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!

8 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!

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