Recently I discovered Rew Clothing, run by the lovely Rachel. Like my last blog post, Rew Clothing is another small independent woman-run business. You’ll know from my blog I have had a VERY soft spot for this niche from the beginning. It is so important to support other women, especially ones in midlife who like me, are forging second or even third careers. It can be daunting and lonely doing something you’ve not been trained to do, but instead rely on googling and teaching yourself by trial and error! I agree with Madeleine Albright that “there is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” We owe it to each other to support and encourage one another. Nothing worth having ever comes easily, and the fact is, we ALL can use help, no matter what we’re doing. Nothing gladdens my heart quite like sisters doing it for themselves; I like to promote sisters whose work I love whenever I can on The Sequinist.
So. Back to Rachel… she started her business after growing weary of wrapping her four year old daughter in fiddly scarves to stay warm. Since I have a five year old son whose scarf comes unwrapped and unravelled during the short walk from the car to his school, I am fully aware of the problem! Rachel designed a layered scarf that stays securely in place with simple button closure. It worked so well for her young daughter that several years later (after the prospect of losing her job), she had her light-bulb moment that it would be great to make a version for women. I have two of her scarves and love them. They are soft and super warm. Even better, they don’t make me feel claustrophobic like a thick scarf wrapped multiple times around my neck bandage-style does! Here is a red poppy one that Rachel designed for Remembrance Day. The black centre of the poppy is of course the button.
Rachel also makes coats; I fell for this one with one glance. I love red, I love tartan, and being wrapped up in this chic blanket coat as I swan about town makes me feel amazing. The drama of the sweeping hem will work beautifully with a full maxi skirt (I’ve recently ordered a layered black tulle one which will work a treat).
Here I’m wearing the coat with simple black trousers and a top, but I often add the matching scarf (on cold windy days) or even a belt. It has pockets, as any item designed by a practical woman would. I love the pared-back, flattering neckline of the coat; it works well with whatever I wear underneath it, from a turtleneck to a tank top.
You can find more of Rachel’s scarves and sweeping coats on her website. For American readers, she does ship internationally. I think these scarves make really unique gifts for people who live in cold climates; I have some people on my Christmas list who will really love these (I can’t say who because they read my blog!).
Coat worn with Rachel’s fabulous matching button-through scarf
It was windy and raining while we took these photos, so please excuse the impatient scowl. Although I was warm and toasty in my coat, I am painfully aware that rain and wind do my hair no favours in photos! I really wanted a good photo of the wind catching the coat so you can see it in all its billowing drama, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I’ll put one on Instagram another day.
Serious weather-related resting bitch face
velvet bauble bag from Roman Originals
Hammersmith bridge over the Thames and autumn colours
Speaking of supporting women (!) I am going to ask you (a couple of times before the 21st of December when voting closes) to vote for my blog in the UK Blog Awards, where I’ve been nominated in the Fashion category. I truly hate asking for favours (online or offline) even though I do know how nice it feels to do favours for other people. So, why do I want to win a UK Blog Award? Well, basically to continue to make my blog a better place; to be on the radar of bigger and better brands, which in turn gives me the flexibility to focus on the smaller independent non-fast-fashion brands who can’t sponsor blog posts. Blogging and writing is my second career, and it is only because of you reading it that I am able to do it at all. Thank you for supporting me and thank you for voting! If you click on the word VOTE below, it will take you directly to my voting button on the Awards Website. In case the link doesn’t work with your device, I’m on page 7 of the Fashion category from the UK Blog Awards homepage… you have to scroll down see to the Vote Now button on that page. Thank you again.
In the next few weeks I’m going to introduce you to a small woman-owned jewellery brand that I have fallen HARD for, and a woman-owned faux fur custom-coat brand, and a groundbreaking (truly groundbreaking, not BS marketing speak) skincare line that I am currently test-driving.
Thank you for reading, and have a lovely week!