I found it in an antique centre (I use that description in the widest terms) in Rushden, Northants. They sell a lot of vintage clothing and militaria - and a real mixed bag of other stuff. The shop owner is a good bloke and had priced the jacket nice and low because of the moth holes (which are not significant). He also dropped the price because we had given him some stuff to sell that we wanted to get rid of (after clearing my parent's house) but could not be bothered to try selling. I will post some pics of the jacket in the next day or so. Unfortunately it is too small for me (and you, I'm afraid). My son is badgering me to keep it for him when he grows a bit, but I guess it will end up for sale.
Trying for 'Sigmund Freud' but ended with 'Willie Nelson', instead.
I'm all for reproduction, myself.... to be honest, much as I enjoy the truly vintage pieces I have, if I had the option of readily available reproduction items to an identical pattern and quality, I wouldn't feel so much motivated to go looking for vintage.
If in doubt - overdress.
If in doubt - overdress.
Whereas for me, the fact that it is vintage, and has a provenance - even if I can never know it - leads me to value the items all the more (that, and the fact that I know that buying vintage allows me to stretch my budget to acquire items that I could never normally afford/justify buying otherwise.)
Being more than a touch clumsy I am very hesitant to buy antique or vintage in either furniture or clothing. I absolutely know that I will fall over and break it, spill something permanent on it or in some other way damage a fine thing that has managed to survive the slings and arrows of time and outrageous fortune only to end up in my paws where it it doomed, I tell you, doomed!
Yeah, reproductions when I want that look.
Holland's .375: One Planet, One Rifle . . . for one hundred years!
Back to 'strollers' (or 'black lounge' as a believe is the correct term here in the UK): this is the £12 jacket I picked up.
It is by 'White Rose' which makes me guess it is a brand from Yorkshire:
It was advertised as 1930s, but from the label I guess it could be earlier. Anyone know this company? Any ideas?
PS: On the question of vintage vs reproduction, I am open: If I can find vintage that is great, if not then I am happy with repro, I am not going to be worried. The main point is this: if it is the style you are looking for, fits you and you are happy with it, what else counts?