Shiny blue 1960’s men’s suit

While many stylish 60’s clothes come through Monster Vintage and many of them remind us of Mad Men, this is the first time a suit has so clearly spoken the name of the character Pete Campbell.  His character routinely wears blue throughout the show, especially in the early seasons, and it’s easy to see why: This is a beautiful color.   It’s a sapphire blue with a faint black contrast, yet it has a sheen in the light.  The cut is relaxed and roomy in the jacket, with cuffs at the ankles on the pants.  Made by Alton Ames Clothes of Distinction and sold by Foreman and Clark, purveyors of fine men’s suits.   Click here for more views and sizing details.

 

Let’s talk lapels!

I have a fascination with collars and lapels. I admit that’s a bit odd, but it could be worse. After writing up hundreds of vintage blazer jackets and suits for our website, I’m still in awe (and sometimes at a loss for descriptive terms) of all the different cuts and styles of lapels. They can hint at a garment’s era and in some cases, even the origin of construction. Pendleton shirts and jackets, for example, have a very distinct way of patterning their two-piece collars. I love coming across a particularly unusual lapel style, like the classic “Chanel” but at this point in my vintage clothing employment, I’ve been lucky enough to see it all.

The most common mens lapel styles are the notched L-shape and Fish Mouth. Rarer are the Clover Leaf and Semi-Clover Leaf, Trench and Flower styles. I found a few charts with google’s help which I’ve posted below as well as example garments from our warehouse that are currently for sale!