Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cashin In...

How freakin' gorgeous is this candy-pink cashmere sweater? I almost shrieked when I saw it while shopping with Hilary this weekend. I tried to get her to buy it (note: she bought some other incredibly cool vintage including a fantastic asymmetric blazer thing from Romeo Gigli circa 1989) but she could not be convinced. So I knew I'd have to give it a loving home. My friends, it was designed by Bonnie Cashin - pioneer of American RTW. Is that not awesome??

Check out the colour and the cropped sleeves and the cylindrical buttons!

It was made for the chicest of Holt Renfrew ladies, in Scotland by Bonnie Cashin at Ballantyne, in the early 60's. She designed there from '64-'68.

See the ribboning at the seams. That's why it's kept its shape for 45+ years.

It's even under the armpit - talk about dedication to the art of sweater manufacturing.

Apparently, the buyer for I Miss You, undoubtedly the best vintage store I've ever seen anywhere (you'd never know it wasn't new stuff except it's all one of a kind), got it along with 3 other fab sweaters at an estate sale in Rosedale recently. I can only imagine what this little swatch of cashmere has seen.

Each of the sweaters was utterly darling - and flattering. One, in camel (by Pringle), had a gorgeous bow at the collar. Another was pumkin-coloured. And all of them were cropped in this way. (Apparently, their former owner knew what she liked.) I would happily have bought them all (you know I am telling the truth) but, alas, at $110.00 each, that was not in the cards. Unfortunate really, as they are perfect pieces; cheap at the price, though pricey.

I've been shopping at I Miss You for years now. Every time I take a friend - and I've taken many - she comes out with at least 4 stunning and life-changing pieces.

Hilly and I discussed how much the vintage reminded us of her incredibly stylish mother, a woman who was wearing Yamamoto with Hermes almost 25 years ago... What a lovely day we had.


  1. Great vintage find! I often look for Cashin pieces on eBay.

  2. Stunning! I used to wear my mum's ribboned-interior cardis in university . . .

  3. Am I mistaken, or did Cashin do some time at Coach?

    I love the color of this sweater. This kind of vintage is really special, because of all that grosgrain. You really hit the jackpot, K.

    I had one of my father's old Pringle sweaters for years. It wore like iron.

  4. Wendy: That's interesting. I guess we are both impossibly chic! :-)

    Miss C: Why don't they ribbon anymore??

    E: You are so right. She did do a stint at Coach. Her designs there are very famous/timeless and the basis of "modern" bags. Good memory!

    Mardel and Janet: Thank you so much...

  5. oh wow! for some reason i had no idea bonnie cashin did RTW...she is too iconically linked to the coach line in my mind!

    i'm so amazed by all the vintage out there. in my other life, i think i'd love to be an antiques/vintage clothes detective and boutique owner/museum curator!

    and stylish mothers (you too) are the best :) though she doesn't have the means to wear yamamoto or hermes, my mom manages to always be chic and well dressed. :D

  6. oh by the way, would you mind if i linked your lovely blog on mine? :)

  7. I want to sleep with that sweater. xx

  8. Yep, I think the new hat would match this perfectly. Perhaps I'll send it up north for a visit someday!

  9. Sophie: Thanks for your lovely comment. I would also love to be a vintage curator / shop owner. Now that I've got a sewing machine, I bought a book (I'll blog on it) about repurposing vintage into modern pieces. Thanks for linking to me, btw. I've linked to you too...

    Savvy: It's amazing to me how vibrant it is given its age!

    Kate: Thanks. I thought you'd like it!

    Hammie: It's just like a chic blanket!

    Sal: Come on along with it :-)!