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from a 1940s day dress - Courtesy of the way we wore

Label Resource : Gres

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Madame Alix Gres was born Germaine Emilie Krebs in Paris in 1903. She began as a sculptor, but never had a fruitful career. Frustrated, she began to design toiles for a design house in Paris. That’s when she decided to try her hand at fashion design. She opened her first house under the name Alix Barton. She designed silk jersey dresses, with simple lines and draping, and began gaining some publicity in fashion magazines. Her

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from a 1950s black formal dress - Courtesy of artisannes

Label Resource : Griffe, Jacques

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jacques Griffe (1917-1996) was one of the great French couturiers of the mid-20th Century. As a boy, Griffe was taught sewing, first by his seanstress mother and then by a local tailor. He then worked for and trained with Mirra, a couturier in Toulouse. In 1936 he went to Paris where he was employed by Vionnet. There he learned the art of draping and cutting the fabric the Vionnet way – using a small jointed

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from a 1980s gown - Courtesy of coutureallurevintage.com

Label Resource : Gross, George

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Designers George Gross and Harry Watt started their business in the early 1970s and are based in Australia. Their respective labels, George Gross and Harry Who, have won more than 13 Australian fashion design awards. The George Gross line is evening wear; Harry Who designs high end day and career wear. The G2 diffusion line is designed by George Gross and comprises weekend and career wear at a lower price point. There are several George

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from a 1950s handbag - Courtesy of Ruth Baza

Label Resource : Gucci

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Guccio Gucci (1881-1953) founded his leather works in 1921 in Florence, Italy. As a young man, Gucci left his native Tuscany to work in London and across Europe in the tourist industry. He was a sharp observer and noticed the luxurious leather luggage used by wealthy tourists. When he returned to Florence, he worked in one of the city’s many leather goods workshops, learning the craft. In 1921 he opened his own shop, in which

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from a mid 2000s purse - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Guinness, Lulu

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lulu Guinness began making handbags in 1988, as a result of her not being able to find a bag that met her own needs. At first the business was based in her home, but the popularity of her novel designs led to rapid growth. By 1996 she had opened her first retail shop and was producing collectible bags. Today there are Lulu Guinness stores around the world and she produces not only handbags, but other

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The earliest Gunne Sax label 1969 - Courtesy of specialsomethings

Label Resource : Gunne Sax

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gunne Sax was a small dress manufacturing company in San Francisco in 1969 when Jessica McClintock invested in the company and became the designer. The company became known for their nostalgic “granny dresses” and soon the look expanded into prairie dresses and Victorian and Edwardian inspired designs in the 1970s and into the early 1980s. In the 1980s, Jessica added Southern Belle dresses and Twenties-inspired dresses. Gunne Sax was a junior line and in the

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from an early 1970s ladies tuxedo suit - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Gunter Project 2

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gunter Ruecker studied at FIT and after working for a clothing firm in his native Germany, he returned to New York. In 1968 he started his own line, Gunter Project 2. At Project 2, Gunter made pants outfits for women. The company that produced Gunter Project 2, G.T.N., was bought by clothing maker Abe Schrader in 1969. The line continued to be made into the 1970s. Gunter later became a tailoring instructor at FIT. Written

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from a 1950s woolen dress - Courtesy of artisannes

Label Resource : Gunther Jaeckel

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gunther Jaeckel was a New York furrier. Gunther & Sons had been established in NYC in 1920 and Jaeckel, Inc. in 1863. The two firms merged in 1948 and at that time they expanded their offerings beyond furs to include ladies’ dresses and suits. They bought Adrian’s entire spring 1948 line, which was presented in a special section of the store. Although they continued to specialize in furs, Gunther Jaeckel also offered high quality ladies’

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from a 1940s Western-style shirt - Courtesy of ikonicvintage

Label Resource : H Bar C

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

H Bar C has its roots in a company formed in 1917 by two tailors, Halpern and Christenfeld, as a maker of riding clothing. In 1935 a western branch was opened to make and market Western riding clothes. This business was renamed H Bar C, to give it a Western flair. H Bar C made clothes for the movies, and they also marketed their clothes for the growing Western wear market. The H Bar C

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From a late 1940s sweater - Courtesy of jluthye

Label Resource : Hadley

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hadley Cashmere was one of the leading cashmere sweater manufacturers in the United States from the 1940s through the 1970s. Hadley made sweaters for department stores and often both names will be on the label. If you suspect that an unlabeled sweater might be cashmere, look in the side seams for the little 100% cashmere label shown in picture two. Hadley very often put this label in the side. Besides cashmere sweaters, Hadley also made

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from a 1940s shirt - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Hale Hawaii

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hale Hawaii means “Hawaiian House” or “House of Hawaii” in the Hawaiian language. The label was started by second-generation Chinese immigrant, Wah Cho Lock (or Loh, in the original Chinese). Lock concentrated on Hawaiian-print shirts. He sold his company to Elsie T. and H. L. Chun in 1958. The company name was changed to Sportswear Hawaii. Written by linnscollection

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from a 1949s rayon shirt - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Hale-Niu

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hale-Niu was in business in Honolulu as early as 1946. They sold sportswear and bowling shirts. In the Hawaiian language, “hale niu” means “House of coconuts.” Today, an establishment by the name Hale-Niu, located on Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu, rents formal wear. Written by linnscollection

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from a late 1960s/early 1970s dress - Courtesy of vintage*sedona

Label Resource : Halley, George

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

George Halley (b.1930) At the age of 18, Halley left home hitchhiking, and ended up in New York, working for Baron Max von Waldech. He worked as a go-for who was permitted to show his own sketches to a few customers, and he was also permitted to work with the Baron on some gowns, including one for the last Carnegie Hall concert of Francis Renault, a famous cross-dresser who had a beautiful falsetto voice. In

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from a 1960s hat - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Label Resource : Halston

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Roy Halston Frowick (1932-1990) was discovered by Lilly Daché in Chicago. He then moved to New York and in 1958 he went to work at Bergdorf Goodman in their millinery department. Halston started his own business, Halston Ltd., in 1968. He was known for his soft, body-conscious clothing, in jersey, ultrasuede, chiffon, and beads. The Halston label went into decline with the introduction of the Halston lll line for J C Penney in 1983 —

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from a late 1980s jacket - Courtesy of bigchief173

Label Resource : Hamnett, Katherine

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Katherine Hamnett (b. 1948) is an English designer who began her career after graduating from art school in 1970. She started her own label in 1979. Many of her designs are based on the work clothing from different cultures. In 1982 she first designed a line of t-shirts printed with large political slogans and which she called “Choose Life”. Hamnett continues to design, to work for the improvement of the environment, and to work for

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from a 1970s tee shirt - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Label Resource : Hang Ten

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hang Ten was started in 1960 when surfer Duke Boyd designed a pair of shorts specifically for surfing. He got Doris Boeck to sew up his new “boardshorts”. Doris added a nice little touch of two embroidered little feet. The shorts were a big hit with the local Southern California surfers. Boyd and Boeck formed the business which Boyd named Hang Ten, after a surfing move. By 1962 their shorts were being sold all along

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from a 1980s blouse - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Label Resource : Hardwick, Cathy

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cathy Hardwick (b. 1933) was born in Korea and moved to the US in the 1950s. In San Francisco in the 1960s she started a boutique for which she was designing the clothes. Manufacturer Alvin Duskin hired her to design for him, so Hardwick moved to New York. In 1972 she started Cathy Hardwick ‘n’ Friends, her own label, after she was approached by Bloomingdales. Hardwick took a break from designing in the 1980s, but

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from a mid 1950s suit jacket - Courtesy of vintagevoyager

Label Resource : Harella

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In 1919 tailor’s apprentice Mr. Lew Harris returned to England from the USA and set up a small clothing manufacturing business in London which began trading under the name “L. Harris (Harella) Limited”. The operation moved to Halifax (North of England – West Yorkshire) in the 1940s; some sources say 1930s, but the local papers say 40s. In addition to retaining their London factory, they opened one in Birkenhead (on the other side of the

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from an early 1950s dress - Courtesy of amishtaxi

Label Resource : Harmay

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Harmay was a 1950s dress and suit label that was known for their conservative, ladylike look. Geoffrey Beene was an assistant designer there starting in 1950, but they fired him in 1957. Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

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from a 1930s coat - Courtesy of borntoolatevintage

Label Resource : Harris Tweed

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

“Harris Tweed means a tweed which has been hand woven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the islands of Harris, Lewis, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra and their several purtenances (The Outer Hebrides) and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.” That is the official definition of Harris Tweed as set by British law in 1993. Over the years this definition has

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from 1930s shoes - Courtesy of  stellarosevintage

Label Resource : Harrods

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Harrods was begun in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod as a small grocery. Through the 19th century the store grew and departments were added — furniture, clothing, and jewelry. By 1902 Harrods was the largest store in London and the famous Brompton Road store front had started construction. The store’s reputation for high quality goods and excellent customer service made it one of the most prestigious shopping venues in London. At the same time, the

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from a 1960s blazer - Courtesy of vintagegent.com

Label Resource : Hart Schaffner and Marx

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hart, Schaffner and Marx evolved from the men’s shop Harry and Max Hart opened in 1872, in Chicago, where clothing was desperately needed after the Great Chicago Fire. As the local population’s desperate need for clothing subsided, their quality and their focus improved. In 1879, Marcus Marx bought into the company and in 1887 Joseph Schaffner followed and they became Hart Schaffner and Marx. Before this time, salespeople sold from large sample trunks and Hart,

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from an early 1960s dress - Courtesy of pinkyagogo

Label Resource : Hartford, Betty

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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from a 1950s gown - Courtesy of antiquesdress.com

Label Resource : Hartnell, Norman

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Norman Hartnell (1901-1979) began designing in 1923, working for a London dressmaker. Shortly thereafter he opened his own business and by 1827 he was showing in Paris. In 1937 he was appointed dressmaker to the Royal Family. He made Elizabeth II’s wedding dress and, in 1953, her spectacular coronation gown. Hartnell was renowned as a designer of gowns, but he also excelled at tailoring tweed suits and coats. During World War II he designed women’s

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from an early 1930s dressing gown - Courtesy of katzoid

Label Resource : Harvey Nichols

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Harvey Nichols began as a linen shop opened by Benjamin Harvey in 1813 in Lowndes Terrace, on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street in south west central London. Benjamin Harvey bequeathed his business to his daughter Elizabeth in 1820, on the condition that the business’s present silk buyer, Colonel Nichols, was taken on as a partner. This partnership gradually widened the store’s stock to include Oriental textiles and furnishings; Harvey Nichols’ carpets were particularly

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from a late 1940s shirt - Courtesy of poppysvintageclothing

Label Resource : Hawaiian Casuals

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stanley T. Hicks (Stan Hicks) was the president and designer/owner of Hawaiian Casuals. The company was founded in 1948. In 1958 the company became Hawaiian Casuals, Ltd. In the early to mid 1960s, there was a Hawaiian Casuals Maui branch. Later labels often have Stan Hicks’s name on the label. Written by linnscollection

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from a 1980s blouse - Courtesy of Claire Shaeffer

Label Resource : Hayes, David

Thursday, July 15, 2010

David Hayes Designs is a Los Angeles-based design firm specializing in suits and evening wear. Written by by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

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from a late 1940s golf dress - Courtesy of denisebrain

Label Resource : Haymaker

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Haymaker was a sportswear label that was a division of the David Crystal company. The chairman of the board at David Crystal was Vin Draddy, who was himself an avid golfer and sportsman. The Haymaker label is most often found on the company’s famous polo shirts and dresses, and the item is often decorated with a crocodile on the chest. This is because of the company’s association with Lacoste, the French maker of the crocodile

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from a mid 2000s shirt  - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Heatherette

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ex-club kid/figure skater Richie Ritch and ex-cowboy Traver Rains formed fashion-trendy Heatherette by accident. As a hobby, the duo would customize leather goods and tee shirts in their living room, to wear to the clubs. At a party in late 1999 the head buyer of Patricia Field approached Ritch with an offer he couldn’t refuse. She fell in love with the shirt he was wearing and ordered twenty on the spot. The rest is history.

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from a c.1960s coat  - Courtesy of catwalkcreativevintage

Label Resource : HeaTona

Friday, May 31, 2013

HeaTona is a British company with a long history going back to the end of the nineteeth century. Founded by William Heaton, initially in partnership with E Longfield and Co, before taking over the company at the turn of the last century. At this time they employed between thirty to forty workers. They were known as Heatons (Leeds) Ltd, a wholesale clothier and manufacturers. Business prospered from the early 1920s with the introduction of “Heatonex”

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from a 1940s mouton coat - Courtesy of bombshell*frocks

Label Resource : Heim, Jacques

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jacques Heim (1899-1967) was born into a furrier family and started out in the family business designing furs. In 1923 he took over the business and within a few years had added a couture department. He was an innovator in using cuttings of furs as one would a fabric. Heim’s couture house opened in the Avenue Matignon in Paris in 1930. He also made ready-to-wear and in 1936 started a line for younger women, Heim

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from a 1950s dress - Courtesy of bombshell*frocks

Label Resource : Helga

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Helga was established in 1947 by Robert Oppenheimer and his wife Helga Kallman Oppenheimer. Robert managed the business while Helga designed the evening wear and better suits and dresses for which the company became known. Based first in San Francisco, but moving to Los Angeles in the early 1950s, the company was somewhat of an oddity in that most California clothing companies were producers of sportswear. The Oppenheimers were known for their collection of modern

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from a 1970s sweater - Courtesy of glamoursurf

Label Resource : Herman, Stan

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stan Herman (b. 1932) worked as a comedian and as a singer before he got into fashion design. He worked at various firms in New York and in 1959 became the designer at Mr. Mort. At Mr. Mort in the 1960s Herman’s designs were on the cutting edge of fashion — he was one of the first to show dresses over pants. But early in the 1970s Stan Herman left Mr. Mort and opened a

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from an early 20th century jockey's cap - Courtesy of matthewenbray

Label Resource : Hermès

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hermès Paris has whispered the ultimate in luxury since 1837. Founded as a saddlery company by Thierry Hermès, the company produces scarves, ties, handbags, luggage, small leather goods, ready to wear clothing, home décor, jewelry, fragrances, and saddles. Leather goods account for nearly 30% of their revenue, with scarves contributing 12 percent and clothing 15 percent. Hermès continues to be 80 percent family owned, with the remaining 20 percent traded on the Paris Bourse. One

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from a late 1980s dress - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Label Resource : Herrera, Carolina

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Carolina Herrera (b. 1939) began designing in 1981, but for many years prior to that she was known as a style setter, especially in her native South America. She was from an affluent family and that has caused her to be grouped with other wealthy designers of the 1980s as the Socialite Designers. From the beginning, Herrera’s clothes have been feminine but comfortable. In 1986 she started a secondary line, CH by Carolina Herrera, which

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from a 1960s man's sweater - Courtesy of vintagegent.com

Label Resource : Hickey's

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hickey’s was a better Detroit area store, established in 1900. It was located in Grosse Pointe, a wealthy bedroom community, just to the east of Detroit. In 1997 they merged with Walton-Pierce and became Hickey’s/Walton-Pierce. The store closed in 2009. Written by vintagegent.com

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from a late 1970s shirt - Courtesy of listitcafe

Label Resource : Hilo Hattie

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hilo Hattie was founded in 1962 as Kaluna Hawaii Sportswear. The founder, Jim Romig, marketed his product to tourists, whom he had shuttled to his manufacturing center. He also opened shops in the major resorts to sell his Hawaiian themed clothing. In 1979, the company greatly expanded, buying the Margolis Manufacturing and Retail Company, located in Hilo, along with the the rights to the name “Hilo Hattie” which was the stage name of a popular

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from a late 1950s or early 1960s shirt - Courtesy of Dan Pawlak

Label Resource : Hilton

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hilton was known as “The Aristocrat of Bowling Shirts.” The label was started in 1956 by the Hilton Bowling Shirt Company of Chicago, Illinois. Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

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from a 1940s hat - Courtesy of vintagegent.com

Label Resource : Himelhoch's

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Himelhoch’s clothing store was established by Wolf Himelhoch in Detroit in 1907. In the 1940s and 1950s every businesswoman in downtown Detroit who was anyone shopped at Himelhoch’s. The store catered to the well turned out professional woman who balanced proper dress with the fashion forwardness that she desired. Most of the items spotted today carry their eponymous in-house label. In the late 1960s property damage and urban flight, resulting from the riots, caused Detroit

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from a 1950s hat - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Hodge, G. Howard

Thursday, July 15, 2010

G. Howard Hodge was an important American milliner of the mid 20th century. He was a member of the Millinery Creators Group, milliners who specialized in ready-made hats that used quality materials and construction methods. Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

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