Wednesday, December 22, 2010
A Bonnie Find!
several internet resources, is referred to as a "dog leash" connector in the Bonnie Cashin world. She was known for transforming ready-to-wear sportswear for women beginning in the 1950's using unusual fabrics, shapes and hardware. Her signature was the concept of "layering" pieces and unusual fabric combinations as well as use of unusual hardware such as these clips and the toggle connectors which she also introduced to Coach bags. In fact, most people may know her name from Coach, as she designed the first Coach handbags for women in the early 1960's, leading that brand down the path towards the iconic supplier of women's bags that it is today.
Vintage Fashion Guild's label reference (a terrific resource for any collector) helps date the labels to the early 1960's.
I often post items on my blog that I plan to sell in my shop. I must admit though, that I purchased this coat for myself and do plan to keep it. If you see me on the streets of Providence, however, I will let you touch it.