Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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Exciting Things in Store for Vintage Shoe Lovers


2016 is already off to a roaring start. The beginning of the year always comes with lots of planning for the next 12 months, and this year is more intense than ever.

In addition to adding new colors and styles to American Duchess, particularly for you Civil War ladies, I will be presenting my first collection for Royal Vintage Shoes, our recently-launched retro footwear brand.

This is a big deal for me because for the past five years we've been building American Duchess' footwear offerings one at a time, but Royal Vintage's collection will be all at once.

The reason I'm sharing this now is because I want you all to be a part of it. I want your feedback, opinions, and help with making the absolute best first collection we can. We've always tried our best to listen to our customers and create what you want, so if you'd like to be a part of the "development team" for Royal Vintage, please follow us on your favorite social network:


I've been working closely with the workshop to develop four iconic 1940s styles, most likely offered in two colors each. We will offer our '40s collection on RoyalVintageShoes.com, and we are also hoping to team up with some hand-picked retailers. If you are a vintage/retro fashion retailer and are interested in carrying our shoes (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia), please shoot me an email to lauren@royalvintageshoes.com.

It's early days yet, but the plan is to open the collection for pre-orders in mid-August. Those of you attending Costume College at the beginning of August will get an in-person look at each design in context (and if you're a 7.5 you can try them on, too).

I know it's a lot to take in, but I wanted to let you all know what's up, and invite you to come on this journey with me. I'm excited to share updates and news over the next eight months. Stay tuned, lovelies!


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17 comments:

  1. I'm excited about the new line and the possibility of trying them on, since I'm always nervous about higher heels. I'm going to CoCo, and I'm a size 7.5. Hooray!

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    1. See you there! Lucky you, just the right size for the samples :-)

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  2. I am so excited for these shoes! I need to start saving my pennies now!

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  3. Time to save some money and get my butt to costume college! Ahhh, I'm so excited for you!!

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    1. Yes, come to Costume College! I would love to meet you!

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  4. YAY for 40's shoes!!! Is there anyway to offer some vegan or non-leather options???

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    1. Not for us, but I highly recommend b.a.i.t. footwear - beautiful vintage styles and all vegan.

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  5. This sounds great, I can't wait! I want to order from Royal Vintage soon but my size was out of stock in the style I want when I looked.

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    1. We're rather limited on what we can purchase from the other brands we currently carry. What were you interested in? We may have something similar or a restock on the way.

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  6. I can not wait for your collection to be released! I will be one of the first to buy just you wait. Especially if that top pic is anything to go by - the perfect shoe it seems. I need more wearable height heels that aren't too skinny that you can walk around in. Love things with straps and also platforms. CANT WAIT

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    1. Thank you! A well-balanced, chunky but not clunky heel is such a lovely thing, and makes all the difference in comfort too. I think you're really going to love these!

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  7. This sounds so exciting. Wishing you the best of luck!

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  8. Exciting news!! Hoping for a good pair of oxfords like those in the picture above. :)
    -Emily

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    1. You can expect a spectator, but more like the ones in the upper right for the first offering, but the fun thing is that we'll be doing two collections a year, so there's lots of room and time for ALL the vintage lovelies :-)

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