Categories / Food and Drink, Homeware

Cook’s Conversion Table tea towel by Utility

We introduced you to 1940s-inspired retro emporium Utility last year. This Cook's Conversion Table is a new addition to their charming tea towel collection.

As practical as it is stylish, the Cook's Conversion Table tea towel is invaluable to any cook braving the confusing world of weight & volume conversions. It's pretty nifty for drying your dishes too. Like all of their tea towels, it's handmade and printed in their Brighton studio on high quality cotton and is available in either plain white or striped.

The Cook's Conversion Table tea towel is £9.50 from Utility in store or by mail order. See the website for more details.

Categories / Women's Fashion

Utility Dress by Tara Starlet


Utility Clothing was introduced towards the end of 1941 by the British government to cope with the short supply of fabric. The Incorporated Society of Fashion Designers, lead by the likes of Norman Hartnell, Digby Morton and Hardy Amies, created over 30 different utility clothing designs that became hugely popular and are still greatly evocative of the period today.

Darlings of the vintage reproduction scene Tara Starlet have paid their tribute to 1940s wartime fashion with their version of the classic Utility Dress. The pin spot dress, accented with white buttons and piping, is available in 5 colours. Pitch perfect 40s chic for attending all those vintage events over the spring and summer months.

The Utility Dress is £75 from the Tara Starlet website.

Categories / Men's Fashion

British Army Green Authentic Great Coat by Crombie


Frustratingly, some of the best winter coats (for men at least) are also the most expensice. As this  Crombie British Army Green Authentic Great Coat demonstrates. But all might not be lost.

It certainly is a stunning item, an authentic recreation of a World War II military coat from the Crombie archive, originally supplied to the War Office for officers of the armed forces.

This slim-fitting coat is packed full of detail, including handcrafted chalk-filled brass buttons that feature the Crombie crest and raw wool cloth discovered in a mill in Yorkshire which is 'faithfully replicated in military hues'. £795 is the price right now, but Crombie is known for generous sales, so one to keep an eye on over the coming days.

Find out more at the Crombie website

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