We offer a large selection of designers and manufacturers that span the 20th and early 21st century. Sizing varies greatly, so we have outlined our measuring and size estimating process.
The best way to know if a vintage item will fit you is to take a garment that fits you well, similar to the one you are interested in purchasing, and measure it the way we measure ours.
We lay all garments flat and measure as follows*:
BUST - under arm to under arm across the front and then double that measurement.
Measure the WAISTBAND, widest part of the HIPS, widest part of the THIGH on one leg and width of the CUFF, then double those measurements
WAIST - find the smallest part of the garment if there isn't an obvious seam for the waist and measure across and then double that measurement.
LENGTH - Measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the cuff along the side seam.
HIPS - Find the largest part of the hip area and measure flat, then double that measurement.
RISE - Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
LENGTH - from the nape of the neck or the top of the shoulders, depending on the style of garment. We will measure to the waist when applicable, so that you can determine if it will fit your torso, and then a waist down measurement.
INSEAM - Measure from the crotch to the bottom of the cuff along the inside seam.
SLEEVES - measure from the top of the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve. When we think that the arm opening is particularly small, we will provide that measurement as well.**
*Fabrics with stretch will have some give, we will try to mention the range of measurements that will fit comfortably.
**With dolman sleeves, the size is an estimation based on the waist as the body seamlessly joins the sleeve.
Feel free to email us with specific questions about specific measurements that we may not have included that you need to know in order to feel confident about your purchase. If you have a particularly long torso, short legs, long arms, etc.. we can help you determine whether or not a garment will work for your body.SaveSaveSave
Rare vintage fur jacket in pearl white with front zipper. This mink coat comes from the lovely daughter of the famous actor Reginald Denny - it was purchased it in the late 1960's or early 1970's at Wachtenheim Furs in Los Angeles. Wachtenheim Furs is a unique fur business that doesn't advertise and operates entirely on word of mouth. The company started in 1947 and they not only have new coats, but they will clean, dye, and/or re-style old fur coats, which I especially like in terms of sustainability. They have pelts from which designers can choose to create original pieces and they sell a large percentage of their furs to the entertainment industry so costume designers are well aware of the company! The company is still run by the son of the original owner too!
This coat is in pristine condition - a female mink that is incredibly luxurious with Debbie's name embroidered in the beautiful satin lining. The cuffs are gathered and there are side slit pockets - great contemporary style that can be worn today and fit into a modern wardrobe effortlessly! If you are thinking about buying a mink coat, it is important to know who made it to assure authenticity - this company name adds huge value to the piece and would be a wise investment piece.
BUST - fits comfortably up to
SLEEVES from shoulder seam
LENGTH from nape of neck
Daniel Wachtenheim of Wachtenheim Furs in Los Angeles
In order to best determine fit, measure yourself or a garment that fits you well. Compare those measurements to those on the item description.
All of our pieces have been professionally cleaned and arrive ready to wear.