I got a package in the mail the other day from Robert Colman. If you are a regular reader of this journal you know that he is the son of California sportswear maker Alex Colman, and himself a one-time president of the company. The package contained a wonderful portfolio, a sort of 1950s “power-point” of the influence the Alex Colman brand was having on the fashion industry. I’m not sure what the purpose of the portfolio was, but it is fascinating reading and a real delight to browse through.
I’m going to use the book to help finish the webpage I’ve started on Alex Colman. It tells the story from 1949 – 1955 very nicely.
Funny, but I had always associated the Alex Colman with those fantastic prints the company produced in the 1960s, not realizing they did some pretty nifty ones in the 50s as well. For some reason, most of the 50s things I’ve seen with the label have been solid in color. But check these out: