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Essex indie N Shelley celebrates 90th birthday

An Essex womenswear indie will mark its 90th anniversary next month with a series of events, including a 1920s-style tea party.

N Shelley - which stocks brands including Marc Cain, Betty Barclay and Marella - was founded by seamstress Norah Shelley in 1924 from her family’s front room at 79 High Street, Billericay, where she sold haberdashery, wools and fancy drapery. The store, which today stocks womenswear, lingerie and swimwear, continues to trade from the same address.

To celebrate its landmark birthday, owner Sarah Millet – Shelley’s great niece – is planning events in the week from April 28 including an exhibition on the story of N Shelley and women’s fashion in Essex and the invite-only 1920s tea party opened by local Conservative MP John Baron, during which the winners of the N Shelley Style Awards, celebrating customer photographs of historic outfits at family events and occasions, will be revealed.



























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