Dating clothing union labels
I worked for Brooks Brothers for a while, and there’s no other maker or store that so embodies the great history of American menswear.And vintage clothing – especially from particular eras – is a really neat window into the past, and often to higher quality and better style than is readily available today.I might try to pull together something on BB ties or shoes later, but for now, we’ll stick with tailored clothing.The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) was once one of the largest labor unions in the United States, one of the first U. unions to have a primarily female membership, and a key player in the labor history of the 1920s and 1930s.This did not sit well with the majority of immigrant workers, particularly Jewish workers with a background in Bundist activities in Tsarist Russia, or with Polish and Italian workers, many of whom had strong socialist and anarchist leanings.The ILGWU had a sudden upsurge in membership that came as the result of two successful mass strikes in New York City.
Under Hillman’s leadership the ACWA became the most important and successful of the clothing unions.
I’m going to focus here particularly on Brooks Brothers labels, and especially on those found in suits, jackets, and other tailored clothing.
Put This On has already done a good guide to BB shirt labels, as good as I could do.
But on these pages you’ll find much of what you need to know and resources to look elsewhere for other great info, too.
A Glossary of Hat Terms, Words, Definitions, And Styles All the hat terms you need to know to understand the world of hats and hat wearing.
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One big question that many people have when they pick up an item at a thrift store, especially when they’re planning to resell it, is, “How old is this?