BEAUTIFUL 1950’S – EARLY ’60’S FEATHER HAT

I love this gorgeous hat SO much. Although I wish that the feathers had stayed on the birds, it’s OK to forgive the cluelessness of vintage fashion manufacturers and customers as we work to see that the retail markets for furs, feathers and skins are ended forever. We can still enjoy the beauty of these antique pieces while they last. Faux fashions that are almost identical are now available and getting better all the time.

For women who love hats, the 1940’s through 1960’s were a real heyday. Hats can be so flattering! I’ll have more to show as I select others which I can bear to part with. The biggest issue about a collection is that they require so much room to store them properly. This one’s a little bitty an too small for me, so that makes it easier to let it go. Still, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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GREAT “NEW” FIND – VINTAGE HANDMADE TOOLED LEATHER WALLET

An unexpected find! I’ve had little to no opportunity lately to be in the field, but yesterday I stumbled upon this wonderful mid-century wallet. It is beautifully tooled, personalized and in pristine condition. Couldn’t be better! As you know, loyal followers, I really love tooled leather pieces from back in the day.

This one is so perfectly done. The workmanship is exquisite and the design is classic tooled leather art. I have only one such wallet, so far, and will love adding this to it’s best match among my leather art handbags.

Thank you MAG (or Margaret?) for passing it along and to my fellow sleuths who have stuck with me during this underground period. There will be more regular posts, probably beginning late this month but one never really knows – so, stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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Rare find – 1950’s or early 1960’s Katz housecoat

While this may not seem exciting to you, it is to me and I’ll tell you why. Katz was in business for almost 100 years, since the late 1890’s, and started off making underwear then branched in several directions until closing in the 1990’s. I have found only 2 items made by the Katz company over all my many investigations, which seems illogical. So, I consider a garment made by Katz to be a rare find. So much for the pedigree – let’s see what else is very cool . . . . .

Another thing about this brand is that, though they seem to have been mid- to low-priced items, the quality of construction is exceptional. All the finishing is very well done and the decoration is made to last. The buttons and lace are of excellent quality. Although this coat is at least 60 years old, it is clean and untorn. We could chalk these two points up to the higher standards of quality usually seen in true vintage garments and the better care of their wardrobes that our mothers and grandmothers took. However, this is still not true in every case. The only things I need to attend to are re-stitching one bit of seam and replacing a button, which I’m sure I already have a good match for.

The design is extremely basic so might be considered boring, but I’ll be keeping this coat because it’s the only one of its type that I’ve seen which is just a mid-thigh length. Very unusual. So convenient and cool. Definitely worth picking up. I also unearthed an accessory item from the same era and with similar credentials. Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

BLOG: Magicvintagespy.com

MY FAVORITE 1940’S – EARLY FIFTIES PLATFORM SLING-BACK’S IN SUEDE

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I have so many pairs of shoes that I absolutely love, but these are truly favorites.  So versatile, so comfortable and so “Forties”.

All-leather construction, of course, and well-made.  I even wore them one day walking in a parade on city pavement for a couple of hours, wearing a true vintage dress.  They stood up beautifully and didn’t hurt my feet!

So, I’ll have these for life.  Lovely to not have to say good-bye to favorites – I can just have them repaired eventually.

Ah, the beauty of true vintage . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Morgana Martin, the Magicvintagespy

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Book:  How to Find the Best in Vintage Fashion available on Amazon.com