Original Late 1930s 30s Early 1940s 40s Vintage Brown Herringbone Weave Wool Skirt Suit By John Shillito
This gorgeous skirt suit was made from a chocolate brown wool with a herringbone weave around the turn of the decade between the 1930s and 1940s. It features classic 1930s design elements such as the gathered puff shoulders and panelling but with the strong shoulder padding commonly utilised in the 1940s. The nipped waist gives the suit a pleasing hourglass silhouette. Two large bust pockets further emphasise the shoulders and the elegant collarless neckline. The skirt features a large box pleat at the front which is decorated with a huge stitched arrow at the top. It also has belt loops and closes with its original metal side zipper and button above. The jacket fastens with five buttons at the front and is lined with grey satin. It also features the original retailer’s label for the John Shillito Company of Cincinnati.
Shillito's, in addition to being Cincinnati's
largest department store, was a landmark of
the city, and one of the oldest department stores in in the USA, having been founded in 1830. Shillito’s also became the first department store to embrace the African-American community by being the nation’s first store to give credit to African-Americans in 1946 as well as employing them as salespeople and executives. The store’s restaurant was the first in downtown Cincinnati to serve African-American customers.
Shoulders: 13” seam to seam
The suit is in very good condition with only two minuscule nibbles as pictured.