Independent handmade clothing company in Brighton, UK

Brighton, England · 189 Sales


Independent handmade clothing company in Brighton, UK

Brighton, England 189 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   The Emperor’s Old Clothes is an independent clothing label based in Brighton, UK. Our clothing is all hand-tailored; each item is unique, nothing mass-produced.
Drawing inspiration from vintage styles we design and hand-tailor clothing and accessories for both men & women, as well as offering a personal one-on-one bespoke service from our private studio.


Last updated on 06 Apr, 2018

The Emperor’s Old Clothes is an independent clothing label based in Brighton, UK. Our clothing is all hand-tailored; each item is unique, nothing mass-produced.
Drawing inspiration from vintage styles we design and hand-tailor clothing and accessories for both men & women, as well as offering a personal one-on-one bespoke service from our private studio.

Cecily Blondel

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Cecily Blondel

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We’re excited to announce we are now offering FREE SHIPPING across our whole handmade our clothing + accessories collection heart️ Shop our dungarees, shorts + travel pouches today
We’re in love with floral prints this summer! hibiscusBrowse our vintage fabric accessories for all your pretty travel needs!hibiscus
Here at Emperor's Sustainability is Standard.⠀
We really care about fabric waste and that's why we're on a mission to reuse and repurpose beautiful vintage remnant fabrics to help reduce this. Almost nothing is thrown away in our studio.
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Shop members

  • Cecily

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Cecily designs, pattern-cuts and cuts our clothing & accessories as well as running our bespoke service.

  • Louisa


    Louisa helps to develop new designs and create our unique range of ready-to-wear clothing from our cosy Brighton studio.

  • Lou

    Marketing Assistant

    Lou photographs everything we create and makes sure you get to see it in our Etsy shop and across our social media channels.

  • Geneva


    Geneva sews our handmade ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.

  • Sarah


    Sarah helps Cecily with cutting out all our ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.

  • Izaskun

    Marketing Intern

    Izaskun is assisting Lou with our marketing.

Shop policies

Last updated on 14 January, 2018
We create hand-tailored clothing and accessories for men and women. We are an independent operation based in Brighton; all of our items are either one off creations or produced on a very small scale. A large proportion of the materials used are in limited supply as they are genuine vintage or one-off fabrics. Many items can be commissioned in different styles and fabrics so please contact us directly for a more bespoke service.

Womenswear size guide (inches):
X.Small - Bust 34.5 / Waist 26.5 / Hips 36
Small - Bust 36 / Waist 28 / Hips 38
Medium - Bust 40 / Waist 32 / Hips 42
Large - Bust 44 / Waist 36.5 / Hips 46

Menswear size guide (inches):
X.Small - Chest 36.5 / Waist 34
Small - Chest 40 / Waist 36
Medium - Chest 42 / Waist 39
Large - Chest 44 / Waist 41
X.Large - Chest 46 / Waist 43
X.X.Large - Chest 48 / Waist 45

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Each one of our items of clothing and accessories is handmade from scratch, often from a very limited supply of vintage or one-off fabric, so that most items are unique.

Many of our items of clothing can also be made to order in your choice from the fabrics that we offer. Unfortunately we cannot accept returns or offer refunds on any custom or made-to-order items but where possible we will attempt to alter the garment if required (there may be extra costs for alterations). Therefore we encourage you to take a moment to make sure that you are completely happy before placing your made-to-order / custom order.

If you have purchased one of our ready made garments and it doesn’t fit, you can return this garment for an exchange or full refund (minus any postage & packaging costs) within 14 days of the garment being received by you. We require that you email us at info [!at] theemperorsoldclothes.co.uk within 7 days if you wish to exchange or return your garment.
We accept payments via credit card, Paypal transactions and Etsy gift cards.
All items are wrapped in tissue paper and packaged in soft plastic packets of relevant size.

We will despatch all orders within the time period displayed on each listing. We will ship all orders by Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For within the UK.

If you would like your order to be posted via Royal Mail Special Delivery then please contact us directly for a quote.

Outside of the UK we use Royal Mail International Standard Mail; we can not be responsible for the loss or theft of untracked items so please do let us know if you would prefer your item to be shipped via International Tracking & Signature services.

Please note The Emperor's Old Clothes cannot be held responsible for any delays to internationally shipped items due to customs checks; in the unlikely event of a custom check the customer may incur extra customs charges.

We will send email confirmation as soon as your order has been posted.
Additional policies and FAQs
For wholesale or custom orders please contact us directly. We offer a bespoke service to UK customers and a semi-bespoke service to international customers; please enquire for further details.
We want to protect your privacy and confidentiality. We understand that all Etsy users are quite rightly concerned to know that their data is being used lawfully. We take our responsibilities under Data Protection Act and GDPR very seriously and we want to comply with the spirit and the letter of the guidance provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
You can find information about ICO at their website https://ico.org.uk/

We do not share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any personally identifiable information collected at this site.

The law requires us to determine how we process different categories of your personal information, and to notify you of the basis for each category.
If a basis on which we process your personal information is no longer relevant, then we shall immediately stop processing your data.

Information we process because we have a contractual obligation with you
When you buy a product or service from us, sign up to our membership club with us or otherwise agree to our terms and conditions, a contract is formed between you and us.
In order to carry out our obligations under that contract we must process the information you give us. Some of this information may be personal information.
We may use it in order to:
1.1. verify your identity for security purposes
1.2. sell products to you
1.3. provide you with our services or membership benefits
1.4. provide you with suggestions and advice on products, services and how to obtain the most from using our website
We process this information on the basis there is a contract between us, or that you have requested we use the information before we enter into a legal contract. We shall continue to process this information until the contract between us ends or is terminated by either party under the terms of the contract.

2. Information we process with your consent
Where there is no contractual relationship between us, such as when you browse our website or ask us to provide you more information about our business, including our products and services, you provide your consent to us to process information that may be personal information.

Wherever possible, we aim to obtain your explicit consent to process this information, for example, by asking you to agree to our use of cookies.

Sometimes you might give your consent implicitly, such as when you send us a message by e-mail to which you would reasonably expect us to reply. We continue to process your information on this basis until you withdraw your consent, or it can be reasonably assumed that your consent no longer exists.

You may withdraw your consent at any time by instructing us info [!at] theemperorsoldclothes.co.uk

3. Information we process because we have a legal obligation
We are subject to the law like everyone else. Sometimes, we must process your information in order to comply with a statutory obligation. This can include your personal information.

4. Website usage information
We may use software embedded in our website (such as JavaScript) to collect information about pages you view and how you have reached them, what you do when you visit a page, the length of time you remain on the page, and how we perform in providing content to you. We do not associate such information with an identifiable person.

We use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site--you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/.
You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

We use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work.

You can opt out of targeted advertising by:
FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads
GOOGLE - https://www.google.com/settings/ads/anonymous
BING - https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/policies/personalized-ads

Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at: http://optout.aboutads.info/.

5. Cookies
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive through your web browser when you visit any web site. They are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Like all other users of cookies, we may request the return of information from your computer when your browser requests a web page from our server. Cookies enable our web server to identify you to us, and to track your actions and the pages you visit while you use our website. The cookies we use may last for a single visit to our site (they are deleted from your computer when you close your browser), or may remain on your computer until you delete them or until a defined period has passed.

Although your browser software enables you to disable cookies, we recommend that you allow the use of cookies to take advantage of the features of our website that rely on their use. If you prevent their use, you will not be able to use all the functionality of our website.

Here are the ways we use cookies:
to record whether you have accepted the use of cookies on our web site. This is solely to comply with the law. If you have chosen not to accept cookies, we will not use cookies for your visit, but unfortunately, our site will not work well for you.
to allow essential parts of our web site to operate for you.
to operate our content management system.
to operate the online notification form - the form that you use to contact us for any reason. This cookie is set on your arrival at our web site and deleted when you close your browser.
to enhance security on our contact form. It is set for use only through the contact form. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.
to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to improve your experience of our site and enable us to increase sales. This cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from, and the pages they visited.
to store your personal information so that you do not have to provide it afresh when you visit the site next time.
to enable you to watch videos we have placed on YouTube. YouTube will not store personally identifiable cookie information when you use YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode.

6. Your rights

If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.

Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.

7. Complaining
When we receive a complaint, we record all the information you have given to us. We use that information to resolve your complaint. If your complaint reasonably requires us to contact some other person, we may decide to give to that other person some of the information contained in your complaint.
We may also compile statistics showing information obtained from this source to assess the level of service we provide, but not in a way that could identify anyone.

8. Use of website by children
We do not market to children, nor do we sell products or services for purchase by children. If you are under 18, you may use our site only with consent from a parent or guardian.

9. Disclosure to Government and their agencies
We may be required to give information to legal authorities if they request, or if they have the proper authorisation.

10. Retention and Review or update or remove personally identifiable information
We keep your personal data only for as long as required by us to provide the services you have requested, comply with the law or to support a claim in court. You may review or update the information that we hold about you, or if you wish, request the removal of any information about you from our website.

To do this please contact us at:

info [!at] theemperorsoldclothes.co.uk

The Emperor’s Old Clothes
46 Sydney Street
East Sussex
United Kingdom

We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy and notice, please contact us.