The 1970s have become derided as the years that style forget, and magazine articles are sometimes devoted to the odd garments that were occasionally produced in the Disco Decade. But sometimes the oddness of 1970s fashion paid dividends.... for when else but the 1970s could the utterly upscale French jewelry House of Cartier think it was a good idea to team up with an American mid-level clothing manufacturer to revitalize a bankrupt brand?
But that's just what happened in the early 1970s. In 1973 the New York firm of Botany 500 went bankrupt, and its name was bought by the firm of Cohen and Sons. In an attempt to move the brand upmarket they made a deal with Cartier to market a line of clothing as the "Cartier Collection". This would buck the 1970s trend towards large collars and wide legs, and have a distinctively more European style--narrower collars, straight legs, and the classic Cartier signature lining. This was something of a success; it had enough elements of Ivy Style to appeal to the more traditionally well-heeled, and the Cartier name appealed to West Coast executives who lacked the Ivy credentials of their East Coast counterparts.
The clothing was also very well-made, rivaling in construction some of the lines of Corbin, Southwick, Gordon, and the Freeman. So, this is a lovely oddity--and perhaps the only "fashionable" jacket from the 1970s you'd ever like to own!
Apparently cut from a silk-wool blend, this has a lovely slubby texture of vertical lines. It features lapels that are narrower than most in the 1970s, but still within the range of normal for Ivy Style. It is a two button jacket with darts and a single center vent. It has four button cuffs--and, of course, the signature Cartier lining!
Union made in the USA, this is in excellent condition, and a bargain at just $45, OR OFFER, boxed and shipped in the USA. International inquiries are welcome, with shipping at cost!
Please PM with interest and offers!
Chest: 23 1/2
Sleeve: 24 1/2 (2)
Shoulder: 19 1/8