I am thrilled to offer up this exceptional vintage 1940s three piece suit. This striking offering from Redfern is a perfect example of what the American successor to the British couture house offered, quality suits with brilliant details, a tradition handed down from decades of Redfern history. This was expensive in its day, a piece that is instantly recognized as quality. This smashing set is comprised of a swing jacket with notched lapels, a smartly tailored jacket and a-line skirt. Let's start with the textile - a fine, perfectly saturated wool gabardine with sleek hand and absolutely zero fade. The coat is dramatic, and features internal arm straps, so it can be worn cape-like on the shoulders. Narrow trapunto leaves fan along each side. The jacket is tailored to the waist, and the trapunto details accentuate the flattering lines. The skirt is my favorite shape - an aline cut, with deep center vent. The jacket buttons up the front with striking oversized lucite and gold buttons. Both the jacket and coat are lined with a seafoam colored crepe.
A note about the color - this color is dusky but saturated. It looks more blue in some lights and more green in others. When I bought it, I was sure it was Aviation blue, and right now it looks like a dark seafoam to me. It's a hard color to name.
Shoulders: Approximately 16"
Sleeve: 22.5" (1 3/4" selvage inside cuff)
Length: 26" (none available hem, let out to maximum)
Label: Designed and Tailored by Redfern
Condition: Very Good minus
This suit has been dry cleaned and is ready to wear. There remains some soil at the underarms from old deodorant - I think my cleaner missed treating it. There is a tiny edge of yellowing to the exterior underarm seams of the jacket, but this is a very small area. The coat is fresh and lovely. The skirt has a single tiny moth bite at the upper edge of the edge of the waistband. Someone shortened it in the era, and then sewed the cutaway excess selvage up inside the hem, but it can't be let out further - however, you have excess in the hem should you ever need to make repairs. It's sturdy and wears beautifully, a really special suit.