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The Vintage Fashion Guild™ (VFG) is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of vintage fashion.
The Vintage Fashion Guild™ (VFG) is an international community of people with expertise in vintage fashion. VFG members enjoy a wealth of resources, avenues for promoting their shops and specialties, and camaraderie with others who share a common interest and passion.
Margaret Smith founded her handbag company in Maine in the 1940s, at the suggestion of friends she had made beach totes for as gifts. Her brother, financier Cyrus Pinkham, and professional designer Bill Waters helped her launch her business, eventually joining her full-time as it rapidly expanded (at its height, the company had over 30 employees).
Typically designed with floral prints, her bags were sold in women’s specialty shops and, in the 1950s/1960s, by Bonwit Teller.
Margaret Smith Inc. dropped its clothing line in 2005 and closed completely in 2008.
Written by glad_rags_and_curios
Courtesy of gladragsandcurios
from a 1960s handbag