I am always inspired by vintage pictures, fellow bloggers (I’m talking about you this time Joanna of Dividing Moments ), and the weather.
Denver is getting chiller and drearier by the day. With each passing moment, I realize that I am yearning for a beautifully tailored and feminine suit.
There are, to me, very few people that have ever paired femininity, beauty, and suits the way that the Lilli Ann label did.
Lilli Ann was started in San Francisco in 1933 by Adolph Schuman, naming his company for his wife, Lillian. The company became known for their beautiful, elaborately designed suits and coats.
After WWII, Schuman went to France and it was during this time that the labels had “Paris” added to them. While in France, Schuman was buying fabrics, and many of the labels in Lilli Ann designs also contain the name of the French factory that made the fabric.
Many of these fabrics were bought from small textile companies, which were in such financial straits after the war that they were in danger of closing. Schuman bought from these small companies, and was thus credited with saving many of them from financial ruin. For his efforts Schuman was awarded medals from both France and Italy, and the Lilli Ann customer got a suit made of high quality, hand-loomed fabric.
Adolph Schuman died in 1985, but the company continued under the direction of his heirs. The company was sold in the 1990's, and was closed by 2000.
Adolph Schuman left a gorgeous legacy of highly sought suits and coats. For this Fashion Friday, we will only cover the suits.
1. 1950's Lilli Ann Suit ($250.00). The black wool jacket has a woven ribbon pattern, in an almost spider web shape, with decorative velvet covered button and is lined in burgundy rayon.
2. 1940's Large Lapel Lilli Ann Suit ($275.00). The suit coat is beige rayon lined and has gorgeous green piping and details on its large lapel and peplum.
3. Late 1940's deep blue wool crepe Lilli Ann suit ($395.00). Flattering pleated panels at sides of nipped waist, front button of glittery soft golden lucite, rounded shawl collar.
4. I saved the best for last. 1950's Lilli Ann Wool Crepe Suit ($375.00). This fantastic Lilli Ann suit has a jack with a cinched waist and wide collar. I am sure that I would drop the $375.00 if I had it and not even think twice.
Are you one of the lucky few to own a Lilli Ann suit?