This extraordinary vintage El Corte Inglés cape is an absolute masterpiece of craft and design.
After almost 80 years, the Madrid-based El Corte Inglés (Spanish for "The English Cut") continues to be the largest department store in all of Europe and ranks fourth worldwide.
As you can see, the cape has a truly regal bearing, with a decidedly European aesthetic.
The cape is made of heavy black wool, and boasts elegant and dramatic details.
A smaller capelet at the top adds a nice amount of volume and movement.
It cascades from the short Mandarin-style collar and culminates slightly below the shoulder.
The collar is accented with 23 parallel rows of tight stitches give the collar a stylish accent while providing it with stiffness and stability.
The pervading dramatic black wool is accented by panels of luxurious, vibrant-red velvet at the inner-edge and collar-interior.
When you turn, the cape opens ever-so-slightly in the front revealing flashes of vivid ruby-red underneath.
An elegant clasp consisting of two stamped, filigreed brass medallions holds the collar at the top with a simple loop and hook closure.
Inside, you will find the original retailer's label stitched below the neck; it reads "El Corte Inglés Boutique" in elegant hand-stitched lettering.
A loop directly above the label allows the cape to be hung comfortably and securely on a hook, though we recommend a padded hanger.
With only the slightest amount of wear and few loose threads here and there, this remarkable cape remains in outstanding vintage condition.
Perfect for the opera or black-tie events, this cape is a really wearable piece.
This cape is nothing less than timeless.
Measurements: Bust: 96", Hem diameter is 236", Shoulder to shoulder: 23 1/2", Neckline to hem: 37", Collar diameter: 14", Collar height: 1 1/2", Capelet length: 9 1/2" long Weight: 3 lbs., 15 oz.