On Saturday Sinead from Elegant Atelier invited me along to the store for the chance to meet Stacey who is the founder of King & Tuckfield. Elegant Atelier is located on Rose Crescent in Cambridge and its one of my favourite boutiques in the city. They stock a great range of brands that are perfect for those who are after good quality clothing that has that little something extra, and King & Tuckfield are one of those brands.
King & Tuckfield has an incredible story behind it. The brand is influenced by Stacey’s Grandmother Joan Marion King who was a ballet dancer and her father Graham Aubrey Tuckfield who started ballet dancing at the age of seven. He swapped identities with his cousin to be old enough to enlist in the Second World War and he worked in the mines before and after the war. I love to hear about the story behind a brand as they could have the most amazing clothes but knowing what has influenced their collections gives you that extra connection.
The collection takes inspiration from the 1950s but with a modern twist. There is a lot of focus on the quality of the materials used and the silhouette each piece creates. I tried on several items which were all incredibly soft and luxurious to the touch. First up were a pair of jeans with some serious turn ups in the perfect shade of indigo, while they feel a little stiff to start they will loosen up with wear. They were closely followed by a deep blue pair of trousers and a cream fine knit jumper with detail to the neck line. The blue dress in the photo above was my next item to try. I love the fact that it can be worn open as a coat with rolled up sleeves or fastened as a dress with a tie to nip in your waist. Finally I tried on a navy midi length skirt with the black version of the jumper. The 1950s style features heavily here as the waistband sits right around your waist to really give a cinched in look.
You could very easily take the King & Tuckfield collection and never wear anything else as it would be very easy to interchange the pieces much like a capsule wardrobe.
If you are visiting Cambridge make sure you pay Elegant Atelier a visit. It is Independents Week 1st-9th October and many of the stores involved are running events, promotions and competitions. You can visit the Cambridge BID website for more info on what’s on offer.