Abercrombie Adventures: Von Lengerke & Antoine, Winter 1954
We continue our Abercrombie Adventures series with something from Von Lengerke & Antoine, which was the Chicago outpost of Abercrombie & Fitch, acquired by the latter brand in the late ’30s. These color pages are from a store catalog from the winter of 1954.
A few notable items:
- The Pendleton “Topster,” a sort of shirt-jacket in classic Pendleton woolen patterns. These were manufactured for decades and decades, and you spot them at thrift stores from time to time. The price ($17.50) is the equivalent of about $150 in today’s dollars.
- The Macintosh Reversible Knockabout Jacket is pitched as having been made “by one of the oldest and finest English manufacturers of rainwear.” That’s of course still the case with Macintosh, though you’re likely to find fewer reversible clothes on today’s racks. The price of $28.50 is just short of $250 in today’s dollars.
- The Men’s Mount Everest Sweater is billed as having been “developed by Braemar of Scotland especially for the British Expedition that conquered Mt. Everest.” I love that everything in the A&F and VL&A catalogs are sourced from great manufacturers like Braemar. No corners cut here! About $150 in today’s money.
- The English Folding Dog Beds are so f’ing cute that I want to eat them. Pretty pricey, though, at $285 in today’s money for mattress and bed.
Went to see “Her” (the new Spike Jonze movie starring Joaquin Phoenix) last night, which I enjoyed, but I was quite taken with the simple styling chosen by costume designer Casey Storm. A lot of has been made of the high rise trousers worn by the main character, which are now on sale as part of a collaboration with Opening Ceremony, but the classic OCBDs, patch pocketed jackets, slouchy cardigans and slim chinos were recognizable while remaining slightly futuristic without resorting to metallic unitards.
An interview with Ms. Storm can be found here.
(photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)
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