Think Pink Again!

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>> Judging by the number of times I've peppered my titles with "Pink!", I could almost justify having a "Think Pink!" post run on Style Bubble on a monthly basis.  Kay Thompson's voice clearly pops into my head every now and again as I indulge in a panic state of buying up anything that is pink in my line of sight.  This new pink purchase occurred at Biotop, the wonderful treehouse slash cafe slash boutique slash garden centre nestled into Tokyo's Ebisu.  In an incongruous mix that could only occur at Biotop, a vintage basketweave textured coat from the 1960s stood out amongst pieces of Celine and Stella McCartney.  It's a curious texture that I've never seen before as the polyester has been gathered together to create an intricate basket weave debossed effect that is a tactile texture fiend's wet dream.    

Oh, and I like the little International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union label stitched into it.  Apparently there was a little jingle to promote ILGWU-labelled garments in 1970, which seems pertinent today considering USA-made garments are once again being promoted and championed.  Sing it with me…

 

Look for the union label
When you are buying a coat, dress, or blouse,
Remember somewhere our union's sewing,
Our wages going to feed the kids and run the house,
We work hard, but who's complaining?
Thanks to the ILG, we're paying our way,
So always look for the union label,
It says we're able to make it in the USA!

 

Trust the prolific and smart Japanese vintage sourcers to find this gem of a coat that comes with a USA textiles history lesson.  Therefore, I consider it ¬£150 well spent to add to the growing clusters of pink that grow in my wardrobe.  

Joining it is a vaguely naff but ever-lovable piece of vintage Valentino lurex jumper from the reliable Pelicans and Parrots in London and a few pieces of painterly turquoise and candy pink Suno from their resort 2013 collection.  

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EOS_M_Default_tcm14-945146Note of Disclosure: Pictures taken with Canon EOS M whilst overusing the Miniature effect on the Creative Filter options.  The leopard print Christopher Kane clutch above is indeed all I've been carrying around because the camera is that dinky.