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1940s (?) Saks lambskin jacket

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by eudemonist, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. eudemonist

    eudemonist Registered Guest

    Howdy all! This is an awesome site--I dig it a lot. I'm hoping y'all can help me with a question: I recently came into a lambskin jacket, and, as best I can tell, it might be from like the early forties? I tried to read the relevant guides, but I'm sure I missed some stuff, so apologies in advance!

    Its super soft, and in tremendous condition. The only tags I can find are "Saks Fifth Avenue" and "B. O. A.(tm) Exquisite Leather Importers", and the only reference point I have is a post on logopedia putting the block type logo as circa 1940-1946. The cut does seem very military in silhouette, and it lacks inside pockets, which might be consistent with wartime limitations (?), but it seems in REALLY good shape to be 75 years old.

    It's double-vented, which leads me to suspect European provenance, and the windmill and the A in BOA make me think Amsterdam or Antwerp, but I haven't been able to find anything searching that direction. I've also heard it said that the collar loop was more common on euro garnets, but not sure how true that is.

    Any thoughts or suggestions? Comments? Is this a legit WW2-era near-pristine jacket?

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    Last edited: Jan 17, 2021
  2. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  3. eudemonist

    eudemonist Registered Guest

    There is some padding in the shoulders, but I wouldn't call it very large by any stretch--far less than an '80s blazer, at least.

    Yes, I was hoping to find the label here, but as you said, it's not in the resource. The only place I've been able to find the label is https://logos.fandom.com/wiki/Saks_Fifth_Avenue#1940-1946 , but no telling how reliable that is. However, the same font/lettering can be seen in this ad, supposedly from 1949: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/hbcheritage/hbcimages/1949-boater-ad-ca-1950s--small.jpg .

    There is no care or components label, nor any sign of where one used to be, nor is there any RN # in evidence. I'm kind of at a loss.
  4. kittenteethvintage

    kittenteethvintage Registered Guest

  5. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  6. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

  7. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    The styling of this coat is very much 1960s, but the label looks as if it could be later. It is a beautiful coat. I have seen that same label (as yours) on early 1970s SAKS jackets, but your collar is rather narrow for that time period. So I wonder if this could be 1960s.

    I do recall a revival of this style in the 1980s.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2021
  8. eudemonist

    eudemonist Registered Guest

    Thanks for the input, everyone! Y'all are great. It definitely looks like a newer vintage than the '40s, but the lack of a care label and my inability to find B.O.A. threw me off. I do appreciate it.
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