Nostalgic Knits

My first trip to NYC was at age twelve. I was on a business trip with my "Aunt" Jane, fashionista extraordinaire, who ran the Chicago showroom of a high end costume jewelry company. As a preteen I had to know THE most important thing in jewelry at that moment, and she answered me with two unforgettable words, "Aurora Borealis." There my fashion story began, but even I didn't know it at the time!

My first trip to NYC was at age twelve. I was on a business trip with my "Aunt" Jane, fashionista extraordinaire, who ran the Chicago showroom of a high end costume jewelry company. As a preteen I had to know THE most important thing in jewelry at that moment, and she answered me with two unforgettable words, "Aurora Borealis." There my fashion story began, but even I didn't know it at the time!

I have an appreciation for vintage fashion and have always collected vintage components to incorporate in my jewelry. So imagine my surprise when I saw this post on Facebook. The proud new owner of a dozen vintage knitted outfits and sweaters was looking for information on Ellenore's Custom Knits.

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Here is her FB post asking for information on this label, Ellenore's Memphis. Google had nothing to tell her, but I did. Ellenore was my aunt and she conceived the idea  back in the '60's for a knit shop specializing in custom designs. My mother and her creative business partner Pudd'n (it's a Southern thing) ran this successful enterprise, Ellenore's Knit Shop, for about 15 years. Ladies sat around this big table knitting and gossiping, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. There was a mina bird that could say, "Knit 1, Purl 2."

Fast forward about 45 years and now these Ellenore's Custom Knits are vintage treasures uncovered at an estate sale. There was a treasure trove of about 40 knitted outfits for sale from an unknown woman's estate, and all we know about the owner is that she was a relative of Cybill Shepherd.

Did I knit? You betcha! Here is one of my creative endeavors, a copper lurex tank (they used to call them shells.) Could I, would I still wear it today? You betcha!

Love this photo.... It's my wedding day, and here is my fashionista mother in her hand knit, custom designed gold ribbon dress. (Check out the button detail on the sleeve.) BTW my husband still wonders how my mother could have let her very young child get married to a very young groom, but it was definitely a wise decision. Must have been a Southern thing.

Posted on February 1, 2015 .