I haven't been out thrifting or to an estate sale in a while because I've been so good about de-stashing. But occasionally I can't help myself. Recently I stumbled over this very mod style, pristine and unused wallet that I just could not leave behind even though I technically don't need it.
The wallet is of leather, in an unusual red and bone color combination, with cream taffeta lining and separate compartments for currency, coin, and checkbook. How many leather wallets these days include a petite built in coin purse, separate leather checkbook cover (it's underneath the plastic credit card holder), and a coordinating gold tone pen?
You see why I couldn't leave it behind.
This gem was designed and produced by Don Loper, under the Don Loper of California label. Loper started out as a Hollywood costume designer for MGM in the late 1930s and later, in the 1960s, designed for such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald. He is pictured with her mannequin shown below:
Loper also tried his hand at interior design (in posh hotels like the Beverly Hilton), designed men's neckties, and during the 1950s and 1960s produced many lovely dresses under the Don Loper of Beverly Hills label, including the wool suit below:
This next image is licensed, so you'll have to run over to Flickr to see Loper's amazing mod coat pattern from 1968. Wish that were mine! Here is a 60s-era mail order jacket and blouse pattern that he designed as well:
Perhaps you remember the I Love Lucy episode entitled The Fashion Show that featured Don himself and his salon? The one where Ricky nearly had a coronary after finding out how much Lucy spent on the dress? All of those hours watching TV as a kid did not go to waste because this episode introduced me to Don Loper!
Finally, enjoy this short clip from the 1943 musical Thousands Cheer featuring Don Loper himself dancing with Maxine Barrat. He's no Gene Kelly (one of the stars of the film) but it's a cute combination of fashion show and dance number:
Have you found any gems while thrifting or antiquing lately? Do tell!