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* THIS VINTAGE 1930s DE PINNA 2 PIECE WHITE LINEN SUIT IS IN MUSEUM QUALITY CONDITION. IT IS A COLLECTOR'S PIECE FOR THE SERIOUS TRAD / IVY LEAGUE ENTHUSIAST. IF YOU'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT LINEN SUIT, YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND STOP NOW BECAUSE YOU'VE JUST FOUND IT. *

DESCRIPTION: This vintage De Pinna linen suit is completely unstructured. It is made out of high quality 100% linen with a loose, heavy weave that has enough weight to drape well and will not look like a crumpled paper bag after an hour of sitting unlike many modern linens. It features unpadded natural shoulders, 3 3/4 inch notched lapels, and a darted front for some shape. It has a three button closure and is single-vented. It has three decorative buttons on the sleeves. All of the buttons are made of genuine mother of pearl. It is quarter lined for greater air circulation and the interior features finished taped seams throughout. It has one interior pocket, an exterior chest pocket, and two exterior PATCH pockets at the hips.

The trousers are pleated with two on-seam hip pockets, a watch pocket, and two rear pockets (left rear pocket with button closure). They have seven belt loops and interior braces buttons. They fasten with an exterior button closure and an interior button closure. Button fly. The exterior buttons are made of genuine mother of pearl and the interior buttons, braces buttons, and fly buttons are made of celluloid that has yellowed with age. Cuffed.

HISTORY: The man who gave me this suit told me that it belonged to his father. His father purchased it at the De Pinna department store on 5th Ave. in NYC. De Pinna is a now-defunct department store that was known for its high quality, conservative clothing and was owned (along with Brooks Brothers) by the parent company of Julius Garfinckel & Co. out of Washington D.C.

Here is what the man recalls of the suit's history:

"On Friday June 28, 1940 my Father dressed in this linen suit and his best friend - both newly minted physicians - steamed away from Pier 32 in NYC on the American Republics Line S.S. Argentina bound for a great adventure to South America. For two months they ventured by ocean liner, train, private car, donkey and dugout to 'Rio, Sao Paulo (the Chicago of Brazil), Montevideo, Buenos Aires, the Great Lakes way to the south hidden amongst the Andes, Arequipa and the Quinta Bates, Cuzco and Macchu Picchu on the swift waters of the Urubamba, the myriads of flamingos resting on the shores of Lake Titicaca and Lima the 'City of Kings.'' These were the days where each accommodation was preceded by a letter of introduction, one dressed for dinner, and the world unfurled before you."

CONDITION: A CONSERVATIVE 9 / 10. This vintage De Pinna linen suit is in MUSEUM QUALITY condition. It is overall CRISP, CLEAN, and GLEAMING WHITE for being over 80 years old! Whoever purchases this suit will not be disappointed. Period.

NO DISCOLORATION, NO DAMAGE, NO SMELLS, ETC. This linen suit was painstakingly cleaned involving several cold water soaks and hand washes before utilizing a specialty small batch intensive dry cleaning and hand pressing process. It was then taken to an expert Boston tailor for any necessary repair work. *

SIZING / MEASUREMENTS: The suit's jacket size is NOT marked. It measures LIKE, LIKE, LIKE a size 38 R. The trousers' size is NOT marked. They measure 31 waist (+2 TOTAL inches of extra material) x 33 inseam (+ 1 1/2 TOTAL inches of extra material).

Therefore, PLEASE PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THE SPECIFIC MEASUREMENTS THAT I HAVE LISTED BELOW AND COMPARE THEM AGAINST A SUIT JACKET OR SPORT COAT AND TROUSERS THAT FIT YOU WELL TO ENSURE AN ACCURATE FIT.

Shoulder (shoulder seam to shoulder seam across back): 17 3/4 inches.
Chest (armpit to armpit across front x 2): 40 inches.
Waist (side seam to side seam across front x 2): 36 inches.
Sleeve (shoulder seam to cuff): 25 inches (+2 TOTAL inches of extra material).
Length (from BOTTOM of rear collar to bottom of rear hem): 31 inches.

Waist: 31 inches (+2 TOTAL inches of extra material).
Rise: 13 1/2 inches.
Inseam: 33 inches (+ 1 1/2 TOTAL inches of extra material).
Outseam: 45 inches (with the same 1 1/2 TOTAL inches of extra material as the inseam).
Thigh: 13 inches.
Knee: 10 1/2 inches.
Leg Opening: 9 1/2 inches.
Cuffs: 1 3/4 inches.

*** Please be aware that due to the unique nature of this suit the shipping charges are only an estimate and MAY be subject to change depending on its insured value, the desired shipping option, and your location. ***

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This shop listing is ONLY for the item SPECIFICALLY DESCRIBED in the item description... not the shelves... not the vintage men's hat that my wife likes to wear sometimes (or the empty kimchi jar that it's sitting on)... not the framed vintage Orvis colorplate & caption of dragonfly lures... not my writing desk... not my work briefcases... not the shirt... not the silk bow tie... not the pocket square... not the braces... not my right shoe... not Perry the Mannequin... and not my bedspread. Thanks! -M-

MUSEUM QUALITY Vintage 1930s De Pinna 2 Piece White Linen Suit 38 R. Made in USA.

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Material: linen
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  • Ships worldwide from Massachusetts, United States
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