Looking for Top Quality vintage clothing

Discussion in 'Suits' started by Marc Chevalier, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Carson Pirie Scott made extremely high quality garments during the 30s and 40s. There was quite a bit of their stuff in vintage stores in IL and IN. And a certain oatmeal fleck sportscoat!

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  2. Tomasso

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    No doubt. Chicago was deep back in the day but Carsons was always considered a second tier operation, compared to Fields. Then there were Goldblatt's and Wiebolt's.
     
  3. Funnily enough, i never saw any, at all, Marshall Field's gear in vintage shops. Not even a tie [huh]

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  4. Tomasso

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    Odd, that is. The whole Midwest was Field's country. And you were a stone's throw away.
     
  5. I'm not well versed on top quality makers and sellers outside of Southern California, so I'm grateful to everyone here for sharing their knowledge!


    That said, there was one great department store in Chicago that deserves mention: "The Hub."


    Another great store, this time in California (and other regions?): "Phelps-Terkel".

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  6. Two excellent, long-gone suit making manufacturers:


    "Society Brand Clothes"

    "Kuppenheimer"

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  7. Lincsong

    Lincsong I'll Lock Up

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    Marc, you forgot to mention I. Magnin and Joseph Magnin up here in San Francisco Bay.
     
  8. Tomasso

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    AKA Lytton's. Again, not on the level of Field's but then none were.
     
  9. Tourbillion

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    In Springfield, MO Marx and Heer's were the top stores, or so I was told.
     
  10. carouselvic

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    Woolf Brother's Kansas City
     
  11. Corky

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    Lincoln and JFK both took their oaths and were assassinated...

    Lincoln and JFK both took their oaths and were assassinated while wearing Brooks Brothers suits.

    Brooks has a few locations in Los Angeles.

    The store has changed hands several times in the past quarter century and while the quality of most items has dropped off from what it once was, one can still expect the buttons to stay on the suit until you get it out the door.
     
  12. benstephens

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    Like you Marc, I too do not just buy vintage suits, I look for the higher end tailors if I can.

    Here are some, all, I have examples of from this period, and can vouch they are top quality suits.

    High end bespoke

    Hawes and Curtis, Jermyn Street
    Perkins, Sandon & Hepburn ltd, 10 Clifford Street, New Bond Street.
    Henry Poole
    Jarvis & Hamiliton, 19 Clifford Street Saville Row
    Benson & Clegg, 34 Bury Street
    Sullivan Williams, Saville Row
    Tetley & Butler, 21 Sacksville Street
    Lesley & Roberts, Hannover Square (Suits from this tailor are quite often for titled and aristocratic people)

    Very good Tailors/department Stores

    Hector Powe, Regent Street
    Army and Navy, Bespoke department
    Austin Reed, Bespoke Department
    Simpsons, Piccadilly, Bespoke department
    Burberrys
    Horne Brothers

    This is to only name but a few. Obviously London is spoilt for choice, and has a high concentration of very good tailors.

    I have a few suits from some provincial tailors, I will look at the quality of them.

    Kindest Regards

    Ben
     
  13. Thanks, everyone...keep 'em coming!

    More high quality stores & manufacturing retailers from the era (and today). Some of these might seem obvious, but not necessarily to folks far from the East Coast:


    -- Lord & Taylor

    -- B. Altman & Co.

    -- Bergdorf Goodman

    -- Saks & Co. (Saks Fifth Avenue)

    -- DePinna

    -- Bernard Weatherill

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  14. Tomasso

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    Also up East: Wanamaker's (Philadelphia and NYC), Filene's (Boston) and Kaufmann's (Pittsburgh).
     
  15. Another great suit manufacturer:

    -- Stein-Bloch Clothes

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  16. In NYC: "Best & Co."
     
  17. jmacak

    jmacak New in Town

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    a few stores from seattle area

    From a quick survey of my suits:

    Lundquist-Lilly
    Frederick & Nelson
    Seattle Woollen mills
    Fahey Brockman
    Prager
    Littler
    Albert ltd (still around, I believe)

    cheers

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  18. der schneider

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    blocks
    ayers

    redwood and ross

    Jacobson's

    Are all stores that carried fine clothing they offerd some custom cut garments.

    neihman bros {sp}
    Ralieghs not sure if that old a company

    I recognise and have worked on a lot of the names submitted

    I worked for most of the stores I submitted
     
  19. Geesie

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    bump, per other thread
     
  20. GallatinHatMan

    GallatinHatMan One of the Regulars

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    I grew up in the Indianapolis area and there were some very good Men's and Department stores. The Big Three in Indy were: L. Strauss & Co.; L.S. Ayres & Co.; and, Wm. H. Block & Co. Below those was H. P. Wasson & Company which was middle tier (I had more Wasson's than the other three growing up.)

    We also had some very good tailors and men's stores including Richmond Brothers and Kahn's there are more but I don't remember their names off hand as my people were decidedly middle class. I'll try to think of some others though.

    We were also influenced by Chicago, Louisville and Cincinnati, but in the Golden Era because of the best Interurban Railway System, Indianapolis was quite literally the hub of central Indiana and most of the state.
     

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