Vintage 1970s Suede Coat John Warden for Baron Leather Ladies Size 11


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This is a vintage 1970s era brown suede coat designed by John Warden for Baron Leather - Warden was an influential Canadian designer, please read about him further below.  The coat is made in a simple relaxed form that flares somewhat down to the hemline, creating a draped effect below the hips.  It has an open neckline with collar and high set lapels and does up the front with four buttons.  The sleeves are made in a raglan style and the front of the coat has a panel, offset by decorative stitching, which covers the upper part of the coat down to the hips.  The upper back of the coat has a suede rain flap built over the base suede.  There is a vertical slash pocket built into either side of the coat and the cuffs each have a buckled belt in oder to cinch the cuff to the arm.  It is fully lined with beige acetate fabric.

Age: 1970s

Label: John Warden for Baron Leather Made in Canada.  John Warden was an important Canadian fashion designer, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, New York.  He created collections for a number of major Canadian manufacturers during the 1960s and 70s, and for major events such as Expo 67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics as well as uniforms for corporations such as Air Canada and Bell Canada.  He opened his first boutique in 1966 and his first men’s clothing boutique in 1968.  As an interesting aside, Ivana Winklmayr, better known as Ivana Trump, was one of Warden’s models, and Warden designed her reception dress when she married Donald Trump.

Color: Medium brown towards a yellowish toned brown

Material: Suede leather, excellent quality, soft with a very nice nappe (finish)

Sizing: Size 11 is indicated, and although it should fit a medium to large size, please rely on the following measurements for fit, taking the thickness of the suede into account:

Sleeves:  30” long, taken from the mid-neck point

Sleeve Inseam:  16” long, including the fur cuff

Bust: 40” around, taken under the arms

Waist: 44” around

Hips:  54” around, but meant to hang somewhat loosely

Overall length: 45"

Condition: It is in very good condition with no wear, tear, staining or marking to the suede - there are a couple of breaks in the stitching at the bottom of the flap on the back, but this is really minor.  This coat looks to have very little use and was well stored over the years.

This is a wonderful quality coat by an important Canadian designer, nice addition to a wardrobe!