1950s Summer Dress | The story behind Blackpool

June 25, 2020
Find out how this 1950s style dress came to be part of our Revival Retro Own Range summer collection.

1950s summer dress
Blackpool is one of our G.O.T.S certified organic cotton dresses from our summer collection with a definite 1950s style and well, I'm in love! I am a little biased though as admittedly I was instrumental in its design. In fact its working title was The Lottie Dress! Rowena is always open...
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Own Range expands with a new summer collection

April 07, 2020
1950s inspired dress
This summer we have added a number of dresses to our own range. I thought you might be interested how and why we made the choices we did in creating these new garments. The summer collection consists of classic styles that will never go out of fashion, designed to flatter...
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Shop Small means something whether its local or international

February 17, 2020
Shop Small
We are an independent womenswear boutique for those of you who may have found this page but don't know Revival. We've had a small shop in central London since 2011. Here, on our website however you can find 'almost' everything that is available in store because we value our customers...
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UK Small Business Success relies on looking beyond Brexit

January 27, 2020
London small business growth beyond brexit We've had a bumpy ride in the UK the last few years and small shops such as ours have had to be brave, resilient and dead set on understanding our customers and how best to serve them. Thank goodness for being small, for believing in what we do, for caring...
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Revival Retro's Capsule Wardrobe

September 26, 2019
Revival Retro Own Range capsule wardrobe
Discover how to mix and match Revival Retro's capsule wardrobe. Our beautiful charcoal wool separates are made in London from fabric woven in Italy but all designed in-house by Revival Retro. 
We're busy women. Our customers are often busy and important women too. Yes, we love to dress up and look fabulous but if you're travelling or have early meetings, you can't spend hours getting ready.  So maybe it's time you stepped inside our capsule wardrobe...  Rowena has been very busy...
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Ten Year Anniversary Retrospective Part VI: Hiring My First Staff Members

August 17, 2019
This is Part III in a week-long blog series by Rowena Howie tracing the history of Revival Retro as a celebration of its 10 year anniversary. Rowena remembers the joy of hiring her first staff member and how having people who care are vital to her team.
First hire small business 
As part of the ten year anniversary of this small business I'm celebrating the key moments that I feel defined the last decade.   My first bricks and mortar shop came with a contract that stipulated we had to be open 11-7pm, 7 days a week, 363 days a year. ...
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Ten Year Anniversary Retrospective Part V: The Meaning of Bricks and Mortar

August 14, 2019
This is Part V in a week-long blog series by Rowena Howie tracing the history of Revival Retro as a celebration of its 10 year anniversary. In this blog Rowena explains the importance of a physical space to interact with customers when you are a small business. 
Small Business love
I had a vision for what the shop would be, not so much what it would look like but what it would mean to people. That’s the kind of thing that people don’t forget, that they come back for. It's not just about place. It's about the people in it....
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Ten Year Anniversary Retrospective Part IV: Choosing a London Location for our Independent Shop

August 14, 2019
This is Part III in a week-long blog series by Rowena Howie tracing the history of Revival Retro as a celebration of its 10 year anniversary. Here Rowena describes the surprising twists and turns that came to her locating her first store in Kingly Court. 
Looking back, I consider myself very fortunate. It seems like the opportunities I found came at a time and place that allowed me to open a bricks and mortar shop in central London. While this is true to a certain extent, it of course ignores the central entrepreneurial thread to...
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Ten Year Anniversary Retrospective Part III: How I Opened an Independent Shop in London

August 10, 2019
This is Part III in a week-long blog series by Rowena Howie tracing the history of Revival Retro as a celebration of its 10 year anniversary. In this blog Rowena recalls those who helped her take the leap to opening her own bricks and mortar store in London. 

The shop wasn’t my idea. I thought it was ludicrous: it was 2011 and in the aftermath of the banking crisis and a global recession, online shopping was the new trend. The idea of opening a bricks and mortar shop seemed a stretch to say the least!     I...
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Ten Year Anniversary Retrospective Part II: From 'Hobbypreneur' to Shopkeeper

August 06, 2019
This is Part II in a week-long blog series by Rowena Howie tracing the history of Revival Retro as a celebration of its 10 year anniversary. Today Rowena explains how she went from 'hobbypreneur' to shopkeeper.
Rowena and friends
As I celebrate ten years of entrepreneurship and I reflect on the who, what, why and when of the past decade, what becomes obvious is that this isn’t all about me.     I couldn’t have done this without the support of my friends. I am lucky to count amongst...
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