Samuel Sherman: Firsts from the House of Sherman

On Thursday whilst I was doing some research for my masters thesis I stumbled across an article that rather excited me as it related to one of my favourite brands; Sambo. I tend to collect 1950s pieces by the brand, but the brand under the leadership of Samuel Sherman was still going strong in the 1960s and there were many sub brands too as this article clearly illustrates. Enjoy the images!


Firsts From the House of Sherman


The family background of fashion dates back to 1898 when David Sherman senior established himself at 24 Shaftesbury avenue as one of London’s leading tailors making for the society trade. Some years later Rebecca Sherman, his wife, who incidentally was French, opened her first boutique at 399 Oxford street and named it ‘Le Petit Magasin.’ The Sherman tradition is carried on by Samuel, Renee and their two sons David and Simon. The unique part which the Sherman’s now play in the mass production dress industry is the advanced creative sense that sets fashion throughout the trade. The following pages illustrate some of their trend setting ideas that are now fashion classics.


In 1962 Sambo and ‘Minicare’ took liberty’s Art Nouveau and introduced it into the mass market. With the re-birth f cotton, Sambo has created an entirely fresh look with ‘Minicare’.


The ‘Dollyrocker’ was born in September 1963 and has now become a generic term. Many of these young avant-garde dresses are made in a vast variety of fabrics from John Heathcoat.


In 1963 Sambo devised the first ‘packaged’ dress to sell through specially designed shop fittings. This ‘Packaway’ dress is photographed at Selfridge’s, whose buyer, Miss Parkwood has sold over 12,000 of these dresses in knitted ‘Dicel’.


In 1960 Sambo launched ‘Terylene’ lawn in close co-operation with Hollins Thompson, who have worked with them on al the developments ever since; this sheer’Terylene’ Souffle is the result of this co-operation between Sambo and Hollins Thomson.


For 1965, Sambo have taken a revolutionary step with ‘Tricel’ taking the cloth to Como for printing to give the fashion aura of Italian silks to ‘Tricel’.


First with Alpaca for 1965- and with the lacy, crochet look. Because of the fashion importance of finer and lighter yarns, Mr Sherman adds a dash of linen to ‘Acrilan’


In May 1963, Mr Sherman introduced the co-ordinated stocking with ‘Orlon’ to match their Argyll knits. Since then- these have become a fashion must.


This article was featured in the Ambassador. November 1964.


A Horrockses novelty print skirt


It’s time for another Horrockses adventure today. This post relates to one of the most fun skirts I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Horrockses are well know for their wonderful dresses, but they did produce separates too, although I find it is rare to see horrockses advertised not as part of an ‘outfit’. The skirt is simple in its shape and was designed by Betty Newmarch. It can be found in the sketchbook of her sketch artist. The book is dated Summer 1956-7.


The skirt as a fabric panel at the Horrockses exhibition.


I have not been able to trace the designer of this print, but it is very exuberant and imaginative, I would not be surprised if it is by the same person who also designed the print for a number of other Horrockses novelty skirts (see pictures).

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What makes me love the skirt more than anything though is the letters which intertwine with the print. Goodness knows if the print designer realised what they were doing but the letters scattered across it are “a” “r” “s” and “e”. Amusing doesn’t cut it…I now call it my arse skirt.

Here is a breakdown of some of the delightful sections of the skirt design.

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And here I am wearing it! I teamed it with an original 1950s yellow jumper and matching demi parure, these pictures are from a few weeks ago mind you- when my foot was still broken! The picture comes from my instagram; do feel free to come and follow me there!

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New stock in the Advantage In Vintage Etsy shop

In the past two weeks I have seriously stocked up my etsy shop with some fabulous new pieces. There are tons of original 1950s and 60s Handbags, all under £15 and beautiful 50s and 60s cocktail dresses too prices up from just £55.


Black taffetta 1950s cocktail dress with goldy bronze flowers Uk 8-10 £125


1960s Olive green party dress with amazing open back and bow detail UK 10-12 £55


1950s Emerald green Junior scope cocktail dress UK6-8 £55


1950s black beaded clutch bag £12


60s Essel brown patent handbag £15


1960s Pierre Cardin boxed unworn 1960s choker necklace £30