Dear readers, As many of you know, Steampunk began as a fairly obscure sub genre of science fiction. It grew into a small fandom subculture. In the past ten years it has blossomed into a pop culture phenomenon. Your proprietor doesn’t think it is a mere fad because it literally spans all ages from teens to retirees. People spend large amounts of their spare money on it, a vast group of hobbyists and craftsmen are pouring their hearts into it. Businesses (yes, such as mine) are being built in its domain. However, it is not necessary to go full on Top Hats, Goggles, and Ray Guns to join in the fun. You can buy in at what ever level you choose. Oh, my, those corporate buzzwords. I understand that contemporary people relate to them, though. My partner, Mr. Peter uses them often. The point is, be a tiny bit steampunk because it’s trendy, or over the top steampunk because it’s who you are. Just have fun.
My own fascination with the Victorian/Edwardian era began as a wee boy. My dear great grandmother was born in 1883 and lived for 106 years. She was a vibrant formidable women well into my adulthood, driving her own car at 100. She taught me to be a gentleman and appreciate the pleasures of graceful living and “going to the trouble” to make that happen. My mother introduced me to the world of antiques and only owning things you love, whatever they may be. By some accident, I started reading those cheap paperback “bodice ripper” romances in the late 70’s and swooned over their depiction of beauty, glamour, and romance. Thus a closeted Edwardian gentleman was born.
Someone ( I don’t remember who) said that Steampunk, as a subculture, was born from people’s disaffection with magic plastic boxes. Now, your proprietor hates plastic with a passionate distaste reserved for few things in life but the point is not so much the boxes but what they represent. In our modern era we push a button and miracles happen. Wonderful miracles, indeed, by any measure! But it is a cold, practical, utilitarian life that too often his done for us rather than by us. The attraction of steampunk is that, in fantasy at least, it adds a veneer and often the substance of a world that is real, organic, and human. A life with at least a dream of beauty, romance and adventure. At the Emporium we invite you to add as much of that as you dare to your home, your wardrobe, your life. Every tie looks better with a stick pin just be warned...they are rather like chocolate biscuits. Once you’ve had one, you’ll want to have more. But whatever you do, never settle for less than the amazing life you were born to live! It is our goal, and joy, to help make that happen.
Ever in Your Service, Grandison Trowbridge, proprietor
The Trowbridge Emporium is the convergence of many of my life long passions. It is a showcase for my love of leather and skill as a leathercrafter, an opportunity to buy and sell the antiques and collectibles that I love, and a gallery in which to share things of beauty and quality with the world, presented with the style, elegance, and impeccable service of days gone by.”