Monday, June 18, 2018

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Lost In New York: Redthreaded and American Duchess Hit the Big Apple

American Duchess and Redthreaded in New York City

Adventures in New York City!

Back in May I visited New York's becoming a weirdly regular occurrence and that's no bad thing. I love NYC. I love it - magical things always seem to happen!

On this trip, I met up with Cynthia of Redthreaded, who was so kind and let me follow her into the backstage of "Anastasia" on Broadway (omfg), into Eric Winterling's costume shop (omfg), and to The Met Museum's "Visitors to Versailles" exhibition (omfg - also, that is another post coming soon, I promise).

Redthreaded bustle gown in New York City, photographed by American Duchess

We also played dress-up and took some photos in Central Park. Cynthia wore her new bustle gown, made from a wonderfully obnoxious and perfect cotton from our local Reno fabric shangri-la, Mill End.

Cynthia accessorized her amazing dress with an adorable bonnet, ivory gloves and parasol, and "Tissot" Victorian pumps in ivory with those huge rosettes for which I have undying love.

Redthreaded bustle gown and American Duchess "Tissot" Victorian shoes in New York City

We took most of our photos at the Dairy in Central Park, a delightful gingerbread-house that gave us cobblestones, ferns, and gables for backdrops.

On the way back to the hotel, a block off the south end of the park, we decided to have a little anachronistic fun on the busy Manhattan streets. Cynthia was game - brave girl. We ran out into the middle of 7th avenue on the red light - she paused dead center on the crosswalk and I took up my photog-crouch on the opposite crosswalk, huddled in front of a line of semi-aggro taxi drivers ready to mow me down.

Cynthia Settje of Redthreaded in 1880s bustle dress in New York City, photographed by Lauren Stowell of

But we got the shot. #WorthIt

I have other news and findings to share with you from New York, so stay tuned. I hope you enjoyed these photos!

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Thursday, June 7, 2018


PRE-ORDER: Kensingtons for ALL!

My lovelies, today we have a *major* announcement for you. Lovers of 18th century costume rejoice, for our most popular "Kensington" 18th century shoes are now available in a range of colors...and sizes...*and widths*...and even vegan!

Wait, what? Did you read that rightly? YES! I said...

New Colors!

Thanks to your votes in the color poll awhile back, we've selected four new beautiful leather colors for Kensies.

Pink - soft and lovely and perfect for that Georgian patisserie palette.

Beautiful soft pink leather shoes

Light French Blue
- perfectly powdery blue for pastel gowns and fripperies.

Baby blue shoes - they somehow go with *everything*

Dark Green - luscious and sophisticated, these are a deep, moody green that works great as a neutral.

We're so in love with this dark pin green color

Navy Blue - elegant and rich, these add just enough pop to an outfit.

Navy blue always has a place in history!
New Sizes!

We've been able to finally extend the size range a little to now include US women's size 5 and 5.5, plus we're celebrating the return of size 10.5!


You've been asking for years and it's now a possibility. In addition to the regular B width, we can now offer both A and C width by special order.

You can order all of the new colors in A and C width plus the old staples - black, oxblood, and ivory Kensingtons - with delivery in 4 - 6 weeks or less.


We've heard the call and are thrilled to introduce our first non-leather historical design. Though the materials are man-made, the quality, design, fit, and function of these vegan Kensies are up to the same high standard we hold for all of our shoes.

I can't believe it's not leather!
How It Works

We are introducing all of this goodness with a pre-order June 7 - June 21, 2018. During the pre-order you'll enjoy a discount as a "thank you" for placing your order up-front. Your shoes will arrive in 4 - 6 weeks or less, after the end of the pre-order period.

After the pre-order ends, we will have some of the sizes/widths/colors in stock that ship right away and some that will be made-to-order with that 4 - 6 week delivery, so be sure to plan accordingly if you've got a special event coming up. The availability will be listed on each product, don't worry!

This Is Only The Beginning

We're testing out this magical new way of producing more colors, sizes, widths, and materials. We have every hope of it succeeding with your help, which means we'll be able to offer more of our classic styles along with a whole lot of new designs in a broad range of options in the future. To help us reach our goal, please share the message and tell your friends! Thank you <3

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