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Chelsea Dress

By Justine Tabak

Chelsea Dress

I hope you're all well and enjoying the sunshine. 

This week I wanted to shine a light on our new Chelsea Dress, fresh for this season in a new Liberty print and check.

Based on our well-loved Riding House shape, this season we've changed up the sleeve, making it slightly shorter for summer and gently gathering into a charming cuff just below the elbow. Loosely inspired by a vintage prairie dress, what I love about this dress is it's simplicity with just enough shaping into the waist whilst truly comfortable to wear everyday. 

Slightly eased for that cool-girl nonchalance, I wear mine belted in the Spring (with the occasional appearance of tights), and plan on wearing loose and free all summer long. 

Choose from a fun pink 'deadstock' tartan, and our very own exclusive Liberty 'Chive' print in beautiful green-blue hues, we are delighted to present our exclusive dresses. 

Justine x

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Who Made Your Clothes?

By Justine Tabak

Who Made Your Clothes?

This week is Fashion Revolution week, marking the anniversary of the horrific Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013 where 1,138 workers were killed and many more injured. We remember them and think of their families and this week reminds us that despite the glamour and wonder that is our industry, there is so much that needs to be improved and as a community we need to cherish those who not just wear the clothes but make them too. I always say 'a designer is nothing without the craftsman and makers who create the fabrics and sew the shapes'. 

So with this is mind, we want to introduce you to some of our wonderful makers who 'Make our Clothes'. All have worked with us since the brand was started in 2016, and have grown with us over the years. Making locally, we are lucky to be able to visit regularly, talk everyday and support each other to solve problems and enjoy the fruits of our labours! 

Working with small community-based workshops is something we're very proud of, but this is just the tip of the iceberg when discussing supply chains. From the weave of your fabric to the cut of your armhole, the thoughtful packers and wrappers to our key worker delivery drivers, thank you all. 

Justine x 

Here's Lucy, our lovely pattern cutter. We start the make process here with her, taking our designs through from sketch to final sample as a hand-in-hand partnership...

 

Yuksel and Sital both own and run their own manufacturing companies in London. We've been working and growing with them since the brand was created. 

Last but not least, not forgetting our friendly fabric makers, say hello to Stephen and his brother Seamus in their mill in Ireland. Stephen weaves our beautiful linen checks, working with us on our designs and producing 'no-waste' lengths of sustainably made cloth.

 

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Spring Palette

By Justine Tabak

Spring Palette

 We took a trip to the historic London Sketch Club for our latest photoshoot which provided the perfect canvas for our spring dresses. Amongst the easels and boards, our palette of fresh hues, painterly florals and cross hatch checks looked as pretty as a picture. I hope you like the new images.  

Do explore the website for these and other new styles, some are already low in stock or sold out in popular sizes, spring has definitely sprung!    

Justine x

 

                 

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The Camden Passage Dress

By Justine Tabak

The Camden Passage Dress
Ahh the Camden Passage dress, one of my absolute favourites to wear every day. This simple dress epitomises the type of style I truly love to design and wear; pretty, feminine, easy and practical and now in it's third season, it feels more relevant than ever.  Always sewn beautifully, right here in the UK and made in carefully selected prints and fabrics, this classic dress is a true forever piece.

 

For the first lights of spring we have two new Camden Passage dresses, one in a deadstock 'Spring multi-check' and one in a stunning Liberty 'water-floral' print. We have also restocked with batches of our other prints: Embroidery Floral, Columbia Road, Meadow, Mimosa and Woodstock. These dresses are perfect to layer up whilst the weather is still cool, worn over a polo or under light knits, then worn free and loose all summer long.

 

Justine x

 

* Please be aware that some prints are selling quickly. Should your pick be out of stock, do email support@justinetabak.co.uk for further information.

 

Our new, deadstock, spring check is so versatile and easy to wear...the joyful hues are perfect for spring and it also comes with a corduroy sash to cinch should you wish. 

We fell in love with this Liberty print 'painted' on their classic tana lawn.
Forever dresses - 'made in Liberty' dark green 'Embroidery Floral' and fresh pink 'Columbia Road' prints. 
Meadow sweet - the softest all over floral, timeless and classic. 

Boho Blooms - the yellow Mimosa and swirly Woodstock Floral print in a shorter length. 
And this is how we wear ours at team JT!... 
Justine wearing the Mimosa print on a fresh spring day, always with chunky boots...
Chloe wearing the Meadow floral Camden with the green Teddy jumper and trainers - love the belt!
Our lovely intern, Java, wearing the Columbia Road print on blissful sunny day
We love how our customers have styled on instagram also...layered up with coats and tank tops...
          

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All Mothers Day

By Justine Tabak

All Mothers Day

Mother-daughter relationships come in many forms, and this year more than ever, many are feeling the strain of separation and loss. I have been lucky enough to share more time at home with my teenage daughter, Daisy, whilst losing so much precious time with my Mum. It's been a year where friends, aunties, cousins, carers and all the community have stepped in as 'second mums' to neighbours and the needy, we salute you all.  

Closer to home, we are celebrating Mother's Day next Sunday by sharing our 'At Home' spring look book. As needs must, we swapped models for ourselves and a good amount of tidying up was done on the day (something I don't want to do next Sunday!) I always say my clothes are for all ages, so modelling the first of our new season styles across the generations was a lovely way to kick the season off.  

Wishing you all a wonderful Mothers Day no matter your circumstances, and a huge THANK YOU to all the mothers, daughters, friends and relations. Let's hope this is the last one where we are separated, and next time we can hug our nearest and dearest, all of us Mums of the world. 

Justine x

"Taken in front of my namesake paper cut-out poster " I've always liked cutting and sticking since a child and still do!" 

"This is the first time you've been happy about me climbing on the furniture!" - Daisy

"I find a 'lost dress' in Daisy's bedroom every week..." 

Home dressing - a dress is for work, rest and play! 

"One of my new favourites and coming very soon...the Greenwich dress in this home and garden 'Pottery' print." - Justine 

Our  early spring palette of colour and print - specially woven Irish linen gingham, Liberty prints, deadstock ditsies and favourite transitional corduroy. 

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Lonely Hearts Club

By Justine Tabak

Lonely Hearts Club

 Welcome to the Lonely Hearts Club!

In the last of our trio of secret subscribers sales, I invite you to find your perfect match. Right now we're all feeling a little isolated but with Valentines upon us, we hope we can spread a little joy here with a dress to love. 

Our rails are also looking a little sparse, with many styles and sizes long gone and coupled up with happy customers but we have a few 'wallflowers' waiting, so take a look to see if you can choose the right partner (call me cupid!)  

All of these styles listed have 5 or less available, many just one left, and as this is the last seasonal sale, I'm offering a special 25% discount (and as we'll be bringing in Spring very soon this will be the very last offer) Blink and you'll miss them, these treasured pieces are as much of a catch as you are, so do buy now to avoid disappointment. 

Love to all 

Justine x

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Seekers looking for romance...

        


Can't wait to celebrate...

 You're never alone with creature comforts! Happy Valentines all and love to all! 

 

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January Blues

By Justine Tabak

January Blues

January is always a long month, but this year for obvious reasons it feels undeniably endless and blue. However, never fear, with just one week left to go we bring you the second of our secret subscriber sales! 

We present our 'January blues' selection; whilst we still can't visit a gallery, our dresses sure can. Dip into some of our favourite blue masterpieces, with our blue 'artworks' stepping into the two dimensional worlds of some best-loved artists. Spin around the living room in your Whitstable dress like Degas' dancers, or take your broderie Primrose Hill dress out for a walk in the park and dream of strolling past Monet's waterlilies. Ever-classic blue never felt so freeing ... 

Shake off those January blues with a little light escapism! Here's hoping it brings a smile to your face. 

Justine x

The Alpine Riding House Dress blending in a Breton village where women are busy knitting on their doorsteps...

Twirl and pirouette like Degas ballerinas in the bluey-grey gingham linen Whitstable dress.

We are dreaming of wearing delicate broderie amongst Monet's waterlily gardens.

Step into the blue dunes of Mondrian and imagine running along the seafront in our linen Kerry dress.

Our blue-grey gingham Arundel dress blends beautifully in this Vermeer domestic scene, take yours into the kitchen whether you're making sourdough or banana bread this lockdown!

'Blue girl' meets 'Pinkie', a romantic portrait painted by Thomas Lawrence.

Three's a crowd?!...our Holkham dress has snuck demurely into a Gainsbourough...

Waiting for travel. Our toasty tartan Market dress to walks through Monet's Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare.

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You Deserve A Cuddle

By Justine Tabak

You Deserve A Cuddle

The January freeze is now upon us, and we're all bracing ourselves for cold and dark times ahead both physically and metaphorically. Doom and gloom aside, we're looking forward to the warmth and hope of Spring, and back in the studio, I'm busy working on making my next collection as joyful as possible - we could all do with a little brightness on the horizon! 


In the meantime, to help clear out the cupboards for spring, I'm sending out a treat of a trio of week-long secret subscriber sales. We don't traditionally 'do sales', preferring to price fairly and reward my loyal subscribers when we can on my limited batch-made runs. 

So, with just a few jumpers left, this week I invite you to join the 'cuddle crew' and wrap up warm in a new jumper. All are made in Scotland, pure softest wool and perfect to cosy up over dresses or layered over a thermal. Our mariner navy Fishermans knit is a modern classic, the Stornoway jumper is luxurious simplicity at it's best, the sweet Teddy jumper in green adds a zing of colour to a grey day. All our more colourful fairisles have long gone but we have a handful of the beautiful donegal yarn Lewis Jumper to catch if you can. All of them keepers for years. 

Justine x

* Important Brexit news for our friends around the world. This has been a tough week as we decipher the new rules since leaving the EU. We are nearly there, but just for now, we have sadly decided to pause all international shipping until we feel sure we have everything set up properly. The last thing we want is for our global community to be waiting and have items stuck in customs. I am truly sorry for the inconvenience and we are sure we will have everything up and running by next week. I'll keep you posted x 

 

 

 

 

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