Black and Navy Blue Wool: The Fabrics of Summer 19… 2012

Vintage Swimwear at the Sturbridge Vintage Fashion & Textile Show

I recently found a wonderful collection of early twentieth century bathing costumes, all to be offered for sale at the Vintage Fashion & Textile Show in Sturbridge, MA this Monday (July 9). The show is the largest of its kind, and is attended by collectors, fashion designers and you (consider yourself invited).

The proprietor modeling the latest fashions in swimming suitings. (If a trifle warm, all in all quite comfortable.)

My wares will include:

  • Swell 1940s and 50s men’s suits
  • Scores of vintage ties, including smart bows and flashy 40s and skinny 50s four-in-hands
  • Fine fedoras, panamas and boaters, with makers such as Borsalino and Stetson
  • 1920s athletic sweaters
  • A variety of Victorian and Edwardian vests and pants
  • 1920s Wearwell blue jeans
  • Absurd 1950s prom dress-like women’s raincoats
  • 1920s nurse uniforms
  • WWI military accessories
  • Katherine Hepburn’s 1940s riding pants (well, they could have been)
  • 1930s English leather motorcycle gloves
  • Etc.

I will be selling at the show all day Monday as a prelude to Brimfield week. Although I do not plan to sell at Brimfield proper this July, prepare for creepy-themed wares in September in advance of Halloween (among my offerings will be a biologist’s collection of specimens, including a variety of skulls and a terrifying stuffed iguana).

I hope to see you in Sturbridge, but if not, order your wool bathing costume today in time for your excursion to the lake or seashore. (Please specify black or navy.)