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The Camden Passage Dress

By Justine Tabak

The Camden Passage Dress
Ahh the Camden Passage dress, one of my absolute favourites to wear every day. This simple dress epitomises the type of style I truly love to design and wear; pretty, feminine, easy and practical and now in it's third season, it feels more relevant than ever.  Always sewn beautifully, right here in the UK and made in carefully selected prints and fabrics, this classic dress is a true forever piece.

 

For the first lights of spring we have two new Camden Passage dresses, one in a deadstock 'Spring multi-check' and one in a stunning Liberty 'water-floral' print. We have also restocked with batches of our other prints: Embroidery Floral, Columbia Road, Meadow, Mimosa and Woodstock. These dresses are perfect to layer up whilst the weather is still cool, worn over a polo or under light knits, then worn free and loose all summer long.

 

Justine x

 

* Please be aware that some prints are selling quickly. Should your pick be out of stock, do email support@justinetabak.co.uk for further information.

 

Our new, deadstock, spring check is so versatile and easy to wear...the joyful hues are perfect for spring and it also comes with a corduroy sash to cinch should you wish. 

We fell in love with this Liberty print 'painted' on their classic tana lawn.
Forever dresses - 'made in Liberty' dark green 'Embroidery Floral' and fresh pink 'Columbia Road' prints. 
Meadow sweet - the softest all over floral, timeless and classic. 

Boho Blooms - the yellow Mimosa and swirly Woodstock Floral print in a shorter length. 
And this is how we wear ours at team JT!... 
Justine wearing the Mimosa print on a fresh spring day, always with chunky boots...
Chloe wearing the Meadow floral Camden with the green Teddy jumper and trainers - love the belt!
Our lovely intern, Java, wearing the Columbia Road print on blissful sunny day
We love how our customers have styled on instagram also...layered up with coats and tank tops...
          

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All Mothers Day

By Justine Tabak

All Mothers Day

Mother-daughter relationships come in many forms, and this year more than ever, many are feeling the strain of separation and loss. I have been lucky enough to share more time at home with my teenage daughter, Daisy, whilst losing so much precious time with my Mum. It's been a year where friends, aunties, cousins, carers and all the community have stepped in as 'second mums' to neighbours and the needy, we salute you all.  

Closer to home, we are celebrating Mother's Day next Sunday by sharing our 'At Home' spring look book. As needs must, we swapped models for ourselves and a good amount of tidying up was done on the day (something I don't want to do next Sunday!) I always say my clothes are for all ages, so modelling the first of our new season styles across the generations was a lovely way to kick the season off.  

Wishing you all a wonderful Mothers Day no matter your circumstances, and a huge THANK YOU to all the mothers, daughters, friends and relations. Let's hope this is the last one where we are separated, and next time we can hug our nearest and dearest, all of us Mums of the world. 

Justine x

"Taken in front of my namesake paper cut-out poster " I've always liked cutting and sticking since a child and still do!" 

"This is the first time you've been happy about me climbing on the furniture!" - Daisy

"I find a 'lost dress' in Daisy's bedroom every week..." 

Home dressing - a dress is for work, rest and play! 

"One of my new favourites and coming very soon...the Greenwich dress in this home and garden 'Pottery' print." - Justine 

Our  early spring palette of colour and print - specially woven Irish linen gingham, Liberty prints, deadstock ditsies and favourite transitional corduroy. 

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Lonely Hearts Club

By Justine Tabak

Lonely Hearts Club

 Welcome to the Lonely Hearts Club!

In the last of our trio of secret subscribers sales, I invite you to find your perfect match. Right now we're all feeling a little isolated but with Valentines upon us, we hope we can spread a little joy here with a dress to love. 

Our rails are also looking a little sparse, with many styles and sizes long gone and coupled up with happy customers but we have a few 'wallflowers' waiting, so take a look to see if you can choose the right partner (call me cupid!)  

All of these styles listed have 5 or less available, many just one left, and as this is the last seasonal sale, I'm offering a special 25% discount (and as we'll be bringing in Spring very soon this will be the very last offer) Blink and you'll miss them, these treasured pieces are as much of a catch as you are, so do buy now to avoid disappointment. 

Love to all 

Justine x

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Seekers looking for romance...

        


Can't wait to celebrate...

 You're never alone with creature comforts! Happy Valentines all and love to all! 

 

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January Blues

By Justine Tabak

January Blues

January is always a long month, but this year for obvious reasons it feels undeniably endless and blue. However, never fear, with just one week left to go we bring you the second of our secret subscriber sales! 

We present our 'January blues' selection; whilst we still can't visit a gallery, our dresses sure can. Dip into some of our favourite blue masterpieces, with our blue 'artworks' stepping into the two dimensional worlds of some best-loved artists. Spin around the living room in your Whitstable dress like Degas' dancers, or take your broderie Primrose Hill dress out for a walk in the park and dream of strolling past Monet's waterlilies. Ever-classic blue never felt so freeing ... 

Shake off those January blues with a little light escapism! Here's hoping it brings a smile to your face. 

Justine x

The Alpine Riding House Dress blending in a Breton village where women are busy knitting on their doorsteps...

Twirl and pirouette like Degas ballerinas in the bluey-grey gingham linen Whitstable dress.

We are dreaming of wearing delicate broderie amongst Monet's waterlily gardens.

Step into the blue dunes of Mondrian and imagine running along the seafront in our linen Kerry dress.

Our blue-grey gingham Arundel dress blends beautifully in this Vermeer domestic scene, take yours into the kitchen whether you're making sourdough or banana bread this lockdown!

'Blue girl' meets 'Pinkie', a romantic portrait painted by Thomas Lawrence.

Three's a crowd?!...our Holkham dress has snuck demurely into a Gainsbourough...

Waiting for travel. Our toasty tartan Market dress to walks through Monet's Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare.

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You Deserve A Cuddle

By Justine Tabak

You Deserve A Cuddle

The January freeze is now upon us, and we're all bracing ourselves for cold and dark times ahead both physically and metaphorically. Doom and gloom aside, we're looking forward to the warmth and hope of Spring, and back in the studio, I'm busy working on making my next collection as joyful as possible - we could all do with a little brightness on the horizon! 


In the meantime, to help clear out the cupboards for spring, I'm sending out a treat of a trio of week-long secret subscriber sales. We don't traditionally 'do sales', preferring to price fairly and reward my loyal subscribers when we can on my limited batch-made runs. 

So, with just a few jumpers left, this week I invite you to join the 'cuddle crew' and wrap up warm in a new jumper. All are made in Scotland, pure softest wool and perfect to cosy up over dresses or layered over a thermal. Our mariner navy Fishermans knit is a modern classic, the Stornoway jumper is luxurious simplicity at it's best, the sweet Teddy jumper in green adds a zing of colour to a grey day. All our more colourful fairisles have long gone but we have a handful of the beautiful donegal yarn Lewis Jumper to catch if you can. All of them keepers for years. 

Justine x

* Important Brexit news for our friends around the world. This has been a tough week as we decipher the new rules since leaving the EU. We are nearly there, but just for now, we have sadly decided to pause all international shipping until we feel sure we have everything set up properly. The last thing we want is for our global community to be waiting and have items stuck in customs. I am truly sorry for the inconvenience and we are sure we will have everything up and running by next week. I'll keep you posted x 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Market

By Justine Tabak

Christmas Market

December is upon us and the Christmas spirit is well and truly in the air! Whilst this year our celebrations might not quite be the same as we'd have hoped, there's still joy to be found, even if it's just to 'cheers' the end of 2020...

We've been working away with our team of elves to create a special Christmas treat. Usually I would have popped-up at a few festive markets which I love as it gives me the opportunity to meet some of you face to face, but for obvious reasons that's not been possible this year. So we decided to arrange a table in the garden and create our own virtual winter spread of festive treats for our Christmas market online! In here you'll find some seasonal specials, some very limited editions made in end of roll fabrics, and a new line of accessories using every piece of cloth that we could find in the workshop. We love our new reversible 'pocket bag', bow-utiful hair sash and splendid 'scrap' scrunchies which make perfect stocking fillers or a gift especially for you! 

And for 'dressing up' season, we have introduced a 'glamour linen' red dress for dancing round the kitchen, a couple of 'woodland print' Pimlico dresses, and a black watch prairie dress that will take you through the holidays and beyond. 

Limited sizes available, and once they're gone they're gone. Have a browse around our stall, no social distancing required...

Warmest wishes, 

Justine x

Visit our Christmas Market! 

Just three of these Pimlico dresses in the 'Forest Floral' design.

And here in the limited edition 'Woodland Floral’ patchwork. A dress is not just for Christmas...our best selling Pimlico dress has been made in a couple of limited edition prints'... both are made in 'deadstock finds' so very limited in quantity.

Practical Glamour. It doesn't get more festive than a red dress at Christmas, here Daisy wears the Poppy Linen Prairie dress.

    

We had just a few metres of blackwatch linen left, so we whipped up just two unique Somerset Prairie dresses...

Tartan Twist. A new take on tartan for the Inverness dress, made in a beautiful limited deadstock check.

And some little stocking fillers...... our new limited-edition accessories have been made from left-over pieces of fabric when we cut our dresses. Introducing our richly ruffled scrunchies, tartan stretch hair sash and a very useful reversible ‘pocket bag’. 

We have saved our scraps and turned them into lavish scrunchies. Wider than regular scrunchies to create a sumptuous hair tie. Two scrunchies in every pack, one tartan and one floral to suit your mood.

We found a vintage sash which works perfectly as a hair band in our leftover tartan. With a touch of stretch, this fabric fits snuggly without slipping and can be tied at the back, front and side. Beautiful in a bow or tied casually around a favourite bag.

Although we are known for dresses with pockets, we have created this wear everywhere ‘extra pocket’ when a little more room is required. This useful bag, has enough space for a mobile, keys, passport, specs and a good amount of loose change. Not too outdoorsy to wear at home and practical enough to wear on a walk to the park. Reversible with a secure drawstring to close, choose tartan or floral cord to match your mood.

*Stop press! We have low stocks of our cosy Scottish knits left and special edition print cord Mill Town dresses. Take a peak and see what you can find ...

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Winter Knits

By Justine Tabak

Winter Knits

My it's a bit nippy out there! Winter has definitely arrived and I'm ready to wrap up warm. Life in lockdown seems an endless rota of walks and home hibernation, and with mood lifting clothes even more important, I'm pleased to say that all of our Scottish jumpers and cardis have finally arrived in stock... hurrah! A massive thank you to all those who waited patiently for pre-orders, it's been a tricky time for our knitters in these socially distanced times.

This week some of our knits took a trip back to Scotland, to the beautiful Water of Leith. This is where our fabulous intern, Java, took her friendly household on a wintery stroll around the woods, layering up our favourite knitwear over a few of our trusty dresses. We've had to think of new ways of showing you our 'lock down looks' and thank you Java, Poppy and Nieve for braving the cold, you did a great job!

Hope you enjoy the photos, all these styles are now in stock albeit just a few left.

Time to snuggle up with a cup of tea!

Justine x

Poppy wears the salmon fair isle cardigan over the gingham linen Arundel dress.

Nieve wears and silver grey Stornaway jumper over our soon to be released olive floral cord Mill Town dress (watch this space!..)

Poppy and Nieve wear the Fair Isle Wool Lewis Jumper, named after the beautiful Hebridean island. The flecked yarn used here is super soft, a keeper of a modern classic.

And we have a few more cosy knits left in the collection...here the Stornoway jumper shown in teal green...

Our shorter 'Teddy' knit is the cuddliest in our collection with a softly brushed surface and comes in fresh emerald green and nutmeg brown...

   

The mariner jumper, made in navy lambswool, is knitted with a rich cable pattern. a classic jumper to be pulled out year after year.

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Autumn In Bloom

By Justine Tabak

Autumn In Bloom

Here we go again! With last week's lockdown, it didn't feel quite right to start talking about floral dresses, and first and foremost my thoughts are with you all. Whatever this lockdown means to you and the challenges it will bring, I'm sending love and positive affirmations from my team to yours that we will again get through this together.

In the meantime, I thought this weeks newsletter should focus on the simple joy of Liberty florals to lift the spirits. There is no better a time to cheer yourself up with a comfortable, floral dress. These easy fitting dresses are perfect for layering up with a knitted turtleneck or long sleeve t shirt in the colder months. The loose fitting design also makes them the perfect dresses for feeling fabulous and comfy when working at home.

As a thank you all for your support throughout this year, we're sharing a 10% discount on our beautiful Liberty print dresses till the end of the month. I know most of you have used your original introductory code, so hopefully this will help to lift the spirits one more time. Simply use AUTUMNINBLOOM10 at the checkout.

Justine x

The Alpine Riding House dress is a nod to the 80's with its square neckline and 'leg 'o' mutton sleeves. Made in a classic Liberty print in wintery hues of greys and neutrals.

Our easy fit Mimosa Camden Passage dress is our all season style. It features a tiny ruffle edged neckline that can be worn open or closed and deep side pockets for ultimate comfort and ease. Worn here with our Fair Isle cardi and roomy enough to wear over a tee.

  

We love this comfortable and easy dress with the soft 'embroidery' design which runs across the deep green ground colour, perfect with layers and boots in the cooler months or without in spring. A dress for all seasons!

The 'Woodstock Floral' print brightens any autumnal day with its  swirling, 70's inspired bohemian print. Our shorter style is the perfect dress to pair with boots, tights and a thick knit for town and country.

All weather dressing. Layer up over fine knits, thermals and tees in the winter. Cool and simple with trainers or sandals in warmer climes or that long awaited holiday next year!

Zoom calling?! Still as beautiful as ever, the meadow print Camden Passage dress has the perfect balance of prettiness and simplicity for working from home. Thrown on and effortlessly put together!

And finally, by popular demand, we have re- introduced the Sissinghurst print back into the collection, just 10 dresses made in these wonderful Autumn blooms. Please note, the cuff detail this time around has been changed to the easier elastic cuff of the Camden Passage style. A made with Liberty beauty.

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