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**Submit Labels for the Label Resource Here** 2018 - CLOSED

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  1. pinky-a-gogo

    pinky-a-gogo Alumni


    This is a place to SUBMIT LABELS ONLY - Not a place to discuss or ask questions about a label. If you would like to ask questions about a label PLEASE post in the forum located HERE.

    The Vintage Fashion Guild is constantly updating the Label Resource, and we welcome contributions. If you have labels to contribute, we ask that you keep in mind a few guidelines.

    First, please check the Label Resource to insure that your label is not already included.

    If your label is NOT shown there, and you feel it should be, then post an image of the label onto this thread, together with details of:
    (1) date of garment
    (2) type of garment
    (3) any information you have about the designer/label and where you found that info.

    Try to get a clear, straight shot of the label.
    Please try to submit labels that are at least 500 pixels or larger.
    Do not worry about cropping or resizing--we will take care of that. Please try to give clear, focused shots though.

    Also, because of the change of the label sizes when changing to the new format, some of the old labels are grainy and hard to read. If you have one of the labels that is in this condition, we welcome your replacement label.

    By posting your label image here, you are giving your copyright assignment for the image to go onto the Label Resource. You will be credited for your contribution.

    We are always looking for new information about any of the labels on the resource. Please post here or contact me through the convo if you have information you wish to contribute!

    Concerning Use of the Label Resource:

    Welcome to the Vintage Fashion Guild's Label Resource. Here you'll find a large collection of vintage label images, complete with biographies and company histories for each label.

    We are working hard to make sure this Resource is as comprehensive as possible. It is a work in progress;its growth depends upon contributions of labels, and any omissions are due to the fact that examples of many designers' work are scarce. We welcome contributions of labels that are not represented on the Resource.

    This Resource is to be used only as an educational tool, and is not intended as a value guide. Inclusion of a label in the resource is not an indication of value, as garments vary greatly in value depending on many factors. Another point that needs to be considered by users is that some companies used the same label for many years, and just because the garment used on the label resource is a certain date, it does not mean that all garments with the same label are the same date.

    The labels included have been carefully researched, we have worked hard to insure that all information is correct. If a mistake should be found, we would greatly appreciate access to your information so the Resource can be corrected.

    We hope you find the Vintage Fashion Guild's Label Resource useful. We provide the Resource at no cost to the vintage community, and we are pleased when people are able to use it. We do ask that if you use the resource or copy parts of it on another site (such as eBay, blogs, articles, etc) that you credit VFG in the following way: "Information courtesy of The VintageFashionGuild Label Resource" or "Information courtesy of {Contributor's Name}/the VintageFashionGuild Label Resource.

    Please note that the author of the bio owns the copyright to the work, and that the copyright is assigned to the VFG. In order to be in compliance with eBay's copyright policy, and the law, you must credit all copyrighted work.

    Thank you!
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  2. Racked Vintage

    Racked Vintage Trade Member

    I got several deadstock pairs of 1940s shoes in boxes all marked Cobbies - A Red Cross Shoe Company

    Here is the information I received from fundinguniverse and the Associated Press regarding Red Cross Shoes Company.

    Began originally as U.S Shoes started in Cincinatti, OH in the 1870s when all shoes were made the same way - no difference in width size or specifics of that nature as well as no specific brand names for shoes. Their descendants were the founders of the Krohn-Fechheimer Shoe Company (began 1896) which produced Red Cross shoes. Irwin Krohn was a believer in brand names, with which customers could identify and that were easy to advertise. By the mid-1890s the name Red Cross was a well-known brand. It originated with a red-haired merchant named Cross, who christened his tomato ketchup Red Cross. This name caught on rapidly and was soon used on other products.

    Red Cross women's shoes, advertised as the "noiseless" shoe, caught on as quickly as had Red Cross ketchup and brought the firm of Krohn-Fechheimer much prosperity. However, the modest but growing companies of Stern-Auer and Krohn-Fechheimer suffered setbacks in the aftermath of World War I. The boom years of the war quickly gave way to economic recession and inflation, and high-topped women's shoes, in vogue for generations, had gone out of style. This brought a need for serious adjustments, which were stymied by a six-month strike in the Cincinnati shoe industry in 1921. A local industrialist, Lewis S. Rosenthal, initiated a proposal to merge eight Cincinnati-area shoe firms, including Krohn-Fechheimer, into the United States Shoe Company. The future looked good, as the Red Cross shoe brand was still popular, and the economy had begun to recover. By 1939 the Red Cross shoe had become the most popular brand in the United States.

    U.S. Shoe began diversifying by the mid 1950s and started making different lines of shoes, including COBBIES, Joyce, Socialite, and also acquired Selby shoes. Between the 50s and the 1980s it expanded into global markets and the clothing and shoe division of U.S. Shoe by 1989 was the second-largest group of women's apparel stores in the United States, almost all of them located in shopping malls.

    In February of 1989, The Associated Press reported that U.S. Shoe Company was offering its entire footwear division for sale for over $4 million. By the 1990s, most of the US Shoes was operating "solely" by its largest division, not footwear but optical namely LensCrafters.
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  3. Mid 50s licensed Harnell fur shrug:

    from a pair of Kayser 60s faux leather opera gloves:

    from a pair of circa 60s below elbow leather gloves:
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  4. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  5. From an 80s Escada jacket. As per woolmark.com Cool Wool is a lightweight merino wool with "the unique ability to help keep the wearer warm in cold temperatures and cool... in warmer climates". 80s is when they originally had a Cool Wool campaign. They relaunched in 2012.
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  6. Carnivàle

    Carnivàle Registered Guest

    Right, sorry for the delay with this. I'm still trying to find more specific information, but hopefully this gives enough for an entry at least.

    Roecliff & Chapman

    Roecliff & Chapman Model were a British ready-to-wear company producing high end womenswear in the late 1940s and into the 1950s. They appear not to have existed after the late 1950s, as there are no references for later dates.

    Labels state they were based at Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, UK, a high end address. They specialised in women’s eveningwear and ballgowns as a number of advertisements of such are readily available online. These advertisements featured in high end fashion magazine such as The Lady and Vogue. In such advertisements the company described themselves as “wholesale couturiers”.

    Please note, the correct spelling is Roecliff & Chapman, although they are often referred to as "Roecliffe & Chapman" or "Roecliffe Chapman"; the confusion is likely due to how the ampersand appears on the label.

    I can provide links for where this information came from if required.

    The first is from a 1940s ballgown in taffeta with the double elevens label.
    The second is from a 1940s crepe dress with sequin detail.
    The third is from a 1950s cocktail dress with soutache and beading detail (I'm sorry about the dry cleaning label on this, but I don't want to remove it because it proves to my customers that I got it dry cleaned!)

    Please let me know if there is anything else I should provide you with. Many thanks.
  7. Dahlila

    Dahlila Registered Guest

    Label is from a Reyn Spooner reverse-print Hawaiian shirt. You don't have this label, but one similar to this font. Not certain of the date yet. Sorry. The shirt appears to be hand sewn--with a sewing machine that is. Also there's no fabric info tag. It could be an original! LOVE the surfer in the tag.

    Thank you for the submission, however we can not use labels that are not dated. Please post a photo of the shirt for date help in this forum: https://forums.vintagefashionguild.org/forums/public-vintage-fashion-q-a.39/

    We can not use labels that are not dated. Thank you! The Vfg label team
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  8. Lorry (like the truck :)

    Lorry (like the truck :) Registered Guest

    Levi Strauss
    From a pair late 1930s-early 1940s (confirmed by a historian from Levi) women's wool ski pants
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  9. YsabelVintageOnline

    YsabelVintageOnline Registered Guest Staff Member

    Hi! Glad to be in the right place finally. Gentle readers, gird your loins; this is an involved one. :)

    VFG doesn't seem to have any official examples of Nordstrom labels for its in-house brands. We do have an example used on a pair of shoes in a Q&A forum post, but I think, because it was based solely on the font of the label, which Nordstrom used quite some time, that information is incorrect & the information needs to be updated.

    I've been trying to research the date of manufacture of a very nice quality Nordstrom brand men's sportcoat. As a result I not only realized we don't have an official example of their house label (the only example is in a forum Q&A), I've learned that the label in my item & on a pair of shoes in the forum question was actually used from 1973-1991.

    The label looks very '70's, and the consensus in the forum was that the shoes dated to the '70's, though to me they looked very '80's. (Long story short, I now believe that '70's date was incorrect).

    That's a long time to be using the same label, so other aspects of the design & where made will have to be taken into account.

    For our label resource purposes I took it upon myself to call Nordstrom's HQ in Seattle, Washington state (my neighborhood), where the store had its start before expanding nationally. I asked if they have an historian; they don't, & I was referred to someone in advertising who has yet to return my call. I introduced myself as a VFG trade member & asked if we could get some examples of labels & perhaps some catalogs/advertisements for our reference resources.

    My research also turned up a Nordtrom blog called "The Thread," which for research purposes is better accessed via your search engine of choice with whatever era you suspect your item to be, rather than Nordstrom's site. That blog had a still accessible "Throwback Thursdays," featuring their old catalog offerings among other things, which can be helpful dating things.

    As for my jacket, the inner pocket tags are illegible except "Made in USA." It seems to be a very fine cashmere or other very fine soft fabric. Until I can learn how long these jackets were made in the U.S. I can't nail down the date exactly (it has moderate lapels & natural shoulders seem to rule out the '70's or '80's -- unless menswear wasn't really affected by the bold shoulder of the '80's.)

    I find it really hard to believe that in the early '90's a big national retailer like Nordstrom wasn't outsourcing along with all its competitors. Unfortunately they're taking their time about getting back to me. It's probably a trade secret or something they don't want to publicize widely.

    For now we'll have to just attribute it to very finely made mens' plaid sport jacket, made in USA, with the notation that the label was in use 1973-1991.

    I also have a silk lingerie item/womens from Nordstrom ('80's) to label to add to the resource later. View attachment 86756

    This Wikipedia entry is the source of my info for the "old" label dates: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordstrom#2000–2015
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  10. YsabelVintageOnline

    YsabelVintageOnline Registered Guest Staff Member

    Former resident of Hawai'i in the late '70's-'90's & a big fan of Aloha shirts myself: the reverse print craze was everywhere in the Islands during the '80's, & it very likely IS vintage. However, Reyn Spooner is NOT a label HISTORICALLY made in the Islands although they really made inroads there, selling at the premier local department store, Liberty House.

    For anyone wanting to go in-depth with vintage Aloha shirts, I recommend the lavishly illustrated "The Aloha Shirt" book by author Dale Hope, written before he bought an interest in Kahala or one of the other historic labels. Word to the wise: revivals & reproductions in this genre are everywhere. Be very careful.
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  11. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

    We do have a similar label in the resource but I wanted to share the info I found in regards to the dating of it.

    I believe my 2 piece cotton peasant styled outfit would be the earlier version ca 1983 - 84.

    The Variation line was introduced in 1983 as a cheaper alternative to the Rive Gauche pret-a-porter line, priced usually at about 40% less than Rive Gauche.
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    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  13. sbunique

    sbunique Registered Guest

    Hi, not sure if I'm doing this correctly. I would like this Macys Label added to the Label Resource. The label was on a beaded sweater and after posting pictures on this site. The consensus is it was made in the 60's.
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  14. Tony Wloch

    Tony Wloch Registered Guest

    Hello! I have a new label for the Label Resource. This is from a Boy Scouts of America uniform shirt that would have been made in 1933 - 1935. It looks like most official BSA uniforms were created by Sweet-Orr (a great USA workwear brand that doesn't yet have its own page).
    Anyway, I don't know if you ever cross-list labels, but this is a solidly dated label for the BSA, Sweet-Orr, and the National Recovery Administration
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  15. 1980s Donna Karan bodysuit blouse:
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  16. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    For the Rusan's entry, this is a label from a mid-1940s skirt suit

    Also, while you're in there, my previously entered label from Rusan's was from a 1950s jacket. Thank you label gurus!
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  17. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

    Newer Abercrombie & Fitch label - Made in China - with their online website link. I cannot locate the information for when they first started selling online.

    Not positive of actual dating - 2005 - This is the date assigned to the Canadian CA number, it is most likely newer than that.

    Strapless Plaid Mini Dress

    Abercrombie & Fitch
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  18. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  19. Mimi58

    Mimi58 Registered Guest

    This is from a red cable knit button down sweater purchased in Manhattan, possibly at a Jaeger store, in the 1980s.
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  20. Mimi58

    Mimi58 Registered Guest

    This is from a red wool Boy Scout jacket, 1950s.
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