Chemical companies like Du Pont released these marketing names to create incentive for consumers to buy a garment, labels included trade names like “Qiana Nylon” (versus just Nylon) or “Dacron Polyester” (versus just Polyester). 1959 and earlier for numbers listed 00101 to 04086 and post 1959 for numbers listed as 13670 or larger.
Collecting vintage clothing is so much more than about “going green.” It's a way to preserve and admire history, culture, and most importantly fashion. The most popular numbers on vintage versions are 2, 5, 6 and the letter W. Your fingers stroke the fabric along a garment’s back and neck, hoping to find a label or tag and your much-needed clue to its vintage authenticity.Here's a small sample of the items we carry: 1970's disco clothes from bell bottom jeans to disco shirts to leisure suits to 1970's tuxedos and ruffle front tuxedo shirts; 1960s "Mad Men" thin lapel blazers, sport coats and suits, including sharkskin and Harris tweed; 1950's clothes for the rockabilly greaser- loop neck shirts, gas station jackets, lounge shirts, even poolside cabana shirts and swim trunks; 1940's clothes such as wide ties, gabardine jackets and shirts, rayon Hawaiian shirts, and suits and jackets.We even carry men's accessories like vintage belt buckles, neckties dating from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, pajamas and bathrobes, smoking jackets, and vintage shoes!
Visit our Philadelphia store for even more vintage, including an outstanding collection of women's clothing.