Designers · History

Vera & Schumacher

Wonderful article on Vera Neumann and her prints with Schumacher.

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Vera (Neumann) had a prolific career as an artist and designer. Her hand painted designs have appeared on everything from scarves to dinnerware, bedding, fashion, and towels. Her first foray into licensing her name and artwork was with the fabric house F. Schumacher in 1947. It was a pairing of two textile powerhouses. The first design Vera did for Schumacher was called “Tibet”, a landscape of Himalayan pine trees and traditional architecture.

“Tibet” by Vera Neumann

One of Vera’s most popular and recognizable designs with Schumacher was her “Jack in the Pulpit” which was introduced in 1949. This fabric was used in the Sun Room of the White House by the Trumans in 1952. “Jack in the Pulpit” remained available in Schumacher showrooms until 1986 – a noteworthy long run for any pattern. It featured ferns, one of Vera’s signatures that she depicted in many of her patterns.

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Label Love

Label Love: The Gap

It was 1987. I was just entering the 7th grade and I was a sucker for everything Reebok and Gap. I was a tiny little yuppie in training. While my love for Ronald Reagan and hi-top aerobic sneakers in every color of the rainbow waned, my love of the Gap did not. I still love the Gap.

Label Love: The Gap
Label Love: The Gap

Does Andie not rock the denim on denim look? Swoon with the bandanna belt!

Andie MacDowell for The Gap, Vogue, March 1986.
Andie MacDowell for The Gap, Vogue, March 1986.

I’ve got this awesome vintage Gap denim shirt in the shop right now!

Vintage 80's Gap Chambray Denim Shirt by Vintspiration
Vintage 80’s Gap Chambray Denim Shirt by Vintspiration

I would snap this boyfriend cardigan up in a hot second.

The Gap, December 1987. Photograph by Herb Ritts.
The Gap, December 1987. Photograph by Herb Ritts.

I spy some coral color love.

Gap - ELAINE IRWIN & JOHN PEARSON Gap Ad 1989 via Top Models of the World.
Gap – ELAINE IRWIN & JOHN PEARSON Gap Ad 1989 via Top Models of the World.

Head to toe love. HEAD. TO. TOE.

The Gap, Seventeen magazine, August 1985. Photograph by Barry McKinley.
The Gap, Seventeen magazine, August 1985. Photograph by Barry McKinley.

I love these relaxed pleated front black and white houndstooth plaid cotton pants from The Gap that I have listed in the shop.

vintage 80s GAP mens HOUNDSTOOTH pleated pants 32 x 34 by Vintspiration
vintage 80s GAP mens HOUNDSTOOTH pleated pants 32 x 34 by Vintspiration

Oh Joni, those pins on your jean jacket are just so perfect.

 Joni Mitchell for Gap by Herb Ritts circa 1990
Joni Mitchell for Gap by Herb Ritts circa 1990

The perfect colorful one piece bathing suit.

Naomi Sims for The Gap
Naomi Sims for The Gap

And we all need a little vintage Darryl Dixon love. In bell bottoms and a newsboy cap. You go, Norman Reedus!

Norman Reedus

Design · Ephemera · History

Ho, Ho, Hulett

Hulett was an artist and worked on some of my favorite classic Disney animated films including Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty among many others.

Hulett at work at Disney Studios, circa 1940's appears to be working on Lady and the Tramp
Hulett at work at Disney Studios, circa 1940’s
appears to be working on Lady and the Tramp

Some sweet vintage holiday illustrations by Ralph Hulett to keep you merry and bright.

Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Vintage Ralph Hulett Christmas card © 1955 by the Estate Of Ralph Hulett
Vintage Ralph Hulett Christmas card © 1955 by the Estate Of Ralph Hulett

Ralph Hulett

Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett
Ralph Hulett

Additional info on Ralph Hulett
California Painter Tony Peters Blog
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Vintage Wonder to you and yours!

Label Love

Label Love: Dale of Norway

Dale of Norway have been making woolen products since 1879. Their classic cozy sweaters have been copied endlessly, but they’re the original Norwegian wool sweater. Over the years they’ve wafted in and out of style but in my humble opinion have always been a staple of classic like Pendleton.

Their products are made by hand and they’ve been the official supplier of sweaters for the Norwegian ski team and the winter Olympics since 1956. In fact, each Olympic season a special sweater is made and are considered collectible.

vintage dale of norway dusty rose cardigan sweater m by vintspiration
vintage dale of norway dusty rose cardigan sweater m by vintspiration
80s dale of norway sweater, blue fair isle sweater, blue fairisle sweater, blue nordic sweater, blue ski sweater, reindeer snowflake by trashyvintage
80s dale of norway sweater, blue fair isle sweater, blue fairisle sweater, blue nordic sweater, blue ski sweater, reindeer snowflake by trashyvintage
Vintage Dale of Norway Wool Sweater Cardigan / Blue White Nordic Snowflake Pattern / Vintage Scandinavian Folk Knit by VintageByBeth
Vintage Dale of Norway Wool Sweater Cardigan / Blue White Nordic Snowflake Pattern / Vintage Scandinavian Folk Knit by VintageByBeth
1970's vintage Dale of Norway Nordic blue wool vest s/m by WindingRoadVintage
1970’s vintage Dale of Norway Nordic blue wool vest s/m by WindingRoadVintage
Label Love

Label Love: Bobbie Brooks

This morning on the way to work I heard Jack and Diane by John “Cougar” Mellencamp (side note, I’m so disappointed he doesn’t rock the “Cougar” anymore!). And for some reason I finally really heard the lyrics:

Jacky say “Hey Diane lets run off
Behind a shady tree”
Dribble off those Bobbie Brooks slacks
Let me do what I please.

I thought, HEY! I know that label! Turns out Bobbie Brooks isn’t really a person, just one of those ladies names that some company decided would make a good clothing wear label.

Bobbie Brooks label via Vintspiration
Bobbie Brooks label via Vintspiration

BOBBIE BROOKS, INC., was established in 1939 by Maurice Saltzman and Max Reiter as Ritmore Sportswear, Inc. in Cleveland, OH. Beginning with a $3,000 investment, they built the company into a multi-million dollar operation within the next 15 years. In 1953, Saltzman bought out Reiter’s share in the company for $1 million and the firm became Bobbie Brooks, Inc. Bobbie Brooks produced and sold stylish clothes for teenage and junior-miss girls, coordinating the styling, colors, and fabrics. Eventually, the company expanded its line to include apparel for women 25-44, and added production divisions in other cities during the 1960s.

The company filed for bankruptcy in Jan. 1982 and in 1986, Bobbie Brooks announced that it would stop making its junior and misses lines, in order to focus on clothing for women. It is now owned by Garan, and as of 2010, was carried in Dollar General stores. – via The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and the Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource

Vintage 60s dress// HUGE bow// Bobbie Brooks by hakther
Vintage 60s dress// HUGE bow// Bobbie Brooks by hakther
Vintage 70s BOBBIE BROOKS Butterscotch Plaid Dress - Wool - Office Fashion by ParkwaterPrincess
Vintage 70s BOBBIE BROOKS Butterscotch Plaid Dress – Wool – Office Fashion by ParkwaterPrincess
1950s Pink Cotton Dress/ Dirty Dancing Dress by petalpinkvintage
1950s Pink Cotton Dress/ Dirty Dancing Dress by petalpinkvintage
SALE Mod wool shorts . orange navy plaid . twiggy size . Bobbie Brooks . preppy. xs teen by BeAtSaNdBoHoS
SALE Mod wool shorts . orange navy plaid . twiggy size . Bobbie Brooks . preppy. xs teen by BeAtSaNdBoHoS
Label Love

Label Love: All That Jazz

All That Jazz was a label out of California started in 1981 specializing in clothing such as dresses and jumpsuits. Today, All That Jazz items are one of the better labels with style that still comes off as it originally intended – cute and flirty!

All That Jazz California label circa 1981
All That Jazz California label circa 1981
vintage black and white polka dots mini sailor dress s m by vintspiration
vintage black and white polka dots mini sailor dress s m by vintspiration
Vintage 1980s ALL THAT JAZZ bustier floral dress. by thetailorsstories
Vintage 1980s ALL THAT JAZZ bustier floral dress. by thetailorsstories
Vintage Wrap Dress withTropical Floral Print Latin-Style Flamenco / Salsa Maxi Dress Floor-Length by All That Jazz by nikylee
Vintage Wrap Dress withTropical Floral Print Latin-Style Flamenco / Salsa Maxi Dress Floor-Length by All That Jazz by nikylee
Liquid Silver Vintage 1980s Metallic Silver Sleeveless Party Dress by gracevintage
Liquid Silver Vintage 1980s Metallic Silver Sleeveless Party Dress by gracevintage
Designers · Label Love

Label Love: Carlette

Carlette label
Carlette label

When I found this super cute vintage dress, I immediately had to start looking up the label. Most of the time I don’t come up with much on these general kind of name labels. There’s so many of them and most have long lost the history of their origins. Every so often I’ll read a blog post out there that unearths some great grandchild of the legacy of a lable and I always find it fascinating. Check out my friend Lizzie’s blog The Vintage Traveler if you’re fond of historical stories about vintage. Especially her interview with Vera Neumann’s nephew and Enid Collin’s son. Both excellent reads!

Sadly, I don’t have the killer detective skills of Lizzie, but I do love vintage labels and researching them a little for my own curiosity. This time around I took a gander around for Carlette. Turns out Emmanuelle Khanh was one of the lines contributing designers. I’ve had another Khanh piece in my possession some years ago. That one was for Youthquake and included her name on the label, so we know it was her design.

Emmanuelle Khanh
Emmanuelle Khanh

Emmanuelle Khanh was born in Paris in 1937 and started in the fashion industry as a model for Balenciaga and Givenchy in the 50’s. She started designing ready-to-wear in the 60’s and collaborated with another ex-Balenciaga model, Christiane Bailly, to design their own groundbreaking Emmachristie collection in 1962. And Missoni in 1965 when she met Rosita on a trip to New York.

Sometime in the 60s she also did work for Youthquake, Cacharel, Krizia and our own little Carlette! I bet she even designed one or more of these great examples.

vintage 60s mod mad men blue linen and lace dress m by vintspiration
vintage 60s mod mad men blue linen and lace dress m by vintspiration
1960's Carlette "Mary Jane" Knit Vintage Wedding Dress
1960’s Carlette “Mary Jane” Knit Vintage Wedding Dress
CARLETTE // Rayon Linen Dress // Drop Waist // Large Plaid by lindaowen
CARLETTE // Rayon Linen Dress // Drop Waist // Large Plaid by lindaowen
vintage 1960s to 1970s dress / carlette yellow drop waist mod shift horizontal layers pleated skirt by SHESABETTIE
vintage 1960s to 1970s dress / carlette yellow drop waist mod shift horizontal layers pleated skirt by SHESABETTIE