“U” MADE IT!
With Greed becoming the “New Cancer,” This weeks Fab Five Favs #8 reflects back on an era of simplicity where less was more and clothing was Made in The USA / UNION MADE, and features Vintage Garments from the 90s available at BOUTIQUE FLEA for “worth the trip prices!”
What excites me about these selections is not so much that they are Vintage, but what Vintage represents like the pride in craftmanship that each garment reflects from the inside out. From flawless finishings, and fabrications that stand the test of time to simple details like a lace covered hemlines, or bakelite buttons, all of which truly reminds me that “Less Is More!” It was during the era of the Great Depression that Bakelite reached it’s height in popularity. Something as simple as a colorful plastic accent was used to jazz up their existing wardrobes. What I also found interesting, was that four out of five garments in this weeks Fab Five Favs are all made of a simple fabric, Wool. Pure Wool was very popular during the early 90s due to it’s many beneficial properties. Since this wasn’t a time of excess, but more of necessity, wools extremely durable and hard wearing qualities made it the most sought after and allowed for long wear and the passing down of garments to future generations. Some of the other timely benefits were;
– absorbs humidity while remaining dry
– naturally contains lanolin which is a biologically active substance that is water resistant.
– it’s breathable
– has antibacterial properties
– is static resistant
– is highly flame resistant
– is resistant to dirt
– does not wrinkle easily
– natural wool helps reduce upper respiratory tract infections, asthma, skin diseases, and dust mites in the home
– with little weight, wool naturally keeps you warm
– takes dyes very well
With all that being said, it really drives me up the wall when I purchase a high end designer garment (even if I’m smart enough to purchase it at a 75% off Loehman’s Sale) to have a button fall off. There I go into 911 mode rushing to my local Organic Dry Cleaner to have all the buttons reinforced because the one extra button is no longer extra! Button reinforcement is something the manufacture should have done in the first place, and what’s up with the one extra button idea?
It’s no coincidence that our S/S2011 collections are taking use back to the 70s. I saved the September 20-26, 2010 issue of CRAIN’S which talks about the rewind of runway shows to looks from the 1970s, and featured a quote from one of my favorite clients, Susan Scafidi, who refers to me as her “Secret Weapon!” The article was entitled, “Boogie nights and conservative hemlines” by Adrianne Pasquarelli. What stood out for my in this article is that “designers are giving in to consumers’ demand for value by offering looks that last in neutral tones, a sign that fashion houses and retailers remain cautious about the coming year.”
I was also thrilled to note that “even those not completely on board with the trend still went back in time, chiefly in the form of the bell-bottom pant…”
“Trousers are a somewhat new category (for spring),” says Susan Scafidi, academic director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University School of Law. “If you buy trousers, you have to buy at least one other piece-a blouse or a jacket to wear on top.” This is where we at BOUTIQUE FLEA come in to offer original stellar pieces at incredible low prices and thereby extending the opportunity to keep your wardrobe up to date for everyone!
“Sans Tambour Ni Trompette” or in other words I’m looking forward to seeing less bells and whistles and more of a quiet approach to fashion with luscious, luxury fabrics and clean classy silhouettes!
Fab Five Favs celebrates
Made in The USA / UNION MADE
UNION LABEL 1974-1995
ILGWU, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union,
was one of the most prevalent and powerful, and the first major union to have mostly women members.
The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union was formed in New York City in 1900, the consolidation of seven smaller garment workers’ unions. After two major strikes in 1909 and 1910, the union and manufacturers executed a Protocol of Peace. This achieved union recognition, improved wages and extended benefits to workers, as well as establishing arbitration as the means of solving disagreeements. Additional benefits were negotiated in the years following the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in 1911. ILGWU was a member of the American Federation of Labor.
Weakening greatly during the Great Depression, ILGWU continued to be active in recruiting. With the formation of the Committee for Industrial Organizations in 1935, ILGWU tried to work with both organizations. Actual CIO members were suspended from AFL in 1936, and they joined to form the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1938. ILGWU disengaged from CIO in 1940 and rejoined AFL. On December 5, 1955, AFL and CIO merged to form AFL-CIO. In 1995, ILGWU merged with Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union to form UNITE!, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, representing over 250,000 workers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. In 2004, UNITE! merged with HERE to form UNITE HERE.
1900 – 1936 ILGWU AFL
1936 – 1940 ILGWU CIO
1940 – 1955 ILGWU AFL
1955 – 1995 ILGWU AFL-CIO
1975-1992 Look for the Union Label campaign
1995 – 2004 UNITE!
2004 – UNITE HERE
In 1974, ILGWU decided to change the colors of its label to red, white and blue. This is recorded in the records of the 35th annual convention, archived at the Kheel Center at Cornell. The Report of the General Executive Board to the 35th convention in Miami Beach, Florida, May 31, 1974 mentions the change in colors to “an all-American red-white-blue and the addition of the line ‘Made in USA'” on page 79. (emphasis added) They explain it in part as a result of the need to support the fight against the competition from low-wage imports, particularly to strengthen the nation-wide anti-imports campaign. All label material prepared in conjunction with the campaign used the slogan: “Buy American: The Job You Save May Be Your Own.”
Thanks to never*ending*search and Patrizia Sione, Reference archivist, Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation & Archives for this key information.
– UNION LABEL 1974-1995,
Thanks to funkoma for the Label image from an 80s glittery prom dress.
– JANTZEN designed 60s Turquoise 100% Virgin Wool Matching Skirt Set $25
– BOTANY 500 designed 70s Navy Blue Jacket Sport Coat 100% Pure Wool with gold button detail $20
– COUNTRY PACER designed 70s Raisin Faux Fur Pimp Daddy Coat with gold button detail $30
– GILLIAN designed 80s Purple 100% Pure Wool Dress with gold button detail $30
– TOWNLEY BERRY-BURK designed 60s Black 100% Pure Wool, Mink Collar Princess Coat $45
– Charley Chaplin inspired example of 70s Fashion Rewind Trousers comeback; Rayon Mat Jersey high waisted full leg trouser exclusive from MontgomeryBoutique.Com $15, Brooks Brothers 90s “Brooksweave” dress shirt $15, Bill Robinson 90s Silk Jacquard weave tie $10, Ralph Lauren vintage wool tweed vest $15. Total look $55 Continue reading