This post was written by Lindy Shopper.
While the Gentleman’s Emporium boasts primarily reproductions of Victorian and Edwardian garb for men and women, there are some things that remain timeless and, thus, useful to swing dancers aspiring for a vintage look from just beyond Edwardian times or for those who aspire to the high style of Mr. Bobby White. Gentleman’s Emporium makes it easy for buyers – if you aren’t sure what pieces go together, you can view the items by “Outfit” for a head to toe ensemble, grouped in clever characters like “Toby Greenwell – Newsboy,” “Professor Babcock – Man of Science,” “Dickerson Potts – Sportsman,” and numerous other rogues and gentlemen. The ladies also have characters and ensembles, but are, for the most part, not period-appropriate and not dance-able.
In the alternative to the ensemble approach, the Gentleman’s Emporium lists their stock individually in categories, so if you are looking for a vest, you need only click on the proper category. This is probably going to be the most effective way to buy pieces to re-create 1920’s and 1930’s looks via this website. I’m treading lightly here, as menswear is not my forte, so if I’ve listed something that is just not in the realm of comprehension during the jazz age, I apologize.
Here’s what I think might be useful from the Gentleman’s Emporium:
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Lindy…or anyone ‘listening’. I am a tailor in Loveland CO and have been given a wool vintage Dillinger Tuxedo jacket and vest that the cleaners shredded the lining on. My client is asking that I reline it in reproduction style, doing it by hand. I am aware that the Dillinger jacket had a pocket in the back of the tails for carrying the Dillinger – thus the name – I am able to find fascinating and intriguing stories surrounding the garment, but I am unable to find any pics or other information about the structure of the lining. Any ideas? Kody email@example.com
Have you contacted anyone who does reproduction suiting about this?
Had no idea where to turn. I will google reproduction suiting and see if there are some outlets there that can point me in the right direction. Thank you so much for your time. kody
Check with Magnoila Clothiers (http://www.magnoliclothiers.com/) and Matt Deckard (http://mattdeckard.com/). If they can’t do it themselves, they may be able to refer you to someone who can.
Magnoli Clothiers – sorry about the typo.