Vintage dresses are ‘fur free’ at Frock & Stole Vintage February 1st 2017

You will have seen from my blog that I have always worked with ethical companies and non-profits, and that includes cruelty free fashion and beauty companies (I managed the Leaping Bunny certification programme for non-animal tested beauty products).  So it will come as no surprise that when I decided to set up a vintage dress online shop that it would have to be fur free!

Frock & Stole Vintage

Fur free vintage

Some say wearing fur should be a personal ‘choice’, however, I will never be able to agree with this view point. If you have ever seen a live rabbit screaming in pain as the fur is ripped from its back, you might change your mind (if you haven’t already). Fur is purely about vanity and I cannot see why anyone should have the ‘choice’ to inflict such horror on a living creature for any reason, let alone for the sake of a fur trim. There are in my opinion some choices that we should not be allowed to make because the impact and consequences are just too barbaric to countenance. If I came into your house and did the same thing to your cat or dog, I would be arrested for animal cruelty, so how can this being done on an industrial scale ever be justified? It cannot.

If you still think fur farming really ‘can’t be that terrible’, then I suggest you take a look at some of the many videos on the web and educate yourself. Some say that the fur farming industry bodies prevent terrible things from happening, but sadly they are wrong. Having a ‘bigger cage’ to live in before you are ripped to shreds really isn’t a step forward for animal protection, nor in my view is it a step forward for us as human beings.

Fur Free Retailer Program

Frock & Stole Vintage – Certified by the Fur Free Retailer Program

So, if you like your vintage ‘fur free’, please do take a look at which is also the first online vintage dress boutique to be certified by the Born Free USA Fur Free Retailer Program.

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Janice Wainwright Vintage Dress Design October 22nd 2015

Vintage dresses are my passion and Frock & Stole Vintage is taking more of my time these days. My latest vintage fashion post on designer Janice Wainwright is here if you’d like to take a look!

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Together we can help the global campaign to end human trafficking September 30th 2014

In 2012 I was delighted to be asked to get involved with an innovative new arts project designed to raise awareness of human trafficking.

The ground-breaking project, conceived and led by the inspirational Ben Kaye, was something of a first; ‘Anya17’, a thought-provoking, emotionally-charged opera exposing the plight of victims of sex trafficking.


Human trafficking - hidden from view

Human trafficking – hidden from view


Since its premiere in 2012, it feels like the issue of sex trafficking has been in the international media headlines nearly every day. Thankfully, there are some great organisations shining the spotlight on the horrors of an ‘industry’ that preys on the vulnerable and dispossessed, and I urge you to lend them your support, if you can, or at least to learn more about this terrible modern-day slavery. Yes, their charity blogs, websites and other communications make uncomfortable reading, but perhaps together if we each do something, no matter how small, we might be able to make a difference.


You can connect with a range of charity and non-profit organisations leading the fight against people trafficking, including:



Anya17 - an opera exposing the reality of sex trafficking

Anya17 – an opera making a difference


Two years later after its well-received inaugural performance, Anya17 continues to raise awareness of sex trafficking by taking its powerful message around the world. You can find out more here

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Cruelty free beauty: how you can get involved October 27th 2013

After a two-year campaign, Cruelty Free International announced that more than 1 million people around the world have signed their petition calling for a global ban on cosmetics animal testing!

We may not live in a perfect world, but we can all do something to make a difference. If you love animals, this short animation from Cruelty Free International, the only global organisation solely dedicated to ending cosmetics animal testing,  says it all!

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More Al Gore & less PowerPoint June 25th 2013

I was recently invited to attend the annual M&S Plan A conference where leading suppliers and NGO’s came together to learn from the CEO and senior managers about M&S and their commitment to sustainable and transparent business. M&S is a leading ethical retailer whose own label cosmetics, personal care and household products are certified by Cruelty Free International’s ‘Leaping Bunny’ programme as genuinely not tested on animals.

But the highlight was listening to the keynote speaker, US Former Vice President Al Gore, extolling the virtues of ethical and sustainable business.


He spoke in glowing terms about M&S and their innovative approach to such issues as animal welfare, fairtrade and environmental stewardship, but it was when he began to speak about climate change that he dramatically lit up the room with his knowledge, passion and personal commitment to making positive change.

The experience served to remind me that all the PowerPoint or Prezi presentations in the world cannot hold a candle to a speaker who is truly passionate about his or her issue – and who has a burning and ever-present mission to make other people hear and understand their message.

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