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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Who is this Marguerite and what is Historica Clothiers?
Introducing: Margaurite - she's so much more than just a coat...
old isn't new; it's timeless! New Chicagoland-based clothier brings the
historical elegance of the 18th century through the 1940s into
practical, stylish, fashions for 21st-century men and women.
The designers at Historica Clothiers have a mission: creating fashion that's not just something to wear, but an experience that people want to share.
"Clothing is about staying covered, fashion is
how we identify ourselves and romanticize our lives. That same
romanticism is what draws peoples to historically-inspired movies and
vintage styles," says Nicole Allen, Historica's founder and
felt that the time was ripe for what she calls "historically-inspired,
modern clothing". The concept is not to be tied to any particular era
but rather to draw inspiration across history to create contemporary
clothing that has historical flare and elegance, without reading as
costume -- a way to address the decided lack of dress clothes that have
flare and romance.
As a professionally trained fashion designer,
3-D digital designer, lighting artist and the creator of a successful,
international historical costuming company (www.revivalclothing.com
she founded in 2002, Allen herself is particularly well-suited to
blending the old with the new and the elegant with the funky to create
coherent, new designs.
hobbies such as historical reenactment or Steampunk [a movement of
Victoriana spiced up with Jules Verne-esque gizmos] are really just one
more way that modern people try creatively expressing themselves in a
world of black cocktail dresses and ill fitting jeans. At the same time,
for years, people who would never be caught dead in a "costume" have
stopped me on the street to say 'I love what you are wearing, but
I could never dress like that.' Well, no one gave me permission!"So
Historica gives its patrons "permission", complete with options,
inspiration and confidence to express themselves sartorially.
on the flare and romance of past eras and bringing it into a
contemporary line of dress clothes, the innovative product line
currently consists of four men's and four women's fashions, each with a
personalized name and a storyline as a way to invite patrons into to
another world. But, Allen says, "the real point is for you to make it
your own, and create your own story.” To show off that potential in each
piece our models are real people we invite to dress up with our clothes
as they see fit - from high heals and hats to jeans and kilts. Historica
is excited to offer well-made, tailored garments, that can fill an
unanswered demand for original designs whose styling stands out without
being so flamboyant to look out place in everyday settings. It is almost
equally proud of being able to do this in all-female business whose
production is centered entirely in Chicago -- ensuring both high quality
and fair wages for all involved. In short, the company seeks to be as
unique as the products it produces. Says
Allen, "Our take away message is simple: You don’t need permission.
Don’t dress like everyone else; step out of the mold and bring a new
level of creativity, style and FUN to your personal image!"