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Sulka

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j, Mar 9, 2002.

  1. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sulka has been shuttered for several years but you still may be able to find NOS (new old stock) on eBay. That's about it.

    and for some reason at Filene's Basement sometimes.

    Apart from the ties (and maybe the robes), I have to say the Sulka stuff from the very end of its reign can be somewhat disappointing.
     
  2. Shirtmaven

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    For many years Sulka's ties were made on 32nd st between 5th and 6th.
    I forget the name of the factory. Same building as Chris-arto.
    The sulka tie had a stitch that went in the portion of the tiie under the collar.
    This gave the tie more stability.
     
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    Good Lord, Carl, is there anything you don't know?
     
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    Good Lord, Carl, is there anything you don't know?

    I believe we had a "Stump Shirtmaven" contest on AAAC some time ago. No one could do it without trick questions. He does knows everything.
     
  5. EL72

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    For many years Sulka's ties were made on 32nd st between 5th and 6th.
    I forget the name of the factory. Same building as Chris-arto.
    The sulka tie had a stitch that went in the portion of the tiie under the collar.
    This gave the tie more stability.


    I bought one of those Sulka ties with the stitching on eBay a few years ago and it's truly beautiful. Made in France though, not USA.

    p.s. 6 years has to be the all-time thread revival record!
     
  6. dopey

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    I bought one of those Sulka ties with the stitching on eBay a few years ago and it's truly beautiful. Made in France though, not USA.

    The French-made ones were the ones I had. I bought them from Syms, back in the days when Sulka was owned by the Syms family and sent their overstocks there. One of them was my favorite tie ever, and though worn out, I have kept it out of sentiment. They were very good, but I think that high-end tie construction has improved over the years as people have paid more attention and makers have tried to differentiate themselves. Other than the unique stitching in the collar-band area, I can't think of anything that made them any different than a dozen other high end makers' output, and there are several makers who make better stuff today.
     
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    I believe we had a "Stump Shirtmaven" contest on AAAC some time ago. No one could do it without trick questions. He does knows everything.

    Here it is: The Shirtmaven Challenge!!
     
  8. RJman

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    I bought one of those Sulka ties with the stitching on eBay a few years ago and it's truly beautiful. Made in France though, not USA.
    I have the impression that the older Sulka incarnations sourced goods from different places, and I know for a fact that the last Sulka ties trickled in from France, possibly made by Boivin.
     
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    they always used excellent fabrics and workshops.
     
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    And just who might that be? Do you have contact info? What are the prices like?
    It's a person who deals in midcentury items. I've asked him for an inventory and some photographs, but get ready for some really dated swank things like Moire Silk Ties and narrow ties with embroidered fleur de lis on them.
     
  11. David Hamilton

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    Sulka is a little before my time, but a lot of people that i know in the industry still talk about Sulka. Was very highly regarded in its day. Enough people still talk about it that i think the "brand" will reemerge but it's just a name now.
     
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    That is great!!! How can I get hold of him? Thanks sooo much for all the kind assistance, much appreciated! By the way...why did Sulka close down..seems quite bizarre looking at the quality of the pieces!?
     
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    A couple of years ago, there was at one time a ton of NWT Sulka stuff on sale from the same collector - shirts, pajamas, scarfs, ties, belts, jackets, silk robes - all reasonably cheap. I picked up several NWT silk PJs for $50 each. I think there are a lot of Sulka collectors out there.
     
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    Would you perhaps know how I could get a hold of this collector by any chance? Appreciate the help!
     
  15. waltoninn

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    Sulka was started by Amos Sulka in the early 20th century and is now known for traditional and very expensive menswear. Sulka is quality stuff. At one point Sulka had stores in San Francisco, New York, London & Paris. However the conglomerate which owns Sulka, The Richemont Group, decided to shut down Sulka earlier this year due to changing tastes and lowered demand for the type of clothing it produced. There was an article about Sulka's closing in the NY Times--if I find it, I'll provide the link.

    They also had a store in Chicago on Oak Street, where I bought a nice briefcase that was made in Italy.
     
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    They also had a store in Chicago on Oak Street
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  17. Tomasso

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    60's Sulka.

    The silk knit is just under 2" wide.


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    That is the store! From where did you get the picture? Do you live in Chicago? I used to go in that store on occasion, and when I saw the briefcase I bought in the window, I kept thinking about it for a few days and I finally called them and bought it.
     
  19. Jamesgatz

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    A friend of mine brought me a Sulka shirt (light blue with a white contrast collar) and a white linen hankie from San Francisco (to Finland) in 1998. That was my first more expensive piece of clothing; I got the idea from Alan Flusser's Style and the Man. Those good old days...
     
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    sulka makes nice stuff.
     

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