I mentioned a few days ago that I lucked into a vintage pop-up shop on the streets of Asheville. One of the great things about Asheville is that there are numerous little alleyways and side streets, many of which are not being well utilized, but which have great charm and potential. In this case there is outdoor seating for a restaurant, but the space behind it was perfect for a temporary shop.
The business is called the Urban Gypsy, and the young woman who owns it does pop-ups in Asheville and Savannah. What a perfect combination of cities!
After the disappointment of the very needy Bonnie Cashin I kept looking, hoping that lighten would strike twice. That’s when I spotted a small group of tweed jackets.
There were a couple of jackets in shades of blue, and here is the one I choose. I tried it on, and even the older man standing there waiting for his wife to finish up looking gave it a thumbs up. It was truly a perfect fit.
The icing on the cake was the Davidow label. Davidow was a high-end ready-to-wear label. According to the research of Claire Sheaffer, Davidow made both Chanel-inspired suits and Chanel reproductions. The reproductions actually used Chanel fabrics and in many cases, buttons. My new jacket is probably of the inspired variety, but the wool plaid tweed is one mighty fine textile.
The jacket has bound buttonholes, something I’d be afraid to risk on such a loosely woven and bulky fabric.
The pockets are functional, and I love how they are cut on the diagonal.
I’m not 100% sure that the buttons are original, but the thread used to sew them does match the color of the lining. The underside of the buttons is a mottled blue, which indicated these may have faded over time. I’ll probably replace the buttons, as I bought this to wear and I want blue ones. I will carefully save the old buttons.
Unfortunately, the lining proves once and for all that Southern women do actually sweat (as opposed to glisten). The lining is a rayon faille, and is not as luxurious as I like. Am I crazy for even considering replacing the lining with silk crepe de chine?
The seller found the jacket in Savannah, and it has a nice store label. I can’t find a thing about Fine’s, but I do remember shopping there on a trip to Savannah in the mid 1970s. At that time the store was located in a mall, as their downtown was in a downward slide. Today downtown Savannah is a charming place with nice shops, most of which are local.