Vintage late 1950s or early 1960s Samuel Roberts suit in the supplest of pale blue kidskin pairs a short, bomber-style jacket with long, slim wrap skirt.
The cuffed, dolman-sleeved jacket has a shawl collar, slightly bloused back, and closes at the waist with 2 leather buttons. The skirt has a front panel with angled hip welt pockets, sides which overlap and hook in back, and tabs that wrap back over the hips and button in front. Both pieces are lined in silver satin.
Both pieces are labelled “A Samuel Robert Original”, and the jacket also has a “Slotkin’s Buffalo” label from the high end dress shop where the suit was sold.
Samuel Robert learned the leather trade working in his father’s leather cleaning and dyeing business, which he took over in the 1940s. In addition to seeking to create finer and suppler leathers, he decided to try his hand as a designer, and in 1945 opened a showroom in New York City, with his factory still in Haverhill, MA. By the mid 1950s he was established as one of the country’s leading designers and manufacturers of leather, and over the following decades he employed Andre Courreges, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, and Chester Weinberg to design the high end fashions he then “translated” into leather (and, in the 70s/80s, into Ultrasuede). His A-list clients included Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Joan Crawford, and First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford.
Jacket bust to 34”, shoulders to 15.5”, waist 25”, sleeves approx. 19”, and length from bottom of collar to back hem 17”.
Skirt waist 24”, hips 32”, and length 25.5” The overlap in back when the skirt is laid flat is 4” in the middle and 5” at the hem.
Very good, professionally cleaned condition, with a few tiny scuffs (photo #8).
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