middle 1 6-15-2015Full 1 6-15-2015Middle 2 6-15-2015c/o Faith Dress by Stop Staring  Vintage Rhinestone Earrings (similar here)  Elegant Vintage Veiled Bowed Pillowbox Hat (Justina Andrade, similar here)  Vintage Leather Gloves (similar here)  Black Patent Clutch J. Colleen Boutique (similar here)  Kate Spade Licorice Too Black Patent Pumps  Hair Styled by I Do DryStyle Bar

We find that in today’s busy society the lost era of the 1940s which had once exuded a “Film Noir” and “Femme Fatale” coined persona, has reemerged with a designer by the name of Alicia Estrada, Founder of Stop Staring. Women from a past era were seen as astonishingly glamorous creatures, with their flawless hair and immaculate makeup. Being treated with the utmost respect by gentlemen, the grand question I have come to ask “have women truly lost this touch of classic film noir façade?”

Today the idea of enabling ones garment with which was viewed as seductive and glamorous, yet very dangerous is made a reality. With a brand that recreates original vintage inspired dresses along with ready-to-wear garments, today’s modern woman can become empowered to embrace their female form. Stop Staring, a retro-contemporary brand founded in 1997 by Los Angeles based designer, Alicia Estrada. Being chosen as winner of “Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year”, Estrada continually incorporates the details of yesteryear into her beautiful and flattering design’s gifting todays generation with a recreated Joan Crawford inspired outfit. “My designs are inspired by, Joan Crawford,” explains Estrada in a 2009 interview with Laist.com, “She was just so graceful and beautiful and she was very empowered with a positive outlook, but at the same time, she played so many different roles – femme fatale, screen siren, sexy film noir queen. It’s one thing to wear a beautiful dress and it’s another to stylize it and own it.”BNW 6-15-2015With an agog interest with Stop Staring, I have discovered Estrada’s coming to age story to be inspiring which only enhances my common desire to garnish my own wardrobe with these body conscious designs. With a website that has strategically launched a full collection consisting of daywear separates to swimwear, she holds a total of fourteen years of dress design experience.

From a past era of elegant designs, Estrada has restructured a utilitarian ensemble which was tailored for a decade of new looks. A classic bespoke suit set which showcases a sultry effect, gifting a woman’s natural curves with a feminine touch. If you look closely you will find that Estrada has brought back the forties with a flared peplum which conveys the appearance of wearing a short fitted jacket. The overall fit through the torso accentuates a small waist with the peplum flattering an exaggerated hip, tapering to a slimming pencil skirt. The Faith dress closes with a zipper in rear which delivers an illusion of a jacket and skirt two piece suit, the subtle touch of black decorative pearl buttons settle through the center and on both sleeves giving one a vintage persona. Garnish this exclusively designed Faith dress by Alicia Estrada of Stop Staring with a humble assortment of vintage heirlooms presenting the historical value of one’s account.Middle 3 6-15-2015 *In dedication to the most significant woman of yesteryear and daughter to the original wearer of this adorned 1950’s veiled bowed pillbox hat (seen above), a women of authentic Mexican heritage, Theresa Andrade-Fisher. She was the second child of four, together with her husband raising a family of six children of their own. Providing them with the full richness of love and devotion, one of those children is the gentlemen and true anchor of Rich in Love Fashion, photographer Richard Fisher.



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