Shopping For True Vintage

Shopping for True Vintage: Dress Labels to Look For

Hey there, Retro Lovers! Retro Dee here and I’m pleased to present a list of vintage labels that I’ve compiled  to help you on your quest for True Vintage. I made a similar list to this one back a couple years ago, not long after I started this blog. Since then, I have a lot more experience with buying vintage.

When shopping for True Vintage, one exciting aspect is seeing what label the dress (or other garment) has. Many vintage items don’t have their labels intact, or were home made and therefore never had a label in the first place.

But when a dress has a label, it not only makes it interesting, it can help you date the piece. Once you begin your search for True Vintage, you will notice certain brands coming up again and again.

Notice that these vintage brands were made in the USA. Many will indicate where. Often, companies would add the words “Original” or “Designed by” to the brand name. Some garments will have union labels in addition to their brand names. See my post Shopping For True Vintage 50’s Clothes Pt. 1: Identifying Vintage By Labels for more information!

Note: These companies made ladies clothing during the 1950’s era, but were not limited only to that era. They are listed in alphabetical order and have been placed in three separate categories for better reference.

To the right are some examples of labels from my collection.

LADIES CLOTHING LABELS

  • Abe Schrader
  • Abby-Kent New York   algo
  • Adele Simpson
  • Adrian Tabin
  • Alex Coleman
  • Algo Original
  • Alfred Shaheen
  • Alice of California
  • Alison Ayres
  • Ann Adams Original
  • Anne Fogarty
  • Ben Art Frock
  • Benham Original
  • Betty Barclay
  • Betty Hartford
  • Bonwit Teller
  • Brannins Fort Lauderdale
  • Carol Brent
  • Carole Chris
  • Carol Craig
  • Cay Artley
  • Claire McCardell
  • Claudia Young
  • Cordette of Californiasanfordized
  • Coronette Frocks
  • Del Mar
  • Don Loper Originals
  • Doris Dodson
  • Dorothy O’Hara
  • Edith Flagg
  • Ellen Kaye
  • Elinor Gay
  • Emma Domb
  • En Tour
  • Felix Safian
  • Ferman O’Grady
  • Five-thirty p.m. Fashion
  • Fred Hyman
  • Fritzi of California
  • Gallant Californiafivethrity
  • Gay Gibson
  • Gay Life
  • Georgee Originals
  • Gigi Young
  • Hattie Leeds
  • Harry Keiser
  • Harvey Berin
  • Henry Conder
  • Henry Lee
  • Henry Rosenfeld
  • Herbert Schneider
  • Herman Marcus
  • Jane Compton
  • Jayne Murray
  • Jay Thorpe
  • Jean Lang
  • Jeanne d’arc
  • Jerry Gilden
  • Joan Dell Fashions
  • Joan Fredericskatgenevieve
  • Jomax
  • Jonathan Logan
  • Jonny Herbert
  • Juliette Nieland
  • June Arden
  • J. Harlan Originals
  • J.W. Robinson
  • Kathryn Genevieve
  • Kay Windsor
  • Kerrybrooke
  • Kenrose
  • Koret of California
  • Lana Lobell
  • L’Aiglon
  • Lanz
  • La Rochelle
  • Laurie Jane
  • Lee Mar
  • Leslie Fay
  • Lily Montez
  • Lois Casper Sportswearmclydetag
  • Lois Young
  • Lorch of Dallas
  • Lorrie Deb
  • Lilli Diamond
  • Mar-Cel Fashions
  • Marjorie Poore’s
  • Marta’D
  • MarTex Original
  • Martha Clyde
  • Marvel
  • Mary Mac
  • McMullan
  • Mode O’Day
  • Mr. Mort
  • Muriel Originals
  • Myron-Louis Boston
  • Natalie Blair
  • Nat Kaplan
  • Natlynn
  • Nettie Rosenstein
  • Nelly Don
  • Oleg Cassini
  • Pat Hartly
  • Pat Primo California
  • Peck & Peck
  • Peggy Hunt
  • Pendelton
  • Princess Peggy
  • R&K Originals
  • Reich Original
  • Rhonda Lee
  • Savage Juliette
  • Shelton Stroller
  • Sir James
  • Sloat & Co.
  • Stacy Ames
  • Strickler’s
  • Sue Brett
  • Toni Todd
  • Virginia Reel
  • Wendy Woods

 

TEENS (JR’S) CLOTHING LABELS

  • Betty Lane Originalsmisspreviewtag
  • Bryant Juniors
  • Carlye
  • Carole King Juniors
  • Carol Rodgers Juniors
  • Jean Leslie Junior
  • Joan Miller Junior
  • Jolyn Junior
  • Junior Vogue New York
  • Julie Clark Juniors
  • Jr. Flair by Sport Jr.
  • Jr. Theme New York
  • Miss Preview
  • Miss Trude Jr.
  • Shirley Lee Junior
  • Sue Mason Jr.
  • Teena Paige
  • Vicky Vaughn Junior

 

 

HIGHER END DESIGNER LABELS

  • Ceil Chapman
  • Helena Barbierisuzyperettelabel
  • Henri Bendel
  • Howard Greer Beverly Hills
  • Lilli Ann San Francisco
  • Luisa Spagnoli
  • Mollie Parnis
  • Pauline Trigére
  • Samuel Winston
  • Sophie Gimbel
  • Suzy Perette New York

 

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Suzy Perette label from eBay.