Vintage 1940s Tuxedo Fashion Craft Montreal Dated 1940 Sz 42


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This is a vintage 1940s tuxedo made by the Montreal manufacturer Fashion Craft Manufacturers Ltd.  Fashion Craft has a place in history due to its efforts, along with the Semi-Ready clothing manufacturing company, to break a general strike by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America union in 1916 in the Montreal clothing industry.  In the end the workers won a number of concessions and Fashion Craft continued in business at least into the 1960s. This 1940s tuxedo is dated on the tailor’s label as being made on December the 1st, 1940.  It is made in classic form with padded shoulders, faille (fine grosgrain) peaked lapels, a single linked covered button closure and with three covered buttons at either cuff.   The jacket is fully lined in black satin.  The pants to this 1940s tuxedo have a flat front, double button waist closure and a button-up fly.  The wool on this 1940s tuxedo is in a felted finish, more of a winter fabric.

Sizing: There is no size label, and although this 1940s tuxedo should fit a medium size (US 36-38), please rely on the following measurements for fit, taken from the exterior (please take the thickness of the fabric into consideration):

Shoulders: 18” across shoulder seam-to-seam 

Sleeves: 23 1/2” from shoulder seam, plus 2 1/2” extra inside the cuff 

Sleeve Inseam: 16 1/2” long

Chest: 46” around, taken under the arms with a normal gap

Waist: 44” around

Overall length: 27“ at the back, measured flat


Waist: 39” meant to be worn loosely with suspenders

Leg Inseam: 29” long plus an extra 2” in the hem

Overall length: 42”

Rise:  14 3/4” to the seam, 22” flat fully extended

Condition: This 1940s tuxedo is in excellent condition with no wear, tear, stains or odour - it looks like it saw very little use, and was very well kept over the years.  

This is a nice quality 1940s tuxedo - wonderful large peaked lapels!