I really did not intend to write anything else about Bonnie Cashin, but when I opened today’s mail, this coat fell out of a package. It was from April of NeatBikVintage, who really does know how to make someone’s day special.
Bonnie Cashin’s association with Philip Sills ended in 1977, and the next year she started designing for Russel Taylor, a maker of rainwear. Until she retired in 1985, Cashin made coats under the Weatherwear for Russ Taylor label, most of which were two colors of water-resistant cotton. The outer shell was often a tan or khaki, and the interior and trim was a bright color like orange, or a cool color like charcoal grey or marine blue. Or a black coat might be paired with tan trim and lining.
Cashin continued to use the features that she loved so much, and which makes her garments uniquely hers – metal closures, large pockets, simple shapes, supreme comfort.
These snaps at the side might seem to be purely decorative, but this is car coat length, and undoing the snaps would make the coat roomier in the car seat. They could then be snapped to help protect against the weather.
The bright orange lining adds a spark of warmth to a gloomy, rainy day!
Thanks so much April. You are a dear!