Closing a Chapter

I have decided to bring this blog to an end. It has become an expense and chore to keep up, rather than a joyful outlet.

I will be going through this blog and reposting the ‘best of’ posts on the Fashion History Museum’s website blog, so anything with well-researched history or Canadian design info, as well as any popular blogs that spawned great feedback or conversation will be moved to their new home.

I started this blog on October 26, 2008, and after my host accidentally erased the entire site in December 2010 I started over again after retrieving what I could from the ashes of cached articles. I am a big believer in the 12 year cycle, and now, at the age of 60, I feel like I have come to the end of a chapter in my life and the start of a new one. The pandemic has helped all of us take stock of our lives and I am now focussed on, more than anything else, ensuring that the museum’s future is secure beyond my lifetime.

So, thank-you readers, whoever you may be. I was flattered when designers commented on the blogs I wrote about them – and that happened a lot! I am also grateful to those who supplied personal histories about extinct brands or forgotten retailers – you added a lot to this blog. It has been fun but it’s time to go. Thank-you.

a pre-pandemic shot when I could still get a haircut!

12 thoughts on “Closing a Chapter

  1. Thank you for doing this all these years! I’ve been quietly following, both learning from and enjoying your posts.
    Best wishes for your future endeavors!

  2. I can see why the relentless train of interesting and well-researched posts would wear you down, and I’m glad that you know when you need to stop, but I am sorry to see it go. What an impressive oeuvre! I have enjoyed your work for many years. I hope at least to continue to see you weighing in here and there on some of the Facebook groups we both visit.

    • Thank-you! I am already regretting throwing in the towel, but I will keep blogging, just not as often, and on the Fashion History Museum website. I have to consolidate my efforts… as I age, I find my energy levels just aren’t what they used to be!

  3. I hate to see this project die, but I do understand. Blogs are a real time suck, and with more immediate and interactive platforms like Instagram, it’s no surprise that many writers don’t see the point any longer. I struggle to post once a week, and I don’t have a museum to run!

  4. What a sweet and delightful accidental find while casually out of nowhere deciding to research a bit on a beautiful J. G. Hook wool herringbone coat, like new, that I picked up at a thrift shop I can’t remember how many years ago. I was trying to date it, using its US Union tag as well as the J. G. Hook tag. It’s closer to the late 70s fit than 80s. And me having not planned on losing 20 pounds, suddenlyI fit into it like the very young woman I no longer am.
    I came across your thoughtful well written article on Max Raab, and, the brand Villager I had long forgotten but has worn during I suppose the late 60s and early 70s. All of this was just prior to my Laura Ashley years of course.
    So I thank you for your time and wish you well. Yes, our passions do change and it’s time for me to say Good Bye to, I suppose, my select vintage of all sorts, being glad I had a good eye and there’s still demand.
    Let us both, and all, take care, and have plenty of passions in years to come. Regards, Maureen
    (Might I add, it’s near 2 am, and why am I not in bed!?)

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