Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Versatile Turban – not just for Rosie the Riveter

Not everyone's 'cup of tea' but I like them. I think they look great, whether for work, play or a bad hair day.

I’ve had loads of these pics of ladies wearing turbans for quite a while, and thought I’d share just a few of them with you. Some of these you’ll have already seen, but if so they’re well worth another ‘visit’. 
In print:


At work:



And the stars liked them!
Lana Turner:
 Hedy Lamarr below, in Lady of the Tropics (from 1939):
Swedish born film icon Greta Garbo:

A lovely pic of Judy Garland singing with Frank Sinatra:
Lucille Ball:
   I love Lucy!!

Last, but certainly not least. I'm a big Carmen Miranda fan, how good did she look in her fabulous over the top creations - brilliant!



Kaye @ Rocket Originals

Saturday, 18 January 2014

New Year, New Events.

We've been busy booking events for this year into our diary. We've booked a few that we've never been to before, as well as our usual events. So, here's where we'll be for the first part of the year at least, up to April.

The first one we'll be trading at is Chesterfield's Forties & Vintage Weekend at the Winding Wheel (Concert and Exhibition venue), in the centre of Chesterfield on the 23rd & 24th February. The Winding Wheel is a lovely venue that we used to go to regularly years ago for the rock n roll nights, but we've never been to this particular event before due to other commitments, so we're looking forward to it. Here's what the organisers say:
Our 4th great year! Not so much an event, more of a mini festival!     
Friday evening swing jive dance;
Saturday & Sunday daytime market, entertainments, living history & vehicle displays;
Saturday evening 1940s party;
Saturday evening wartime themed films and Sunday afternoon live concert.
In March we'll be at the Hep Cats' Holiday, which we trade at every year, along with their other weekender in July. Check out their website, and take a look at the poster:
April is quite busy for events. On Sunday 6th April we'll be trading at The Nantwich Annual Spring Vintage Fair & Retro Lifestyle Event.  The Nantwich Civic Hall is a lovely venue, there's lots of traders, great music throughout the day, and all for only £3 admission. 

The weekender after, on Sunday 13th April, we'll be travelling up to Durham to trade at The Little Red Wagon Rock n Roll Vintage Market. This takes place in Coxhoe Village Hall, and there's a variety of stalls selling vintage and repro clothing, records, homewares, the Lickety Split Ice Cream Parlour, tattoos by Classic Ink Co and live music and DJs. Only £1 entry and under 16's free.

Finally in April, on the 26th and 27th we'll be at the Festival of Vintage at York Racecourse for the first time this year. Billed as two days of vintage music, vintage fashion & vintage life in the1930's-1960's. Open 10am 5pm both days. 

There'll be more event updates later in the year. As usual, if you're going to be at any events we're trading at and want something special taking along off our website, then please let us know (we can only take a limited amount of stock, and wouldn't want you to miss out!)

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


Yes, here at Rocket Originals we do love saddle shoes! 

What’s not to like about this comfortable and versatile style of shoe?  Saddle shoes are the original leisure shoe, worn by men, women and children for decades.

When we decided to have them manufactured specifically for Rocket Originals we originally bought a vintage (early 1950’s) pair from America and copied them in order to get ours as authentic as possible. We’ve had them made in quite a few colour variations over the past few years, with more to follow.  It’s one of our staple styles and one which we will continue to have manufactured as they’ve proved so popular.

Here's some our of own brand saddle shoes:

The style of the saddle shoe is a low-heeled casual Oxford shoe, characterized by a plain toe and constrasting coloured saddle-shaped panel placed mid foot, and also a panel at the back of the heel. They’re typically constructed of leather, and the soles can consist of  EVA construction, leather or even rubber.  Originally they were mostly white with a black saddle, although of course any color combination is possible.

Over the years they’ve been made in a variety of styles, such as higher heels etc. Now, we have to admit these are not our taste at all, and we prefer to stick to a more 'traditional' style, but each to his own eh!

We’ve recently supplied the fabulous Atomic Bombshells with our red and cream saddle shoes, worn when promoting the new Atomic Festival.