I'm wearing one of my new favourite vintage pieces that I scored recently at Mesh - a gorgeous, kitten-soft cashmere sweater by Ballantyne knits in Scotland. It was insanely inexpensive, came with the original tag, and aside from being manufactured by one of Scotland's top quality cashmere manufacturers, it was also designed by Bonnie Cashin, a pioneer in American sportswear design. She is known for using luxurious materials in her designs such as leather, mohair, cashmere and tweed.
Cashin designed knitwear for Ballantyne from 1964 - 1968, which would have been when this sweater was made. It is in mint condition, so I am assuming it was never worn. It's beautifully made, and incorporates two of my favourite colours into a retro-yet-modern shape. Definitely one of my best secondhand purchases.
I love mixing eras in an outfit, and the 1960's sweater gets along perfectly well with my retail purchased pants from last spring, and my faux doc martens.
cashmere sweater - Mesh
pants - The Bay (half-price!)
Boots - Housing Works Thrift Store
vintage eyeglass frames - The Sentimentalist
The Wearable Art Sale....
This weekend, the Covent Garden Market plays host to The Wearable Art Sale, with 16 vendors offering scarves, jewellery, garments, knitwear, etc. Heather and I stopped by tonight to check it out.
Canadian textile artist Patricia Richardson designs and sells hats under her label, Paddy Kelleher Designs. She makes her own patterns and designs and embellishes her hats with embroidery, beading and pleating.
Norrie Duncan had some very cool leather and metal bracelets for sale at her booth, and I had a difficult time choosing just one.
This woman was trying on a shoulder bag made of recycled fur from Eco Luxe Furs. The bags are gorgeous - there were three different styles, each from different types of fur. If I had one of these, I'd be petting it all the time!
I admired the recycled fur bags, but ended up taking home this fun hand knit shoulder bag from Elan Knits. Ellen Mallet is the designer/creator, and is also the wardrobe mistress for Original Kids Theatre Company (and as it turned out, a follower of my blog). The bag is large enough to hold my camera and my wallet, which is the crucial test for me when it comes to purses.
This sheared beaver jacket in my favourite colour combination is available from WrightByDesign. They also had some very cute fur-trimmed wool capes, scarves and hats.
The Wearable Art Sale continues at Covent Garden Market on Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday, from 12 pm - 4 pm.