Fashion’s Greatest Love Story of All, Audrey Hepburn and Hubert De Givenchy

February 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

An icon that resonates with many millennial audiences, Audrey Hepburn has always been portrayed as the epitome of grace and sophistication – and we can still certainly see why. One of America’s most dazzling actresses on screen and off screen, as well as a bonafide fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn’s petite frame has been clothed in […]

The Rise and Fall of Fashion’s OG Party Boy: Paul Poiret

January 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

From rags to riches then riches to rags; for those familiar with French fashion history and the history of couture, you are likely to be acquainted with Paul Poiret. Coined by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the “King of Fashion” and fashion’s first great modernist, Paul Poiret’s designs and loose-fitting silhouette was a diametrical […]

All Hail the Frumpy Frock

January 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Our newest collection is titled “All Hail the Frumpy Frock”-  fashion’s most misunderstood piece of clothing. And let us tell you, we are so excited to unveil three gorgeous dresses that are the perfect pieces for brightening evenings. Frolicking frumpiness, frills and frippery are vintage fashion’s best sartorial hallmarks, but with the latest collections by […]

The School of Silks and Satins, The Merz Muse Trio

January 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

Adding light, froth and frills to the world is what we do best, especially after that he-shall-not-be-named year. So, to bring a little harmonious balance, we decided to unveil our newest Merz Muses for our eagerly anticipated collection launching soon.  Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Frederic Soulacroix and Vittorio Reggianni were prolific 19th century European painters that […]

Five Misconceptions About Vintage Fashion

December 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Picture this, you want to be more sustainable in the new year, so you pop into your local vintage shop intent on buying something new and snazzy for your wardrobe. Despite seeing lots of pieces that you loved, you leave the shop empty-handed, simply because you couldn’t bring yourself to purchase them. But, lo and […]

My Journey From a Fast Fashion Fan to a Fast Fashion Phobe

December 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

This blog is aimed at those who are caught within the fast fashion spiral, like I was and probably still am in some ways. None of us are perfect, but if your goal for 2021 is to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, then shopping more sustainably is a great way to do this.  For […]

Who was (is) Frank Usher?

December 7, 2020 | 1 Comment

A cult vintage brand, if you have frequented an online market or two, you may have come across Frank Usher’s creations.  But who was or is Frank Usher?  “Frank Usher” was launched during post-war austerity Britain, and was in actual fact a defunct name bought by Max and Anne Bruh, a married couple who had […]

The Little History of Laura Ashley

November 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

When I first told my mum about The Merz earlier this year, she asked me what sort of pieces I wanted to curate. At the time I told her that I had my eye on a beautiful vintage velvet Laura Ashley dress (which I then proceeded to buy later that day). Simply put, her response […]

Labour Behind the Label

November 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

For our first collection, 10% of the sale is going towards Labour Behind the Label, a Bristol-based charity that seeks to help garment workers in the global south. A couple of months ago, fast-fashion brand Boohoo made headlines when it was reported that they made their employees in Leicester factories work in awful conditions despite […]

The Origin of The Merz

November 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

As shown in our home page, the Merz was born out of a need and want to combine fashion, fun, and friendliness, all centered on being a more sustainable choice than fast fashion brands currently dominating the high street.  But where did the name come from?  Not to be confused with a pharmaceutical company or […]

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