Labeled by New York brand, Judy Bond white silk satin blouse. Dated to be from the 1950’s the silk fabric is delicately soft and glamourous. Previously loved dearly, the inside right arm has been patched on the inner forearm due to some small wear. Design styling nods to the 30s with the Deco style small pointed collar, darted waist with a draped chest and bat sleeves.
Judy Bond is well known for their beautiful blouses, originally from New York City. In the 1960s the brand moved their garment factories from NYC to Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina for cheaper labour. Essentially an ‘illegal move’ as the Judy Bond removed its contract with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union of America. The union produced shopper bags strike bags that had printed in large bold letters “Don’t Buy Judy Bond Blouses” and was handed out by union volunteers outside the entrances of stores that stocked Judy Bond all through New York such as Macy’s. About 3 million bags were distributed in 1963. Meanwhile down in the south the garment workers picketed signs saying the large NY factories where trying to take away work from the skilled labourers in the south. The boycott never really ended and a campaign lead through to the 1970s from the union to advertising to say ‘look for the union made label’ which many of us still find attached to American vintage today
Fits a modern size 10au or 12au depending on bust – fabric has no stretch & is old silk
Shoulder to shoulder: 39cm
Sleeve length: 52cm
Sleeve bicep: 16cm
Do not dry clean