Mars of Asheville
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2d ago
Mars of Asheville had already developed a line of paper dresses that had not sold well when, in 1966, the Scott Paper Company began selling two styles of inexpensive paper dresses as a gimmick to promote the purchase of more disposable paper products. By the end of 1966, Scott had received nearly half a million orders for the two styles. A fad was born, and Mars was ready to make the most of this opportunity. Bob Bayer, the son-in-law of the founders of hosiery producer Mars Manufacturing, worked on developing a prototype for disposable paper underwear for military use in the early 1960s, coll ..read more
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Fresh Vintage: January 19 to 25, 2022
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5d ago
Hurray, time to enjoy another round of Fresh Vintage, where VFG members give viewers and early peek at their latest vintage listings! Click into this article to see a photo from each member who has posted – clicking on a photo will take you to the site where it’s being sold. And – as always – if you would like to see everything shared in this week’s Fresh Vintage, click HERE to be taken to the VFG forum thread. 60s Mod dropwaist dress from The Black Lotus Vintage 80s silk scarf by Yves St Laurent from Poppys Vintage Clothing 50s knit beaded sweater & skirt set from Dolls n Trolls 70s C ..read more
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Fontayne
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6d ago
Fontayne was an American fashion model turned designer. Her real name was Audrey Harriet Fountaine Goldsmith. She was born February 21, 1927. Often when modeling, she would show up in one of her own creations and other models would swoon over her dress so she went into business. She opened her own shop in 1954 even though she flunked sewing in high school because she sewed too fast, and the graduation dress she made for herself at the time was so avant-garde that it was "suspect". She grew up in Long Island, NY and had been making her own clothes since the age of 10, her dolls were "the best-d ..read more
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Sergee of California
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1w ago
My father, Maxwell A. (Rudy) Rudolph was the scion of an East Coast dress manufacturing company called Rudolph-Marged founded by his father Morris Rudolph and his father’s brother-in-law Solomon Marged. I think the origins were in Philadelphia; but by the 1930s their company was based in New York City’s apparel district. At the time, I believe it was a major dress company. My mother, Sergee, moved to NYC for career purposes after one year at UCLA. I believe she got an initial job as a model for Rudolph-Marged; but by 1939 she married the “boss’s son” and I think continued to work with my fathe ..read more
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Marcus, Herman
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1w ago
Herman Marcus Inc, founded in 1957, was a Dallas, TX dress designer and manufacturer. Marcus received his initial training in the garment business working for his father who owned a number of ready-to-wear stores in New Mexico. Before opening his own business, Marcus was also a salesman for the Southern territories of a Chicago dress firm. He strove to lure retailers to Dallas on weekends to view lines, typically at the Adolphus and Baker hotels. He partnered with his two brothers, one who had a chain of specialty stores in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and another, Sidney who was vice presi ..read more
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Marguerite
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1w ago
Marguerite Hofer was born in the French-speaking section of Switzerland in 1876, and emigrated to the US in 1889. She married Francis G. Shaw in 1908, and spent the WWI years in France working to support an American depot for the French wounded. A ladies apparel shop, the owner, Marguerite Hofer Shaw, was first listed as a dressmaker at 33 Newbury St., Boston, MA in 1927. By September of 1927, her business was noted as a women's apparel shop that would be moving to 36 Newbury St. later in the autumn. Her shop continued to be listed in directories through 1932. Marguerite's last listing is in 1 ..read more
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Fresh Vintage: January 12 to 18, 2023
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1w ago
I have another batch of the new listings from VFG members for you to enjoy. Click in to the article to see an item from each sharing member, complete with link to take you to their selling site with more information and a shopping cart. If you would like to see everything posted to this week’s Fresh Vintage, click HERE to go to the complete forum thread. a 40s skirt suit pattern from Another Time Vintage Apparel a 30s two tone galalith bangle from MetroRetro Vintage a 40s novelty print dress with soutache yoke from Straylight Vintage a 40s gold tone bauble necklace from Dolls n Trolls St J ..read more
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Kandahar Designs
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2w ago
Kandahar Designs has an interesting backstory. In 1970 or 1971, Eli Zelkha was heading down to Florida for spring break with Archie - (his last name is never revealed), a pre-med college mate from Colgate University in upstate New York. On the trip down they talked about what they would be doing that summer. Archie had $5,000 and suggested the two go to Afghanistan to buy 'cool stuff' to resell. During their summer they purchased a very expensive Bengal tiger skin rug, scores of antique 19th century Afghani rifles, and 800 men's wedding shirts from dealers in Kabul. When their purchases arrive ..read more
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Pendleton '49ers-and '49er Look-Alikes
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2w ago
I live a mere 195 miles from Pendleton, Oregon, the home of Pendleton Woolen Mills. Perhaps that explains the amount of vintage Pendleton items I have been fortunate to find in my area. The casual nature of Inland Northwest life might also be thanked. Of all the versatile, classic pieces made by this venerable company, one particular Pendleton item, called the '49er Jacket, interests me the most. Ineffably and timelessly cool to my eyes, the '49er is a sporty basic that Pendleton started making in 1949. It was among the company's very first articles of clothing for women. Pendleton has made th ..read more
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Latimer, Hubert
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2w ago
Hubert Latimer started out in California, first with Charles Cooper, then designing for Irene (with label credit) after her death in 1962 until 1971, when he was named the designer for Christian Dior-New York. His first collection for Dior-NY was in May, 1971. In 1972, Dior changed course with the New York label, and shifted the design to Paris. From 1973 to 1974 , Latimer joined Mollie Parnis, designing the higher priced clothing, with Morty Sussman designing the boutique line. In 1975, he returned to California and started a line with Atelier 7, in a partnership with Rudi Gernreich. In 1976 ..read more
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