I sometimes wonder who owned the pre-loved vintage clothes I buy. Since it’s unlikely for someone to donate just one item of clothing, I often have the sense as I shop that I’m finding several of the pieces that belonged to the same person: garments share a particular style sensibility, are in the same size, in the same colour family, or from the same era.
I bought this wonderful tweed wool jacket which came from George Straith Ltd., a now defunct local purveyor of fine clothing established in 1917 in Victoria, BC. Here is a garment that has stood the test of time. It likely had a matching skirt but it would also look fabulous dressed-down with jeans. I adore the covered buttons—so Jackie O.
Interestingly, I found a clue in the pocket that revealed something about its original owner: two fabric swatches. A sewer!
Having grown up with a mother who was a seamstress, I know this fabric/pattern matching scenario very well. And, being a sewer myself, I am amused that this mystery woman was too. Perhaps the other blue jacket I bought was also hers. Both garments have great lines and lovely fabric—two details sewers obsess over.
This fine woolen also originated from a local boutique from the same bygone era.
This discovery in the pocket is what makes shopping vintage so unique and unlike off-the rack retail. These things aren’t shiny and new and perfect—they have a history,