Vintage 1970s Striped Chenille Coat by Aristos of London- Carnaby St.
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
From the early 1970s here's a coat from Aristos of London, a Carnaby St. shop. Coloring is black, gray and white striping with diagonal patterning. It has a black chenille pointed collar and wide cut, over the elbow length, sleeves. The coat does up at the waist with a single covered button and is secured closed with a matching black belt. The skirt of the dress is cut with a flare to the bottom. The coat is lined in black rayon acetate.
Material: 72% Viscose and 28% Cotton
Sizing: No size is indicated, but it should fit a medium size - please rely on the following measurements for fit, keeping the style and cut of the garment in mind as well as the thickness of the chenille fabric (please measure your body or a similar garment that you own - your body measurements should be slightly smaller than those supplied below): Measurements are all given in inches.
Overall length: 47" measured flat
The coat is in very good condition with no tear, odors, staining or pronounced wear - the lining, however, has a pull and has lightened towards the bottom. Otherwise, this coat has been well preserved over the years.
Label: Aristos of London Fantasies in Fashion Carnaby St. London.
This is one of the "iconic" chenille coats that were mentioned in the bio below.
Aristos Constantinou graduated from the London School of Fashion in 1965. His father was a master tailor located at 45 Carnaby Street and gave Aristos two rooms on the first floor of his shop. His brother Achilleas was still in school and had hippie friends who painted the doorway in psychedelic colors, attracting a young and eager clientele. The shop was an instant success right in the heart of the British mod fashion revolution. Because of his couture training, Aristos was able to offer avant garde designs and was the first British designer to offer couture on high street. In 1971, his company was renamed "Ariella" with Achilleas as sales manager. He developed a chenille fabric with which he designed a line of coats, jackets and skirts in a tone on tone striping - these coats are considered iconic to the period and were referred to as "the London Girl's uniform". Ariella is still in business today and run by Achilleas as Aristos was shot to death in 1985. It is suspected that his wife may have committed the murder, although no charges were ever brought.
This is an iconic Carnaby Street fashion coat.....rare find, and a great acquisition for the vintage fashion collector.