Up to no good

I’ve been on the caffeine again! Here I am customising another vintage denim jacket. I love getting messy and creating something new out of something old. Reworking & up cycling vintage clothing is a passion of mine and the fact that I get to do it as my job is pretty cushty!

Been on the Caffeine again!
Been on the caffeine again!As well as making a mess and giving the walls a splash of colour, I’ve been busy painting vintage denim jackets. Revamped, reworked and revived, they’re in store now and ready to RoCk n RoLL!https://www.thestellarboutique.com/product-category/fashion/clothing/…
Posted by The Stellar Boutique on Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Check out my reworked, custom denim jacket collection here

I also offer a unique personalised customisation service where you can have pretty much anything you like on pretty much anything you like! See the ‘Customised your jacket‘ details here.

Turning Japanese

This lovely lady bought one of my vintage Japanese Kimonos at the weekend and has just sent me these fabulous photos! She had been looking for an original, full length silk kimono in purple for a long time and luckily enough our paths crossed! Here it is being worn so beautifully and traditionally in all its glory. Thanks krys, absolutely stunning 💜

The Northern Quarter

Another great day of top beats and vintage treats at Northern Quarter Makers Market on Sunday, thanks to everyone who stopped by and made it so much fun 😘 Manchester you are magical ✨

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And Just how cute is this vintage western jacket?! complete with 🌵+🐴 !! I was sad to see it go but seeing the gorgeous @karolinasykut doing it proud and captured so beautifully by @bartekbasista makes everything ok 😍

Vintage this way

Vintage lovers listen up, there’s an amazing new way to find that perfect piece of vintage you’ve been searching for! 

Gem Search is a fantastic new search engine dedicated entirely to vintage 🙌🏼 so just type in ‘pink floral 70s dress’ or whatever it may be that floats your boat and, alas, there you go, endless options at your fingertips! The hunt has never been so easy and I’m delighted to be a part of it 😍 Just head to the search engine site at www.gem.app or even better, download the app to your phone.

Happy hunting vintage lovers xx

Power To The Peaceful

Our original vintage military range, customised and reworked to promote love not war, are now back in stock and ready for some action!

Get yours here before they’re gone…

Reworked vintage military fashion

Ode to Woodstock

50 years ago this weekend saw the most monumental festival in history that defined a generation. Where nearly 500,000 ‘flower children’ came together for 3 epic days of peace, love and music.

Without violence, without fighting in spite of everything they were up against, proving to the world that peace and love wins!

The hippies were right. When I finally get my time machine Woodstock 1969 is my first destination, who’s coming with me? 

F*** You I do what i want

I had a lot of fun with my latest commissioned jacket! 😜

The brief was simple…

‘A feminist F-you vibe, with stars and some feminist patches’

so with a little discussion the slogan was chosen, the jacket was sourced and I set to work.

All finished and ready for battle ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

Personalised custom jackets made to order.

What would you have on yours???
Send me your requests and I’ll get it made 😘

Click here for the full details

10 years of indie biz life

Here’s me in my first HQ in Spain 10 years ago when I’d just launched

The Stellar Boutique. 

July 2009, back when the internet was still a bit of a mystery to me, I only really used it to book flights, I never shopped online and I didn’t even have Facebook! I know, I mean…wtf?

All I knew was I wanted a fashion & vintage shop. I’d originally intended to have an actual physical boutique but when it fell through at the last minute (after investing in and even decorating the shop) I was devastated. A friend suggested I opened an online shop instead 
‘it’s the way of the future’ she said, 
‘internet shopping? Surely it’ll never catch on’ I said! 
The thought of it just didn’t excite me as much and, as a total technophobe, I had no clue where to start. 
Thankfully I heeded her advice and set out on this arduous yet rewarding journey, learning as I went and making a string of mistakes along the way too. 
To say it’s been a challenge is an understatement, there have been highs and lows galore. Running a small business on your own (on a shoestring) is tough, it’s full of difficult decisions, obstacles, problems, long days & late nights and anyone with an indie biz will know that sometimes the business has to be juggled around an array of part-time jobs just to stay afloat! 
One summer my shop was one of 5 jobs I had on the go in order to buy stock and pay the bills! 

There are times when you lose faith in yourself and question your abilities and there have even been moments when I considered throwing in the towel and getting a regular ‘secure’ 9 to 5! 

But this is not a violin moment, on the contrary!

 
To anyone considering starting up their own business, my only advice is to just go for it. As long as you’re passionate about what you do and are prepared to dig deep and work hard, you will get there. I’ve still got a long way to go and a lot to learn but I am loving every minute (most of the time) and to everyone who’s ever bought anything from me I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You have made this whole journey possible 😘

Ok, enough of the Oscar-style speech, better get back to work 👩‍💻