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1940s Koret of California Rayon Playsuit

Hello! I just came back from a lovely trip to Florida. It has inspired me to post this great rayon playsuit. Its from the 1940s by a brand called Koret of California that is still in existence today. I love finding out the original makers are still in business.

What really makes this set special is the sexiness of it, the slits on the legs and the keyhole/tie bust are really out there for 40’s fashions. Must have been a daring lady at the time who wore this number :) The top stitching and buttons up the side really put this set over the top.

Mint condition and for sale! I’ll be posting a link to my new Etsy account soon.In the mean time email me for more info.

1941 “ZEV” RIDING JACKET


Here is this weeks vintage jacket from my collection.

This jacket was deadstock with the tags on it when I bought it a few years back. The tags dated it to 1941, I wish I had kept them, they had great graphics! I usually don’t pay any attention to equestrian clothing but this jacket won me over instantly with it’s style. 

Check out the diagonal placement of the buttons on the cuffs and waistband. The buckles on the back of the jacket, the pockets on the front are also fantastic, not to mention the top stitching on the collar and pockets. One killer design!

I couldn’t find anything on the company that made this jacket. However when researching the label “Zev, Thoroughbreds in Quality”, I found out that Zev was a real thoroughbred horse! Zev was a racing horse that lived from 1920-1943. He won the Kentucky derby and is in The United States Racing Hall of Fame and even won horse of the year back in 1923. It seems very likely to me that the makers of this jacket were somehow affiliated with Zev the racing horse.

The last two photos show an ad with Zev’s likeness and Zev after winning the Kentucky Derby.

Hope you enjoyed this one!

COUTURE 50s PINK MERMAID DRESS


This dress is a stunner! If only it fit me, it would never belong to anyone else! But it does not, so its for sale.

Not for a shy girl, this one turns heads!!

The color is a dusty rose pink, and its covered with a sheer net that has sequins sewn onto it. The mermaid part of the dress has thee layers of tulle and the first two layers are sequined so when you walk the layers of sparkle show through. The mermaid part is dropped in the back which gives it a very dramatic effect. The straps on this dress are fully sequined as well. The label is “A Howard Norm Original by Faggi California”. It is fully lined, no boning, but the cups of the bust have a tiny bit of padding to give you a very bombshell bullet bra look.

This dress is from a collector in the south west that passed her collection onto her children, it has never been offered on ebay, etsy or anywhere on the internet. It was described to me by phone and they told me it was VERY tiny, so I bought it, only to find its too big for me, and I don’t want to risk having it tailored will all of those sequins.

The condition is very good, some of the color has rubbed off some sequins showing a bit of silver, but most are still pink not very noticeable, and on one of the straps about four sequins in a row are missing.

Size:

Bust: 34 with room in the cups, this would look fantastic on a gal with a bit of a bust.

Waist: 26

Hips: 36-38max

Length from shoulder to hem in the front is 41 from shoulder to hem in the back is 46

Hope you enjoy looking at this dress as much as I do!

1880s VICTORIAN BATHING SUIT

Here is the second Victorian era bathing suit I am posting. This one has a very special sailor design to it. The body of the suit is like a jumpsuit, and it has a detachable skirt that can button on to the waist. The buttons are all metal and all original. I love how the bloomers peek out of the bottom just slightly. This one is made out of 100% wool. Now can you imagine swimming in that? Although I’m not sure how much actual swimming they would have done. I read that they would often get into “bathing machines” which were a little room on wheels that was hooked up to horses and they would be wheeled into the water.

I have seen many many reproductions of this swimsuit, but this and my other Victorian swimsuit are both original antique swimwear. They came from the same estate in New Hampshire.

Check out the pictures at the end of the photo set, I absolutely love the one with the two women and men. They look very tough, what style!

This bathing suit is for sale also contact me for more information.

1880s VICTORIAN BATHING SUIT 

I know its winter out there, but I wanted to upload a couple very special things that I have been hording for too long. I must apologize for the poor picture quality! It was overcast today and the lighting was awful. Hopefully you can get the idea though.

This first photo set is one of two Victorian bathing suits that I own. They are both from the late 1800s somewhere between 1880-1900. This one is in mint condition! It makes me so happy something so old has survived all these years. The fabric, a wool cotton blend most likely, is a deep rich black with a slight sheen to it. This swimsuit closes up the side with hook and eyes and has a stunning tiered skirt with striped trim. Stripes seem to be very popular in Victorian swimwear. The last two pictures are women from the late 1800s lounging in their similar swimwear.

The swim suits were very modest and this would have been worn with bloomers or stocking and sandals. personally I have worn this to work and a dinner party, people are very surprised to find out its actually a swimsuit!

Both for these bathing suits are FOR SALE, contact me for more details. I am open to offers.

LATE 1930S SPORT COAT “KLINK KOAT

Once a week I am going to post pictures of one jacket or coat from my collection. I’m not sure exactly how many I have in that closet of mine so it’ll be a fun project pulling them out one by one.

This coat is very special to me. It is the first sport coat I ever bought. I believe this coat is meant for men or boys but is a size 16, which I’m assuming is for a person that has a 32 inch chest (that’s me!) and it fit perfectly. This one is super thick and warm. I am in love with the riveted zipper, and double buckles on the back.

The jacket’s label is “Klink Koat” and is made by Klinkerfues Bros Co from St Paul Minn. I had a very hard time finding information on this company. I have included two photos of other jackets with the same label (source: My Freedamn 5). The caption states that they produced jackets in the 30s and 40s. I was also able to find a photo of Klinkerfues Bros Co and all of its employees from 1910! I was surprised to see how many women worked at that company compared to men.

Hope you enjoyed the photos and I welcome your comments.

Let me introduce myself.

Hello, thanks for stopping by! My name is Katie and I live in New York City. I work as hair stylist at a salon called Mudhoney in Soho.

I wanted to start this site as a way for me to journal some of vintage finds. I see vintage clothing as a window into our history and the more it is documented and available for reference the better. I have a bit of a unique taste when it comes to vintage, I have a minor obsession with jackets (okay maybe not so minor), woman’s sportswear and work clothing. I also love beautiful dresses, skirts and separates for dressing up and dancing the night away.

With this site I will also post some information and guides on period hair styling. Hopefully this will be interactive, I would love to hear questions or pictures or a certain style you’re interested in reproducing on your own head.

I am not claiming to be an “expert” on anything, I just want to share my experiences and learn new things along the way.