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60s designer silk shantung summer shell top - Mad Men era jewel tone fuchsia blouse tunic top - Lord & Taylor 1960s made in France

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estate sale find: super chic 1960s gem tone silk sleeveless shell made in France for Lord & Taylor. The color is brilliant, happy, and sophisticated, and the construction is very high with generous seam allowances on the back seams. Six silk covered buttons trail down the front, and there are 2 slash pockets as well. The fabric is backed on the inside so it has a sturdier structure than you might think. It's a high quality construction typical of French dressmakers in the 60s. It is labeled size 12, though you should check my dimensions below to see if it's your size. Vintage size matching can be tricky. I would call this a modern size 8 or 10, and again it's got easy to alter seams.

Label: Made in France Lord & Taylor 100 percent silk
size: labeled size 12

38" bust
32" waist
38" hips
18-3/4" arm hole to hemline side
15-1/4" shoulder width, edge of arm hole to opposite
27" back of neckline to hemline rear

condition: overall this garment is in good vintage condition with a few flaws. There are no rips or major stains or major signs of wear. It looks to have been worn only a few times. Under the arm on the lower right side quarter there is a light stain and water mark--it looks like a clear drink spilled on it and was cleaned up. You can see a water mark outline inside the garment more readily--it's hardly visible form the outside. It's very hard to see. There are some very light sweat marks under the arms, but really not a large area. The garment was hanging for many years on a hanger and there is a very faint dirt mark from the closet dust on the top of the sleeve. I am confident the marks on this garment can be removed with dry cleaning. I have priced it to accommodate dry cleaning.

About me: I am a NY based photo prop stylist for magazines like Real Simple, Instyle, Seventeen, and a few others, plus I’m a well versed shopping powerhouse for props for my photo shoots (some, you will find, oftentimes end up here on Etsy). I really enjoy finding cool stuff, and the result is what I consider a finely curated collection of vintage clothing, fashion and home accessories, and mid century odds and ends---with fair and affordable pricing. I like good stuff, but I can't just hoard it can I?

On the whole I’m an easy to approach seller, and if you love something but can’t afford it and wish I would discount it for you I probably will. That said, I majorly frown on low-ball offers for items that are clearly well-priced, so don’t go there. My pricing is, I find, super cheap in comparison to like items in other shops or on Ebay. I'm just looking to clear out the bins and bins of great stuff I have accumulated over the years. When I shop I do so carefully, and select items of a certain quality and design dignity, and take great care in how each item compliments other items in my shop. I only list things I feel are of a high quality, or if a dress, for instance, is damaged, it's there for sale because I know there is someone out there who even with blemishes or repair needs wants that dress. I've found Etsy to be the perfect place for me to sell that sort of thing. So, the message is: there’s no junk here. I dutifully detail all measurements, blemishes, and details I feel are necessary in the listing, and welcome additional info about a designer or item from shoppers. In my travels I come across amazing vintage clothing in the spirit of Betty Draper and Joan Holloway from Mad Men--great silhouettes and styles that are hand made, dressmaker patterned, or tailor made by home makers in the 50s and 60s. When I come across major designer labels like Chanel or Dior I scoop them up, and again with damaged clothing of a certain quality I know there is someone out there with a mending kit and some moxie that wants them. That said, most of what I like to sell is in clean and ready to go condition.

Shipping: I can ship worldwide (though not everywhere) so convo me for inquiries about countries not listed. As a rule I try to ship Priority Mail when possible to insure that shipments arrive safely and have some sort of trafficking number. I can ship any way you like, though. For international shipments I can send via USPS International First Class depending on the weight of the package, and that is usually a less expensive route. When I am in town I generally ship same day as purchase or within 2 or 3 days. If I am out of town for extended periods of time I put my shop on hold, so if it’s up online I’m probably in town.

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60s designer silk shantung summer shell top - Mad Men era jewel tone fuchsia blouse tunic top - Lord & Taylor 1960s made in France