Several weeks ago Emily at Virgin Vintage posted photos of a sweater on the Vintage Fashion Guild forums. It was hand decorated with bugs and mushrooms, much in the manner of a Pat Baldwin sweater but it had a label I’d never seen before.
It was a Round Hill Original of Greenwich, Connecticut. Marvelous researcher Lynne was able to dig up a bit of information. Round Hill Originals was a non-profit group that was raising money for various charities and cultural groups. I found where they helped pay for the relocation of an endangered historical building. They provided a chapel at a Boy Scout camp.
The first reference that Lynne located was 1954, and the last was 1967. In December, 1967 the group held a “Mistletoe Mart” in which they sold “sweaters, costumes, and dresses.”
What I’ve not been able to find out is if the group actually decorated the items themselves, or if they bought them to resell. The work is quite detailed, and is expertly done, so it does not appear that this was just an amateur craft co-op.
I’m sure the answer is out there, and to hopefully hurry up the information trail I have an email in to the Greenwich Historical Society. Stay tuned.
The sweater is currently for sale in Emily’s Etsy shop. All the photos are copyright of Virgin Vintage. Please do not copy.