‘The only way is poppy’ with Ella Vine Lingerie.

With our blog post, ‘The adventures of Ella Vine and her poppy stockings and poppy suspender belt’ https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/the-adventures-of-ella-vine-and-her-poppy-stockings-and-poppy-suspender-belt/ , being one of our most popular we are pleased to have been able to chat with, and get to know, Ella Vine; founder of Ella Vine Lingerie.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Thank you for talking to us Ella. We would be pleased to learn about Ella Vine; the woman behind Ella Vine Lingerie, and your background.

Ella @EllaVineBrand (E). I am a three times Polish junior chess champion. I arrived in the UK at the age of 22, straight after graduating at university in Poland in social care and political sciences. I arrived alone, with just one bag and poor English, knew nobody and my first job was a care assistant role for a minimum wage in a mental health care home. I am a 32 year old mother now and almost all my adult life I have been tirelessly working in the charity sector because I like to help people. Within just a few years I have been able to achieve a lot: from setting up and running charities, community organisations and political campaigns. I helped thousands of people and families and have even stood as a candidate in local elections twice in Thurrock, Essex, where I live.

(C). Please tell our readers about the innovative poppy stockings and poppy suspenders’, how they differ from ‘traditional’ stockings and suspenders, and is there a specific reason that led to you developing your unique products.

(E). The Ella Vine Lingerie brand started because I was able to turn my medical condition into an entrepreneurial idea.

I have to wear medical compression hosiery following a thrombosis after an accident in the past. I have been struggling ever since with attaching medical stockings to a suspender belt as it was difficult, took a long time and involved some uncomfortable and awkward bending. I have been thinking every time I was attaching it that it is the 21st century and that the lingerie giants should come up with something better. So finally I invented poppy suspenders that attach easily and quickly to poppy stockings via simple poppers. I wanted to help not only myself, but also other women. I own design rights for the poppy products and sell them to various retailers. That’s how Ella Vine brand was born.

(C). For how long has Ella Vine Lingerie been in business and do you have a particular achievement so far of which you are especially proud?

(E). The Ella Vine online store has been open since May 2017. Since then I have a few stockists, who stock the products, and a few more will do so in the New Year. They range from online and brick & mortar lingerie shops, adult stores, and also Scarlett & Jo, British top plus size brand for women. Every little thing has been a great achievement – everything forms the bigger picture so it is difficult to outline just one or two. I am happy with every achievement small or big, because all of them bring the company closer to the aim – to make poppy suspenders and poppy stockings mainstream and easily available to all everywhere, in every lingerie store.

(C). You supported a charity fundraiser for M.E. and fibromyalgia in Andover on 20th October. Please tell our readers about your support for these causes.

(E). I had M.E. and fibromyalgia myself and I have been working for a fibromyalgia charity for over 4.5 years. This is a cause close to my heart. I know a lot about these conditions and I know many people who are affected by them. I will always be happy to support this cause.

(C). Stockings have had somewhat of a resurgence in recent years. I would love to hear your thoughts as to why this is.

(E). Stockings became more fashionable, they come in many styles, colours, sizes etc. I welcome that they became more popular – it is great! I think we all love the look of stockings and prefer them to the look of tights!

(C). Are there future plans for Ella Vine Lingerie that you are able to share with us?

(E). Yes, there is one main aim – to make poppy suspenders and poppy stockings mainstream and widely accessible to everyone, available in every lingerie and underwear store worldwide. Once the aim is achieved, I will relax!

(C). What advice would you give to women looking to set up in business?

(E). I love a sentence from Alice in Wonderland: “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe in it”. Believe in yourself. You can achieve anything you want. You can be anyone you want. If you want to do something, just go for it! And always, absolutely always, listen to your intuition.

(C). Where can Ella Vine Lingerie products be found other than on your website?

(E). You can try on our poppy products in Swindon and in Southend on Sea. Pop in to Provocative Pleasures in Swindon and to the Mistress Boutique in Southend. You can find them online in Scarlett & Jo store and in Pleasure Attic store. They soon will be available from a few other outlets.

(C). Do you ship internationally?

(E). Yes, we do. We have customers from all over the world. The most popular countries after the UK are the U.S., Canada, Australia, the Republic of Ireland and many European countries. The only way is poppy!

We are honoured that you have found the time to chat with us Ella. We wish you well in the future with your endeavours. Ella Vine Lingerie’s website may be found at https://ellavine.co.uk/ .

Cx.

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Seams that stocking up for Christmas adds chic to ones party outfit.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick and one in which I have chosen a selection of stockings; some of which I have featured before, although this is the first time that I have shown an entire range in one place.

From http://www.whatkatiedid.com; ideal to add a dose of chic to ones outfit this party season, and worn by myself today whilst Christmas shopping…

…15 Denier Seamed Stockings Purple Glamour H2050 with a translucent champagne leg and purple point heel, seam and authentic 1950s wide welt. Made in Italy from stretch nylon and elastane for ease of fit. Priced at £10.00. Link… https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1426/seamed-stockings-contrast-purple-glamour .

The stockings come in an amazing variety of colours suitable for every outfit…

Seamed Stockings Black Glamour H2044.

Seamed Stockings Contrast Black Glamour H2043.

Seamed Stockings Blue Glamour H2036.

Seamed Stockings Claret Glamour H2037.

Seamed Stockings Green Glamour H2035.

Seamed Stockings Latte Glamour H2040.

Seamed Stockings Nutmeg Glamour H2054.

Seamed Stockings Nutmeg Black Glamour H2053.

Seamed Stockings Nutmeg Green Glamour H2055.

Seamed Stockings Nutmeg Claret Glamour H2056.

Seamed Stockings Pink Glamour H2049.

Seamed Stockings Sky Glamour H2051.

Cx.

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Step out in vintage style.

In her fabulous blog post ‘Get the 40’s look: 5 must have!’ … ( https://www.darlingleglam.com/get-the-40s-look-5-must-have/ ) Giada @DarlingLeGlam rightly identifies stockings as an essential component of ones vintage ensemble.

Giada also rightly suggests that stockings should be accompanied by the right foundations.

Although there are many online retailers; where one is able to procure vintage style lingerie, bricks and mortar boutiques are virtually non-existent…with ‘What Katie Did’ and their London and Burbank, California boutiques being the most notable exception.

However all lingerie of a certain quality; even that of a contemporary style, is far from inexpensive.

Stockings are able to provide that desired vintage feel at a comparatively ‘reasonable’ cost; not forgetting that a suspender belt, girdle or similar undergarment will also be required.

In our blog post ‘Stepping out in style with Heels and Toes Inc.’ ( https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/stepping-out-in-style-with-heels-and-toes-inc/ ) we put the following question to Chris; co-owner of Heels and Toes Inc…

@Rations2R_n_R has a love of vintage style fashion and favours stockings as part of our retro ensemble. Stockings have had somewhat of a renaissance in recent years. We would love to hear your thoughts as to why this is.

@HeelsToesInc. Stockings are the epitome of sexy. They offer an alluring glimpse into our past and today’s manufacturers have created such a comfortable product that women can now enjoy both comfort and sexiness, all at once. For many, stockings are the most alluring of lingerie products. The glimpse of the stocking top and the thought of what lies underneath, drives men crazy and allows women to feel sexy. They are a classy way to add something special to any outfit.”

To be truly authentic stockings should be seamed and made of nylon; such as from www.whatkatiedid.com (link below *).

Fully Fashioned Stockings Cuban Heel H2034 made in the UK from 100% non stretch nylon on vintage Reading knitting machines. Sheer 15 denier nylon, with sewn seam and finishing loop. Priced at £22.50.

For those that would like to achieve a vintage style look whilst enjoying the comfort of modern stretch stockings.

From www.whatkatiedid.com (link below **).

Seamed Stockings Nutmeg Black Glamour H2053 with a contrasting point heel and seam, and wide, comfortable welt. Sheer 15 denier, made from a blend of stretch nylon and elastane for ease of fit. Made in Italy. Priced at £10.00.

Our blog post ‘She is clothed in strength and dignity’ featuring guest blog Giada @DarlingLeGlam ( https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/she-is-clothed-in-strength-and-dignity/ ) covered fashion, since the 19th Century, and it’s part in the emancipation of women.

Stockings are part of this history with the 1960s seeing Nylons cast aside in favour of tights.

In our blog post ‘Stepping out with Essex’ee Legs’ ( https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/stepping-out-with-essexee-legs/ ) we asked Anne Tyler…

@Rations2R_n_R. Stockings have made a resurgence over the past few years. How do their sales compare to hold-ups and tights?

@EssexeeLegs. I would say stockings are preferred, this season, over hold ups, which I am delighted about. Tights will always be in front, but stockings are selling very well.”

Many of our vintage style sisters regularly compliment their outfit with seamed stockings; adding glamour and sophistication, and empowering the wearer. Join us and step out in vintage style this party season.

Cx.

@DarlingLeGlam may be found at https://www.darlingleglam.com/ .

Further selections of stockings may be found at our friends at…

@HeelsToesInc https://heelsandtoesinc.myshopify.com/ .

and

@EssexeeLegs http://www.essexylegs.co.uk/ .

* https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1128/fully-fashioned-stockings-cuban-heel

** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1458/seamed-stockings-nutmeg-black-glamour

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Stepping out with Essex’ee Legs.

Welcome to our latest blog post collaboration in which we have the pleasure to connect with Anne Tyler from Essex’ee Legs; an online retailer of tights, stockings, leggings, socks and more to suit all styles and budgets.

Thank you Anne. We very much appreciate that you have taken the time to chat with @Rations2R_n_R. 

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Our readers would like to know a little about the woman/women responsible for Essex’ee Legs. 

Anne @EssexeeLegs (A). My name is Anne, and I am a mother and grandmother, from Brentwood, Essex. I enjoy my family life, and am quite private. I have a passion for fashion, and love social media. My daughter works with me, at Essex’ee Legs.

(C). Please tell us about the inspiration that led to Essex’ee Legs. 

(A). Having worked in social research for a very long time, and then running a local community website; I had dreamed about starting an online shop for years. I always felt there was a lack of choice, of hosiery, on the high street, as the items could not be presented very well. I decided hosiery was perfect for selling online, as the images sell the items, perfectly. I decided I would mainly sell items that could not be found on the high street.

(C). How long have you been in business?

(A). We began in 2011.

(C). It would be interesting to learn about your enthusiasm for hosiery.

(A). I am enthusiastic about hosiery all the time, and probably a bit of a bore 😉 . The styles out there, today, are amazing. I am always on the look out for that something that is unique, and also love the classics. I encourage customers to email me if they can’t find what they are looking for, and this sends me on a mission to find styles for them. 

(C). Stockings have made a resurgence over the past few years. How do their sales compare to hold-ups and tights?

(A). I would say stockings are preferred, this season, over hold ups, which I am delighted about. Tights will always be in front, but stockings are selling very well.

(C). We would like to hear about particular challenges that you may have faced as a woman in business.

(A). Everyday is a learning curve, which we thrive on. A couple of years in I was desperate to start my own brand, and hit many brick walls, as I could not find a manufacturer in the UK. I had given up all hope of starting our own branded items, then in 2014 I made a contact with a company who manufacture and source hosiery from all over the world, and the Essex’ee Legs brand was launched.

(C). It would be interesting to know the reasons that you stock the brands that you do.

(A). I stock many brands, and like to try and add new ones, each year. I like to stock high quality premium brands, plus build my own brand.

(C). Are there women; either historical or contemporary, that have been an inspiration?

(A). The list is too long. I love to see and share images, on social media, of past actresses and models in hosiery e.g. Twiggy, Blondie, Marilyn Monroe, and equally am glad to see celebrities today enjoying wearing hosiery.

(C). Where can Essex’ee Legs be found on Social Media?

(A). Twitter: EssexeeLegs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tightsandstockings/

Instagram: essexeelegs1

tumblr: http://essexeelegs.tumblr.com/


(C). Do you ship internationally?

(A). Yes we ship worldwide. We have an excellent relationship with DHL, and offer: 

DHL Standard Global Mail

plus very fast: 

DHL Express Worldwide.

Essex’ee Legs website may be found at essexeelegs.co.uk and contacted by:

Telephone: 01277 210383

Email: info@essexylegs.co.uk

We are pleased to be able to support a small business and, particularly, a woman in business. We would like to thank Anne once more and wish her and her team continued success.

Cx. 

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Black seams and ivory pearls.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

In yesterday’s blog post https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/skinny-minnie-fishtail-come-an-catch-a-me/ we featured a wonderful ‘Vintage Style Black 3/4 Sleeve Peplum Fishtail Hem Bodycon Pencil Dress’.

To beautifully accompany…

From http://www.whatkatiedid.com (link below *).

Fully Fashioned Stockings Point Heel H2033 made on vintage Reading knitting machines. Sheer 15 denier nylon with sewn seam and finishing loop. Made in UK from 100% non stretch nylon. Priced at £22.50.

From http://www.highlandangel.co.uk (link below **).

Vintage Style Ivory Pearl Necklace With Round Clasp made with a traditional sterling silver clasp and freshwater pearls. Pearls measure approximately 6-7mm, necklace length is 44cm. Priced at £28.00.

Finish off with heels and ready to go.

Cx.

* https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1116/fully-fashioned-stockings-point-french-heel

** http://www.highlandangel.co.uk/vintage-style-pearl-necklace-with-round-clasp~547

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The adventures of Ella Vine and her poppy stockings and poppy suspender belt.

@Rations2R_n_R has a passion for supporting #womeninbiz and we are especially excited about Ella Vine and the innovative ‘Clip and Go’ poppy stockings and poppy suspender belt.

Attaching suspender straps to stockings; especially those at the back, can be problematic, with the wearer often having to become a specialist in the art of contortion. 

To help stocking wearers all over the world lingerie designer Ella Vine has developed a suspender belt which attaches to stockings by way of magnetic fastenings on both the suspender strap and stocking welt.

The Ella Vine website https://ellavine.co.uk/ showcases a variety of delightful lingerie sets including the lovely ‘Royal Blue Bra & Suspender Belt Set’. 

The gorgeous mix of satin-like rich royal blue with cream lace does not disappoint as it is as lovely in the flesh as it looks above. Bra and suspender belt set priced at £39.00.

The accompanying 10 denier Ultra Gloss stockings feature a pretty lace welt. 

Priced at £12.00.

Presentation of lingerie is vital to add an extra dose of sparkle and Ella Vine does not let down with your selection arriving in a pretty box featuring the fabulous Ella Vine logo.

As for the world’s first magnetic suspender belt as Ella herself says, and I can only agree, it is both very fast and very easy to attach to the stockings…just ‘Clip and Go’.

Ella Vine may be found on Twitter @EllaVineBrand, Facebook Ella Vine Lingerie and Instagram ella_vine_lingerie.

Cx. 

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It’s time we all reach out for something new. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From ladyvlondon.com (link below *).

“Lady Voluptuous” Estella Dress designed by Georgina Horne from http://www.fullerfigurefullerbust.com featuring a full 1950s style flared skirt, with a cross-over bust and small capped sleeves. There is a concealed zip fastening at the side. The dresses are true 1950s length (measuring approximately 45.5 inches from shoulder to hem in a Size 16). Priced at £50.00.

From http://www.whatkatiedid.com (link below **).

15 denier Seamed Stockings Purple Glamour with a translucent champagne leg and purple point heel, seam and welt. Made in Italy from stretch nylon and elastane for ease of fit. Priced at £10.00. 

Cx.

* https://ladyvlondon.com/Estella-Dress-Purple/#.Wb6ibUHTWEc

** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1426/seamed-stockings-contrast-purple-glamour


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@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either change or remove anything that we post.