To our dear Glory Days readers,
As many of you will remember, the Glory Days team underwent some significant changes last year, which meant that we had to delay creating the final issue of the magazine. You can read more about those changes here.
Following the changes, we have been working very hard to pay off some significant debts we accrued as a business over the last few years. While we have always been hugely grateful to those who supported us financially - to our wonderful subscribers, advertisers, stockists and purchasers of the magazine - we were never able, even with that support, to cover the costs of designing, printing and distributing, as well as travelling around New Zealand to promote it.
And we’re not out of the woods yet! Even after all that work, we're still not in the black and we have made the sad and difficult but necessary decision not to print the final issue of Glory Days. While we were very keen to finish our journey with one final printed hurrah, the sad truth is that doing so would incur more debt and financial strain and it just doesn’t make good business sense.
The time, money and resource that go into creating each magazine is significant and at this moment we need to keep what few pennies we have to finish paying off our bills and refunding all of our subscribers and purchasers for the final issue that we were not able to supply.
While we won't be printing a final magazine, we will be moving on to some really exciting projects and we look forward to being able to give you more information about that next phase in the coming months.
In the mean time, what does this mean for you? Read the sections below to find out!
Glory Days live...
While we are shaping the future of our business, we still have several exciting events planned under the Glory Days banner. First up is Mother’s Day at MOTAT on the 14th May. It was a fabulous day out last year and we are very much looking forward to doing it all again in 2017.
We are also very proud to present our first exhibition, Till Death Us Do Part: Fifty Years of Vintage Wedding Style. This exhibition will explore changes in bridal fashions over the 20th century, focusing on and showcasing vintage wedding dresses from the 1930s to the 1970s. The exhibition will be held at one of Auckland’s premiere historic houses, the beautiful Gothic mansion Highwic, in May and June this year.
At the end of the exhibition, the gowns will be auctioned off and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the collection will go to The Aunties – an organisation which provides sustained support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
As well as giving the public an opportunity to get up close to sumptuous textiles and a chance to own a piece of fashion history, Till Death Us Do Part will feature a programme of talks, including a presentation from textile historian Angela Lassig, live events such as Miss Havisham’s Day Out and opportunities for guests to share personal memories of their weddings – the good and the bad!
Click here for all the details.
Back issue blow out...
If you need to complete your Glory Days collection we are selling all issues online now for only $5 per copy. Click here to grab your back issues before they are gone!
Living on, online...
We also have all the writing that our wonderful contributors submitted for the WORK issue and we are really looking forward to sharing those stories with everyone that honour the hard-working women and men from the past and celebrate modern day workers who look to the past for inspiration. Please keep up to date on our website, Facebook page and Instagram accounts.
Our final Glory Girl, Miss Dixie Deluxx, photographed by Tony McKay
Thank you once again for your amazing support of Glory Days magazine over the years, it’s been wonderful to promote and support the vintage community in New Zealand. We wish everyone much love and success and we look forward to bringing you new and exciting offerings in the near future.
The team at Glory Days