1950s Handmacher suit
To say that I have 1940s and 1950s skirt suits in abundance would be an understatement as it’s my number one choice when buying vintage. I can never resist the immaculate tailoring that 1950s suits are so synonymous with and when it comes to a choice between the perfect vintage dress and an equally perfect suit, I usually end up purchasing the latter. Nothing can beat the versatility to which a vintage suit can be dressed up or down, making it the perfect choice for a day-to-night look, a real pièce de résistance. When shopping for vintage on Etsy or at any of the vintage fairs in London, I don’t look for any particular brands, with the exception of Lilli Ann and Dorothy O’Hara that is, because a lot of incredible garments from the 1930s and 1940s were hand made either by the original owner of the piece or custom made by a seamstress. There are times however when I get extremely excited about a vintage brand, like in the case of my latest purchase of a 1950s Handmacher suit, that I later found in Harper’s Bazaar from 1952!