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Declarations of Independence

This is what it’s like to live with an almost-two-year-old.

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Here in Scotland we have a long standing appreciation for a good knitted jumper or cardigan.  Necessity for the item in the cold weather, teamed with our heritage of wool production means this classic wardrobe staple will always be around.

Photograph taken from Pinterest

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We are lucky here at RRV to have a good supply of traditional knits available to us, and believe me, they don’t stay on the shelves for long.image

The most well known jumper style from Scotland is the Fair Isle knit. 

The term ‘Fair Isle Knitting’ is now used worldwide for a type of stranded colour knitting with horizontal bands of geometric patterns. But this unique style developed on Fair Isle long ago, when local knitters discovered that fine yarns stranded into a double layer produce durable, warm, yet lightweight garments. 

Information from here

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And there is nothing better than layering on a chunky knit on a cold day.  This style of sweater will never go out of fashion!!!

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However if you prefer a more contemporary look, at RRV we cover all bases.  The autumn/winter ranges from the likes of Soft Gallery and Mini Rodini include some great jumpers to keep your little one cozy. 

Looooove the detail on this…. Soft Gallery Siggi Chouette Embroidered hoodie, see full range here.

Halloween tips and tricks

Halloween can be an expensive holiday, but it’s so worth it for your little one to have the best outfit.  We have a few suggestions of how to use some of our range of stock to make an outfit where the key pieces can be worn everyday, making the whole thing a little more frugal.image

First up are the oh-so-popular Mini Melissa UltraGirl Kitty Shoes.  They come in black and silver and are beautifully comfortable. 

So whether little miss wants to be a black or grey cat, these teamed with tights, a leotard, a tail made from stuffed tights and ears made from card and attached to a headband, perfection!

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Next we have the Talking Threads Apple Pips Lips Slacker Pants, how cool are these!!!

We think this would make a great Vampire outfit….. we’ve even put this outfit in out halloween window display!  Teamed with a shirt, waistcoat and Vampire Medal, the rest is all about the make-up!!!

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There are so many things you could do with the Mini Rodini range!!! The Bear Onesie is super-cute and an outfit in itself, as is the lovely Clown Dress.  My favourite though is the strongman pieces, there are leggings, tops, onesies and dresses in the same print, with the addition of a drawn on mustache and the good-old black balloons on a stick for weights, your costume is done.  See the full range here.

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And our range of It’s A Bibble Dribble Bibs will complete any outfit, in a huge range of animal prints as well as some stunning fabrics, you’re sure to find that special one for your theme.  Here we have (clockwise) the Leopard Print, Mini Mouse, Cow Print and Bumble Bee bibs.  And such a useful little item too, see the full range here

Halloween Handmade and Vintage

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It’s October already! How did that happen?  For us here at RRV, that can only mean one thing….Halloween fun!!!

For you lucky lovelies in Scotland, we are hosting our annual Halloween event (location and details above).  You will be able to pick up all you will need for trick-or-treating and entertain the kids at the same time, fun for all the family!

And fear not for our customers who sadly aren’t based here, our Halloween costumes and accessories are online now…… 

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This little sweet Halloween skirt is handmade in-store, and just one of a number of fancy-dress ideas that you won’t see anywhere else…..image

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And don’t forget the vintage.……. This mint condition denim waistcoat is a great find, perfect for your little cowboy or cowgirl, yee haw!

To finish off the outfit why not add one of our collection of handmade holsters.  These gems are made from upcycled suitcases, exclusive to RRV!!!

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We really do have something for kids of all ages, this vintage My First Halloween top is just adorable.  

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Wherever you are…….we would like to wish you a Ghoulishly good Halloween!!!!!

Stuck for Halloween ideas? There is no better excuse to grab one of the #minirodini clown dresses. They are soo lush! Or the #talkingthreads trousers make for a pretty amazing #dracula costume!! 👌❤️ #halloween2014 #reflectionsinourwindow

Stuck for Halloween ideas? There is no better excuse to grab one of the #minirodini clown dresses. They are soo lush! Or the #talkingthreads trousers make for a pretty amazing #dracula costume!! 👌❤️ #halloween2014 #reflectionsinourwindow

Our (Highland) Fling With Kilts!!!

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There are a lot of changes happening in Scotland at the moment, one thing that will never change though is our love of the kilt!!!! 

Historically it was not always as popular as it is today. In August 1747, after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 1745 rebellion, the British government banned the wearing of the kilt (and the bagpipes, which were seen as an instrument of war) in an attempt at suppressing highland identity.

This law remained in force until 1783. During the ban the only people who were legally allowed to wear the kilt were pipers in the military and then only in their regimental tartan.

(Image taken from Pinterest, Information from here)

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Nowadays the kilt is worn mainly on occasions such as weddings and formal functions.  It’s ability to link people to their roots whether through using the family tartan or simply wearing the kilt at an event out with their homeland.  It’s silhouette creates such a strong image of national identity.    

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We are very happy to say we supply Little Legs Baby Kilts in , these super-sweet kilts are hand-made, in any size and any tartan (please allow a few weeks when ordering as some tartans may need to be sourced)

They are made in a traditional way with the great addition of velcro fastenings, which are a must when trying to change baby quickly at an event; and nappy pins rather than the traditional kilt pin.  

Little Legs also makes matching flashes and felt sporrans! Sooooo cute!!!

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And don’t forget to check out our vintage stock for gems like this traditional kilt jacket, so dapper!!!

Autumn In The City

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We love this time of year at RRV!!!!  Autumn is still warm enough to leave the house without a coat; but cold enough to look out those oh-so-cosy tights, bliss!

The colours around the city are what make this season so magical.

(Photo of the River Kelvin, Glasgow.  From Pinterest)

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The colour palate in Autumn was a big part of 70’s fashion, browns, yellows and the lovely burnt oranges.  I especially love this 1970’s dress from our vintage stock, it is just perfect for this time of year.

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Autumn also gives us an excuse to start coat shopping, like we need one!!!

Sticking with the colour palate we love, these vintage brown coats are a great extra layer, and so cute for those long strolls in the park, kicking through the leaves…..

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And a cute one for the boys……1970’s brown corduroy boiler suit will keep your kiddo cosy.

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(Photograph of the River Kelvin, Glasgow, taken from Pinterest)

Let your babies inner rocker out……

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Our super-cool RRV model Roddy is sporting one of our custom denim jackets, and lets face it, he looks AWESOME!!!

We have a great collection of vintage band tee’s, patches and badges to put together our one-off denim jackets for your little rocker kid.  In any size, light or dark denim, and with your preference of bands; this classic jacket will be so unique to your musical tastes.

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The humble denim jacket has stood the test of time as a wardrobe staple, it is claimed that the first denim jacket was made in the mid-1800’s by Levi Strauss.  Marketed at the time as a denim ‘blouse’, it was intended for use as durable workwear.  


The evolution of the denim jacket as a fashion item came about due to an incident where crooner Bing Crosby, a huge Levi’s fan, was out hunting in 1951 and decided to go to a hotel.  As he and his friend were both head-to-toe in denim, Bing was not recognised, and the assumption was made that he was a lower class citizen due to his attire.  A neighbour of Bing contacted the company to tell them what happened.  The Levi company then created the Denim Tuxedo (shown below) which was presented to him and he subsequently wore it to commercial appearances.

(from here)

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It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the custom jacket, as we know it today, began to crop up.  Many motorcycle gangs during this time wore personalised jackets, as did punks.  In the later 70’s and 80’s this rebellion became tied to heavy metal music, when denim jackets began to emerge that were highly personalised to show signs of allegiance to particular heavy metal bands and music in general.  These jackets represented not only allegiance to a particular style of music, but to a way of life.  They represented individuality and free thinking.

(from here)

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We all want our kiddos to be individuals, and you cant get more individual than with a custom jacket or waistcoat (mummy and daddy’s help in music is always a nice addition, hehe!)

Our custom denim jackets are a great start, we use up-cycled jackets and t-shirts, so not only does your little one look super cool, you’re helping the environment.  We will use one large image of your band choice for the back patch, and then two or three other bands for the front.  We have a huge collection of vintage patches and badges, so are sure to have some of your favourites!!! 

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(some images taken from Pinterest, the rest from our own stock pictures)

Pretty amazing road trip stop. #america  (at Bravo Farms In Travers California)

Pretty amazing road trip stop. #america (at Bravo Farms In Travers California)