Vintage late 80s into early 90s black and cream silk shantung jacket from Lillie Rubin packs a graphic punch with its striped lapels and turned-up cuffs, its “dotted line” effect around the front patch pockets, and its decorative square black plastic buttons.
Fully lined in cream silk, the jacket has light shoulder pads. Curved princess seams front and back gently shape it, and snaps between the buttons help the placket lie perfectly smooth (a tiny clear button at the base of the lapels achieves the same result).
Label reads “Lillie Rubin”; fabric tag reads “Made in Hong Kong, 100% Silk”. Founded in Miami Beach in the late 1940s by a Brooklyn milliner, the Lillie Rubin chain of women’s specialty stores peaked at 79 locations and was known for its elegant, costly special occasion gowns and dressy daywear. Lillie’s daughter Georgette Rubin began designing the bulk of the label’s clothing in the 1960s and was largely responsible for the expansion of the chain and the development of its glamorous image. In 1997, Lillie Rubin Inc was sold through an investor to specialty retailer Cache, at which point Georgette retired. In 2006 Cache opted to close or rebrand the 39 Lillie Rubin stores it had acquired.
Tag size is a 6; exact measurements are: Bust 37”, shoulders 15.5”, waist 31”, hips 36”, sleeves 23”, and length shoulder to hem 26.5”.
Good condition, with the exterior and lining spotless but 3 faint tea colored stains inside the neck (photo #7), not visible while worn.
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