Jun 5, 2009

A Bouquet of Davidow

I do the colors of Davidow suits. In a world where tweed generally connotates drab or subtle to the point of boredom, these tweeds are so wonderfully vibrant. Spring suits. Spring Coats. Remember those? All I see now are rain coats and trenchs.

I wrote this brief blurb for the www.vintagefashionguild.org Label Resource:
"Founded in the late 19th Century, the William H. Davidow and Sons company manufactured coats and suits. Eventually the business became Davidow, known for their tailored suits. Davidow suits were always wonderfully cut and made, using integral features of the fabric rather than applied detail. By the 1960s, they were producing copies of Chanel designed suits - a classic box jacket suit with straight skirts that could be found in better department stores across the USA."

But there is more. In business from 1880 - 1973, Melville and Archibald Davidow carried on the business and patented their unique front construction in 1942 as one way to conserve fabric during the war. Their Chanel copies were almost as good as the originals. In 1965 , they produced some 60,000 suits and ensembles a year according to the New York Times. In other words, these were Hot.

We bring you a bouquet of 1960s era Davidow Tweed Suits:

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