Amazing pearl mink cape by Ben Kahn! This cape is thigh length, with a wide folded collar, and an amazing double breasted front. The collar can be folded up for warmth (exposing two brilliant buttons). The buttons are large and composed of pearlescent ivory lucite with sparkling rhinestone detailing. The cape features two arm slits for ease of movement. Lined in the most amazing ivory floral cropped velvet. Beautifully preserved!
Ben Kahn immigrated to the United States from his native Russia in 1907. After working his way up through the fur business in New York City, Kahn opened his own company in 1921, quickly becoming a known innovator in the fur trade. Kahn would introduce new fur cuts and colors, and in an unprecedented move, marketed fur coats to men. Kahn was also a good friend of Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus, and collaborated with him occasionally.
Clients include: Joe Namath, Joe Frazier and Julius Erving, and Elizabeth Taylor (she purchased a Kahn-Marcus collaboration coat in 1970 for $125,000).
House of Worth, the famous Victorian couturier house founded by Charles Frederic Worth considered to by some as the "father of couture", created this 1890's jet beaded capelet. This capelet is constructed of black silk velvet with a frilly, curly black silk ribbon ruff collar and is fully lined in what looks to be charcoal silk broadcloth. The standout of this piece is its jet beading throughout the capelet, which makes this a truly one of kind piece.
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Wonderful deep chocolate brown feathered Mink cape by Arnold Liebes. The cape is hip length, with a straight collar, and fastens at the neck with a grosgrain rope with AMAZING swirling polished bakelite acorn - like aglets. The cape is lined in black silk with a subtle floral pattern. Perfection.
Arnold Liebes was a furrier with trading posts in Alaska. In the early 20th century he made frequent trips to his outposts, documenting what he saw on his trips with a camera and his diary. His collection of photographs, manuscripts, and over 1000 anthropologically relevant items are available at the California Academy of Sciences.
Extremely rare Gilbert Adrian work of art!!! So few of this legendary designer's works remain, and of those that do, few are as flawless in their current state as this piece of wearable wonder. Made of a beautiful black wool and professionally stored for years. One size fits most. A true collector's piece!
*All Mrs. Couture garments have been professionally cleaned and thoroughly checked before shipping, so that they are ready to wear upon arrival.