16 May 2009

Clare Potter... Vintage Perfection

My recent fascination with vintage women's magazines has led to this charming new addition to my Spring wardrobe featured below.

While browsing the pages for fashion illustrations to add to my collages I came across this article on Clare Potter...one of the first ladies of American sportswear. After a Google frenzied search I came up with little information about Clare Potter's career but surprisingly...on Ebay(where else?)...I actually found this stunning little linen jacket up for auction from a seller in the UK...and shockingly I won the item for under $20. It fits me perfectly and is in beautiful condition. What makes this jacket special is the attention to detail. The collar is ecru satin with a sage green velvet trim and the buttons are covered in a pale gray satin.

I like the addition of this 50's star burst brooch..also an Ebay purchase for $9.99. The jacket looks real cute with another one of my spring bargains... gray silk, pleated cropped harem pants that I found on a a double markdown +coupon at Express for $15.99.

........ the great froo*gal style is workin'!!!


Miranda said...

Wow - I'm Clare Potter's great-niece and namesake, and in looking for information on her, I found your blog! What a beautiful jacket! Thanks for sharing - I'm so happy to see it!
~Miranda Clare Bengtson

Kathy Gillespie said...


How amazing that you found me...I honestly searched for days to try and find out more about Clare Potter...I was so fascinated by the pictures and the brief story I found in a vintage Ladies Home Journal...I felt such an affinity to Clare's style...I even had fantasies about writing a book about her! Were you lucky enough to have inherited any of her clothing or accessories? I would love to know more about her. I was also intrigued with the brief description of her home. I am so happy that you found this link on your birthday! Have a great on!

Lisa said...

So happy to see that people are talking about Clare Potter! She is one of my very favorite mid century American designers and I have a large collection of her clothing! Thanks for the article!