This is a beautiful quality vintage mink coat made in a light pastel brown colour, really a lovely tone. The mink coat was bought at Creed’s fur department - Creed’s was a luxury brand Toronto department store - please read down further for more information on Creed’s. This mink coat is made in a classic style with rounded shoulders and cut with a flare to a mid-calf length. It has a high set rounded collar that can be worn either down with an open neckline or up as it has a button and loop at the neckline (see photos for different poses). The sleeves are cut full and can be turned to form a cuff (see side view). There is a pocket built into either side and a bottom slit at either side. The coat closes with an interior sash affixed to the lining that ties to a loop at the waistline edge as well as with a button at the neckline - otherwise, there are no other closures. The fur is extremely soft and luxurious and the pelts are beautifully matched - note the beautiful back on this coat. The coat is lined in a silk fabric that is woven with a foliate pattern, quite beautiful. There is even a fine China silk lining between the inner lining and the pelt backs. The original owner’s initials are embroidered on the lining (MTS) but these could be removed if desired.
Sizing: No size is indicated, but this should fit a larger medium to large size - please rely on the following exterior measurements for fit, taking the thickness of the fur into account (compare measurements with a similar fur coat that you presently own or to your own body measurements, and also taking the cut of the garment into account,:
Shoulders: 16” across from one shoulder/sleeve seam to the other
Sleeves: 23” from the shoulder/sleeve seam
Bust: 44” around, taken under the arms
Waist: 46” around
Overall length: 42”, measured flat
Condition: It is in very good condition with two small problems. There is a 1 1/2” seam split between pelts, located just above the left side bottom slit (see last close-up photo) - this should be easy to have repaired. In addition, there is a hole/worn spot to the left of the Creed’s embroidered name (see close-up photo) - you can take some of the fabric from one of the interior ties to patch this as there is enough available so as not to affect the function of the ties. Otherwise, the coat appears to be in very nice condition - I’m sure that this was kept in cold storage over its life.
This is a superior quality coat - beautiful, supple pelts with good glaze and colour, what one would expect from a Creed’s mink coat of the period!
Creeds was founded in 1916 as a specialty fur retailer, expanding their line to coats in the 1930s, and offering other fashion during the 1950s, much of it made by European manufacturers who needed the North American market due to the poor post-war European economy. They were the first Canadian department store to offer in-house designer boutiques during the 70s and 80s, including Chanel, Saint Laurent, Lacroix, Missoni and Ungaro. Through it all, they remained a top end furrier - Eddie Creed would meet with the fur trappers and pelt buyers and would pore over thousands of pelts, hand picking choice pelts and sorting them by colour and weight, deciding which would be used in his creations. A mink coat from Creeds was lovingly created and a cut above most other mink coats on the market.
Vintage 1950s Mink Coat Pastel Brown Creeds Furs Size M L