If your a fan of Hudson's Bay Company attire, then don't miss out on this great opportunity to own a rare piece of Hudson's Bay history.
I've done some research on this beautiful one owner cape and here's what I found, word for word, on a Hudson Bay Company website.
"French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac took inspiration from the HBC blanket back in the late 1970s, creating a coat that garnered a lot of attention. Perhaps motivated by this, in 1981 HBC commissioned five Canadian designers to create coats from the blanket: Alfred Sung, Pat McDonagh, Leo Chevalier, John Warden and Jean-Claude Poitras. The designs were sufficiently popular that it was decided to put them into limited production that fall. Only 19 of each design were manufactured and sold at prices between $600 - $800. The Royal Ontario Museum requested one for its designer clothing collection. Alfred Sung’s straight, collarless wrap coat with curved shoulders and seams and edges outlined in gold leather was donated to the ROM".
Like I said, this is a one owner cape and came from a smoke free home. It has been worn very little and is in "like new" condition". Keep in mind, there was only a total of 95 of these capes made by 5 different Canadian designers (19 by each designer). The designer of this cape was Leo Chevalier, who, started his career as a window dresser in Montreal. He became a trailblazer in Canadian fashion, challenging the established Montreal garment industry. He presented his first collection in 1963 and opened his own haute couture fashion house in 1967. Leo Chevalier was the first designer ever to receive the Order of Canada and helped design Air Canada’s 1972 in-flight uniforms. He was one of only a handful of Canadian designers and help put Canadian fashion on the map. In 1992 Leo Chevalier was awarded the “Griffe D’or” Prix Hommage for his longevity and contributions to the Quebec and Canadian fashion industry.
As for size, I'm thinking this is a one size fits all cape but if I was to guess a true size, I'm thinking its a large. That's just a guess on my part. My husband is modeling it in the pictures I've provided. He's 5 foot 8 and weighs 170 pounds.
You'll be hard pressed to ever find another one of these unique Hudson Bay Blanket Capes on the market. Being only a one year limited edition cape, it's a definite rarity. Remember, this is one of only 19 made by this particular designer. If your a lover of fashion, don't miss out on this great opportunity to own a outstanding piece of Hudson Bay Company history.
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Hudson Bay Company Blanket Cape
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