Vintage Textiles, Period Costume, Accessories and Decorative Trims.


About Chic-Arelli

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About Us
My name is Linda Campbell Down and I have been collecting interesting objet and beautiful textiles for the last 40 years. It’s been my lifetime hobby since childhood when I first visited the local village jumble sale with my Mum and bought a well-loved teddy bear which I still own! From then I was smitten and ever since have been collecting treasures and beautiful things. In fact my shop here on Ruby lane is a play on words and based on my family name which was Cicarelli.

I adore nothing more than visiting vintage fairs and having been in and around the industry for so long, I have the good fortune of being able to view and purchase items from some fabulous private collections. I particularly appreciate the Regency period and the Art Deco era of the 1920’s. I love advising and helping others to expand their collections too.

I just love the visual joy and workmanship of all things vintage. Fashion through the decades is fascinating and there’s nothing more enjoyable that identifying the different periods, key designers, shapes, textiles, stitching, and other details and characteristics - whether it’s vintage red-carpet wear, heritage haute couture or opulent one-offs.

I specialise in good quality, stylish and unique vintage fashion with eclectic accessories and collectable period costume, braids and trimmings, textiles and decorative objet are all hand selected with a designer’s eye and more than 40 years of experience. I am lucky to have built up a loyal and prestigious clientele who trust my taste in outstanding and unusual items.

Nostalgia for me and good design, whatever the decade, will always be attractive.

Many stylists, costumiers and designers for tv and film come to me looking for inspiration and I’ve supplied numerous costumes and pieces for theatrical and film productions over the years, sourcing in recent times for The Crown, Downtown Abbey, Mr Selfridge, Victoria, Maleficent II, Disney’s Dumbo and Mary Poppins, The King and I, Vanity Fair, showing soon and Catherine the Great which is currently filming in Lithuania and will star the award winning
Actress Dame Helen Mirren.

Besides antiques and vintage Textiles I enjoy interior design having renovated several properties with my husband – a converted stables and a village vicarage were the homes we most enjoyed restoring. In my spare time I love to garden and love to cook and enjoy the lovely area where we live in the Dorset Somerset borders.

I hope you enjoy browsing my on line store. Please feel free to contact me by email should you have any questions about my items or be looking for anything specific which I may be able to assist you with.