Dandy & Rose

Bespoke Western Shirts, Handmade in England

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D & R at home (and in London)

Dandy & Rose’s biggest champion, the Grammy-winning singer songwriter Jim Lauderdale, toured the UK during July and excitingly, he played in Lewes, the hometown of Dandy & Rose!

Jamie Freeman of Union Music Store, who is also a singer songwriter, suggested that after the show, we might be able to set a world record for the most Dandy & Rose shirts worn in the same place at the same time. And we did!


Left – right (back row) Jamie Freeman, Stevie Freeman, Alasdair Mackay, Andy Washington, Michael Hingston  (front row) Jeff Tickle, Jim Lauderdale, me (Janet Aspley), David whose second name I don’t know!

It seemed wrong that Jim didn’t have a new shirt for his tour, so the following week we picked out a print from Liberty’s current range called ‘Wild Flowers’. It was designed by the paper cutting artist Su Blackwell, who says it reflects her childhood experience of wandering the countryside, discovering native flora. Su’s work is stunning and you can see more of it here:  sublackwell.co.uk

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Just as I was giving the shirt a final press before dashing up to London to deliver it to Jim before his London show (which was great!), I noticed the word ‘Strawberry’ hidden amongst the stalks and leaves in the design.

IMG_3208.JPGHow wonderful to work with designs that are so detailed and exquisite that there is still something to discover in them when you have been looking at and handling them for many hours!



Jim teamed his new shirt with a pair of sparkly, embroidered trousers by Manuel. The combination was marvellous!

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Jim Lauderdale in his Dandy & Rose shirt in Liberty’s ‘Wild Flowers’ print, onstage at King’s Place, London, July 27th 2017



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Viva Lewes – Americana Town!

This month our local magazine, Viva Lewes, has an Americana theme. They came to the workroom to interview me about Dandy & Rose for their regular My Space feature. There was much tidying up before their arrival!

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They also featured Stevie Freeman, who is chair of the UK branch of the Americana Music Association and co-owns Union Music Store (where you can buy Dandy & Rose shirts)  with her musician husband Jamie. Stevie wore the dress I made her a couple of years ago for the photo.

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So if you want to experience Americana, best come to Lewes, East Sussex, England. We will dress you right and play you some great music!

To read Viva Lewes, go to http://www.vivalewes.com I am on page 81, Stevie on page 83