Vintage mid-1960s Emba Pastel mink jacket in a hip length features a notched collar, two front handwarmer pockets, and long, full sleeves.
It closes below with two furrier hooks-and-eyes; on top, the collar fastens snugly with an elastic cord loop and decorative button, of taupe plastic and domed goldtone metal.
Both the body and pockets are lined in taupe satin. The label has been moved from the back of the neck to the right front pocket, presumably for the comfort of the woman who owned this. Label reads: “EMBA Pastel, Natural Brown Mink, Royal Quality”.
Emba, founded as the Mutation Mink Breeders Association in the 1940s and trademarked as EMBA in 1948, prided itself on its strict standards and the top notch quality of its naturally colored (ie mutation vs dyed) mink pelts. In 1964 the association adopted a grading system for its pelts which (according to its ads that year) assessed qualities such as “color, uniformity of color, depth of fur, and length of guard hair”. The top 20% of approved pelts were used for its “Rare Quality” line of furs, and the remainder for its still exclusive but “regular” “Royal Quality” line.
The label on a garment made from Emba pelts reflected this grading system, with different terminology applied to the same colors depending on the grade (ie “Autumn Haze” and “Pastel” described the same shade of brown, but were used, respectively, on “Rare” and “Royal” quality labels). Those pelts that didn’t meet Emba’s exacting standards were sold by color name alone (ie “Pastel Mink”), without the word “Emba” on the label.
Measurements are as follows: Bust 36”, shoulders 15”, width at hem 40”, sleeves 23”, length shoulder to hem 23”.
Near-excellent condition, with three tiny splits to the satin lining at the left wrist (photo #8).
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