Fading Fast

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That is one beautiful illustration of some very handsome clothes! 👍

I would guess late 40's - early '50's.
I just image searched it on Google and found this caption:

Vintage French ad for Zenith suits (1949). Modern & classy in navy blue.

Good call on the time period my friend - well done.
 

Flanderian

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Southwick, 1959 -


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Not great illustrations but for many years, when considering Ivy, Southwick was where it was at. My first suit from Paul Stuart was Southwick. GHWB preferred them. (That's our only similarity as one of us was a war hero and President of the U.S.A., and the other a recalcitrant reprobate.)
 

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⇧ I like the charcoal minimalism of the illustrations. In a way, they echo the zeitgeist of Ivy's understated aesthetic.
 

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⇧ I like the charcoal minimalism of the illustrations. In a way, they echo the zeitgeist of Ivy's understated aesthetic.
I like how the drawings overlay the actual photo's of the cloth. Think they may have been newspaper ads. The style of the sketches is what I remember of Southwick ads in the NY Times and New Yorker, and suspect it's the same illustrator.
 

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⇧ Oh, and I'd kill for a natural shoulder like that.
As would many of us!

Southwick and Norman Hilton were the co-equal masters of the natural shoulder. None better.


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While I like design elements not part of the trad lexicon, I'm always drawn to jackets with a natural shoulder, which is likely the main reason I find the Neapolitan variant of tailored jackets generally appealing.