Monday, February 28, 2011

Cashin' In

One of the things I love about being in the "vintage" or "antiques" business is the fact that you are always researching items and learning about new (old) things and adding knowledge to your internal vintage library of information.  A couple of months ago, I posted about a wonderful jacket I had found, and the fact that I had in turn learned about the designer Bonnie Cashin while researching it.  "Oh puh-lease!" you might say "What vintage seller worth her salt would not know who Bonnie Cashin is?"  Well, I did not then, but, I do now.  (You gotta start somewhere!)  And just to prove it, I pulled this jacket off the rack at a local consignment shop today and knew immediately that it was a Bonnie Cashin! 

If the mixture of materials - heavy canvas, fuzzy faux-fur interior, leather detailing - did not clue me in, or perhaps the color - an amazing deep yellow ochre - did not clinch it, those toggle closures, made so famous by Bonnie with her work with Coach and still a Coach staple in handbags, are a dead giveaway!

From 1953 through 1977 Bonnie designed clothing for Sills.  This tag likely dates to the late 1960's.  (Information courtesy of The Vintage Fashion Guild Label Resource.)

Although I kept the first jacket I found for myself, I do plan to offer this one in my shop in the next couple of weeks.  It is the perfect "transitional season" coat - not too heavy but warm enough to fend off the March and April chills.  It is marked by the retailer as an "extra large" but I have a feeling it is more of a medium to large size.  Coat and all details to be listed soon.


  1. I want this!! But would it be a good color on me? I'm not usually a yellow person. Jill

  2. The color is questionable and I think it may be too big for you. I have not even tried it on to figure out what size it is...I'll let you know...

  3. You are NOW a Cashin MAGNET!!!!! Bravo!



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