Holy Grail of vintage suits

Discussion in 'Suits' started by Marc Chevalier, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Yet another indication that, at least on eBay, the very rarest and best vintage men's suits continue to be recession-proof.


    The first of those two suits is commanding the highest price because of its color: light green and cream are a rare combination, whereas light brown and cream are more common. In terms of their cut and style, the two suits seem identical.
     
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  2. thunderw21

    thunderw21 I'll Lock Up

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    The fabric patterns and linings are a hoot!

    I especially like the green one. Green seemed to be a fairly popular color for menswear back then.
     
  3. Take a couple inches off the chest and the price would plummet. Quality is not all in the vintage market, as we know.

    These are fantastic suits, however. The fabric on the first was wild!

    I agree, green seemed to be quite popular, but one doesn't come across it too much in suitings. I have a wonderful green/red 1930s sharkskin, but not much more than that …

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  4. Their silhouette is virtually identical to that of "Tyrone Power"'s suit below:


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  5. Mario

    Mario I'll Lock Up

    Those suits are absolutely gorgeous. They immediately commanded my attention when they first turned up on the 'Bay during one of my rambles. Of course they were nowhere near my size, as it always the case with suits of that caliber... :rolleyes:

    But then I don't think I could have pulled off the green one anyway. You'd need a real good dose of confidence to wear that suit and look good in it.
     
  6. Salieri

    Salieri One of the Regulars

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    While those suits are awesome in terms of style and, objectively, quite beautiful, I don't especially like the cloth. I mean I can see what one would like about them but I would never choose that fabric out of a swatch book; it looks like something you'd throw over a sofa to protect it from dog hairs - or a napkin from a greek restaurant.
     
  7. Mario

    Mario I'll Lock Up

    ^^ Oh, I actually liked the brown suit a lot.
     
  8. Mr Vim

    Mr Vim One Too Many

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    I literally cried when the measurements weren't to my size. True story.
     
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  9. rachelolive92

    rachelolive92 Banned

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    Those suits are absolutely gorgeous.
     
  10. Wambleyburger

    Wambleyburger Familiar Face

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    I came extremely close to bidding on the tan suit, even though it wasn't in my size. And, I agree, if the size had been a few inches smaller all the way around, I think the price would have dropped considerably. I'm a pretty small statured guy and I would have bid in a heartbeat had that been the case. Oh, well.
    Although, had I won the auction, I don't know if I could have brought myself to alter the suit from it's original measurements, especially knowing the history behind it.
     
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  11. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I forgot how to get pictures from ebay (source code?) but we should save and upload them. otherwise this trhead would be wortless as soon ebay takes the auction infos down.

    i really like the weave of the suits. wild but great.
     
  12. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    Here are the auction photos and text noted for posterity -
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  14. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    A few tidbits about the tailor, the colorful Raymond Godfrey Twyeffort:

    in 1937, Life magazine reported that Mr. Twyeffort changed his clothes 30 times a week. He was of the opinion that men’s clothes were needlessly dull and told Life, “The black tuxedo dinner jacket is dead.” His shop was full of dinner jackets of burgundy, green and cocoa, and he also offered a sapphire blue tailcoat. He seems to have been prematurely chromatic.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/realestate/20streetscapes.html




    Mr. Wright is one of Twyeffort's out-of-town customers, he is 84 years old, and lives in Springfield, Ill. Mr. Wright's rejuvenation began four years ago when Twyeffort noticed "he was a colorful type for his age," and said on his first appearance in the shop, "You wear colored underwear, don't you?" Mr. W. admitted that he did, and Twyeffort urged, "Be a man not a coward! Wear your color outside!" He built Mr. Wright a suit of midnight blue, later on "more adventuresome" of seafoam green, then one of maroon, and finally an orange dinner jacket to be worn with a yellow vest and a scarlet cummerbund


    http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1939/09/23/1939_09_23_022_TNY_CARDS_000178539





    At the 1934 National Association of Merchant Tailors of America convention:


    He was conspicuous at the convention in a large-checked rope-shouldered suit of grey and red, with flaming red handkerchief, white spats and chamois gloves. (He kept the left one on.) He has no sympathy for men who do not believe in color. Cried he: "Color will bring back prosperity!"



    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,746953,00.html
     
  15. TCMfan25

    TCMfan25 Practically Family

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    I thought that was Tyrone Power when I saw the scan in the Sticky!
     
  16. TCMfan25

    TCMfan25 Practically Family

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    I saw these and weeped as I looked at my humble teenage bank account :( :( ...
     
  17. TipOfTheHat

    TipOfTheHat New in Town

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    Wow. If only modern day suits had this style and flair. My last suit I gave to goodwill because it was so blah and got tired of seeing it in the closet..
     
  18. Wambleyburger

    Wambleyburger Familiar Face

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    Yeah, they definitely don't make them like that anymore. Either in quality or in style.
     
  19. Tomasso

    Tomasso Incurably Addicted

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    The quality and cut are certainly available today from bespoke tailors but as for those particular suitings.........
     

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