Vintage Early 1950s Merlot Wool Designer Jacket- New!

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SKU #2000


Size: Small - Medium

Bust:  36 inches + 91 cm 

Under Bust: 32 inches +81 cm

Waist: 29 inches + 74 cm

Hips: Free

Bodice Length from Outside Shoulder: 18 inches + 46 cm

Sleeve Length from Outside Shoulder:  22 inches + 56 cm 

Note: Measurements are taken from outside, flat and stretched seam to seam. Please allow for individual fit and comfort.



* High quality 1950s merlot coloured wool crepe designer jacket

* Classic silhouette with cinched waist

* Long sleeved jacket with peaked collar and shoulder pads

* Attached lush fox fur to collar

* Front closure with self fabric buttons and press studs

* Insert pockets with rows of wide pin tucks

* Fully lined in merlot coloured satin

* Label reads Bonwit Teller

Bonwit Teller was a high quality ladies apparel store, founded by Paul J. Bonwit (1862-1939). Born in Germany, Bonwit moved to the US in 1883, working in New York and Nebraska before returning to New York and joining Rothschild & Company. By 1897, he became partners with Edmund D. Teller and by 1911 their store was located on 5th Avenue.

In the 1920s and 1930s they carried French models, including duplicates of Lanvin, Patou, Vionnet and Maggy Rouff, custom mades, and American-made garments including designs by Nettie Rosenstein. They were noted for the quality of their merchandise and the salaries they paid.

In 1930, Floyd Odlum brought needed capital to the company, and in 1934, Bonwit sold out to Odlum. His wife Hortense Odlum became the first woman president of a major department store in the US. Since 1946, Bonwit Teller was owned by the Hoving Corporation, Genesco, Allied Stores Corporation and finally the Hooker Corporation in 1987. In May 1990, Donald Trump demolished the Fifth Avenue store in order to make room for the Trump Tower, and the firm of Bonwit Teller no longer was in business. (courtesy of The Vintage Fashion Guild)



This stunning jacket is so sophisticated and in wonderful condition too. Such a versatile colour and perfect for skirts, dresses or trousers. The only issue I could find is that the label is hanging on by a thread and needs to be resewn. Cleaned and ready to wear. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.


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Our photos are taken with a mix of studio and ambient lighting. Whilst we take care with the colour balance of our photos, individual computer monitors register colours differently depending on their calibration. If you want the exact colour shade drop us a line and we will give you the Universal Pantone colours that match the item.