Vintage Labels

The Vintage Fashion Guild website has a "label resource" at https://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource/ . This is an alphabetical index of pages, each linking to a list of labels under its letter. Some pages have as many as 50 brands, or even more. Brands that I looked at included Frank Usher: their page showed labels from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, plus one fake, a knockoff from India.

I thought I'd list the labels I've photographed, in case it's any help in adding to such resources. I can't vouch for the dates of any of my items, but I'm sure there are experts who will be able to give good estimates. If you want to use any of the photos on your own site, please let me know via my contact form. Below, there's a photo, with label, of each item for which I had a label. The little hand to the right of the brand name links to its original blog post. The WordPress link http://www.chromophilia.uk/blog/category/labels/ also points at those posts, plus this one.

Agnes b blue and yellow cropped jacket Agnès b

Arrow top, with Vogue print Arrow

Benetti blue-purple printed shirt Benetti

Colorpoint shirt, with aliens printed Colorpoint

Eastex Liberty-print shirt Eastex

Elegance printed jacket Elegance

Falabella indigo velvet jacket
Falabella indigo velvet jacket Falabella

Fosby multicoloured cropped velvet jacket Fosby

Frank Usher pink silk top Frank Usher

Gerry Weber pink silk jacket Gerry Weber

Heather Valley printed shirt Heather Valley

His Lordship green velvet jacket His Lordship

Jacques Vert multicoloured top Jacques Vert

Jake cropped paisley-on-black velvet jacket Jake

Klaus Rheiner orange velvet jacket Klaus Rheiner

Kuku sequin-striped bolero jacket Kuku

Nina Boutique striped silk top Nina Boutique

Oakland fruit-and-flower printed velvet waistcoat Oakland

Ravi Sehgal red velvet jacket Ravi Sehgal

Tian Bao Gong peacock-printed black kimono Tian Bao Gong

Tracery bolero jacket Tracery

Wallis striped linen blazer Wallis

Wow! embroidered velvet top Wow!

Nina Boutique Silk Striped Top

Here's an impressive striped top by Nina Boutique. The reason I'm impressed is that it's so carefully cut; one could call it sculptural. I've tried to bring that out in the last three photos.

Nina Boutique striped silk top.
Nina Boutique striped silk top, showing label.
Nina Boutique striped silk top.
Nina Boutique striped silk top, showing button.
Nina Boutique striped silk top.
Nina Boutique striped silk top.
Nina Boutique striped silk top.

I'm told that this top would have been made in the late 70's, perhaps on sale for evening wear from a small boutique in an area such as Chelsea or Kensington . It could have cost around £400, which would have been several weeks' wages.

Elegance Summer Jacket

I've just enhanced this website so I can tell it to display specified blog posts right across the screen, using the space normally taken by the list of posts and other side material. I did this because I thought this jacket, by Elegance of Paris, deserved the extra magnification. As with much of my collection, it came from Unicorn.

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Frank Usher Puff-Sleeve Pink Silk Top

This Frank Usher top is a lovely pure pink, and has very elaborate puff sleeves, gathered at the cuffs and shoulders. Despite the extra volume added to both the top and bottom of the body, it looks very good when I wear it tucked into some of my Moroccan harem pants.


According to "vintagegent.com" on The Vintage Fashion Guild's label-resource page for Frank UsherWayback, Frank Usher started in 1946. Its speciality was "bringing high end details and fresh off the runway inspirations at a more moderate price range, emulating such designers as Ossie Clark". Frank Usher went into receivership in 2001, was sold to management, and was then bought by the Simma Corporation.

I was surprised at the 1946. Ossie Clark was 4 at the time, so he can't have been designing much that Frank Usher would want to emulate. Moreover, Britain was deep in rationing and austerity, and not even the New Look had been launched. But the date does seem to be accurate, as I've learned from Advantage In Vintage's "They Created Frank Usher"Wayback by "liztregenza" (19 November 2015). There already existed an almost-defunct firm called Frank Usher which was bought by Max and Anne Bruh, Germans who moved to Britain in 1939. They married in 1945, and Max, a director of one of Berlin’s pre-war top fashion houses, was keen to start his own business. For more, see the above link. It includes a copy of the article "They Created Frank Usher" from Woman and Beauty July 1961.