Bonnie Cashin (1907–2000) considered one of the most significant pioneers of designer ready-to-wear, more commonly called sportswear, in America.
In 1953, Cashin teamed with leather importer Philip Sills and pioneered the use of leather for high fashion.
What a lot of people don't know is she initiated the use of industrial hardware on clothing and accessories, most famously with the brass toggle that she incorporated into her handbag designs for Coach, the company for which she launched a women's accessories division in 1962.
She sculpted designs from luxurious organic materials including leather and mohair, both of which she first championed as appropriate for high-end fashion, as well as tweed, cashmere, and wool jersey.
This coat was made in the sixties when Bonnie Cashin designed for Philip Sills, and is made of mohair, with leather trim under the collar, on the cuffs, and front closure. The coat also has large front D pockets, A-line design (for plenty of room) and, of course, the brass toggle closures that she is famous for.
Label: Bonnie Cashin - Sills Designs
Vintage Condition: Good
Sleeves fro top of shoulder seam to bottom of sleeve: 25"
Length from top of neckline in the center back to bottom of hemline: 37 1/2"