Thursday, 2 December 2010

Job Vacancy - Screen Printing Apprenticeship

In conjunction with Plymouth College of Art, and due to the expansion of our printing operations, we are looking for a super-charged apprentice!  Full details are below ~ if you need any more info please email or call into Forty Five at 48 Ebrington St, PL4 9AD. 

Job Vacancy

Apprenticeship – Screen Printing
Location: Central Plymouth
Start Date: January/February 2011
Length of Contract: 12 - 24 months
Salary: Meets Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage
Qualification level: 2/3 (dependant on prior attainment)

Job Description
Forty Five Clothing is an independent clothing store that has been established in Plymouth for the last 4 years. The business has recently evolved to include a vintage clothing store and has expanded the screen print side of the business, Custom Sign and Print. As such a vacancy exists for a Screen Print Apprentice to join the company at a very exciting time.

The Screen Print Apprentice will work full-time for the company in the screen print area of the business. In addition, the apprentice will work towards a Machine Printing (Screen) Apprenticeship with Plymouth College of Art. This will be delivered via onsite assessments and monthly attendance at taught sessions at the College. Attendance at Plymouth College of Art will also be required occasionally for periodic examinations.

This vacancy will suit someone with a passion for design and print. Successful candidates will be practical, with a keen eye for detail and an appreciation of the importance of quality and consistency. A working knowledge of Photoshop software would be beneficial. As you will be working with machinery, an understanding of the need for safe working practices is essential. You will work closely with the business owners, receiving supervision and training, yet be able to demonstrate initiative. You will be required to respond to enquiries in a customer focussed business and therefore it is essential that you possess excellent communication skills. This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to gain screen print knowledge and experience, and a print industry recognised qualification.


To apply for this apprenticeship please email a CV and Covering Letter for the attention of Mary to Within your covering letter please ensure that you answer the following:
  1. What skills, knowledge, qualifications and personal qualities do you possess that make you suitable for this apprenticeship? – please give examples where possible
  2. If you live outside of a reasonable commuting distance from this place of work and/or Plymouth College of Art, please give details of your accommodation/travel plans.

Please attach examples of your own design work that may support your application.

Closing Date: Friday 7th January 2011

Monday, 25 October 2010

Vacant's latest collection

Vacant and it's sister brand, Pretty Vacant, is an edgy retro influenced clothing brand for those of us who like our clothing unique, individual and from the wrong side of the tracks. Unusual prints alongside classic vintage inspired shapes keep people coming back for more from this urban British brand. This latest collection from the Autumn/Winter 2010 season has everything a boy needs - rugged checked shirts, and that new season essential, the dodgy snowflake knit, just right for hanging out in that Alpine ski lodge this winter.  Shop the whole Vacant range right now !

Monday, 18 October 2010

Love Struck

Last week we received our first drop of Lovestruck dresses, skirts and cardigans. From the moment it came in Lovestruck has began flying out the door so we put in another order with them right away! The collection is currently only availible in our Plymouth shop but will be online this space!

About Lovestruck

Lovestruck is a cute womenswear brand, aimed at young women who want to look cute and kitsch!! It is designed by two fashion addicted girls (well grown up girls) who are quite obsessed with all things cute and beautiful. Sugar and spice and all things nice...

'When we design the dresses, tops and skirts we are influenced by vintage shapes, vintage fabrics, and we do our best to seek out the most adorable prints.  We treasure prints with vintage styled florals, sweet heart chiffon prints and bows bows bows (we cannot get enough bows!!). We aim to carry two kinds of ranges - one for the daytime - an over cute range utilsing floral jerseys and cotton - floral prints and bow embellished knits, and a evening range - chiffons and lace - a sexier more sophisticated look - toned down prints, nude colours.'

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Student Model Search 2010/2011

We've got a sneaky feeling that this years model search is going to be bigger and better than ever!

The top 10 male and top 10 female entrants will go through to the semi-final, with the public voting for the top five male and top five female entrants, all of whom will be invited to a fashion shoot and judges will then decide on the final male and female winners. Prizes include free clothes amongst other things and the chance to star in your very own 247 Magazine fashion shoot!

The Student Model Search is being held in conjunction with:

- Forty five
- Prime Delux
- Arena Hair
- Smile on the Tiles
- Jack Chams


To enter, you must be a student with a valid NUS card, and you must attend a college or university in Devon or Cornwall (events for the Student Model Search will take place in Plymouth so you must also be able to get yourself here if we require you to attend the semi finals or finals of the competition). You must also be over 18.

To enter via email, you need to send a picture of yourself (either full length or head shot, preferably with little or no make up) as well as the following details to


Heres a video from last years search to give you an idea of what goes on!

Designers Society Competition - see your t-shirt design on sale in Forty Five!

Plymouth University's Designers Society in partnership with Forty Five, is bringing you a fantastic opportunity to see your t-shirt design go on sale at Forty Five.

To enter, all you have to do is design a t-shirt based on this year's theme of Nature vs Technology. The winner will have their tee printed and sold in the Forty Five store, and will receive a percentage of the profits, plus a bunch of t-shrits printed with their winning design to give to friends, simples! Not to mention having a great portfolio piece of course.

How to enter:

Entries must be submitted as a printed t-shirt, please note sketches or electronic files will not be accepted. You can print the t-shirts yourselves, or use the printing services at Forty Five. We will be judging the design, and not the printing quality!

The winning design will be screen printed at Forty Five and go on sale in the Forty Five store and

Please submit your entry to Forty Five on 48 Ebrington Street, Plymouth, PL4 9AD or to the Designers Society at the University of Plymouth, by the deadline: 6pm 28/11/10.

For more info on our printing services, email us at

Sunday, 10 October 2010

New Love Club

We have re-ordered New Love Club t-shirts for the third time and we now have a collection of 12 different designs from the up and coming London brand. They descirbe their designs as 'a range of sketchy art, bold geometrics and sliced-up photos with themes of voyerism, aggression, fame, fantaticism, abstraction and futurism.' - well whatever it is it looks great! 

Get yours now online at or in our Plymouth store, Ebrington Street.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Frock Exchange

Since the last Frock Exchange was such a sucess at Plymouths central library they've decided to do another and this time they have asked us to get involved! We will be there selling our large selection of lovely vintage clothing and accessories alongside:

-The body Shop - Giving free make overs

- City College Plymouth - Hairstyling

- University of Plymouth Musical Theatre Group - Giving a performance

- Plymouth College of Art - Personal Styling.

Bring along your un-wanted frocks, tops, trousers, shoes, bags etc and swap them for something of someone elses that you love!
The event is on Thursday 11th November and opens at 7 which is when you can hand in your items for sorting and then swapping commenses at 8pm.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Plymouth Central Library on 01752 305912

See you there for some swapping fun!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Kate Garey at Forty Five

We have recently welcomed the first drop of lovely dresses, t-shirts and bags from Kate Garey. The designs began to sell out fast and we have just put in a second order which is due to arrive this week. Pop into our Plymouth store to check out these cute and colourful designs or shop online on our website.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Bette Noir's Vintage Fair, Plymouth 2nd October


We are very excited to be co-organising Plymouth's first ever vintage and handmade fair along with our friends at online vintage store - The Little Deer.  Join us at Bette Noir's at St Matthias church hall (just off North Hill, Plymouth) from 11.30am til 4.30pm on Saturday 2nd October.

With over 25 stands from Devon and Cornwall's finest vintage stores and creative craftspeople, this fair really is going to go off with a bang!  With everything from cupcakes to clothing, to corsages to cards the fair is a gold mine of unique and one-off items, you're going to find so much to love....

Check out some of the stalls below, and join our event on facebook for more info

Forty Five Vintage Boutique - Our very own large and diverse selection of vintage dresses, tops, playsuits and fabulous vintage baags at really great prices.

 The Little Deer Vintage Clothing - An online treasure trove of gorgeous vintage and ladies branded clothing  

Bellas Bakery Cup Cakes - grab yourself a pretty and equally delicious cake or two!

Two Little Birss Boutique - Based in Falmouth and coming down to Plymouth for Bette Noir - Two Little Birds is the perfect vintage store.

St Lukes Vintage and Retro Charity Shop - Based in Plymouth Ebrington Street, St Lukes vintage store is sure to bring some unusual and beautiful additions to the fair!

Kinky and Quirky - Like vintage pin-ups? burlesque? Then you'll love Kinky and Quirky's fun, vintage and just a little bit naughtly vibe!

In addition to the above there is many other vintage and handmade stalls selling clothing, accessories, food, homewares, so be sure to pop along on Saturday 2nd October in St Matthias Church hall just off of North Hill open from 11.30am till 4.30pm.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

New brand in: Emily the Pemily

In store now!

We spotted Emily the Pemily at a London streetwear show in summer 2010 and we were immediately drawn to the simplistic but stylish black and white t-shirts, with their unique, quirky illustrative style prints.

Emily the Pemily's designs are a celebration of all things British, including cosy cups of tea, dodgy weather and of course royalty.

Check out Emily the Pemily range at Forty Five here


Wednesday, 8 September 2010

First autumn 2010 drop of Emily and Fin

Yesterday at Forty Five we were very excited to receive our first drop of autumn 2010 stock from Emily and Fin. 

The first of many new deliveries, this one has a definate autumnal feel. The dresses are equally as beautiful as ever but rather than creating a feel of long summer days and picnics in the park, these dresses have us feeling all warm and cosy inside. They make us want to wrap up in a chunky knitted cardi and sheep skin lined boots sitting in a warm coffee shop sipping good coffee! 

Pop instore now to see the collection. Much more new ladies wear due over the coming weeks.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Currently new stock coming weekly - This week we had our first drop of Dephect. Check the collection out online or come into our Plymouth store.

We're almost ready for autumn - are you?!

Don't forget - students with a valid NUS card get 10% off Clothing.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Stitch'n'Bitch is back....

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month for Stitch'n'Bitch in the Forty Five coffee shop.  We meet from 6.30pm - 8.30pm ~ and everyone who likes to craft is welcome.

Entrance is free, so just bring with you whatever type of crafty thing you like to do ~ we have people knitting, stitching, embroidering, patchworking, jewellery making and more.  The coffee shop stays open so you can treat yourself to delicious coffee, tea and cake.

If you'd like any more info ~ then just email or join us on facebook

Thursday, 12 August 2010

New in at Forty Five Clothing

Four new T-shirts just arrived from Any Forty.

And for the ladies - Misticon

Currently only avalible in our Plymouth Store on Ebrington Street. Ring us for directions or to buy over the phone and we'll post one of these babies out to you!

Phone: 01752 265 545

Friday, 6 August 2010

So After a weekend of doing what we love best - (shopping for new stock!!) it is now time to report back to all you keen Forty Five fans!!
It's always hard to choose what to buy at trade shows. There's so many lovely brands, eye catching stalls and lots and lots of people. We kept focused and battled our way through the weekend and we have emerged at the other side - with a shed load of excellent new stock from our old trusted brands and equaly lovely new brands on their way. New stock now due in every couple of weeks - check our facebook for updates.
Here's the low down:

New Love Club.

Like vice magazine? Like trashy designs? LOVE New Love Club! They say: 'With previous stints in both music and fashion, the creative partnership behind new london brand new love club focus on a range of sketchy art, bold geometrics and sliced-up photos with themes of voyerism, aggression, fame, fantaticism, abstraction and futurism.' Coming soon.

Emily The Pemily.

If your an art student we've got a feeling you're going to love our new brand - Emily The Pemily. Emily describes her designs as an 'all things British' extravaganza! She loves British tea, weather, proverbs, royalty, or just good old bright folk! Coming soon at Forty Five in store and online. (I particularly like the mustache design!)

Any Forty.

We were drawn in by their unique designs, excellent colours and quality t-shirts - we're pretty sure you will be too. Coming in the next few weeks to our Plymouth store and online.


Ah Vacant, trusty old Vacant how we love you. Cheeky Autumn/Winter 2010 order placed with Vacant and due in soon - mens and womens.

There's alot more to share with you all but for now...heres just a little taster! If you have any questions about our new brands contact us on
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