Since finding the wonderful Davidow fabric, I thought I’d get out a Davidow suit I have. This one is a beautiful silk tweed, in a color very close to the wool fabric. This is typical Davidow, suits made from nice fabrics in the style of, or a direct copy of, Chanel.
It’s no big secret that they copied Chanel. They paid for the honor of doing it, and it was well publicized. The October 15, 1960 Vogue even did a feature on the Chanel styles for that fall, but the suits and coats in the photo shoot were all Davidow.
Photo copyright Conde Nast Publications, 1960
Read the small print to see “Suit copy by Davidow at Bonwit Teller.” A while back someone posted the suit in the photo on a vintage chat board. There was no label, but they thought it was a Chanel. A close examination of the details showed it was not couture, and so was probably a Davidow copy!
And there has been a problem with selling these vintage Chanel copies on eBay, as the Chanel company automatically closes down any auction that says the item is a Chanel copy. Well, this IS a Chanel copy, and it was done with Mademoiselle’s blessing, so it ought to be allowed. Some people have very short memories!
Posted by Anonymous:
Chanel copies? Doesn’t the inner construction and often unlined collar make them substantially different from Chanels?
Now I just hoard every one that I find, and they won’t be going up for sale either!;)
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