Back in what I surmise was the Fall of 2003, I purchased a maroon vintage leather trench from Brava on Queen St. (before they stopped being an awesome store for vintage items).
I was conditioning the leather today. I was curious and thought I'd Google the information on the label:
This is what I learned: "the leathercraft business moved to NJ many years ago and was sold just a few years ago. The new owners have nothing to do with the original business and are fairly new to the leather cleaning side of the business. One of the original owners son, that was trained in the leather industry by his father for 20 years has his own leather cleaners in Cranford, NJ. He does all the work himself on premise and is very meticulous with everything!!!"
I enjoy hunting down vintage clothing. There's charm in finding something precious amidst piles of used items. Knowing that the items have a history gives them so much character. There's also excitement and mystery in investigating where it came from.
Here are some pictures of the coat: