Friday, February 13, 2015

“Yes, Virginia, there really is a John Meyer of Norwich”

Growing up in rural Connecticut I didn't meet my first "prepster" until I went to College in the late 70s.  Tucked between Yale and Harvard and with a "Little Ivy" around every corner,  it's hard to imagine there were any preppy offspring left to attend Connecticut's flagship university, but there were. You could pick the men out in their LL Bean "duck boots", sweaters, and barn coats.  The women were a little harder to spot but a Coach handbag, pearls, or anything sporting a John Meyer of Norwich label was a dead giveaway she spent the summers on Nantucket (probably busing tables, but let's keep with the rich girl image!).  The John Meyer line was an aspirational brand, one I couldn't afford to own until I started working.  Like LL Bean and Coach, John Meyer clothing was made of the highest quality and I can personally attest that anything made prior to the 90s lasted decades.  It's a great day if I source a vintage John Meyer garment as it was the day I picked up the set above.  To be honest this skirt and vest did take me by surprise. I was on a buying trip when I saw this tapestry outfit and I grabbed it for it's boho style, I never even looked at the label until I got home and began sorting my purchases. At first I wasn't actually convinced it was a John Meyer, "preppy" and "boho" are oxymorons, but the quality of construction and material erased any doubt.  I was further convinced when I saw the exact same garment featured here in a blog post about the John Meyer company by The Vintage Traveler.  I'm still debating whether or not this set will make it to my Etsy shop.  I feel it's so unique and representative of the "sophisticated" side of the 70s that it might have to stay with me a bit longer. I'm sure it will feel right at home with my vintage YSL suit of the same decade! Speaking of YSL, if you are planning a trip to NYC be sure to catch Yves Saint Laurent & Halston: Fashioning the 70s running thru April 18, 2015 at the Museum at FIT.

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