Last week I talked about the joys of finding a complete outfit. Today I have just a single piece to share, an outing jacket from Supak and Sons of Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to newspaper reports in 1954, the company had been making outdoor garments in Minneapolis since 1933. In 1954 the company relocated to Elizabeth City, North Carolina. This was during a time when many companies moved south to find a work force that was cheaper and that was not unionized. Think of it as the first step in off-shoring.
I loved the jacket when I first saw it, but I’ll have to admit that it was the label that sold me on this one.
While this jacket was not labeled as a ski jacket, the company advertised itself as a maker of snow and ski attire. I can just picture this pretty jacket on the slopes, with maybe dark green wool ski pants, or even brown ones.
I spend quite a bit of my collection time looking at how ensembles were put together in the past. Ski jackets and pants were sold in matching sets, but the jackets and pants were also sold as separates. It’s up to me to try and figure out what most likely would have been paired with this jacket by a woman planning a skiing trip.
The color is a bit too orange in this photo.
There is just a hint of extra fullness in the sleeve cap, which tends to say 1936 to 1937 or so. The presence of a zipper is also within that time frame.
Here’s a nice feature – the pockets are lined in cotton flannelette which is much warmer than the acetate linings and pockets so commonly used today.
Added: In 1945 the owners of Supak and Sons were listed in a trademark filing as Henry Supak, Nathan Supak, Sophie Supak, Maurice M. Kleyman, and Thedore Ptashne.