Vintage late 1950s skirt suit in bold navy and white wool houndstooth features a white leather front on the sporty cardigan-style jacket.
The short, boxy jacket with darted bust and deep V-neck closes with three quarter-sized white shell buttons and has two small welt hip pockets in front. Self-fabric contrast trim at the pockets and along the placket and neckline gives the suit added visual punch.
Eased by subtle pleats at the front waist and with a kick pleat in back, the pencil skirt closes at the left side with a metal zipper and navy plastic button. Both jacket and skirt are lined in navy satin.
Sportswear news at the time, white leather fronts to wool or sweater-knit jackets often came with matching skirts or slacks and were touted as “washable” as they could simply be wiped clean. This suit, made by “Country Corner Casuals, Inc.”, was retailed by The Custom Shop of Vineland, New Jersey.
The Custom Shop expanded from a small mid-1950s sportswear shop targeting “the high school and college crowd” (the very market for a set like this!) to a leading women’s specialty shop offering brands such as Bernhard Altmann and Bonnie Cashin. Marion Kahn, the owner, went on weekly buying trips to Manhattan and purveyed her prior dressmaking experience in New York City “better womenswear” into offering quality alterations (not to mention a “Tall Girls Corner” ) in her shop. Photo #8 shows several period ads.
Jacket bust 38”, shoulders 16”, sleeves 19.5”, waist 34”, and length shoulder to hem 20”.
Skirt waist 25”, hip 34”, and length 23”.
Good condition; only issue is colorfade to the navy satin lining, which has toned to a purplish hue, especially in the sleeves.
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Vintage 1950s White Leather & Navy Houndstooth Suit The Custom Shop XS/S